This week we embark on a new franchise. Is Doug Liman’s 2002 film a cultural game-changer, a weirdly paced mish-mash, a refreshing dose of reality, or all three?


This Week’s Watching
MR ROBOT, Season 2 (2016): Sam Esmail, Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin
SHERLOCK, Season 1 (2010): Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
THOR (2011): Kenneth Branagh, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1996): Brian De Palma, Tom Cruise, Jon Voigt
BEFORE SUNRISE (1995): Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
RUN LOLA RUN (1998): Tom Tykwer, Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu
SWINGERS (1996): Doug Liman, Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn

We talked a lot about the James Bond/Austin Powers link, which is a fairly obvious one; this link, though, has a comprehensive list of just how many pastiches there were in the AP films:
Sam mentioned PTSD briefly when talking about SHERLOCK, and it also appears in BOURNE (towards the end, and in the later films); read more here: and here:
Finally, if you’re interested in soundscapes and film, then this is a good resource:

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