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Jerry Maguire by Thomas
September 13, 2014, 7:52 pm
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Cruise is the ultimate late capitalist, a smooth operator trading entirely on image. He should be on top of the world, yet somehow he’s unhappy. It turns out he’s engaged to a mechanical career woman, he lacks wholesome male bonding, and worst of all his beloved realm of sports has become hollow and corporate. Our hero must find a meaningful relationship while re-committing himself to the lost chivalry of sports marketing! Come on, how strange is that premise?

Cameron Crowe wrote and directed this specimen: a sports movie whose focus is not on on bonding-through-athleticism but on masculinity, virtue in a “cynical world” and family-life-in-the-90’s type stuff.  I like it because it’s stylish and self-conscious and aimed at adults. I admit it’s dated (the fax machine), perilously cute-and-sweet (the toddler, the swells of music), fraught with stereotypes (the emasculated jazz loser, the women’s group, the Tidwell family)…but the acting is charming and you gotta love the snappy dialogue. It’s like old school Hollywood returns; an update on the old tear-jerker romance. I say, worth checking out

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Jerry Maguire

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol by Thomas
January 20, 2013, 1:06 am
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Brad Bird helms this surprisingly successful sequel.  As with The Incredibles, Bird doesn’t stray far from a tried and true action formula — but he does apply humor and originality to help refresh a genre that often relies too heavily on routine situations.  This is like an outrageous tongue-in-cheek version of the original Brian De Palma movie. (Much better than the other sequels, which nobody should ever mention. Crap I just mentioned them!)  Worth checking out.

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Tom’s review



Jerry Maguire by William

Show me the money, because you had me at hello. Jerry Maguire is an artifact from the era of catch-phrase-ism that swept America in the late 90’s. For this and other reasons I can’t quite explain, it feels dated. It’s also a perfectly fine movie, suitable for a romantic evening with your significant other. Worth checking out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Maguire



Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol by tincolor
April 24, 2012, 6:16 am
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Tom Cruise gets together with a bunch of new cast members to bring down an insane former Soviet General bent on bringing nuclear war to the world! This was the first MI movie I’ve seen that I can genuinely say I liked. In a lot of ways, it almost feels like they redid the first movie, only much much better. The humor is good, the action is good, and the cool MI tech they use is actually pretty darn cool. Worth checking out.



Risky Business by tincolor
March 15, 2012, 4:26 am
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Tom Cruise is in high school on his way to college and becoming a man. First of all, I started watching this movie expecting Animal House, but instead got something closer to Drive meets Farris Beuller’s Day Off, that’s to say, there is very little zany innocent fun, at a lot more serious talk of and at times almost abstract imagery of suburban America. Even that scene with Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear that everyone knows has a slightly dark undertone, there’s almost something subversive about it. Definitely worth checking out.



Knight and Day by William
March 11, 2012, 7:08 am
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My expectations going into this one were low, for obvious reasons. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s totally “over the top,” as we say on this blog, but it’s highly enjoyable. I’m not really a Cameron Diaz fan but she’s charming in this one, and I am a Tom Cruise fan. So there ya go. Worth checking out.

Theatrical release poster, includes two white silhouetted figures against a black background.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight_and_Day



Abre los Ojos/Vanilla Sky by William
January 29, 2012, 8:54 pm
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I tried to watch both of these movies at the same time. It kind of worked. Anyway, no reasonable person can or would object to watching this much Penélope Cruz. The ending is, as we established long ago, not at all confusing, but it is somewhat disappointing. After an intriguing and suspenseful build-up, you want a more clever explanation for how it’s all possible. Tom Cruise haters can stick with Abre los Ojos, but Vanilla Sky is better. Either one is Worth watching, but Vanilla Sky is a straight-up remake, not quite scene-for-scene but very close, so don’t expect much additional insight from seeing both.

  Open Your Eyes (1997 film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Vanilla Sky – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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