The slimebags who made the movies turned Mr. Phelps into a traitor. Disagree. Unconditionally. Burnout I could have understood. Pick a different, later team leader to go bad, ok. But they undercut the series and for that the movies just rot.
@cengland0 I love Mission Impossible and always make it a point to DVR any episodes that come up on cable. Some modern audience might find it slow because it focuses less on the action and shows so much detail in regards to the mental gymnastics and how the plan was devised. But it is those details that I find so cool. Whereas most present day movies might take two seconds to mention “we bugged the room” in passing, MI might have a 10-minute sequence actually showing all the surreptitious activity involved in planting those bugs.
@DrWorm Exactly my thoughts on the series. I like action sometimes but the old series was more focused on how to accomplish a mission with tricky methods. Making someone believe it’s the future so the statute of limitations has run out creating fake newspapers of future dates and things like that. It was fascinating to watch and didn’t have much shooting scenes.
Too many action movies today have loud music so you cannot hear the dialog. 10 bad guys can be shooting at the hero with machine guns and nobody gets a hit and the hero then does some backwards dive and shoots all 10 guys perfectly with one shot each using a simple pistol or throwing a knife. Very unrealistic and it annoys me so much it nearly makes the movie unpleasant to watch.
@DrWorm@moondrake In retrospect you guys are right. It was what jumped into my head when I saw the poll topic, but I hadn’t really given it any specific thought. Y’all are way to detail oriented to be hanging out at a site called Meh…
@heartnyThe Man From U.N.C.L.E. (the original series, not the recent film adaptation) was one of those shows that I remembered loving as a kid and upon revisiting as an adult, I didn’t find it as awesome as I remembered it.
Man… it’s a tie between Bourne and The Americans. I like(d)a lot of the ones mentioned here but the Bourne movies are a staple go-to around here and The Americans was one of the best series ever created as far as I’m concerned. They’re both great in different ways. Couldn’t choose one.
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In terms of attempted-objectivity quality, The Americans by far. I’ve seen parts or all of most other things posted here, and nothing is even in the same league as that show. Bourne was good, but I think the second two movies got a bit too twist-y for their own good and relied a lot on action.
For the comedy side, I’ll take Archer over Austin Powers and Bond (I choose to categorize most 1960s to mid 2000s Bond as self-aware dramedy rather than schlocky action), though I’m looking forward to watching Patriot.
Not the film of one of the books. (Way too stylish; did not “get” the greatness of the source material)
Not even the two excellent BBC Alec Guinness-led miniseries of two of the books (the BBC could not, at the time, afford to film the middle book due to location and complexity costs)
@f00l Yup. Hubs and I watched a program on tv yrs ago about it. Pretty interesting really. Hubby, who hadn’t been real fond of her previously did an about face and said no more Julia Child jokes…she’s earned my respect!.