Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance & Russell Crowe
Universal Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.”

    —IMDB

Where to start. Okay, so as a fan of the Brendan Fraser Mummy from back in the day, like many I was skeptical. But at the end of the day, I have to appreciate that this film was not a copycat. And it’s still funny. Tom Cruise has proven that he is a very versatile actor, and like many actors, he’s going to have some bad movies under his belt. This certainly isn’t his worst film but it’s not his best either, I’ll admit to that. Was the story the best? Certainly not. I’m going to go ahead and agree with some of the critics who question if the film would have been better had it not been so set on establishing the Dark Universe. Continue reading “Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)”

A Look Back | My Journey into Vanilla Sky – The Hot Mess of Exposition


Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz & Cameron Diaz
Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz & Cameron Diaz

Until today, I had never seen Vanilla Sky. I never heard anything good about it and I’m a personal fan of the Spanish original Abre Los Ojos, a movie of which I just wrote a movie about. And then one day, when I got home from work at 1 in the morning, I was able to catch the last hour of the film. Oh god did it make me cringe. From that moment on I was determined to watch the movie in its entirety so that I could write this.

Now, like most people I have gone through a period in my life where I wasn’t a fan of Tom Cruise. I love him now, religious beliefs aside; he’s a good actor. Continue reading “A Look Back | My Journey into Vanilla Sky – The Hot Mess of Exposition”

Another Explosive Addition to the MI Series | Review of ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’


By Cynthia Ayala

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation starring Tom Cruise
Paramount Pictures

Ethan Hunt and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate—highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit.

—Daniel Gelb, Rovi

Tom Cruise is still a star. It’s really no surprise why this movie has been doing so well. Let’s face it, even if you aren’t a fan of Tom Cruise, he still has the star power, still puts his best foot forward in order to give the best performance possible. But besides that, the film was not only action packed but it had sexual tension, comedy and action rolled up into one neat little package.
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Gripping To The Last Second | Review of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’


By: Cynthia Ayala  

Edge of Tomorrow offers amazing action sequences as well as fresh laughs and a unique take on the science fiction film genre. Continue reading “Gripping To The Last Second | Review of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’”

‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters’ casts Olga Kurylenko as headmistress


By:  Jen Lamoureux (@jenlam26) Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is moving quickly with Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovski already in fight training. Now they have cast Olga Kurylenko as the headmistress. Olga Kurylenko was recently seen opposite Tom Cruise in Oblivion. According to Deadline, she will be playing Kirova, the head mistress of St. Vladmir’s Academy, a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. As mentioned earlier, Lucy Fry, Zoey Deutch, and Danila Kozlovski will comprise the leads in this young adult adaptation. Mark Waters is directing from a script by Daniel Waters. Production begins in late … Continue reading ‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters’ casts Olga Kurylenko as headmistress

Oblivion


Directed By: Joseph Kosinski Produced By: Joseph Kosinski, Peter Chernin, Ryan Kavanaugh, Dylan Clark & Barry Levine Screenplay By: Joseph Kosinski, William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek & Michael Arndt Based on: Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski & Arvid Nelson Starring : Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau A solitary drone technician working on a war-ravaged planet Earth becomes humanity’s last hope for survival.  In the distant future, Earth has been decimated by an intergalactic battle against an alien race known as the Scavs. The majority of humankind has been evacuated, leaving just a few solitary … Continue reading Oblivion

Man Files A Complaint Because Jack Reacher Trailer Features An Explosion Not In The Film


BLOGGERS NOTE: This is just petty and ridiculous.  I mean really, is this what society has come to? By:  Nick Venable While there have been times in life where a complete refund of one’s time and attention would be appreciated, such as for the first season of AMC’s The Killing, which swore up and down to deliver an answer to its central mystery and then tossed those promises out the window once a second season came into the picture. But there’s no one to get money back from that particular kind of false advertising. New Zealander J. Congdon, the New Zealand Herald reports, filed … Continue reading Man Files A Complaint Because Jack Reacher Trailer Features An Explosion Not In The Film

Tom Cruise May Star In Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.


By:  Eric Eisenberg There once was a time when the big screen adaptation of the classic spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was going to be a Steven Soderbergh film starring George Clooney as Napoleon Solo. But when the star went down with a back injury and the director decided not to make the movie, it gave Warner Bros. a chance to retool the project with some new players. And that’s exactly what they’ve done. In December of 2011 we learned that Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie was attached to the film, and now, more than a year later, we’re hearing that the filmmaker may have found his new star. Deadline reports … Continue reading Tom Cruise May Star In Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Jack Reacher


Action packed and funny, two things that really do work together. The car chase was just awesome. It was fast and Tom Cruise, he really does well in action movies very well. Am I a huge fan of his? No, personally I think he used to have his head up his tushie way too much, but now, he seems to be a little more grounded which is good. The reason I point thatout is because it seems to reflect in his acting, making watching him all the more pleasant. He’s a talented guy, especially in action movies. The chemistry between … Continue reading Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher Probably Never Getting A Sequel


By:  Katey Rich Jack Reacher had all the makings of a franchise. It starred Tom Cruise, of course–still a movie star after all these years– and went heavy on the action and the mystery in its twisty plot. And it had the bonus of a ton of source material to draw from, the first film based on the character from Lee Child‘s wildly popular series of Reacher books. You see those books in every single airport newsstand, and odds are your dad or uncle has read more than a few, What could possibly have gone wrong with the transition to the screen? Nothing went, … Continue reading Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher Probably Never Getting A Sequel