I watched The Hustler back in 2015, which was a most excellent film. So, I had to watch this.
What I completely forgot was that Martin Scorcese directed this, so when I saw his name in the opening credits my expectations rose. And it was a classic Marty film with it’s sweeping, snappy, and busy shots. It never really felt like a Marty film though.
Paul Newman was great as usual, he carried most of the film, and deservedly won an Academy Award for best actor. The Cruiser was his usual self, and he had made Top Gun in the same year, so he was on a buzz. His performance was actually quite good, although he was basically playing the nine ball player version of his role in Top Gun. He did a lot of the pool shots himself, just leaving the tricky shots to a pool stuntman. Did you know that before deciding to become a famous actor he had aspirations to be a Catholic priest? Yep.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio played Tom’s girlfriend, and she was equally fabulous, she held her own well against Paul and Tommo. She hasn’t acted in a film since 2004 which is a shame, although she continues to work in television and on stage.
So this was good stuff to watch. The cast was great, and the story engaging but not overly thrilling. Marty did his thing well, but this can’t be included in a top ten of the best films made by him.
Date watched: February 2nd
Film count 2017: 25
This is a film I have been wanting to see for some time, no particular reason why.
It turned out to be a little better than expected, although Thomas did do his overacting bits occasionally, usually when he was excited and yelling “YEAH!”, and waving his arms around a lot. He also did his trademark grin/smile a lot, he seems to think this will get him an Academy Award or something. But at times he was really quite decent and not annoying at all.
The story too was pretty good and kind of original, and there was a good cast including Renée Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr., and Jonathan Lipnicki as the cute kid. It did get a bit too soppy at times, uncomfortably so, but at other times it was quite funny.
Worth a watch just not only to see Thomas do his thing, but also for the rest of it if you can block out the soppiness.
Date watched: March 25th
Film count 2015: 41
Here is Jerry Maguire playing Thomas…
James and I watched this last night and enjoyed it.
Tom Cruise is usually a good bet these days, his films are entertaining, don’t require any brain power, and have plenty of action. This one also had a few funny bits which Tom carried out well.
The story, which is based on a Japanese novel is pretty good although it is just a futuristic action version of Groundhog Day.
The CG was fabs, especially the aliens. Bill Paxton was in this, he has been annoying in some films in the past, but I thought he was good in this and he did some good comedy bits.
So it was good to watch something entertaining after the disappointment of Need for Speed.
Date watched: February 14th
Film count 2015: 22
Tom Cruise doing his thing in this.
He wasn’t quite as annoying as he can be, his part in this just required that he be aloof and mysterious, and not show emotion which seems to suit Thomas well.
It had lots of intrigue, a nifty car chase, and a good one-on-five punch-up which of course Thomas won. But best of all it had Werner Herzog as a rather ruthless and nasty ex-Russian prisoner who had to chew off his own fingers to survive. He wasn’t in it all that much, but he was fabs.
The ending became just a standard shoot-out, with the main characters walking away and making jokes as they usually do in these situations, as do real people in real life I take it.
Date watched: January 6th
Film count 2014: 24
Here is Werner:
I watched this on Blu-Ray last night, looked great too.
And it was pretty good really, even Tom Cruise was not too shabby. A lot of it was just silliness, like the impossible gadgets they were using but that is all part of the fun. Simon Pegg was funny, and that Bogdan character was a laugh although he wasn’t in it much. I found it amusing though how some of the supposedly high tech gadgets failed, but of course it was all in the name of suspense.
The action sequences were great, especially the Burj sequences outside the building. Some nice cars in it too, including the concept BMW which is a great looking thing.
A very entertaining watch.
Date watched: February 17th
Tom Cruise o’meter: 9.5/10
Film count 2013: 24
I was perusing through the DVD rental place when I came across this, thought I’d try it.
While nothing overly special I found it mildly entertaining and it didn’t get boring. Normally I don’t care for Thomas Cruise all that much, mostly his off-screen persona really, all that Scientology weirdness puts me off a bit. But in this he was pretty good, and he was only 21 at the time. It was well directed and had some pretty snappy dialogue. It also had a young Joe Pantoliano as well as Booger from ‘Revenge of the Nerds’.
Date watched: August 24th
Film count 2012: 81