Where the FUK are the DVD chartz I was promised?
It is like 10 posts up on this very page. Of course I use 50 posts per page so it may be different.
Like I said the other night I finished watching the 6 hour long "The Stand", by Stephen King. So the next night I went ahead and watched The Tommyknockers. Another long 90's made for tv movie, but it was much better and much, much more interesting than The Stand was. I was think that it was going to be about something else, but it turned out to be something much more interesting.
Although I will say that the main character ( Dexter's lab partner in season 2 I believe, Jimmy Smits) was one of the dumbest characters I have seen in the movies ever! He was brave at the end, but that did not save him from making mistake after mistake after mistake. If anyone has seen this movie they will know what I am talking about.
7.2/10 for being good, but dumb and way to long!
Then last night I watched "Dark Shadows". Maybe it is because I have learned to absolutely dislike Johnny Depp more than any other actor because he always playes the same character, but Dark Shadows turned out to be enjoyable for me. Furthermore, I have never seen the old cult classic from the 1970's era either. I laughed a few times, and was over joyed that he did not do over kill with his fingers like he did in the Pirates movies. It was nice to enjoy a Johnny Depp movie again. I have not cared to watch any of his recent movies, and his presence almost totally killed the last Pirate movie for me ( it was not very good in the first place). The Rum Diaries, The Tourist, etc gave me no motivation to see them.
Do not expect too much and you all may enjoy "Dark Shadows" as well. Just see it in the dollar theaters if you do go.
RAIN MAN, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, 1988. United Artists/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.
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TOP GUN, Tom Cruise, 1986, Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
It's hard to imagine a better intro to celebrity than Tom Cruise’s in 1983’s “Risky Business,” as he self-confidently slides into a room in his skivvies, almost daring Hollywood not to make him a star.
As Cruise turns 50, it’s often harder to believe that the guy who often seems just fodder for magazine covers has had multiple movie careers at the same time.
Three years after the success of “Risky Business,” Cruise shot to the sky with “Top Gun.” That movie’s by-the-numbers formula looks hard to miss in retrospect, but with the wrong leading man it could easily have been shot down.
But Cruise, whose laserlike understanding of his cinematic strengths comes through in almost everything whether a hit or not, had its number, and “Gun’s” $175-million success put him in the stratosphere at barely 24.
In the 10 years that followed, Cruise laid down a career blueprint still followed by aspiring top guns: Take clear hits when they’re offered (“Cocktail,” “Days of Thunder”), learn from mentor when you can: Paul Newman and Martin Scorsese on “The Color of Money,” Dustin Hoffman on “Rain Man,” Oliver Stone on “Born on the Fourth of July,” Jack Nicholson on “A Few Good Men,” Sydney Pollack on “The Firm” and Stanley Kubrick on “Eyes Wide Shut.”
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RAIN MAN, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, 1988, United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection
In 1996, at 34, Cruise’s multilayered approach yielded “Mission: Impossible” (a still-lucrative series) and “Jerry Maguire” (still one of his best roles; see below).
The years 1999 to 2002 brought a series of roles in which Cruise — who divorced Nicole Kidman in that time — was hiding in plain sight, choosing roles often requiring masks or disguises: “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Magnolia” (in which he hid behind an out-there persona that seemed to let us know he understood his celebrity), “Vanilla Sky” and “Minority Report.”
MINORITY REPORT, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, 2002. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.
He even wore braces for a year starting in 2002 (when not on-set) to fix misaligned teeth. Far from just vanity, it was a savvy business decision from a man who knows the price of a red-carpet smile.
In 2004, Cruise, whose previous turn at being unsympathetic was bloodless (“Interview with the Vampire”), did an about-face for director Michael Mann: “Collateral,” a drive-by-night thriller in which a white-haired Cruise, searing the screen as a contract killer, gave one of the great recent underappreciated performances.
Steven Spielberg-directed “War of the Worlds” in 2005 was Cruise’s biggest hit since 2000’s “M:I 2.” Yet a year later “Mission: Impossible 3” underperformed, setting off his current and possibly most interesting stage.
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, Tom Cruise, Keri Russell, 2006. ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection
In the last five years, Cruise has been in an enjoyably self-aware phase that has seen him give a rip-roaring show-biz lampoon as the balding, paunchy producer Less Grossman in “Tropic Thunder,” accept a risky turn as a Hitler-hating German officer in “Valkyrie,” and vamp it up as aging rocker Stacee Jaxx in the current “Rock of Ages.”
In fact, the failure of 2010’s “Knight & Day,” an obvious spy-caper romance, hopefully gave this new 5-Oh club member something to slide toward in this phase of his career: Less of the same-old, same-old. More rock of ages.