Mission Impossible Fallout: the best one yet?

We were first introduced to super spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in the first Mission Impossible in 1996 (directed by Brian de Palma), and it represented a bit of a departure for Cruise. His last film credited film before that was Interview with the Vampire (1994) and, with maybe the exception of Top Gun, he’d… Continue reading Mission Impossible Fallout: the best one yet?

Masks in movies: the weird, wacky and horrific

‘No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.’ Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter Masks are fascinating. We all wear masks – of a sort – every day. It’s rare to meet a completely open person.… Continue reading Masks in movies: the weird, wacky and horrific

Karaoke? Yeah baby!

Spontaneously bursting into song, that’s what it’s all about. By ‘it’ I mean random and unexpected musical scenes in films. They are like little rays of cinematic sunshine. And, like all good moments of music that you experience in your life, a lot of these will have stayed with you as fond memories; for me,… Continue reading Karaoke? Yeah baby!

Oblivion: Cruise, Kurylenko, Riseborough – an effective team?

Does Oblivion cut the futuristic mustard? Yes and no. The last Cruise sci-fi film I can recall that was any good was Minority Report (more a noir thriller, but anyway) – so this latest offering has a lot to live up to. Actually, looking back through his filmography, he’s not been in that many sci-fi… Continue reading Oblivion: Cruise, Kurylenko, Riseborough – an effective team?

Top ten performances of Tom Cruise

After being impressed with Cruise’s performance in Jack Reacher recently it got me thinking. Is Cruise one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood? He surely must be, given his output. Since his first credited role in Endless Love in 1981, I can only count seven instances in the last 31 years where he’s had… Continue reading Top ten performances of Tom Cruise

Jack Reacher – Cruise brings the pain!

There’s been so much talk of Cruise not being tall enough to fulfil the role of Lee Child’s man mountain creation Reacher, that many have lost sight of the fact that he’s an incredibly versatile, dramatic action actor. It’s no wonder Lee Child gave his seal of approval. Plus if we’re going to talk physical… Continue reading Jack Reacher – Cruise brings the pain!