Endless Love: Tom Cruise’s first role

Tom Cruise movie #1

Genre: Coming of age romantic drama
Release date: July 17, 1981
Running time: 116 minutes

STORY: A high school student’s love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance, and accident.

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Tom Cruise started his career at the age of 19 when he appeared briefly in the Brooke Shields starrer, Endless Love in 1981. I have to confess that I did not watch this movie and there is no way I’ll be watching it because Brooke doesn’t do it for me as an actress and I don’t think I want to watch a 15-year-old fall in love with a 17-year-old. I watched TC’s cameo on YouTube and that was more than enough.

Tom played a character named Billy in short shorts who was into arson at 8 years old. Hahaha! Crazy bastard and that obnoxious laugh! Who would’ve thought that he would go on to rule the Box Office? I read somewhere that his brief appearance was critical to the film’s plot. 

Thus, a legend was born! 🙂 

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Thursday Ten: sports movies!

With the football pre-season upon us, I thought I’d feature my top 10 sports films today. 🙂

1. Jerry Maguire (American football/sports agent)

THE MOTHER OF ALL SPORTS AGENT MOVIES!! Up to this day, I haven’t been motivated to watch American football, but Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire was…

2. Chak De! India (Hockey)

One of my top inspiring movies of all time. In reality, I don’t care for hockey, but watching this film made me understand the sport better. Shah Rukh Khan was just wonderful as Kabir Khan! He pulled off the coaching role with flair. I cheered him and the girls on throughout the film. 

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3. Patiala House (Cricket)

Another sport I don’t care for, although I found myself watching a match recently. It is not as exciting as my beloved football, but Akshay Kumar pulled off his cricketer role very well. This movie is not only about the love of a sport. It is about following your dreams regardless what your parents may want for you, but be respectful when you choose to thread the path.

4. Bend It Like Beckham (Football)

I like football, but I am not a fan of David Beckham. I also dislike British movies, but this one was okay because Parminder Nagra was AWESOME! Kiera Knightley is a boring actress. It’s like watching paint dry.

5. Coach Carter (Basketball)

At the time I watched this film, I thought it was very inspiring and Samuel L. Jackson murdered his coaching role. SLJ now is very unwatchable.

6. The Karate Kid (Martial Arts)

The first time I saw Jaden Smith light up the screen alongside Jackie Chan, I thought the kid had a good future as an actor. Now, I ain’t so sure, but this film is a guilty pleasure of mine. I tend to watch it whenever I come across it on the TV. Smith did a fantastic job and this movie is more than martial arts. It’s also about cultural clashes and I think the message was delivered well.

7. The Blind Side (American Football)

I ADORE THIS MOVIE! Yes, Sandra Bullock did a pretty darn good job in her role, but Quinton Aaron was the standout actor for me. He was the one who brought all the emotions alive inside me.

8. Space Jam (Basketball)

This film was a favorite of mine during my childhood. I’m all grown up now and I may not care about Bugs Bunny any longer and I might have gotten over basketball when Michael Jordon retired (I loved Chicago Bulls & I even had a backpack at one point!), but if this movie is on, I’ll sit in front of the TV and watch it. The sex appeal for Lola Bunny was inappropriately amped up though.

9. Days of Thunder (Auto Racing)

There is no need to talk about Tom Cruise’s acting chops. I watched this movie and liked it. 

10. Hawaa Hawaai (Skating)

When Bollywood gets it right, the movie never features a big name star like say, Shah Rukh Khan or erm, Aamir Khan. Nevertheless, this cast was superb and they pulled their roles off flawlessly. Inspiring film and it’s family-oriented. I’ve always admired skaters (ice skaters included) and I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

Teaser Tuesday: Cover wars!

Teaser Tuesday:

Good evening all. I hope that you’ve been having a blessed day. I still have to do some catching up where it concerns some of the blogs, so if I don’t get to yours anytime soon, I’ll certainly be doing so before the week is out.

In the past few days, I’ve been trying to come up with the perfect cover for my new story, Setepai. This story takes place in Ancient Egypt and modern London and yes, it was inspired by The Mummy (the Tom Cruise one). Had it not been for Sylvia of thatdiary this story wouldn’t have existed. So, this one is for you, girl. ❤

I’m still learning to use colors and what not, but these are the covers that I’ve come up with so far:

I like this one because it captures the Ancient Egyptian setting.

This one is actually my least favorite. Note the smudge. I thought it was creative
at first, but now, not so much.

This one kind of resembles the first one (& 2nd because of the top smudge),
but it’s not as dark as the first and you can see the words clearly.

My utmost favorite, but I still want to go with the first.

You might ask why do you fit in this. Well, you’re going to help me decide which cover do you think is best suited for the story. Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

My love affair with Tom Cruise (and a challenge!)

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I’ve been asked, “Why Tom Cruise?” whenever someone asks me who my favorite actor is. “And not Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio?”

Yes, why TC?

Tom Cruise loves to entertain us and I love to be entertained.

“I just love making movies. I love to entertain an audience.”

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Over the years, I’ve let many actors (and actresses) into my life, but it was always Tom who left me coming back for more. For me, TC is acting personified and justified. He jumps out a window with grace, his hair is always suited for the part, he not only walks the part, he talks the part, he’s got the most handsome smile, he’s easy on the eyes, but I love his voice, his roles are always memorable, he gives 110%, no one runs like him, and he is the best-dressed person on the big screen. Whenever I leave the cinema, I feel as if I had gotten my money’s worth.

So tell me, what’s not to like?

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The Love Affair

It didn’t start with Ethan Hunt, Maverick or Lestat, although Interview with a Vampire is what cemented my love for TC.

It started with Rain Man.

I was around nine or so when I saw the movie. At that time, my primary school showcased movies once a month and we had to pay $5 to view it. At that age, I was not really into movies, but every Sunday, I’ll watch a Bollywood movie with Mum and that’s how I discovered Shah Rukh Khan (Goodness! I feel so old!) and thought he was the best thing ever. That soon changed when I met the man who was going to forever change the way I viewed movies.

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I had paid $5 to watch other films, but I left the classroom without a memory of what took place in the movie. I was not even moved by Lion King (and I only watched it once). I remember sitting through it wondering why I paid my money for it in the first place and wanting it to be over as soon as possible. So when my teacher said that Rain Man was the featured film of the month, I was not moved because I didn’t know Tom Cruise or the other actor in the movie. I just wanted to watch it because it was only five dollars and it was getting me out of class early, plus there was popcorn, the ultimate movie snack.

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The movie comes on, this brown-haired man fills the screen and I am immediately drawn to him like a moth to a flame. I want to know who that actor is. I want to know if he’s done other films. I want to know if he’s going to do more films. Who is Tom Cruise? What is Tom Cruise?

That was the first time I was introduced to the man who’ll eventually go on to become my utmost favorite actor and I simply accepted the fact that his acting excited me and made me want to watch movies.

The Challenge

I took a look at TC’s movie catalog just recently and realized that I haven’t seen all of his films. Believe it or not, but I have not seen films such as Legend, Risky Business, Losin It and All the Right Moves. All those movies are from the 80s and although I’ve watched and liked some movies from the 80s, I refer to it as a horny period.

I’ve seen Rock of Ages and although the movie was underwhelming, Tom delivered the goods. He puts so much into his character/s that it must be a writer’s dream to have this man bring their character to live on the big screen and do it justice.

I’ve decided to watch every one of Tom’s movies in chronological order except for the ones that he may have produced but didn’t star in (Elizabethtown, The Others etc.) and I’ll be posting the reviews here completed with a TC checklist. That’s about 42 movies at the moment including Space Station 3D which he narrated.

Tom is the greatest (and last) action movie star alive and even if his film turns out to be rubbish, he gives his all by investing in his character. With his movies, I devour every line, every expression and every sound. However, I cannot watch one movie per week because I’ll end up watching the same TC film four times in a row.

So, I’m going to get the popcorn popping, sit back and be prepare to be entertained.

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THURSDAY TEN: Favorite Bollywood Actors

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A kaleidoscope of color and entertainment, Bollywood just keeps on giving. I fell in love with Bollywood when I was a child and Shah Rukh Khan was the main reason after I saw him in “Baazigar”. Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy many B-Wood movies, but lately, I’ve been falling out of love with their movies. I’ll still watch a few of their movies from time to time especially if these actors are involved:

1. Akshay Kumar

Unfairly underrated! This man can act himself out of a paper bag, yet he does not get the credit he deserves. My dream pairing for him was alongside Tom Cruise, but this is highly unlikely to happen. He is quite funny, but when it’s time to get serious, best believe he is serious!

Faves: Housefull franchise, Desi Boyz, Patiala House, Welcome

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2. Shah Rukh Khan

We’re not going to discuss the man who made me come to love Bollywood. However, watching him back then in “Darr” and now in “Raees”, I can safely say that he has grown movie to movie. He used to be called the Tom Cruise of Bollywood, but I disagree. There is only one TC just as there is only one SRK. Both actors won me over by giving their all to their characters even when the film is mediocre. Besides, if it boils down to TC and SRK, it’s a no-brainer who I am going to choose. 🙂

Faves: Too many to name! Happy New Year, Dilwale, RaOne, My Name Is Khan, Chalte Chalte (my overall fave SRK movie).

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3. Riteish Deshmukh

Riteish is so darn cute! He mostly provides the comic relief in his films and while he is no Jim Carrey, he can certainly hold his own. I’ll like to see him take better roles because he has somehow limited himself to a stereotypical role. Plus, the man can sing!

Faves: Housefull franchise, Aladin, Heyy Babyy

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4. Deepika Padukone

This is Bae right here! She is my favorite B-Wood actress and she uses her eyes to communicate in such a way that one cannot help but take note. I first saw DP in Om Shanti Om and it was love at first sight. Although she was acting alongside a seasoned actor as SRK, she held her own quite well.

Faves: Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express, Baijairo Mastani, Piku

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5. Alia Bhatt

Girl can teach you a thing or two about acting, but she needs to start taking better roles because I tend to find her annoying most of the time during dialogue delivery. “Kapoor & Sons” is a case in point. I also disliked the movie. It was too long, too drawn out, and boring. However, I think Alia has shown that she has what it takes to shine on the big screen.

Faves: Dear Zindagi, Student of the Year

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6. Anushka Sharma

She’s a darling. When I first saw her in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” (her debut film), I was blown away by her acting. This was the first time that Shah Rukh Khan had to work hard for me to keep my attention on him. She was back with SRK in “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, but she was not the love interest this time. Yet, she still commanded attention and stole the show from the lead woman, Katrina Kaif. She and SRK gets on like a house on fire, that I am not surprised that they’re doing another movie together.

Faves: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, PK, Patiala House

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7. Saif Ali Khan

Although he often gets fluke for it, his accent is everything. I can listen to him talk all day long. *sighs* Where do I get one of him? Saif did a wicked job in “Ta Ra Rum Pum”, but when I saw him with Deepika in “Love Aaj Kal”, my shipping dream was complete! Two sexy accents for the price of one? Yes, Ma’am! ❤ Saif is nicknamed the Tom Cruise of Bollywood, not for his acting, but for his sense of style… [okay, maybe he does remind me of TC to a certain degree too and Saif is incredibly fashionable.] After I watch Tom Cruise’s film catalog, I’m going to watch Saif’s.

Faves: Happy Ending, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Love Aaj Kal, Race 2, Agent Vinod

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8. Johnny Lever

Lever is Bollywood’s best and lovable comedian. He leaves you in splits. I mostly see him alongside Shah Rukh and that’s enough for me.

Faves: Dilwale, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Karan Arjun

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9. Hrithik Roshan

I came across Roshan in a movie with SRK, but I took notice of him in the Krrish movies and he can bust a move like no other.

Faves: Krrish, Dhoom 2, Kites

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10. Ranveer Singh

The future of Bollywood is here. Whether he is dancing or delivering dialogue, he commands attention and he gets it. And he’s highly energetic! I am trying to watch “Befikre” at the moment and his character is so much as Tom Cruise’s in Magnolia… well, of what I’ve seen so far.

Faves: Baijairo Mastani

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Honorable mention

Tiger Shroff

Tiger. I am slowly falling for this man’s acting because he reminds me of Tom Cruise in terms of doing his own stunts. He gets ribbed for his obvious good looks, but this Pretty Boy does not care. I happen to think that he is the best dancer in Bollywood at the moment.

Faves: A Flying Jatt

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HOUSEFULL 3: The schemers are back… and Pasta too.

Many Bollywood fans are over the Housefull franchise and I can’t say I blame them, but I was provided with good laughter. When I saw the trailer for Housefull 3 last year, I laughed throughout but had no plans to pay to see it because it looked brainless. I finally got around to watching it over my relaxing weekend and I must say that I like it, though I have no regrets of not paying to watch it on the big screen.

STORYLINE: A father doesn’t want his three daughters to get married. Now, it’s up to three men to try to and convince the father that they’re a good fit for his daughters.

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In this installment, the father does not want his three daughters to get married because of all the bad luck his family seems to have concerning marriage, but something sinister lies beneath his deceit. However, the girls already have boyfriends who are attracted to their wealth and are willing to scheme to get to their money. They manage to fall in love by the end of the film, though.

There’s Teddy (Riteish Deshmukh) who wants to be a racer. Bunty (Abhishek Bachchan) is a wannabe hardcore rapper. One of the coolest shots was shown when Bunty went to Madame Tussauds to take blessings from Amitabh Bachchan and Tom Cruise was looking on with an approving smile at the father and son moment.

Of course, it was just their wax likeness. In most of his films, Abi tends to use his real life dad (yes, Amitabh) as his character’s role model. It used to be sweet, but now it’s getting kind of old. And that Tom Cruise wax figure is horrible. The only thing going for it is the dazzling smile. As a matter of fact, all the wax figures are horrible.

And then there’s Sandy (Akshay Kumar), who wants to own his own football club. Sandy suffers from split personality disorder and whenever he hears the word “Indian” his other form Sundi emerges. It was really funny to watch and I think Sundi needs his own show already. I’ll pay to watch that on the big screen. How come no one in Bollywood has thought about that? Akshay is comedy gold! 

The girls finally confront their father about their ‘secret’ boyfriends, but Patel Batook  (Boman Irani) is just full of excuses as to why his daughters shouldn’t get married. He goes to his friend Aakhri Pasta (Chunky Panday) for help. Pasta is always trying to build businesses, but he’s never successful. In this film, he owns an Italian restaurant. (His Italian accent is a wonderful thing!) He disguises himself as the family’s astrologer to trick the girls out of getting married. He tells Ganga (Jacqueline Fernandez) that her boyfriend cannot set foot on the property or their father would die. He tells Jamuna (Lisa Haydon) that if her boyfriend sees her father, he’ll die and to Saraswati (Nargis Fakhri) that if her boyfriend speaks to Batook, he’ll also die.

The girls realize a challenge when they hear one and here’s how they introduce their boyfriends to their father:

Sandy is confined to a wheelchair. He loves Paris and Paramount films only (Haha! So me!) I love his greeting to Batook: ‘We’re lovebirds. But why do you look like angry birds?’

Teddy’s girlfriend introduced him as blind and he goes wild with the delivery:

‘Papa, love is blind. But in this case, the lover is blind, Papa.’

‘My friends call me Justice because justice is blind.’

‘When I play cards I always play blind.’

The boy went in and I couldn’t stop laughing!

And then we have mute Bunty. He uses signs and sign language to communicate and his hero is… you guessed it, Amitabh Bachchan.

To be honest, I did not pay attention to the girls because when you have Akshay, Riteish, and Abhishek, you don’t pay attention to anyone else. Well, one of the girls reminded me of Angelina Jolie.

Batook puts the boys to the test and they somehow pass all of them, although he tested Bunty the most. Soon, the guys find out about each other’s lies and manipulations but decide to keep quiet about it because they all want to get rich.

“Who says money divides?” Sandy

But then, BOOM! A big secret is exposed: the girls are not Batook’s but a former Don who goes by the name of Urja Nagre (Jackie Shroff) and is serving time in jail after someone (Batook) informed the police about him. He sends his trusted friend, Batook to London with the girls asking him to bring up the girls as Batook’s. Batook was responsible for making sure that the girls got married to nice boys and wealth were to be distributed to them and their husbands. Nagre didn’t want the girls to know that he was their biological dad, bu greedy Batook had other plans. He had to make sure that the girls get married to his three scoundrel sons (at the beginning of the film, they were stealing jewels) so the wealth can stay close to him.

Talk about an awesome plot twist although this Don storyline was similar to Riteish’s character in Housefull 2. What Batook doesn’t bank on is Nagre’s  early release from jail and he’s on his way to London to see his daughters.

Sundi is back! And he’s going to tell Batook all about the plan to get rich fast. Bunty and Teddy try to stop him, but the three fools end up confessing to Batook’s lifelike statue. Whew! What a lucky break! Sundi danced and moonwalked for nothing!

Sundi’s creepy smile is outright frightening and it’s funny that he’s always trying to kill Sandy.

The boys go out and somehow encounters Nagre, who put two goons in their place for harassing two young women. No one was willing to intervene. They were just standing around waiting to see how things were going to play out. And this is the current generation unfortunately. No one is willing to help, but they’re willing to pull out their phones and upload videos to social media for likes and popularity.

“We should use our hands for cause, not just applause.” Nagre

Batook somehow convinces Nagre that Sandy, Teddy, and Bunty are no good for the girls and that his thieving sons were little angels. Unaware that he is being played, Nagre allows Batook to move his sons into the house under the guise that they’re Nagre’s so Nagre to keep an eye on everyone.

The final showdown takes place in the wax factory with their wax friends as witnesses:

I dislike wax figures a lot so when Abhishek’s character goes to save the falling wax figure of his real life wife, Aishwarya Rai, I had it.

Dude, it’s a wax figure! A stupid wax figure!

But Akshay made the Real Madrid kit look good:

No, that is not a wax figure, but Sandy in the RM kit.

I’ve never seen anything look good in this kit. Cristiano Ronaldo would be proud and I am certain that he’ll like this film.

Anyway, all’s well that ends well.

TRIVIA

^ This is the second film starring both Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan since Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya (2002).

^ This is the second film to star Abhishek Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh since Bluffmaster! (2005)

^ Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani and Chunky Pandey are the only actors to have starred in all three Housefull films.

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rating-blograting-blograting-blog… although I laughed my face off and I thought this was better than the second installment in this franchise, I hope it stops here because it’s clear that the writers are running out of creative juice. The acting was superb from the leading men, but the leading ladies were kind of wooden. The plot twist was amazing, the dialogue well delivered and the film was gorgeously shot in London.

Next movie review might also a Bollywood one.

***All screenshots were taken by my VLC player.