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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A Song For Your Saturday

Mrs. Doubtfire is one of those movies that, when it’s on TV, you can’t not watch it! It’s still hilarious and moving, and is definitely on our list of favourites. Last month it was announced that they’re making a sequel to the 1993 Robin Williams classic (please please please don’t screw it up!!). It will either be the best thing ever or will be a gigantic mistake. My fingers are crossed!

Anyway, in honour of everyone’s favourite nanny (other than Mary Poppins of course!) the song this week is Dude (Looks Like A Lady) by Aerosmith…they just don’t make music videos like this anymore…

Have a great weekend!  And if the weather isn’t great where you are, maybe just curl up on the couch and enjoy a nostalgic afternoon with a great movie, and let Robin Williams remind you why he’s a comedy legend!

Favourite Time of The Year

Other than Christmas of course!

Are you guys ready for the Oscars!? Ever since I can remember I’ve loved it and it’s been my favourite awards show, followed very closely by the Golden Globes (they always seem to have more fun at the Globes…Amy & Tina hosting helps!). The Oscars are coming up very soon and I for one am counting down the days. This year the race is soo close and at the moment anyone could squeak by with a win.

Will it finally be Leo’s year!? Will MacConaughey get to permanently shed his rom com reputation!? Will newcomer Lupita Nyong’o de-throne America’s Sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence?!  I cannot wait to get the answers to these questions…and of course to find out what the genetically blessed are wearing to the event.

The Olympics were brilliant, but now that we’re all feeling the withdrawal not getting to watch it all day, every day, it’s helping to have something to look forward to!  The 86th Academy Awards air on March 2nd and will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres, will you be tuning in?

This week we’ll be catching up on all the nominated movies we haven’t seen yet.

A movie lovers favourite time of the year? Definitely 

I’ll leave you with this cute YouTube video my friend sent me today.  Kids acting out scenes from nominated movies:

Let me know if you’re excited for the show!

Thanks for reading!

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