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Mission: Impossible 4

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Join me and Mike of Commentary Track Stars as we watch the fourth and possibly best or most entertaining Mission: Impossible movie. We compare it to James Bond and Bourne movies, Indiana Jones, the other MI movies, the trailer, NSync videos, and life itself. We discuss the cinematography a lot and marvel at the stunts and lack of theme or motivational complication. We criticize the timetable and the familiarity of some plot elements and how the comedy ramps up when stakes are raised instead of vice versa, but we nevertheless like it a lot.

ATTENTION: We are now in the market for a programmer to make a facial recognition app to identify assassins for us.

We are watching the Blu-ray version. Start the film after the Bad Robot logo.

Mission: Impossible 2

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Join me and Mike of Commentary Track Stars as we delve into the mysteries that are John Woo, Robert Towne, Notorious, and Tom Cruise’s psyche in this, the second of the Mission: Impossible series. We discuss the structure of the film, its suspicious similarity to the Hitchcock classic, and its differences from the other Mission: Impossible movies.

We compare it to the Bond films, other John Woo films, and other action movies of its time. We speculate on Dougray Scott as Wolverine, what the series would have been like with more Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Cruise’s personal knowledge of how heavy $63 million dollars is.

We are watching the Blu-ray version. Start the film after the Paramount logo but before the Sydney Opera House opening on the countdown.

Alien vs Predator

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Join me and Mike of Commentary Track Stars as we take a look at Paul WS Anderson’s comic-booky mess of a monster-slasher film. We discuss the casting, the setting, what there is of a plot, and the missed opportunity of a romance.

I’m watching the R1 DVD version; he’s watching the Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the 20th Century Fox logo before the 20th Century Fox title card, on the countdown.

Hudsucker Proxy

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Join me as I join Mike and Max for a close examination of Coen’s foray into screwball comedy. Close doesn’t mean accurate, of course, and we fact check each other thruout.

We discuss the Coen Brothers in general, the film’s homage-heavy story, the choice of actors, the actors’ choices, and the real history of the hula hoop. We consider the mish-mash of myth and fantasy, the stunning set design, how the stock market works, and basic physics.

We’re watching streaming and DVR versions. Start the commentary after the Paramount logo, on the countdown.

North by Northwest

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Join me as well as Mike and Max of Commentary Track Stars as we watch another Hitchcock classic. Mike and I love it. Max doesn’t like it much (Does Max like anything? Yes: Star Wars and Aliens.) We analyze the film in relation to other Hitchcock thrillers, James Bond, and romances. And we discuss Cary Grant’s suit and Hitch’s taste in blondes and ridiculous plots.

We examine the villains’ plans and the good guys’ plans. We ruminate on cold war methods of assassination (cropduster being most common, followed by knife throwing and poisoned suits). We discuss weird hotel services and whether or not Roger Ebert is wormhole alien. We take a close, hard look at the geography of Chicago, eastern Indiana, and Mount Rushmore. And we evaluate the likelihood of getting a drink on the Chicago Metra these days.

I’m watching the Region 1 DVD. They’re watching the Blu-ray. Start the movie after the MGM logo fades to green, on the countdown.


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Join me and Mike of Commentary Track Stars as we take a dizzying look from the heights of one of, if not the, best of Hitchcock—best of anyone, according to some. My microphone sounds weird.

We’re watching the Region 1 DVD Collector’s Edition version. Start the movie after the Universal logo and before the Paramount logo, on the countdown.

Batman (1989)

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Batman is back! Keaton starts his role as Batman against the greatest villain he has ever known: Alexander Knox! I join Soulless Minions, Commentary Track Stars, and Geek Fights for a free-for-all. We mostly like the film but have a lot of fun with its ridiculousness.

Stay tuned for the post credits scenes. (TWO of them!)

We’re watching various NTSC versions. Start the movie after the Warner Brothers logo, on the countdown.


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Join me as I join Mike and Max of Commentary Track Stars to watch Watchmen. I’ve never read the comic book (apparently, they still made comic books for a while after 1984), but Max thinks it’s the greatest thing since sliced Shakespeare, so we discuss the relevancy and point of even having a film.

We deconstruct the story, themes, motifs, and symbolism. Max and I disagree over whether or not a human could catch a bullet, whether or not Superman could win the Vietnam War, and what Lee Iaccoca’s role in the world was. I try to figure out if Ozymandias is gay and if Jackie Earl Haley qualifies as a dwarf. Max and Mike try to figure out how Rorschach’s mask works. We all try to figure out what is meant to be satirical versus what is meant to be awesome and is actually kind of lame and also who is history’s finest nine-fingered actor.

Also, I quiz Mike and Max about other movies I am confusing with this one, but Mike nevertheless answers correctly. Max and I perform a play about gravity. Max angrily denounces Paul Verhoeven and Freepers as serial killers and sex offenders, respectively. Max reveals how he learned to tie a necktie. And Mike explains how two lines of the comic book fix the biggest thing that bothers me about the film.

We’re watching the Blu-ray director’s cut. Start the movie right after the DC logo has disappeared, on the countdown.