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Saturday, May 2, 2020
'MISSION IMPOSSIBLE' ON CBS SUNDAY MAY 17
BLOCKBUSTER CORONAVIRUS PROGRAMMING, AS SERIES PRODUCTION COMES TO A HALT
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With many regularly scheduled TV series falling short of production in the wake of Coronavirus shut-downs all over the place, CBS is bringing back its Sunday Night At The Movies beginning this weekend, and all through May. You might say the network is looking to bring back the sort of time when everybody seemed to be watching The F.B.I. on ABC every Sunday night, as in Quentin Tarantino's latest, Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood. Bookended by two of Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones movies (Raiders Of The Lost Ark May 3rd, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade May 31st), Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible will air smack dab in the middle, on May 17th. The other two films are Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump (May 10th) and James Cameron's Titanic (May 24th).

""It's a five-week programming event with epic films, iconic stars, and brilliant stories that viewers love—and love to watch together," CBS programming exec Noriko Kelley states in the CBS press release. CBS also put together a retro-fashioned promo commercial that can be watched on its Facebook page.

"All hail the return of CBS ‘Sunday Night at the Movies’ in May," reads a San Francisco Chronicle headline from this past week. Forbes' Scott Mendelson expects that a new commercial for Paramount's upcoming Tom Cruise-starring Top Gun: Maverick will air during the Mission: Impossible slot May 17th. At The Stranger, Bobby Roberts writes:

It's so bizarre to see the CBS Sunday Night Movie come back to brodcast TV after being made more-or-less obsolete by cable back in the '90s. And then cable was made obsolete in the '00s by the internet, and now because the movie industry doesn't know what it's going to be in the near future, media companies like Viacom/CBS are looking at all these watch parties, looking at their network programming, noticing their large back catalogs, and boom: The Sunday Night Movie returns with a slightly different name at 8pm tonight, presenting a perfect excuse for everyone to get together at the same time, in the same place, and watch 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, maybe the most perfectly constructed film in cinema history. Maybe. I’m sure someone out there has an argument on deck, but I’m betting their champion of choice doesn’t include a giant pit of snakes; a fight inside, on top of, and hanging off the front of a truck at 50 mph; a holy box that melts Nazi faces like Totino’s Party Pizza; and—most importantly—the presence of peak Harrison Ford in all his sweaty, smirky, silly-yet-sexy glory.

Meanwhile, Rickey Fernandes Da Conceição at Goomba Stomp & Sordid Cinema posted his subjective list of the "40 Best Movies of 1996" today. De Palma's Mission: Impossible comes in at number 8. "One man has one chance to do the impossible," reads the quick-tag under the film's title. The description then reads, "An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization."

Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man gets the top spot on this list.


Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, May 3, 2020 1:34 AM CDT
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Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 7:44 AM CDT

Name: "Peter "

Saw Domino for the first time and holy shit is this a Brian DePalma film? Have to rewatch Mission Impossible to remind me how great he once was.

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 9:30 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

Domino was plagued by all kinds of financial issues during its production and De Palma was pissed with the producers, but yes, he managed to hand in a cut of it, lean and mean, and yes, very De Palma-- although after handing in his cut he walked away and was not involved with post-production things such as color timing, the dialogue re-recording, the music recording sessions, and the final mix. Had he been involved with all of that, then the film would have a more polished look and sound, for sure.

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 11:10 PM CDT

Name: "Tex"

DePalma was a better and different filmmaker back in the day. DePalma had two peak moments in his career with the first being "Blow Out" and "Scarface" followed by "Carlito's Way" and "Mission:Impossible". That was DePalma at the pinnacle with good films in "Sisters, Phantom Of The Paradise, Carrie, The Fury, Dressed To Kill, The Untouchables, Body Double, Casualties Of War and his last stand out film in Femme Fatale. For me all his other films have been misses.

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 10:11 AM CDT

Name: "Bill Fentum"

I haven't watched a film with commercial breaks in many years, but I've got to admit those network showings played a huge role in nurturing my love of movies as a kid. My first Hitchcock was the 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much when I was 11, shown on CBS on a Friday evening. The censorship could be pretty annoying, though; the worst case I recall was ABC's premiere of Midnight Cowboy in 1974 with, I think, a full half hour of cuts.

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 5:37 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

 Even though I live in Sydney Australia I have all these movies on Blu ray. I have stopped watching movies on free to air television decades ago with all the censorships and tv breaks. Once the movie returns from the tv breaks there's graphic advertising over and during the movie. No way to watch a movie. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 12:46 AM CDT

Name: "anonymous"

well crafted with lack of action in MI

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 2:10 AM CDT

Name: "Mustafa"

I dont think there is a bigger speaker for De Palma than me, other than Geof of course!

I bought original posters for almost all of his movies, it cost me a mini fortune!

I have all his movies on different versions

I even bought a rare photograph of him, taken in the 80s!

But I cannot deffend Domino, I know the troubled production, he should have spoken out and denounced it like taking his name out of the movie or something, a back page in a holy book of pure cinema 

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 2:09 AM CDT

Name: "Neil"

There's not enough set pieces and no hyper slick car chase epic, and no exciting suspense fill shoot out. DePalmas film needed an epic 150 minute running time with one set piece after an another. Story wise it has very little to say and the McGuffin is standard tv fodder with the NOC list. A minor film by DePalma well crafted. Not the epic I was hoping for. It took Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation and especially Fallout to achieve that excellence. Bad luck DePalma

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

De Palma's M:I has just the right amount of set pieces, if you ask me, and I am generally not interested in a movie like this over two hours, although the work McQuarrie is doing is very good (and he's been looking and studying what De Palma had done, and taking off from what's come before). And there is so much going on in De Palma's film if you look underneath the surface, on a visual level, offering deeply subversive subtext. It is masterfully crafted, a work of art beneath its sleek veneer of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 5:57 PM CDT

Name: "neil"

Inception is a MI film set in the dream world and runs 148 minutes

MI Fallout is the best entry in and most successful and runs 147 minutes

Tenet has a running time of over 150 minutes and seems like another sci fi mission film

If DePalma had exciting well staged shoot outs with a hyper slick car chase set piece every one will be calling it a master class of filmmaking. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:20 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

You'll find no argument from me that a film running over two hours in length can be great. The running time has little to do with it. We all know that a film can be great at any length.

There is purposely very little gun action in De Palma's Mission: Impossible. But there is plenty in it that can be studied as a master class in filmmaking.

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 1:04 AM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

When I have my friends over I always treat them to a double feature on Blu ray of SCARFACE and MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE. They all lap it up glued to the tv. One of the best double features.

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