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Tom Cruise’s 10 Best Movies

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is a throwback in that he’s a movie star of the old Hollywood pedigree.  He’s almost larger-than-life, and though he’s very capable of disappearing into roles at times, he’s nearly always TOM CRUISE in whatever film he’s headlining.  There are other actors who essentially play themselves at every turn, but what differentiates Cruise is that, even if the project doesn’t work, you never feel like he phoned it in.  Cruise has a scary focus and dedication to his craft that, when married to the right part, can result in explosive performances and memorable films.  Cruise is currently in the midst of an action movie only groove that has lasted a good 15 years already, and I think will continue until he’s physically unable to turn out gems like the Mission Impossible films, Edge of Tomorrow, Collateral, etc.  I’m hoping that when that time comes, Cruise focuses more on character parts, much as Harrison Ford did when he reached that point in his career.  Until then, even if he may be past his box office peak, his name still has considerable clout with moviegoers.

Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men

Tom Cruise’s Best 10
1. A Few Good Men (1992) Lt. Daniel Kaffee
2. Jerry Maguire (1996) Jerry Maguire
3. Mission Impossible I-VI (1996 – 2018) Ethan Hunt
4. Collateral (2004) Vincent
5. Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Cage
6. Minority Report (2002) Chief John Anderton
7. Rain Man (1988) Charlie Babbitt
8. Tropic Thunder (2008) Lev Grossman
9. Magnolia (1999) Frank TJ Mackey
10. The Last Samurai (2003) Nathan Algren
Honorable Mention: The Color of Money (1986) Vincent Lauria

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My Favorite Scene: Mission Impossible III (2006) “Bridge Battle”

When last we left Ethan Hunt and his intrepid group of mission impossiblers, they had just been done an injustice by John Woo (master of the needless slo mo).  Enter “The Fixer of Franchises” JJ Abrams who made the jump to the big screen in this film and blew the doors off the theater delivering some of the best action and sleight of hand sequences I’ve ever seen.  The whole break-in to the Vatican is probably my favorite section of the film, but its relentless and it gave the series a place to stop if it wanted to (not so much).   Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Mission Impossible III (2006) “Bridge Battle”

R.I.P. Phillip Seymour Hoffman: America Has Lost One of Its Finest Actors

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

It seems inconceivable, but Phillip Seymour Hoffman is gone.  One of America’s finest actors for over 20 years, Hoffman was found today by police deceased in his apartment.  No official cause of death has been given, but the immediate assumption given Hoffman’s revelation that he was battling heroin addiction last year is that his death is in some way related to that most vicious of drugs.  Below is the official obituary from Variety, brief because this literally happened within the last two hours:

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday. He was 46.

Law enforcement officials said Hoffman died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. No cause of death has been determined but officials suspect the actor may have overdosed on drugs. The New York Post reported the actor was found with a needle in his arm.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor was found in his bathroom around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911, the official said.

Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for “Capote” in 2005, most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new films “God’s Pocket” and Anton Corbin’s “A Most Wanted Man.”

He was also shooting the “Hunger Games” follow-ups “Mockingjay Part 1″ and “Part 2″ in Atlanta, reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Phillip Seymour Hoffman


Hoffman was only 46.  He was a peerless actor and an absolute chameleon on the screen, able to portray characters as varied as Truman Capote and…well anyone who isn’t Truman Capote.  He joined the star-studded ensemble adapting The Hunger Games novels with Catching Fire and his character, Plutarch Heavensbee, has a significant role in the series two-part finale: Mockingjay.  Shooting is still very much ongoing for those films and given how early this is, there’s no word on how much of his role was shot, but unless most of his scenes were already complete, it would seem the role would have to recast.  It’s a very small concern on a day when we’re still comprehending that there will be no more new performances from Hoffman, but it’s a practical one that people are out there considering.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Almost Famous
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967 – 2014)

For only being 46, Hoffman made or was in the process of making 63 films in his career.  He started making films when he was 24, so that’s roughly three a year for the 22 years of his film career.  I’m very saddened by this.  Another brilliant career has been shortened by drugs.  My favorite Hoffman performance was as the jaded rock journalist Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous.  As a way of closing this obit, so early after his passing, these were my favorite ten Hoffman films in no particular order: Almost Famous, Doubt, Scent of a Woman, Magnolia, Capote, The Big Lebowski, Charlie Wilson’s War, MIssion Impossible III,  The Ides of March and Moneyball.