Mission Impossible: Fallout Review

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Tom Cruise is on the cover of People magazine for August 6, 2018.

I ended up seeing the new Tom Cruise movie TWICE this week (it just opened on Thursday)! I was traveling in Boulder, Colorado, and had so much extra time! I didn’t know what else to do but see a movie. The movie theater (Century) in Boulder was a little weird – you reserve your seat when you buy your ticket. I don’t really like this, because you never know you are going to sit by or if a lot of people are going to buy seats by you. I like having some space around me in the movie theater, especially if people are going to be talking during the movie or even the promos.

Mission Impossible: Fallout Gets 4 Stars

I give the newest Mission Impossible movie 4 stars (not 5). I LOVE these kinds of action movies and I LOVE all Tom Cruise movies (minus that weird sex one). But the movie is VERY LONG (almost 3 hours once you sit thru all the promos, 2.5 hours if you watch it at home). And it’s not as funny as the last one! I thought that was a big selling point of the Mission Impossible movies over the James Bond movies: more joking and not taking itself so seriously.

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The People magazine story says Tom Cruise gets to all of his movie premiers 3 hours early to talk to fans and take photos 🙂

The movie name, Fallout, refers to nuclear fallout from nuclear bombs.

More Tom Cruise Chase Scenes

There’s lots of great chase scenes, including a motorcycle chase through the narrow streets of Paris and a Star Wars-type helicopter chase through narrow mountain canyons. Plus lots of running and fist-fight scenes.

I thought the story line had way too many things going on. It could’ve been divided into 2 movies.

Tom Cruise still looks good 🙂 I read afterwards that he did some of the crazy stunts in the movie, like dangling from a helicopter and leaping between buildings in London (he broke his ankle).

 

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Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide and Last Episodes of his TV Show

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Last Episodes

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown last episode

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown last episode

Anthony was filming in France when he hanged himself 😦 But this episode remains unfinished and will not be released. The last 2 episodes of his last season, Season 11, have now aired on CNN: Cajun Mardi Gras (in small-town Louisiana) and Bhutan (near Tibet).

I watched 2 of the episodes from Parts Unknown: Season 11 this week to remember him: Hong Kong and Berlin.

Parts Unknown: Hong Kong Episode with Famous Movie Director Christopher Doyle

The Hong Kong episode is notable because Anthony Bourdain said this was his favorite episode EVER! He was very excited and proud of this episode in the weeks before he died, which makes his suicide even more perplexing. The Hong Kong Parts Unknown is an enjoyable watch; Anthony meets his favorite movie director, who is a very eccentric old guy (British) who lives in Hong Kong and makes movies about tragic love affairs. The two get along like peas in a pod.

Anthony’s girlfriend, Asia Argento, is credited with directing the Hong Kong episode while Christopher Doyle is the cinematographer (Honestly, I’m not really sure what the difference is…which is bad because I used to live in our movie capital, Hollywood! I believe the cinematographer plans the look of the show by deciding what to focus on with the camera.).

The first lines of the show are “I fell in love with Asia…” A fun play on words because he is shown on a boat overlooking Hong Kong harbor, i.e. Asia, but his girlfriend’s name was Asia (pronounced “ah-zee-ah” I believe, because she’s Italian). Then he goes on to say being in love is the best thing, BUT it leaves you lonely (when you cannot be with the one you love). Then it shows him sitting alone on the deck of the boat, jotting notes in his travel journal. If you are looking for answers as to why Anthony Bourdain killed himself, is this the answer?

Why did Anthony Bourdain kill himself?

Why did Anthony Bourdain kill himself?

Parts Unknown: Berlin Episode and Drugs

I also watched Parts Unknown: Berlin because I’ve been thinking about moving to Germany (not to Berlin but to a smaller university town) to go to grad school in environmental science. However, everyone (including a pub patron in this episode) says Berlin is NOTHING like the rest of Germany, which is conservative and quiet. I was put off by the darkness of Berlin – lots of lost souls partying in all-night dance clubs. A) I am done partying and B) I live in Vegas and have had it up to here with all the drug people. AMERICA HAS A DRUG PROBLEM. This isn’t a good thing. It’s not about freedom and doing what you want. It’s about destruction and darkness. I am becoming more of a conspiracy theorist in regards to this: Is the American government making money from the drug trade? If not, why is America teeming with meth heads and opioid/pain pill addicts who become heroin addicts (cheaper and easier to find)? See how many homeless drug addicts you spot today as you drive around town.

Watch this Movie: American Made with Tom Cruise

Watch American Made, the excellent Tom Cruise movie (and book) about a real-life guy who helped the CIA move guns around to different foreign militias in exchange for drugs (cocaine) bought from the most infamous drug cartels of the day.

American Made drug movie with Tom Cruise

American Made drug movie with Tom Cruise

Jim Morrison = Fiery Sex God

I re-watched the movie The Doors this week! Val Kilmer was so awesome as Jim Morrison.  Is it possible Jim was some sort of fiery sex god? He wrote a lot of imagery about fire (“Come on baby, light my fire, Try to set the night on fire” is one of my favorite song lyrics and great to listen to if you need some energy). There are a lot of sun/fire gods and goddesses, like Pele in Hawaii. Very free and hyper-sexual. Jim was always writhing around onstage in tight black leather pants. In the movie, naked girls would run up to him onstage (I guess this was a thing in the Sixties!). He even called himself “The Lizard King” (after doing a lot of peyote in the desert). Sexy!

Jim also wrote amazing poetry. In one scene in the movie his girlfriend Pam (miscast as cutesy Meg Ryan) says, “You’re not a rock star, Jim. You’re a poet.” And I agreed with her.

Interesting to compare and contrast the 1960s to today! Our society is so stratified now. Back then, it was divided into the hippie idealists and the government-supporters who agreed with the war in Vietnam.

Another comparison I made is the drug use, especially heroin. After killing so many rockstars in the ’60s and ’70s, heroin is back! Where I live, there are a lot of homeless young adults – probably 90% of them are heroin addicts. People are turning to it for a cheaper high when they are addicted to pain pills. Sad. I saw a post on Facebook that said since we ended up with MORE drugs after our War on Drugs, why don’t we have a War on Jobs? Maybe we will end up with MORE JOBS.

Jim Morrison died from a heroin overdose, as is now confirmed by singer Marianne Faithful, who heard all about it at the time, and the owner of the nightclub where he was found dead. Yes, the story of him dying in the bathtub (shown in the movie) under unknown circumstances is fake. He really died in a Paris nightclub bathroom after buying heroin from a dealer at the club. This story is on the Daily Mail website. The nightclub owner was alerted that someone was not opening the door to the bathroom stall, and he kicked it down and saw Jim Morrison dead 😦 Wanting to avoid any sort of police involvement, the dealers (and maybe the nightclub owner was complicit in this) moved the body back to Jim’s Paris apartment at around 2 AM, where his girlfriend was staying. Maybe she stuck him in a bathtub full of cold water in hopes of reviving him?

Heroin kills! Both the dealer and Jim’s girlfriend Pam would later die of heroin overdoses.

Stephen Hawking Movie and Books

I finally watched the movie that did so well at the Oscars, The Theory of Everything. It’s about the famous physicist who is in a wheelchair, Stephen Hawking. I forgot that he has Lou Gehrig’s or ALS. It’s amazing he has survived so long – he is now in his 70s – and he was diagnosed in college. He seems to still have fun, and he didn’t even write his first book until after he’d lost the ability to write and speak (he wrote it using a special computer that registers his eye movements and blinks). If you’ve ever had a serious illness, you’ll identify a lot with his life! Watching it was cathartic, and ultimately inspiring. At one point in the movie, he says everyone has the ability to be successful, no matter what health problems you might have. And he said as long as you are alive, there is hope. He’s interesting because as a scientist, he resists believing in God but when asked directly about it he leaves the door open to the possibility.

I’m really excited to read the book, written by his wife, that the movie was based on: Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything.

And I ordered My Brief History, his biography (smart title! his most famous book is called “A Brief History of Time”). Looks like it comes with a lot of photos, which will be fun to look at!

I love Stephen’s personality. He is quite zany and really enjoys life!