Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

No, it’s not a movie chronicling the struggles of an etiquette teacher in the afterlife, it’s the 4th installment of the action-packed Mission: Impossible series…

The Truth Train team viewed a full length sneak preview of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol last night in IMAX. If we were paying, this isn’t the type of movie we’d normally consider laying down the extra cash to see in an IMAX theater, but we found that the grand scenes and special effects in the movie were really boosted by the immersive IMAX experience. Overall, the movie surpassed our expectations. We managed to make it through with more genuine LOLs than eye rolls, which was unexpected for such a big budget action movie. The international locations were interesting and well integrated into the plot. Simon Pegg’s performance was another highlight of the movie.

Overall, the film felt like a summer blockbuster that didn’t arrive until the middle of winter, but in a fashionably late way.

Your mission this holiday season, should you choose to accept it, is to subdue your relatives with egg nog, sneak past them in tight black clothing, and rappel to your nearest theater to check out this movie.

All Aboard!

Please excuse the poor audio quality of the following video. Apparently, malls are louder than we thought:

Eco-Spoiler Alert!
Regarding plot plausibility, only one nagging question remains. With today’s technology, how can a high-speed dash in an electric car not come to an anti-climactic end because of dead batteries?

2011 Nashville International Auto Show

We may not have mentioned it before, but the Truth Train team is pretty fanatical about cars. We recently attended the 2011 Nashville International Auto Show, which was held at the Nashville Convention Center from November 25th to November 27th. While there wasn’t anything particularly exciting or new to us at the event, it offered a good opportunity for hands-on interaction with a variety of 2012 model cars without having to visit a bunch of dealers. There was a conspicuous absence of European autos, so the majority of manufacturers represented were American or Japanese. In fact, there were as many Korean manufacturers as European manufacturers in attendance (one of each, Kia and VW). In retrospect, the admission price seems a hair steep at $8; however, the ticket included a free subscription to Motor Trend magazine, so the cost of the show definitely ended up being worth it. Here are a few pics from the event and a short video recap:



The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet… a real abomination in our opinion!



Ford, please bring the 2-door Fiesta to the US! We liked this 4-door version, but we must admit that the $21,000 sticker was surprising.


This Acura ZDX was our favorite crossover at the show.


The carbon fiber roof and massive brakes on this ZR1 were stunning in person.



This Murcialago was cool, but where’s the Aventador?


Our favorite car from the show, the 94 horsepower Scion iQ.

Stay on the Platform

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Truth Train team…






Amazing Proposal

The Truth Train Team is getting a new brother in law! Check out his awesome proposal.

Hugo Screening

Hugo is an orphan boy, who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris in the 1940s. His life has been difficult after his father’s death and like many of us, he is trying to find meaning and his purpose. This film is well paced, but might be too slow for younger viewers. In the end, it shows us that much like clocks, we all have our place in this world and, however small, are integral to its functioning correctly.

Don’t be worried about the over use of 3D. Though I’m tired of the format, Scorsese uses it masterfully.

2011 Music City Brewer’s Fest

Do you even have to ask?
All Aboard!

Patio + Ikea Ammerö Furniture

Here’s a quick look at a Truth Train team member’s patio setup this summer. Keep an eye out for an upcoming “how-to” post about potting a palm tree…