Cruise Control

In honour of Tom Cruise’s new movie, Edge of Tomorrow I thought I’d do a round-up of some of the Tom Cruise films that I feel you should get around to seeing, or dusting off and seeing again! Now, I’ve never been a big Tom Cruise fan. In fact, anyone that knows me knows that I really dislike him most of the time (I even wrote an essay on it in College!). But overlooking the strangeness that is Tom Cruise, and my inability to really become a fan, he does have some pretty good, entertaining movies out there to be enjoyed!

So lets get started:

Cocktail
Cocktail

“A talented New York bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love”.

There is a lot more to this film that just that synopsis above. Made in 1988 it is still a great story today, with some great acting (as much as is pains me to say that!)! It may not have won any awards (except a Razzie for Worst Picture in 1989…) but it doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not. Which is a feel good, classic love story.

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Top Gun

Top Gun“As students at the Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be the best in the class, one daring young flyer learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom”

Classic 80’s description right? This film has everything; romance, comedy, tragedy, action, and a whole lotta cheese. Including a classic motorcycle scene and the unforgettable beach volley-ball scene complete with denim jeans and hilarious song choice. You could not ask for more. Also, enjoy how young and svelte Val Kilmer looked. You’re welcome.

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The Outsiders

The Outsiders“When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Ponyboy kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.”

We were made to watch this film in English class when I was about 14, and we all loved it. Everyone is in it, Tom Cruise isn’t even a lead character. It’s a great story and is very much about friendship, coming of age and acceptance. Definitely a must see if you haven’t already. A classic.

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Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder

“A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.”

This may just be my favourite Tom Cruise movie. I’m not a racing fan, or much of a Tom Cruise fan, but I found this really enjoyable and fun. It doesn’t get rave reviews and it’s certainly not the best film ever but it’s a guilty pleasure. His character name is classic Tom Cruise…Cole Trickle, and the film is full of mistakes (including someone calling him Tom at one point instead of his characters name) but it’s exactly what you’d expect and is easy to enjoy. Tom Cruise met Nicole Kidman on the set of this film and the rest of the cast is great. A brilliant 80’s flick.

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A Few Good Men

A Few Good Men

“Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders.”

This was on TV the other day and we all happily got completely engrossed in it all over again. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen this film, it’s brilliant. The cast is fabulous and the story is even better. With classic quotes and scenes, and one of Jack Nicholson’s best performances, you can’t go wrong! This is a very close second to being my favourite Tom Cruise movie!

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And there you have it! My favourite Tom Cruise films! Notice how they’re all from the ’80’s…I can’t be doing with any of that Vanilla Sky, Eyes Wide Shut nonsense.

Let me know your thoughts on these films, and your favourites of course!

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Gravity

Another movie post!  This time around it’s about Gravity.  It’s still not out in England but Rob and I went to see it in Canada a couple of weeks ago.  Here’s the synopsis from IMDB:

“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.”

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That description is literally all you can say about it without giving the whole plot away!  This movie was the perfect length at only 91 minutes (1.31 hours) and we saw it in 3D which I normally don’t like and usually find completely pointless, but with this movie I definitely recommend it.  Gravity makes you feel like you’re in space with them, and that they actually put a camera up in space to film it, it’s that good.  I’m not a big fan of small spaces and you do feel a bit claustrophobic watching them in their space suits and being adrift in space, but it’s so visually amazing that you can get over that and just enjoy the ride.  Some people have said they found it quite boring which I have to disagree with. It’s definitely more of an experience than it is about the plot, if you know what I mean, though the plot is still pretty good too.  I’d say go in with zero expectations and just take it as it comes, it’s not for everyone but I really enjoyed it.

I’d give this one 4 cups of tea out of 5!

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Somehow I’ve managed to talk about this movie without giving anything away! (I think…)  Have any of you seen it yet?  If so what did you think and if not do you think you’ll go and see it?

Thanks for reading!

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Captain Phillips

I’m no movie expert but I love them and love talking about them!

We went to see Captain Phillips last week so I thought I’d write about what we thought.  Here’s a quick synopsis:

“The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.”
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Captain Phillips

 From the moment it starts to the moment it ends it’s very intense and you’re on the edge of your seat.  You quickly get an idea of the type of man Captain Phillips is (played by the ever reliable Tom Hanks) and the story line moves pretty quickly.  I really liked the way they showed the point of view of the Somalians as well as the Americans so you could see their desperation and some of the reasoning for their choices.

I can normally sit quite comfortably and eat my snacks during a movie, but with this one I didn’t reach over for my peanut M&M’s once!  I was sucked in right away and could barely breathe until it finished.  The only complaint is that it is a little bit too long at 134 minutes (about 2.3 hours).
It was scary and suspenseful and Tom Hanks performance was brilliant, especially in the last 10 minutes of the film (which everyone seems to be talking about, but trust me, it is emotional!).  The Somalian actors were also really good.  Not a very in depth review but overall we were really impressed with this movie and would definitely recommend it!

I’d give this one 4 cups of tea out of 5!
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