If you're looking to just have some fun at the movies this New Year's weekend, two current movies are at the top of my list.
The first, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, offers plenty of thrills and excitement.
And, believe it or not, the silent movie called THE ARTIST is a crowd pleasing entertainment that recreates Hollywood in the late 1920's.
It's not really a "silent" movie, because synchronized
music and sound effects are used to great advantage in ways not possible in the 1920's.
The story is about the fall of a silent movie star and the rise of a young woman well suited to the arrival of "talkies."
THE ARTIST is a charming, very creative movie that emphasizes visual story telling just the way all good movies from the twenties had to do. It may be on the level of a simple rags to riches and riches to rags romance. but it's a whimsical delight even for people who would never choose to watch an old movie made in the silent film era.
Don't worry; you won't be bored in the slightest.
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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL is the fourth installment in the series and to my mind, the most entertaining, mixing exciting action with plenty of light humor.
In this episode Tom Cruise's IMF team is trying to prevent nuclear war even after the team's very existence has been disavowed by the United States.
There are chases, fights, and spectacular stunts including Tom Cruise himself (not a stunt man) climbing up the outside of the world's tallest building in Dubai.
Of course, plenty of rigging prevented Cruise from falling more than a hundred floors to his death. but that rigging was digitally removed from the film to make the stunt dizzying to watch.
If you don't expect anything but fun from MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, chances are you'll be extravagantly entertained.