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Oscar Alert: Will Sam Mendes win Best Director for 1917?

“Anyone who appreciates cinema should see this movie, any casual movie lovers should also see this movie, as a matter of fact everyone should see this movie.”

Colin Firth

Sam Mendes is at the top of the list for the Oscar for best director, if he wins it’ll best his second, he won at the 72nd Academy Awards for his first major motion picture, American Beauty. Since then he has Directed numerous big budget movies, none of the were met with the same critical acclaim, however, 1917 has. 21 years after his first win Mendes, who still shoot movies on film instead of digital, is taking us on the journey of a pair of British servicemen tasked with delivering a message in the middle of battle.

The cinematography is beautiful, the flow of the camera as it follows the character is flawless , even if you don’t like war movies you’ll be mesmerized by the camera work. The movie has a beautiful amount of tension, which is a result of the music, done by Thomas Newman, whose resume also includes American Beauty. What I absolutely love about this movie is that you could never guess what happens next, Mendes does a fantastic job capturing the uncertainty of war, which gives you a sense of dread as you watch the story unfold.

The two lead actors are virtually unknown, but Mendes accounts for this by surrounding them with Hollywood royalty, within the first 15 minutes you’ll see appearances by Colin Firth and Andrea Scott, brief but strong performances by both. 1917 is a perfect example of what can be achieved when you have some of the best in the world behind the scenes, the acting was fabulous, but what makes this story special is the collaboration between director/writer, cinematography, music, and photography.

This movie will win both Best Picture and Best Director. Entertainment value is through the roof, minimal slow and drawn out parts, and never a dull moment. Anyone who appreciates cinema should see this movie, any casual movie lovers should also see this movie, as a matter of fact everyone should see this movie.

Let’s Talk About Tom Cruise; Scientologist, Weirdo, and The Last True Mega Movie Star

I recently watched Tom Cruise in his latest blockbuster Mission Impossible: Fall Out and it dawned on me, due to his epic meltdown on the Oprah show, his non-wavering support of Scientology, and his very odd public divorce from Katie Holmes, we may have lost sight of how incredibly talented Tom Cruise really is. I would consider Tom as the last true mega movie star, his movies have stood the test of time, and have brought joy and entertainment to families for generations.

Mission Impossible: Fall Out

He has stayed relevant since starting in the movie Endless Love (1981) and has been apart of some of the most memorable movies since then. In fact, a quick glance at his resume and you’ll see that Tom has made a movie almost every year since then, and the longest break he has taken in between movies (3 Years) came after his Golden Globe-winning performance in Jerry McGuire.

He has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards for his performances in Back on the Fourth of July (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996), and Mongolia (1999), sadly, he hasn’t won but his performances were masterful.

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At 56 years old it would appear Tom Cruise does not age, he looks the same as he did when he was piloting fighter jets as Maverick in Top Gun (1986). To put things in perspective, Alec Baldwin (Tom’s co-star in Mission Impossible: Fall Out) is 3 years older than Tom, not to stay anything negative about Alec but I think it’s safe that he hasn’t aged as well as our boy Tom.

I bring at age because at 56-year-old Tom Cruise is one of the few actors who actually does his own stunts! It’s an insanely impressive feat considering how easy it is for actors to just rely on CGI to make scenes look more intense. Below is a picture of Tom actually hanging from a helicopter for Mission Impossible: Fall Out (2018)

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I understand that a lot of people will not publicly admit to being a Tom Cruise fan but based on his Box Office numbers will tell you that we’re all secretly Tom Cruise fans. You may not believe in his beliefs or approve of the way he handled his very public divorce but when it comes to acting Tom Cruise is legendary.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not you like Tom Cruise here is a list of nice things he’s done over the years;

  • He rescued a family from their burning sailboat.
  • He helped rescue a victim of a hit-and-run and paid her medical bills.
  • He personally arranged for Bill Hader to leave a set and get home to New York after an attempted bombing in Times Square.
  • He gave Kanye West advice on his fledgling comedy career but declined a role in Kanye’s HBO pilot.
  • He always takes his kid’s calls, even in the middle of a scene.

Mission Impossible: Fall Out was a wildly fun movie to watch, again, thinking about the fact that almost all the stunts were done by none other than Tom Cruise is enough to leave you mesmerized, but the story (A semi-sequel to the last Mission Impossible movie) is enjoyable and a pleasure to watch. The supporting cast is perfect, Henry Cavill was far better in this than in Justice League (2017) and Man of Steel (2013), and this movie reaffirmed my love of Simon Pegg in a supporting role. It’s a must see for everyone who enjoys actions movies!

Coming up after this post will be a list dedicated to a Tom Cruise Movie Marathon, an action-packed day, in honour of one of The Last True Mega Movie Stars.