Coffee Time Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Good morning, lovelies!  It is I, your humble blogger Wise The Simple, recently returned from a month long hiatus.  I’ve been meaning to return full force with some actual blog posts, but let’s ease in a bit with a stream of consciousness Coffee Time.

This week my brother and a friend of his are staying at my apartment.  It’s been a lot of fun so far, albeit a much different atmosphere from my normally solitary evenings.

On Monday evening we all went to the movie theater to watch Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.  The showtime was at 10:15pm, and I live practically in the middle of nowhere, so we had the entire theater to ourselves.

It was pretty good!  I love the M:I movie franchise and thought this was a great installment.  Tom Cruise is absolutely insane — the plane stunt?  As someone with an intense fear of heights: nopenopenope!  But yeah, the action was great, newcomer Rebecca Ferguson was fantastic, and overall it was a very enjoyable film.

My one major qualm, however, was this film’s insistence on making Ethan Hunt such a Gary Stu.  Throughout the film, I found myself siding with the character(s) who argued against Hunt’s often reckless schemes.  But others kept praising him, saying he could do no wrong, and that he was THE ONE MAN who could possibly save the day.

(Mild Spoilers — Ving Rhames’ character was particularly one-note in this regard.  He spent the entire movie hero-worshiping Hunt.  But it wasn’t until near the climax of the film that I literally scoffed at a line from a different character.  It was so ridiculous, I couldn’t believe that it was said in earnest.  If you’ve seen Rogue Nation, I’m sure you’ll know to which scene I’m referring.)

Overall I’d probably give the film a B/B+.  I think my favorite of the series is either M:I III or Ghost Protocol (I honestly need to give them all a rewatch).  But if you enjoy these movies, definitely give this one a go.  The action is great, all your favorite characters are back (though some are shafted in the story department), and although the plot line was a tad shaky, there were plenty of spy movie thrills, twists, and turns to keep you engaged.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation and let me know what you thought in the comments below!

From Solitude to Collaboration: What a Crazy Month It Has Been

Wow.  What a crazy month it’s been!  Sorry I’ve been gone for so long —  I’ll try not to do it again.

This month-long absence was started out of woe.  If you follow my blog, you likely saw that I had a bit of a bad day near the end of June.  That unfortunately spread to a few weeks of depression.  Not so much the sadness kind as it was just the numbness.  I’m prone to maladaptive daydreaming, and I ended up spending most of the time after work just lying in bed, fantasizing and thinking about nothing of import.

However, some time in the last few weeks, it was as if everything had turned 180 degrees.  I often find solace in geeky obsessions, and during my emotional low-point this month, I had become enthralled with audio drama podcasts.  Though I was determined to be separate from the real world, I found myself immersed in several fictional ones as I listened to these long-form narratives.  Soon, I found myself inspired to do something I hadn’t had the motivation to do in a long time — write!  I started reworking some of my short fiction ideas, and began drafting some new things as well.

Now, I am typically a lone-wolf in most aspects of my life.  But for the first time in my writing “career,” I was interested in finding a writing partner.  I’ve done writing collaborations before, but those were mainly in the sense that we wrote our own separate pieces under a shared framework.  I was interested in working together with someone on a single project.  I figured that since I’m not familiar with certain forms of writing (e.g. scripts for movies, television, comics, and/or audio dramas/radio plays), it would be good to work alongside someone — preferably someone more experienced in these formats than I — who could help me to learn and hone my own craft.

The only problem here was… I had no idea how to find someone like that.

Whether it was through providence or serendipity, I’m not sure.  But one day, out of the blue, I got a private message from a colleague of mine from one of the aforementioned shared world writing collaborations.  He mentioned that he was a fan of my work, and was wondering if I was interested in creating something with him.

Of course I was.  Of course I was!

So here we are now, going into our third week of collaboration, and we have had wonderful brainstorming sessions, the beginnings of some great (if I may say so myself) first draft material, and a very exciting conversation about the involvement of a third-party.  I won’t go too much into it since we are very much in our nascent stage, but this is truly the most excited I’ve been about writing in a while!

As an introvert, I value my alone time.  But sometimes… sometimes I push too hard in one direction.  It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, and even easier to refuse to try to get out of it.  Sometimes I need a kick in the butt, a little push to get me started.  Sure, I may have started off last month at a low-point, but now I’m back on the upswing and looking forward to what’s to come.