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Tom Cruise – Villain Or hero?

When people think of Tom Cruise what do they see? That shit eating grin, the Scientology, star power? I prefer to think of Cruise as a character actor trapped in a superstar’s body. Once he went stratospheric with Top Gun, he began to seek out more interesting parts, and get the attention of some great […]

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Industrial Light And Magic: Creating The Impossible

Tom Cruise narrates the below doc on the famous George Lucas owned special effects house, which also features interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau as well as many other producers and actors. The documentary is directed by Leslie Iwerks, the film maker who made The Pixar Story, a look at […]

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The World Of Oblivion Featurette

The latest sci-fi film from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is another stunning example of world building (or should that be destroying?) on an epic scale – seamless model and CGI  blending with vast Icelandic ash scapes, as Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough, “an effective team” together watch over giant hydro mining machines needed for off planet resources. […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Tron Legacy

Joseph Kosinki’s second sci-fi film Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, seems to be cementing his dubious reputation as a soulless director of empty, derivative spectacle. I disagree, and would like to take this opportunity to defend his enjoyable debut feature cyber-calling card, Tron Legacy. Admittedly, Tron: Legacy is a film of two halves. After going all out to entertain […]

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Scene Is Believing: Parallel Hit-Lives

Below is another great video by Michael McLennan, entitled Gunmen In Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Shadows – A parallel edit of a climactic scene from Michael Mann’s Collateral with the Shanghai sequence from Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. Michael draws attention to visual parallels and pacing in each scene: “Both directors and their lensers (Dion Beebe and Roger […]

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Hell’s Club – Murder On The Dance Floor

Check out this amazing video by Antonio Maria Da Silva, AKA AMDSFILMS – “Hell’s Club”, a funky nightclub where characters from different films meet to get down, and things can get ugly. Have you ever wanted to see Tom Cruise from Cocktail check himself out as silver fox Vincent from Collateral? Then see Saturday Night Fever’s […]

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Scene Is Believing: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Audiences and critics alike are having a blast with Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible installment, Rogue Nation (keep that second fiddle handy, Jeremy Renner – there’s plenty of life left in the Duracell bunny star yet). Of the many exciting sequences throughout the film, the Opera House scene is being singled out as particularly brilliant […]

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Analysis

In honour of Tom Cruise and writer / director Christopher McQuarrie’s latest instalment in the Mission Impossible series, Rogue Nation, here is a video analysis of the series to date, by Grantland’s Sean Witzke. Thanks to Larry Wright for the heads up.

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Guilty Pleasures: Mission Impossible 2

Apart from a few familiar tropes of both the spy genre as influenced by the James Bond series (infiltrating glamorous Ferrero Roche-laden ambassador’s receptions with a slinkily dressed lovely in disguise) and obvious hangovers from its TV origins (the masks, tech, baffling diversions) the Mission Impossible series of films could not be more different from […]

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Review: Edge Of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise is Warrior Reincarnage The concept, or Full Metal Pitch, of Edge Of Tomorrow is simple – Earth is losing in a ground war against a nebulous alien threat, called Mimics. These aliens have the ability (unbeknownst to most of humankind) to manipulate time itself, so they always win. Europe is virtually lost. Inspired […]

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