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Old May 28 2010, 04:00 AM   #16
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

I just looked up Brad Bird on IMDB, and I'm not familiar with any of his work.

Last week I went back and rewatched all three MI movies and still found them to be enjoyable films. It is a very interesting series, because each movie has a different director and style.

MI1: This movie is a good solid spy thriller with a complex plot. It has some good action set pieces, but doesn't rely on them to carry the film. The scene where Hunt descends from the ceiling is classic. Grade: B

MI2: This movie is stylishly directed, but has little substance. I didn't feel much emotional connection to the characters. I consider this to be the weakest film in the series, but still a decent action movie. Grade: C

MI3: This movie is my favorite in the series. I think it strikes a nice balance between the action-oriented second film and the more intelligent first film. This movie did a good job making me care about Ethan and his wife. Ethan seemed more real and fleshed out in this movie. Grade: A
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Old May 28 2010, 06:04 AM   #17
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

I would imagine directing live action and animation is about as different as any two completely different professions.
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Old May 28 2010, 01:09 PM   #18
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I would imagine directing live action and animation is about as different as any two completely different professions.
A number of live-action directors started out in animation, though -- Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam being the examples that spring most readily to mind. Also Frank Tashlin, who directed numerous Warner Bros. cartoons before moving on to direct features such as Artists and Models, The Girl Can't Help It, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, and several Jerry Lewis films. Simon Wells directed the live-action The Time Machine remake after having directed such animated films as An American Tail: Feivel Goes West, Balto, and The Prince of Egypt. Noted animation director Ralph Bakshi has done some live-action films and television shows, and a lot of his films have been hybrids of live-action and animation. Pixar's Andrew Stanton is directing the upcoming live-action John Carter of Mars. Rob Minkoff, director of The Lion King, moved to live action with the Stuart Little films (which were halfway animation), The Haunted Mansion, and The Forbidden Kingdom.

The jobs aren't that fundamentally different. They both tend to begin with storyboards. They both involve taking a script and figuring out how to translate it into visual form. Animation is a great place to learn about pacing, editing, composition, color, movement, etc., because you have to plan all of it out in far more meticulous detail than you do in live action. Animators who move into live action tend to bring a very vivid sense of visual design and composition, an excellent sense of timing, and the like.
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Old May 29 2010, 01:12 AM   #19
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Women of that era literally defined and oozed sexiness without trying even the slightest. Rita, Lauren Bacall, Raquel Welch, Linda Harrison.. oh myy!

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Old August 27 2010, 08:23 AM   #20
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If anyone cares, in the casting department, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg are coming back and Jeremy Renner is going to star opposite Tom Cruise.

Rumor has it the movie may not even be called Mission: Impossible IV.
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Old August 27 2010, 08:34 AM   #21
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Mission: Impossible - Episode IV: A New Mission.

I'm glad Simon Pegg is returning. He was awesome in the last one.
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Old August 27 2010, 09:54 AM   #22
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Rhames is always fun to have around, and Pegg is a welcome addition to anything he's in, so those are both good choices. And it's nice to know Cruise is being brought back for at least one more--like it or not, as far as the movie series goes, he's it.

And Renner deserves to be in more and better films, or in the very least, blockbusters that have a higher profile than, say, S.W.A.T.
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Old August 27 2010, 03:40 PM   #23
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Rumor has it the movie may not even be called Mission: Impossible IV.
Any idea what the rumored alternate title(s) may be?

I can't see a reason to not call it MI:IV-insert subtitle if necessary here.

Granted all Bond movies don't contain Bond nor do Jack Ryan adventures, but all Bourne ones do so far and the jury is out on another Salt(its 50/50 for a sequel right now).
The MI films just work simply being numerical. I hope this rumor is unfounded.
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Old August 27 2010, 03:44 PM   #24
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It's going to be called Mission: Unpossible
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Old August 27 2010, 03:48 PM   #25
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Hopefully they'll pass the torch over to Renner. Cruise needs another juicy role like his character from Magnolia!
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Old August 27 2010, 05:10 PM   #26
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I'm not interested in a 4th Mission Impossible movie, especially not with JJ Abrams involved. Both Woo's and De Palma's attempt weren't great to begin with, but Abrams really managed to bastardize the entire concept. In addition to John Woo's action frenzy, IMF was not a faceless organization anymore (including many, many scenes in a shiny headquarter), the agent had a family, etc... . Basically it was the movie version of Alias (it even had a nutty lab technician coming up with gadgets for Sydney, err, Hunt). And again the bad guy gets beaten in a fist fight. Yawn. That's what Mission: Impossible was all about. They only good thing about this movie was the sequence in which they sneak into the Vatican, while the rest was extremely awful.

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Yet in the writer strike it seemed a director could not do any changes at all.

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Old August 27 2010, 07:46 PM   #27
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Didn't we see IMF's shiny headquarters as part of the CIA in the first movie? How is the depiction of the organization in the third movie any different than that?
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Old August 28 2010, 12:13 AM   #28
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And Renner deserves to be in more and better films, or in the very least, blockbusters that have a higher profile than, say, S.W.A.T.
Looks like The Hurt Locker proved he can be a verifiable leading actor in a blockbuster again. First he's Hawkeye in The Avengers and now he's snagged a role in Mission: Impossible IV. This should definitely re-solidify him as a leading man. That and his upcoming role in The Town.
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Old August 28 2010, 02:57 AM   #29
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MI is the most interesting film franchise in that there has so far been no inter movie continuity at all. The only constants, as said above, have been Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames' characters (any word on if the latter is coming back?). The directors, cast, and production staff are different on every film!

I hope Rhames and Monaghan come back.
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Old August 28 2010, 03:26 AM   #30
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^Ving Rhames is coming back. So is Simon Pegg.
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