COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 138 DAYS

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Counting down the 138 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

REVENGE

August is the month the family planned to watch Revenge of the Sith and, given that we just watched Attack of the Clones last night, we decided to jump right in with Revenge of the Sith (and pizza!) this evening.

Retro reviews of all the Star Wars movies (including Revenge of the Sith) are coming. But, for now, a few quick points about the third movie in the prequel trilogy:

  • This one is better than you remember.
  • The movie is very dark and the themes are very intense, underscoring some of the cartoonish silliness that came in the movies before.
  • If your last memory of Revenge of the Sith is the gif below, do yourself a favor and check it out again.

Vader No

  • The blink-and-you’ll miss them cameos by the Death Star and Tarkin are very cool.

Tarkin

  • Did you forget Chewbacca is in the movie? And, oh yeah, he helps save Yoda from Order 66.

Chewbacca Revenge

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 139 DAYS

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Counting down the 139 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

ATTACKED

July was the month the family planned to watch Attack of the Clones and, on the very last day of July, made it happen.

Retro reviews of all the Star Wars movies (including Attack of the Clones) are coming. But, for now, here are a few things I am guessing you don’t remember about Attack of the Clones.

  • Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) both appear out of costume in a scene.
  • Actress Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Insidious, Neighbors, X-Men First Class) played Dorme, one of Padme’s decoys.
  • Actor Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Exodus: Gods and Kings) played a young Owen Lars.
  • The C-3PO scenes where his head is placed on a battle droid are worse than you remember.
  • The CGI doesn’t hold up very well at all.
  • There are some good scenes in the movie.
  • As bad as it is (it my least favorite film of the six) it still makes FAR MORE sense than The Phantom Menace.
Ahmed (Jar Jar) Best

Ahmed (Jar Jar) Best

Anthony (C-3PO) Daniels

Anthony (C-3PO) Daniels

Rose Byne

Rose (Dorme) Byrne

Joel (Uncle Owen) Edgerton

Joel (Uncle Owen) Edgerton

3POGeonosis

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Part IV – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol


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Planning on seeing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? The fifth film in Tom Cruise’s very successful Mission Impossible franchise that stared way back in 1996 if you can believe it, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will try to do what the other four films have done: exist as a standalone chapter meaning that the audience doesn’t need to have much knowledge of the previous movies to enjoy this one.

Good plan.

However, if you’re interested in a refresher in what came before because you don’t remember the earlier films (or you haven’t seen them), you’ve come to the right place. Spoilers abound below. Be warned.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to prepare yourself for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. This message will not self destruct.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL

Ghost Protocol

What happened in this movie?

  • Tom Cruise is the franchise and is, of course, back as Ethan Hunt though, when we first encounter him in a Moscow prison, things aren’t looking so good for our erstwhile hero.
  • Once freed from his confinement, things get worse for Hunt and his team as they accept a mission to infiltrate the Kremlin to steal information. They are compromised on site by an unknown entity who knows they are there and whose actions result in the destruction of a significant portion of the Kremlin.
  • Because of these actions, the US President invokes “Ghost Protocol” which means the entire IMF is disavowed.
  • Hunt and his team, blamed for the destruction of the Kremlin and allowed to escape to pursue the real authors of the act, uncover a plot to unleash nuclear war. They have to stop it.
  • A new member of the team, Brandt played by Jeremy Renner, is assigned to go with them as an analyst of their actions, not as a field agent, but his abilities quickly show there is more to him than meets the eye.
  • The team foils the plan and, along the way, the discover that Renner’s Brandt resigned from the field because he failed in an assignment to protect Julia, Hunt’s wife, from harm. Brandt believes her dead. Hunt reveals that Julia is very much alive, that Hunt allowed her death to be staged so she would no longer be a target and that Brandt can forgive himself.
  • At the end of the film, Hunt’s team, including Benjy and Luther, are about to accept another mission and Hunt invites Brandt to join them. We’re pretty sure he will…

Was it any good?

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is very good. It is the most globe-trotting of the films and scenes that take place in Dubai where Tom Cruise literally scaled the outside of the world’s tallest building are actually breathtaking. It’s funny and fast paced and the camaraderie among Cruise, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames is top-notch. Jeremy Renner is a good addition to the team and there just enough mystery surrounding his character and motivations to keep the audience guessing. The plot the team must foil is a little by-the-book, but the action sequences, especially the aforementioned Dubai scenes, are anything but. Michael Nyqvist is on hand as the primary villain and he is just functional. He doesn’t make much of an impression, unfortunately, and that’s a weakness in an otherwise excellent movie. Bringing Renner in makes a lot of sense. Cruise, though amazing still in terms of his ability to convincingly pull off this kind of action, isn’t getting any younger.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL receives FOUR CRAZY PARKING GARAGES out of a possible five.

What do I need to know?

  • Brad Bird, who directed The Incredibles, takes on the director’s chair. This is his first live action movie.
  • Paula Patton is great in the movie as Agent Carter and is the most fully developed IMF agent in the entire series beyond Cruise, Rhames and Pegg.
  • Michelle Monahan reprises her role as Julia for a touching coda at the end of the movie which makes it clear that she knows Hunt is alive but also suggests they are no longer together.
  • Simon Pegg’s Benjy becomes a field agent in this movie.
  • This movie continues the “suspended in the air” jump motif of the first three films, though, this time, it’s Renner who accomplishes the stunt, not Cruise.
  • At the end of the movie, The Syndicate is mentioned as a possible antagonist for the IMF’s next mission. The Syndicate was featured in the television series, its agents often facing off against the IMF and it is the adversary in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Who was in charge of the IMF?

  • Tom Wilkinson, an actor of significant gravitas, is the director of the IMF in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Don’t blink or you’ll miss him.

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July 31: St. Ignatius Loyola Feast Day – Take Lord, Receive

As July 31 is the Feast Day of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, it’s the perfect day to find some moments of quiet and peace to reflect on our relationship with God, to reflect on who we are as people and to reflect on how we connect others.

Take Lord

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 140 DAYS

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Counting down the 140 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

3720 – 1

Many of my favorite quotes from the original Star Wars trilogy come from Han Solo. I don’t know whether that is because the character is written so well or because of how well Harrison Ford plays him, but everyone’s favorite scoundrel is eminently quotable.

Here’s my favorite Han Solo quote in meme and in video:

Never Tell

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Part III – Mission: Impossible III


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Planning on seeing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? The fifth film in Tom Cruise’s very successful Mission Impossible franchise that stared way back in 1996 if you can believe it, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will try to do what the other four films have done: exist as a standalone chapter meaning that the audience doesn’t need to have much knowledge of the previous movies to enjoy this one.

Good plan.

However, if you’re interested in a refresher in what came before because you don’t remember the earlier films (or you haven’t seen them), you’ve come to the right place. Spoilers abound below. Be warned.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to prepare yourself for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. This message will not self destruct.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3

Mission Impossible 3

What happened in this movie?

  • Tom Cruise returns for a third go-round as Ethan Hunt.
  • Acknowledging, perhaps, that Hunt is getting older, he’s pulled back from the IMF in this movie and is training agents but not accepting field assignments.
  • He’s also getting married.
  • When one of his trainees is captured by Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Owen Davian, he goes back into action to rescue her.
  • The failed rescue attempt puts Hunt (and his team) on to the fact that there is a mole within IMF working with Davian. Unfortunately, IMF thinks it’s Hunt himself.
  • Following a run in with Davian – from which the villain escapes and vows revenge – Hunt is forced to steal for Davian in order to save the life of his wife.
  • Assisted by Ving Rhames’ Luther Stickel, two agents who are only around for this movie and newcomer Simon Pegg (as Benjy), Hunt steals what Davian wants, delivers the package to Davian and, ultimately, takes him down saving the world from chaos.

Was it any good?

Mission: Impossible 3 is pretty terrific. Without question, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is THE villain of the series. Cold and unrelenting, his Owen Davian is a great counter-point to the basically decent Ethan Hunt. Cruise and Hoffman seem to enjoy their work together, and, in the scenes where Hoffman himself gets to play Cruise, he looks like he’s having a great time.  JJ Abrams directs – this was his first feature film – and does a terrific job of finding character moments that have impact while also staging some excellent action sequences. Giving Hunt a wife who proves very capable of taking care of herself and making Hunt more of a big brother figure to the other agents with whom he works is a good idea and plays out very well here. Though there are moments of darkness that linger, this is a fun and exciting mission.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 receives FOUR AND A HALF SUBCUTANEOUS EXPLOSIVE CHARGES out of a possible five.

What do I need to know?

  • Tom Cruise asked JJ Abrams to direct after binge watching 2 seasons of Abrams’ Alias.
  • This is the third film in the series that features an IMF agent gone bad (M:I had Jim Phelps, M:I-II had Dougray Scott and now M:I – III has Billy Crudup).
  • Simon Pegg, in an interview following his minor hit movie Shaun of the Dead was asked if he was now going on to make it big in Hollywood. “Sure,” he said, “I’m sure they want me for Mission:Impossible 3). He was joking. Turns out, the joke was on him.
  • The addition of Michelle Monahan as Julia, Ethan’s wife, has very big implications in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
  • At the end of the movie, Ethan is married and happy with his work with the IMF.

Who was in charge of the IMF?

  • Laurence Fishburne is terrific as Brassel, the director of the IMF in Mission: Impossible 3, who crosses swords with Ethan Hunt.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 141 DAYS

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Counting down the 141 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

WE WOULD BE HONORED IF YOU WOULD JOIN US

Looking like he is ready for the Medal Celebration on Yavin, this variant chrome C-3PO Pop bobblehead, released exclusively at the year’s Comic Con, has come to its rightful place on my shelf.

Thanks, ebay!

Chrome C3PO

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