As Tom Cruise gets ready to sprint into theaters with Mission Impossible: Fallout, it’s worth pregaming with his last really great non-MI film: 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow. Cruise certainly has his offputting personal qualities, but you can’t say the man doesn’t show up to a film set with unrivaled energy. The best roles he’s had blend his affinity for absurd physicality and character work. Cruise, unlike a lot of action stars, actually can act. He may have stopped going for Oscar-type roles, but he’s better than his recently dreary The Mummy or the Jack Reacher duology. Edge or Tomorrow (or Live. Die. Repeat depending on which title you prefer) provides Cruise with the best time travel gimmick since Groundhog Day and a character that plays against his type.
Cruise’s character is EoT isn’t a hero, he doesn’t want to fight, and he starts out as kind of a coward. The “Cruisian Superhero” tropes that Tom usually leans on aren’t anywhere to be found in Doug Liman’s film. Until his character begins his time loop, there isn’t much redeemable in this character. Once he’s trapped, though, he has to go through to get out. Going through, however, in this case, requires a lot of dying. There are some interesting theories on how much time Cruise actually spends trapped in his loop during the film. He dies (resetting his loop) 16 times on-camera in Edge of Tomorrow, but the implication is that’s just a fraction of his journey. Estimates on the IMDB boards on his time looping duration range from 100 days to 1,000 days to 10 years. As he spends more and more time buffing out the dings in his temporal prison, he becomes more and more redeemable and the time forge ends up pounding out one of Cruise’s best and most unlikely heroes by film’s end.
Nearly halfway through 2018, A Quiet Place is still my favorite non-MCU film of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to watch a featurette on sound editing more than I do with this film. Release details below from Paramount.
Go a whole hour without make a sound. You can’t sit still; you have to go about your daily life, but you can’t make a sound. If you do, you die. That simple sonic twist is the bread and butter on which John Krasinski (who both stars in and artfully directs the film) bases A Quiet Place. Alien invasions have been done to death. Post-apocalyptic is so last decade. Everything in A Quiet Place is something that’s been done before, but never, to my knowledge, with sound as the difference between life and death.
Back to you, trying to be quiet, what are you doing? Reading? Did you drop your book? You died. Laughed at something clever in the writing? Dead. Now, what if you had to live in a barren world with those kind of stakes, gather food, raise your family, communicate, protect yourself, just simply walk…..with no noise or you die. A Quiet Place is a familiar thing done in an original way and the result is and extraordinarily tense, well-acted, unforgettable film. Continue reading Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018) *Sound = Fury*→
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. After a parade of blockbusters, the first weekend of April offers three, well-reviewed, diverse pictures for moviegoers. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/6/2018): A Quiet Place, Blockers, Chappaquiddick→
I have serious doubts about the viability of a sequel to a movie as perfect as Mary Poppins, but as far as totally teasery trailers go…..this was a nice one. I love that Dick Van Dyke is involved. I love the cast. I think if anyone can come close to Julie Andrews in today’s world, Emily Blunt has the best shot, but I’m going to be skeptical about Mary Poppins Returns until proven otherwise. Read below for more from Coming Soon.
The cast of Mary Poppins Returns includes Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Into the Woods), Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana), Ben Whishaw (SPECTRE), Emily Mortimer (Hugo) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter films), with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth), and Angela Lansbury will play the Balloon Lady, a character from PL Travers’ original children’s books.Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns Teaser #1 (2018) *Another Spoonful On Its Way*→