“Tom Cruise isn’t six-foot five and he doesn’t weigh two hundred and fifty pounds. He’s more like five foot seven and probably weighs a buck fifty.” That was the response I got when I asked my movie partner-in-crime if she wanted to go see the latest Tom Cruise actioner, Jack Reacher with me. He may be 50 years old and on the shorter side, but I’ll be honest, I like his movies. Especially his action movies. He handles them well and the previews to this one had me from the get go. I was determined to go with or without my cohort. I have never read any of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books so I didn’t have any type of preconceived notion on the character. However, I’m sure enthusiasts of the books would say differently. The question here would be whether or not Cruise could pull it off and make both those who have read the books and those who haven’t happy with the final product.
In 1987 I was nearing the end of my freshman year of high school. Or just starting my sophomore year, depending on which part of the year we’re talking about. It was a time of bad fashion (that is sadly making a comeback), big hair that required lots and lots of Aqua Net, and dirt rock as well as glamor rock saturated the airwaves. Those of us that grew up in that era tend to look back on it with equal parts terror and appreciation. Terror because we’re scared pictures from that time will make their way to Facebook and appreciation because even though the music was bad, it was oh so good.
It’s been 15 years since the release of the first film, and five years since J.J. Abrams breathed new life into the franchise with the third one. We aren’t going to discuss the second film at all because it’s a waste of space. The fourth installment brings Ethan Hunt back to the screen but could it possibly be a worthy entry in a franchise whose quality has been uneven at best?
Some musicals work (Hairspray, Glee) and some don’t (Cop Rock). Some decades work, and some don’t. Combing a musical with a decade that shouldn’t have worked and you could have something that’s either Wylie Coyote level genius, or just plain horrific. Rock of Ages could go either way, but I’m not holding my breath for genius.
Well this week is better than the last couple as far as trailers go. We’ve got a new trailer for M:I4, the feature film remake of 21 Jump Street as well as a new creepy film called The Innkeepers and a dark-ish animated feature called , a rather racy, raunchy teen comedy and the new Denzel Washington / Ryan Reynolds flick, Safe House. Which one are you looking forward to the most?
This week’s Trailer Wrap holds a bevy of genres. We’ve got suspense, thriller, action, and inspirational, and even animated. So before you head out to the pool, the lake or what have you….get up to date on the latest trailers first. Then you can tell your friends about all the great stuff coming up. Then sit back and watch them be wowed by your extensive film knowledge.
The year was 1986. I was 14 and getting ready to start high school as a freshman. My older sister was getting ready to start her senior year and was at that age where hanging out with her younger sister just wasn’t cool. Lucky for me though she had a really close friend named Angie who was all kinds of rad, and it was Angie, who took me to the theater to see Top Gun for the first time.