July 2015

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2015

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  • Title: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue NationWhile Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Mission: Imposible III may have more dramatic weight given the personal motivations that drive each film, director Christopher McQuarrie instead focuses solely on delivering an immensely enjoyable summer popcorn flick that feels like an old Bond film (complete with multiple locations around the globe and a swagger the Daniel Craig films lack) mixed with the sensibilities of Ocean’s Eleven. The result may or may not be the best in the franchise, but it is arguably the most fun film the series has produced.

What makes my enjoyment of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation all the more surprising is I’m not the biggest fan of the plot-framing device McQuarrie chooses to recycle in planting our heroes on the outside of their agency working essentially as rogue agents to save the day for those not smart enough to listen to them (here played by Alec Baldwin). The series tried it once, with Brian De Palma‘s bastardization of the original series, with mixed results. The plot is so common the Bond franchise has used it multiple times (License to Kill, Quantum of Solace, Diamonds Are Forever to name three – none of which would be considered among the series’ best).

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Here’s Florence + The Machine with a combined NSFW official video for both “Queen of Peace” and “Long and Lost” from the band’s third studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

Stitchers – Future Tense

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2015

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  • Title: Stitchers – Future Tense
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Stitchers - Future Tense

In an episode that ends the ongoing marriage proposal storyline and reveals Liam (Jack Turner) to viewers to have less-than-honest motivations concerning Kirsten (Emma Ishta), “Future Tense” also sets up next week’s summer finale as the Stitcher team investigate the murder of an online psychic and try to prevent a second murder the dead woman saw in a vision which only Kirsten believes will come to pass.

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Nina Agdal - Love|Haus (Summer 2015)

Danish model Nina Agdal was one of the models chosen for Love|Haus‘ Summer of Sexy campaign. You can find her pics inside.

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Clipped – Mo’s Ma

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2015

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  • Title: Clipped – Mo’s Ma
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Clipped - Mo's Ma

In an episode that introduces Dot-Marie Jones as Mo’s (Matt Cook) mother the barber struggles with the news that his parents are getting a divorce after 30 years of marriage. Although Mo can’t see a reason why the marriage is ending ,his co-workers strongly suspect it may having something to do with Mo’s mother being more attracted to the fairer sex. This, of course, leads to plenty of cheap lesbian jokes as the characters dance around the issue without sharing their suspicions with Mo for most of the episode.

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