Mission: Impossible: The Original TV Series
I grew up watching this series when I was a lad and enjoyed the smooth, concise manner in which Dan or Jim went about their business of protecting the world against evil-doers. Steven Hill as Dan Briggs has that midcentury cool that Mad Men exploits 50 years on. And Lalo Schifrin’s theme? The best in the business. The plots are often a bit far-fetched, but no matter — it’s TV, right?
Mission Impossible: The Original TV Series (USA) 1966–’72, Paramount
In Dr. Strangelove, I love the fun Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and George C. Scott have with the characters’ names: Merkin Muffley, Col. “Bat” Guano, Brig. Gen. Jack Ripper, Alexi de Sadesky, General “Buck” Turgidson, and, of course, Dr. Strangelove. It’s a Cold War romp through jingoistic male stereotypes and domino-effect fear-mongering. My favorites are the details upon which Kubrick builds his farce, which the DVD provides in spades.
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (USA) 1964, Paramount
— Popeye Cahn , movie-loving artist copy boy