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Mission: Impossible 4 Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 01/07/2011 @ 15:41
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Films seen so far this year: 222
Films seen in the last week: The King of Devil's Island, Polyester, Calvet, My Brothers, The Adventures of Gerard, Troubadours, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3D), A Separation, Warrior, The Conspirator, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, As If I Am Not There, Sarah's Key, Tree of Life, Resistance

FILM OF THE WEEK: A Separation

Best and Worst Films of 2011 So Far
Ah, 1st July. The halfway point of the year when the minds of right-thinking film obsessives everywhere are turned to one thing and one thing only: list-making. So without further ado, I present the Best and Worst Films of 2011 so far. In the interests of keeping things simple, I have restricted myself only to films that have already been released this year, though I've included five films at the end that are almost certain to make the list come December.

The Best
1. True Grit
2. Adele Blanc-Sec
3. Cold Weather
4. Meek's Cutoff
5. Blue Valentine
6. Bridesmaids
7. Archipelago
8. Senna
9. The King's Speech
10. X-Men: First Class/Thor

The Worst
1. Got To Run
2. Sucker Punch
3. Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son
4. The Hangover – Part 2
5. Country Strong
6. Anuvahood
7. Beastly
8. Season of the Witch
9. Age of the Dragons
10. Travellers

Trailerwatch: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
I confess, I'm not a massive fan of the Mission Impossible franchise, though I did enjoy the third one more than the previous two. I like the films in theory, but, if I remember correctly, the first one only had two good bits (and criminally wasted Emmanuelle Beart), while the second one, well, the second one is chiefly remembered for making everyone think maybe John Woo wasn't all that great after all. (Blame the doves).

Still, the newly released trailer for the fourth instalment is very promising and I'm excited by the news that Pixar maestro Brad Bird is directing it, which had somehow slipped my attention until now. The plot seems pretty simple: someone has framed the Mission Impossible team by blowing up the Kremlin and the White House have disowned them, forcing the entire team to “go rogue” (yeah, yeah, Mission Impossible team – you're not doing anything Jack Bauer hasn't been doing since 2001) and clear their names. Or something.

There now follow (should you choose to read them) five random observations about the Mission Impossible 4 trailer:
1. We can all relax - there are lots of scenes of Tom Cruise running. Phew. Tom Cruise = still Hollywood's best runner. FACT.
2. Blonde Identification: I'm pretty sure that's Lea Seydoux (possibly continuing the franchise's reputation for wasting pretty French actresses) at the 1m14s mark and that may also be her getting beaten up by Paula Patton at 1m25.
3. As much as I love Simon Pegg, he shouldn't be allowed to hold guns in movies.
4. Delighted to see Jeremy Renner is in this and intrigued as to what the “secrets” he's referring to might be. Also, him yelling “You're not going to make it!” at the end made me laugh out loud.
5. Love the use of the Eminem track (which Twitter tells me is Won't Back Down ft Pink) and I'm pleased to see that there's a bit where Cruise falls (jumps?) off a building while firing a gun. Sadly, rather than being an imminent summer blockbuster, it's not out until, um, Boxing Day.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only one new entry this week, with Iranian “argument drama” A Separation the only film to make it into the top ten. Still, give me a two hour drama about Iranians arguing, over Michael Bay's two and a half hour movie about robots fighting any day.

Interview wise, we have two brand spanking new interviews this week: first, our exclusive interview with the lovely Kim Cattrall for Meet Monica Velour (see DVD of the Week, below) and second, a semi-exclusive round-table interview with the equally lovely Tom Hanks for Larry Crowne.

You can also still read our press conference interviews for Bridesmaids with director Paul Feig and stars Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd, Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy as well as our exclusive interview with the director (Jerry Rothwell) and central subject (JoEllen Marsh) of Donor Unknown (look out for repeats on More4) here and our epic 45 minute long interview with Senna director Asif Kapadia (a must-read if you've seen the film). Stop by next week for interviews with the director (Bertrand Tavernier) and stars (Gaspard Ulliel and Melanie
Thierry) of The Princess of Montpensier.

1. Bridesmaids
2. X-Men: First Class
3. Senna
4. Donor Unknown
5. Point Blank
6. Stake Land
7. Thor
8. Potiche
9. Hanna
10. A Separation

DVD of the Week: Meet Monica Velour (released July 4th, RRP £15.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is American indie comedy drama Meet Monica Velour, which was due to get a theatrical release until it was elbowed out of the way by the belatedly announced release of Tree of Life (don't ask – it's something to do with screen availability and the vagaries of the UK distribution system). It's a real shame that it's been denied a cinema release, because it's actually very good.

Written and directed by Keith Bearden, Meet Monica Velour stars Dustin Ingram as Tobe, a gawky, Napoleon Dynamite-like Washington State teenager who embarks on a road trip in order to meet Monica Velour (Kim Cattrall), the 70s porn star he's obsessed with. Ingram is excellent as Tobe but it's Cattrall's film and she's on terrific, career-best form here, delivering a compellingly complex, vanity-free performance that really gets under your skin.

The script is packed with great dialogue and a lot of work has obviously gone into the production design too, adding to the film's pleasingly non-mainstream vibe. In short, this is an engagingly off-beat, frequently funny and ultimately touching coming-of-age story with terrific performances from Cattrall and Ingram. Recommended.

The extras package only includes the US trailer, but given the rush-release onto DVD, that's hardly surprising. Also, if you are still hungry for extras, you could always read our Kim Cattrall interview here.


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