Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

This is an interview where I wouldn’t accept the invitation. These Vamps are not the wussy sparkly kind that you see today. These will burn in sunlight and drain you like a juice box. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt work excellently with each other. Kirsten Dunst steals the show as the bloodthirsty killer girl with killer curls. Christian Slater doesn’t have a huge role, but an important one. Plus I think he’s awesome. It was nice to see Thandie Newton in this, I’ve always liked her and although Banderas had a limited role in this movie, he did a great job. The movie flows really well and you start to really like the characters. Anne Rice is an excellent writer, so it was nice she did the screenplay for this movie. A classic 90’s Vampire film.

81/100

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

This was quite an interesting documentary. There are for sure many problems with many religions… none are perfect and sinless in their histories, but Scientology goes to a whole new level. I thought they were exaggerating in South Park when they talked about aliens and dropping atomic bombs into volcanoes but wow… Really though, the things that upset me the most were the cult-like behaviors going on. The constant needling for more money from people who probably couldn’t afford it, the abuse (Physically, they never mention any sexual allegations) and the shunning that they do when they “disconnect” from members who leave. I’m a little embarrassed that  L. Ron was born in my state, not too far from where I live. I’ve never read his books, but I’ve heard Battlefield Earth may be one of the worlds worst movies. I also think that Tom Cruise and John Travolta are pretty insane. This is a pretty in-depth look into a dwindling religion that seems to possess great amounts of wealth and power. This documentary was my cup of tea, but the organization of Scientology is closer to toilet water.

88/100

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

This review will self destruct in five seconds. I really like these movies. There are a lot twists and turns in the spy game and Tom Cruise is starting to look a little old to be an action hero. I liked Alec Baldwin in this, he does a good job at playing either a politician or government worker. Jeremy Renner was really cool and funny at times while Rebecca Ferguson could out-sexy any Bond girl. Simon Pegg was a hoot and also got to do some great stuff in the field. The action was intense and I had a lot to laugh at and a lot to wince at while things were exploding and people were dying. I think the last film was a little better but the series is staying a lot stronger than I would have predicted. Don’t go rogue, join us and watch this movie.

88/100

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Top Gun (1986)

I tried to not bug out on this movie and I made it through alive. After hearing Highway to the Danger Zone over four times, this song will be stuck in my head for several days. So this movie is pretty interesting. It’s sort of a romance film and also a war movie and it also feels like the Tri-Wizard Tournament in Harry Potter. Who will win the most points to become the #1 pilot in Top Gun? Tom Cruise was his normal charming self, charming the ladies and fighting against mean shirtless-vollyball playing guys like Val Kilmer. Meg Ryan has a cute little cameo in this as Goose’s wife. The best parts of this film are the dog-fighting up in the sky. It was a real adrenaline rush. There is this short sad part in the movie that really took me out of the action, but once Maverick (Cruise) gets his stuff together and fights some enemy planes, things heat up like the afterburners on a jet. I’ve got the need, the need for speed!” Watch this movie if you don’t mind being too close for missiles.

79/100

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Rain Man (1988)

You don’t have to be a savant to see that this is a really good movie. I love the transition that Tom Cruise goes through with his long lost brother. He starts out being indifferent and almost cruel to being a big supporter and friend. Dustin Hoffman has a powerful presence and could come out as offensive but he takes it right up to the line and is pretty respectable and lovable in this role as an autistic adult. There are quite of few funny parts in this with some great lines from Hoffman “We’re getting further from K-Mart” and some really cute scenes like Tom Cruise teaching his brother how to slow dance. I think this movie’s length could have been cut down a bit, but otherwise it’s a really great film that everyone should see. Just make sure you always put the maple syrup out before the pancakes come out, I’ve heard that’s important.

89/100

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Magnolia (1999)

Movies like this don’t happen all the time, but I’m glad this one came to be thanks to Paul Thomas Anderson. I’ve always liked this film and have watched it several times. This was my first chance to review this one. Let me start by saying that every actor did a wonderful job in this, I mean every single person. The cast is huge (so is the length of the film) but the one person that stood out was Tom Cruise. He is so dang funny in this movie. His Seduce and Destroy scenes are stuff of legend. I love the different stories interwoven throughout and it also has a really good soundtrack. I usually rail on really long films but I must say this is one of my top 10 favorite movies. You should see this if you haven’t.

95/100

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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Some scenes in this made my eyes wide open. Wow, what a crazy mystery/thriller. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were sizzling throughout the film. Stanley Kubrick’s film may not be his best, but it is quite enjoyable, even at its lengthy run-time. The seedy underbelly of NYC, is brought into the light as Cruise cruises around looking for trouble after he finds out his wife has had hidden desires for a complete stranger. The scene at the mansion is quite strange and looks like some kind of Greek ritual of fertility. Interesting film, just not the best picture you’ll ever see.

85/100

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