Welcome to back to Double Feature, the IDS film podcast where the powers that be let us in a podcast booth to give you hot takes and maybe some lukewarm ones too.
Many action movies are intensely formulaic, with most going down the list of what's expected of an action movie: A car chase, a bomb that's going to go off at some point and lots of wasted bullets. The same expectation of formula can be applied to superhero movies, with the basic roles of good guy with powers versus bad guy with powers.
On this week's episode of Double Feature, hosts Annie Aguiar and Chris Forrester discuss two films from 2018 that stick to formulas, but are so good it doesn't matter: "Black Panther" and "Mission: Impossible - Fallout."
"Black Panther" became a cultural moment when it was released a little over a year ago and introduced audiences to the world of Wakanda. It's now nominated for seven Academy Awards, including now being the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture.
"Mission: Impossible - Fallout" is the sixth installment of the "Mission: Impossible" series. It stars stars Tom Cruise as the spy Ethan Hunt, who is trying to track some mission plutonium, and Henry Cavill as CIA agent August Walker. Critics have said it's the best film in the series, and it currently has a 97 percent positive rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.