J.J. Abrams

Five Movies In, The ‘Mission: Impossible’ Series Finds Its Style

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Perhaps the most interesting thing about Mission: Impossible—  Rogue Nation, the latest inventively punctuated installment in Tom Cruise’s spy series, is that Mission: Impossible has actually become a franchise, almost in spite of itself. What began as yet another ‘90s film adaptation of a classic television show (as any film historian can tell you, these were the superhero movies of their era, in terms of “fuggit, sure, do another one” ubiquity) initially positioned itself as less a connected narrative than a spy anthology series, with each film sporting a new director and a totally different aesthetic. But sneakily, over the past couple of entries, a new element has emerged: consistency. And in the process, M:I has become one of our more reliably entertaining film series.
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Celebrating ‘Star Wars’ and Simulating Death: Links You Need To See

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You’ve most likely seen someone posting “May the 4th be with you” at some point on some form of social media today. Should you choose to embrace the “4th,” start with these videos of the Star Wars brass burst set to iconic film moments to affirm how Star Wars makes everything better. Of course, it’s hard to discuss Star Wars seriously without mentioning how bad the prequels were, but fans can look forward to the fact that at least J. J. Abrams is thinking about killing Jar Jar Binks.
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