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Even if it isn’t as much of grabber as the TV series, Guy Ritchie’s reboot sure gets points for style.
In the high-concept mode of “well, it worked with Mission Impossible”, we’re reaching back to a popular network series from the 1960’s to kick off what is clearly intended as a new feature length series. Inherent problem: in those days, America was in the midst of the Cold War with the Soviets. The concept of odd-couple pairing a CIA and KGB agent was fun because it was timely. Now? Not so much. That Cold War has thawed; there isn’t even a Soviet Union anymore. So the teaming of an American and Russian spy just doesn’t have the same oomph.
Ritchie, who co-wrote and directed, clearly doesn’t care. He plows ahead with the conceit, using it as a set up and then plunging merrily into a rather standard international mission thing which will save the world from nuclear bad guys (and remarkable sexy women). This “Man” is more style than substance and, in this case, that’s not so bad. Because the style is great. The scenes move along, the action is watchable, the people are very pretty. Very pretty Alicia Vikander, who may or may not be a damsel in distress, wears the coolest mod fashions. Elizabeth Debicki makes quite the impression as the louche louse. Hugh Grant shows up for a while, but the movie, as it should, centers around Henry Cavill, who is bland but sure handsome as Napoleon Solo and a surprisingly light on his toes Armie Hammer, clearly having fun as Illya Kuryakin. Everybody, it should be noted, wears great clothes and drives around in breathtakingly beautiful classic cars, making this movie, if not the most exciting release of the summer, sure one of the most fun to look at.
In the 1960's, thrillers were the "Name of the Game" on network television (pun intended). Spy series were especially successful. So much so that more than 40 plus years later, their allure has beckoned a new generation of fans, current movie goers, to these savvy recreations, that have kindled a new spark into the spy thrillers of old. Our focus will be on the 2015 releases of two such action films that got their start as TV series back in the mid to late 60's; Mission Impossible and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Join Critic Karen D (@kdmoviemaven) and me, you host Greg Morgan (@reelmovieguy) as we discuss these two films and reminisce a little on these TV classics.
[Our show will be simulcast live on Blog Talk Radio and Streaming on the Blab social media platform from 11:00 pm until 11:30 pm EDT, then continue solely on the Blab platform from 11:30 pm until 12:00 am EDT]
Two of 2016's biggest worldwide box office hits, SPECTRE and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROUGE NATION, have their origins in the "Spy Fi" craze of the 1060s. But how, in a decade crowded with popular TV and film competitors such as THE AVENGERS, I SPY, WILD WILD WEST, MATT HELM, OUR MAN FLINT and MODESTY BLAISE did James Bond, MISSION and U.N.C.L.E. emerge as the most popular and long lasting? Screenwriter / filmmakers Craig Jamison & Jim Delaney take a colorfully indepth and entertaining look at the origins of Spy Fi's "Big Three" along with their 2016 big screen reboots. Our retrospective (and look ahead!) includes film audio clips, archival interviews with Ian Fleming, Robert Vaughn and Martin Landau; popular music score excerpts from John Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Jerry Goldsmith and more. And, oh ...
Relax and enjoy, because while our journey into Spy Fi may blow your mind, ... this recording will NOT self-destruct in five seconds!
You may have just viewed a brief description of Renee Rosnes within the parameters of this page. Trust and believe, you cannot be BRIEF when describing her talent! She has been noted as both pianist and composer for a long time - and we bless the day that she moved to New York from Vancouver in order to facilitate her reputation :)
Renee is also an arranger - please make note. And she is The "Go-To" goddess on keys for the filet mignon of artists within Jazz circles. Joe Henderson, Buster Williams, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson. They'll TELL you. James Moody asked her to join his elite circle of musical friends in 1989. Renee was with his band until his passing in 2010.
As well as her own endeavors, Renee has taken part in grand events that would exhaust mere mortals. She has been music director for prestigious affairs (one in particular comes to mind to honor her late, beloved boss, James Moody). She has produced at Lincoln Center, has been involved with the SF Jazz Collective, has interviewed for the "Jazz Times", and has hosted her own radio show for Canada's CBC.
Please let her website do the talking, though. One perusal at her "performances" page and you'll see the kinds of company that she keeps. With Jimmy Greene, with Cecile McLoren Salvant, Anat Cohen, Ingrid Jensen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and a mainstay in her life: Ron Carter. One of the most wonderful decisions that Renee has made in her career is to consciously seek out those with whom she has a connection - rare legends have asserted that they have a connection with RENEE. It's no surprise that this amazingly intuitive artist has won multiple Juno Awards. With a birthday coming in March - and with all of these fabulous CD release shows, there is MUCH to celebrate! Join us on 2/9 - and we'll do JUST that!
On this week's ScreenPicks Movie Show, we review four new films. First we look at Noah Baumbach's new movie Mistress America starring Greta Gerwig. Then we look at Straight Outta Compton about the rap group NWA. Next, it's a review of Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill. Finally, we look at People Places and Things with Jemaine Clement.
It's our second annual State of the Young Black Man address with Entrepreneur Marquis Coates and Young Activist Caleb Jackson.
If your not a young man, this will be a most enlivening, informational, and engaging address for your little brother, nephew, and any parents of young men.
How do we show them that school is not a right now job, but the foundation of your future? How do we keep them in school?
Despite making up just 13% of the population, blacks commit around half of homicides in the United States. Where do we start? Turning criminals into students and upstanding citizens sounds like an impossible charge.. but it's possible; we have to believe it is, but how? How is it possible?
Also, how do we become better young black fathers, realistically and perceptionally?
Entrepreneur Marquis Coates and Young Activist Caleb Jackson will be rejoining us for a compelling panel discussion!
Episode 3227 - How to take back what satan has stolen from you
Minister Carla Butaud www.carlabutaud.com
Recorded 2-8-2016 on Omega Man Radio omegamanradio.com
Thank you for joining me for episode 147 of HiPPiE WiTCH : Magick For A New Age.
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Examing the rising cases of deaths related to health that could be caused by food choices.
Jim Porter I'll be exposing constitutional law violation(s), committed by previous and current government employees at our federal, state and local levels of government to control the American People.
1) More than 200 years ago, to begin the takeover of America, foreign citizens to this country quietly enter our elected government bodies because the American People didn't see the takeover coming. The criminals violated Article 1 of our federal constitution without the American People doing a thing to stop this. (This group of foreign individuals recognized the pen is mightier than the sword so they relied on their pen(s) and not armed aggression for this well planned takeover.)
(America's government organization of federal and state constitutions, working as one machine with multiple systems, provides guidance to all government employees working for the American People.)
(Once the federal constitution violations were committed without discovery by the American People, criminals both foreign and domestic, within all government bodies, stopped honoring all constitutions, causing the American People to discover system(s) failures at different government levels.)
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