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Monday, August 15, 2016
T&M TUMBLR JUXTAPOSES DE PALMA / SPIELBERG
LIQUID DROPS IN 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE' AND 'MINORITY REPORT'
The tumblr Tea and a Movie ("Watching movies, drinking tea") has posted a series of juxtaposed frame captures from Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible (1996) and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (2002). The presence of Tom Cruise in both scenes perhaps makes it clear that these two film scenes are in dialogue with each other. However, this is a dialogue that began (perhaps) with the drops of water in Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993), which was adapted by David Koepp, who adapted Carlito's Way for De Palma that same year, and who went on to be De Palma's choice for screenwriter on Mission: Impossible. Following that, Spielberg and Koepp kept the dialogue going a year later with a wild scene in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) that, short of having a Tom Cruise stop just shy of hitting the floor and setting off the alarm of a CIA vault, had Julianne Moore fall and smash face-down, spread eagle onto the rear window of a trailer that has been pushed over a cliff. Spielberg mines the suspense in this scene as a direct "check-this-out" homage to his friend, De Palma, as Moore tries delicately to remove herself from the shattered glass with minimal movement. Koepp included a similar suspense scene in one of his Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man movies, and in Minority Report, Spielberg also borrows a visual idea from De Palma's Snake Eyes (1998) (which again had a screenplay written by Koepp) by having the camera track through a building overhead, moving from room to room with a "God's eye" view.

Check out the full tumblr juxtapositions at Tea and a Movie.

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 12:30 AM CDT
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 3:01 AM CDT

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

Good stuff, both great films. M:I was about being a ghost, while MR was about looking for a ghost.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 1:55 PM CDT

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

De Palma fans will enjoy the trailer to Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge and recognise the themes of stubbornness and unwavering moral stance from Casualties of War.

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 7:57 PM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

As much as I admire De Palma's masterful visual framing and planning Phillip Noyce 1997 espionage thriller THE SAINT is a far more entertaining spy film. THE SAINT had a minor $68 million budget with an abundance of motion and movement. THE SAINT had quite a good and more expansive story. The actors had stronger personalities compared to some of the wooden moments of acting in MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE. The star of MI is De Palma in the way he visualizes an extremely ordinary narrative and an obvious villian. the story isn't that good. THE SAINT wasn't as popular as MI considering De Palma at the time had the biggest actor in the world headling his film.

Paramount has bought the rights to THE SAINT and plans a franchise similar to MI. 

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:57 PM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

Apparently Sydney Pollack was set to direct Mission:Impossible before Brian De Palma came aboard.

Sydney Pollack was also set to direct The Saint movie with Ralf Fiennes and Hugh Grant. Ralf Fiennes turned down the role because he thought the script was driving fast cars and breaking in to Swiss banks has been done before many times over. The irony was that Fiennes accepted the role of John Steed in The Avengers. One of the biggest stinkers to have come out of Warner Brothers, and a creative and box office dud. The film was mangled by disastrous test screen surveys that ended up in taking out 35 minutes from a 115 minute running time to an appalling 79 minute running time.

One does not say no to a director such as Pollack who directed instant classics such as Three Days Of The Condor, The Yakuza, The Firm and The Interpreter. Fiennes turned down Pollack to only go with an inexperienced director to make a mangled piece of filmmaking that was The Avengers. Doesn't make any sense! 

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