Vanilla Sky (2001) TWR

From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)15 Mar 20:47
To: ALL1 of 12
Wes Craven and Wes Anderson collaborate on stylish yuppie nightmare.

From: william (WILLIAMA)16 Mar 16:04
Reception was a bit "Meh" when it came out, but I quite enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind seeing the Spanish original Abre los ojos (Open your eyes). 
From: william (WILLIAMA)16 Mar 16:11
Also "Wes Craven and Wes Anderson"?
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)16 Mar 16:52
To: william (WILLIAMA) 4 of 12
Figuratively speaking ... that's how it impressed (literally speaking, blame Cameron Crowe). It was a good flick if not exactly a super-original premise. Cruise acquitted himself fairly well, first as self-parody, then masked, then the bathos stuff. The womens were caricatures, but I suppose as the products of his dreams, so that's an out. Tilda Swinton doing her level best, scarily weird self.
EDITED: 16 Mar 16:53 by DSMITHHFX
From: william (WILLIAMA)16 Mar 16:55

Yeah, Cruise is annoying. For all that he's some kind of butt-hole, he's not a bad actor.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)16 Mar 17:13
To: william (WILLIAMA) 6 of 12
True. We were talking about that, even the MIs aren't half-bad, not exactly Shakespearean, but no worse than many Bonds (MrsD. observed they are darker than the Bonds).
From: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ)17 Mar 13:57
To: william (WILLIAMA) 7 of 12
Over the years I've had a bit of a growing admiration for Tom Cruise as an actor/stunt-man. Setting any discussion of the religion/sexuality aspects of his public persona aside, when it comes to putting in the work to make and promote the kind of action and science fiction films I very much enjoy, he REALLY puts in the effort, and seems to have enourmous fun doing it.

I think it was the double-whammy of Oblivion/Edge of Tomorrow (or Live Die Repeat, if you will) that finally convinced me, then a rewatch of the M:I films made me revel in their ridiculousness. Mind you, not even HE could prevent the most recent The Mummy being utter tosh.
EDITED: 17 Mar 13:57 by WINGNUTKJ
From: Manthorp18 Mar 01:38
To: william (WILLIAMA) 8 of 12
It 'Mehed' me out.

It was the apotheosis of the Kubrick curse: a focus on (brilliant) technical production at the expense of emotional engagement. For me, he's always a bit of a puppet show. A great puppet show, but a puppet show nonetheless.
From: william (WILLIAMA)18 Mar 11:46
To: Manthorp 9 of 12
I get that about Kubrick. It's only occasionally that I can actually relax and enjoy one of his films. I wouldn't put Vanilla Sky in the same class, but (as I said) I did enjoy it. 
From: william (WILLIAMA)18 Mar 12:07
To: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ) 10 of 12
Yeah, Mrs WilliamA pointed me towards his acting talents a few years ago (she having seen some of the MI films when she worked night shifts) and I was a bit surprised as I hated Top Gun. I think he was absolutely perfect casting for Edge of Tomorrow. His performance in War of the Worlds was pretty good too (that's another thread, because several of the performances in WOTW were excellent, some of the scenes were astonishingly good, but the editing was so abysmal that the overall film is definitely smelly). The Mummy: probably best not mentioned.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)18 Mar 13:00
To: william (WILLIAMA) 11 of 12
ISTR he had a great cameo in Anchorman 2. Ah no, it was Tropic Thunder.

From: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ)19 Mar 20:09
To: william (WILLIAMA) 12 of 12
WotW might be worth a re-watch, because last time I saw it was before my Tompiphany. What I mostly remember about it is that his character mainly survives the invasion by being a dick and throwing other people to the wolves (or tripods).