Tangerine Dream's sultry synths pulse in the background as the camera zooms out from twinky Tom Cruise's wayfarers, a slim cigarette dangling from his lips as he flashes back to a reoccurring dream of sneaking into the neighbor's house and stumbling upon a beautiful girl showering, she invites him to wash her back, but the steam obscures his reach for her until he finds himself transported to a classroom, three hours late for the college entrance exams.
With the aforementioned opening scene following the moody neon pastel credits as a night train rolls through a gritty Chicago twilight, we are introduced to Joel Goodson and for the most part, Tom Cruise, in Paul Brickman's 1983 classic Risky Business. The film was a breakout for Cruise, who some 35 years later has both delivered and disappointed on the potential of his brilliant performance in this early movie. Cruise can act and when he truly slips into character, as he did when portraying the innocent "Good so…
Picture yourself transported back to 1969, maybe you weren't even a thought or maybe your were a just a tot. The Summer of '69 and its verge into a new, unforeseen decade, seems as delicately infamous as any other season or year in the history books, knowing the fragility America was in at that moment, what it had been through (assassinations, moon landings, wars and uproars) and a nation teetering on the edge, cultures clashing, ideologies at odds. A young Quentin Tarantino was merely 6, watching Batman *boom bang pow!* on the tube.
Now, fifty years later, a true Hollywood player, a grown ass man, takes our eyeballs and glues them onto the rear-view mirror of his celluloid DeLorean for a trip down memory lane where objects play out differently on screen. Tarantino gives us a buddy-pairing for the ages, a Clint Eastwood/Burt Reynolds dynamite duo of the modern cinematic gods in Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. The storefronts and streets of Los Angeles are rewound back to the…
Oh, boy. Here we go. No host. Another bloated 4 hour telecast. No Best Director nod for Bradley "Handsome Man" Cooper. What a time to be alive.
Here are my picks (in bold):
Bohemian Rhapsody The Favourite
A Star Is Born
Vice Okay. Here's the deal. The Favourite is a masterpiece and by a country mile the best film nominated of the bunch (sorry, ROMA). It is also a film that "empowers" women and has, to my knowledge, no "problems" or "controversies" attached to it like some other nominees. It's also the culmination of some brilliant work by Yorgos Lanthimos in his last few features. The Favourite is hilarious and riveting throughout, a lit lesbian Barry Lyndon for the ages. Best Actor:
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s GateRami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book This one is hard. Dafoe could be the dark horse. Bale probab…