Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Michael Bay has out Michael Bay-ed himself.

The Transformers movies always get a lot of flack. Sure their plots are simple, women are just there to be gawked at, and the majority of the film involves things blowing up, but I've always enjoyed them. I played with the toys as a kid and watched the cartoon, so seeing them brought to the big screen was always a joy to me, no matter how "bad" the movies got.

This time around Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is a college grad with no job. We learn his previous girlfriend has broken up with him and he's living with his new flame, Carly. (Rosie Huntington-Whitely, who made Megan Fox look like a thespian. I legitimately missed her.) He thinks he should work with the Autobots, but just wants an easy way in. Our robot story dates back to the war between the Autobots and Decepticons when an Autobot ship crash landed on our moon. The humans knew of this all along, and the ship has something key to our Transformers. Of course the Autobots just want peace, the Decepticons just want power.

There were a lot of things I thought Dark of the Moon did better than Revenge of the Fallen. First, Sam's parents were greatly toned down. They were funny in the first installment, then they were shoved down our throats in the sequel, now they show up for a few minutes, have some great lines and it is left at that. Also the fight scenes between the robots that were so quick, jerky, and frankly, hard to tell who was who are slowed down, but definitely not out down. The thing Michael Bay films tend to do better than other CGI heavy films is he makes it look convincing. The Green Lantern suffered from too much CGI that was felt too fake. Transformers is different. The Robots, explosions, everything is done so well that it doesn't have time to look cheesy. It looks real. There's twice the action of the previous installments as well. Whenever I found myself getting bored, an action sequence pulled me right back in. This brings me to a few things I didn't care for.

The length. The movie was nearly three hours long and honestly a good forty five minutes of that could've been cut out. The movie is littered with many familiar faces, but none are particularly useful. Not that I ever complain about seeing too much John Malcovich or Alan Tudyk, but I could've done without Patrick Dempsey. His character started off interesting, but when he started to show his true colors I felt like he was just putting on a pouty face for the camera instead of actually acting. He doesn't play a good villain. Without spoiling anything I was also a bit bummed out about some of the Robots that bit the dust, but it's not like there's going to be another one after this. (right?) All and all, despite the unnecessary length of the movie I felt it was action packed and a good summer popcorn flick. You can tell the filmmakers realized how much they failed with the second installment, so they brought out all their big guns. It worked.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: C+

Memorable Quote: "It kind of looks like Bumble Bee...if Bumble Bee were a peice of shit." - Judy Witwicky (Julie White)

DVD Review: I Saw The Devil

Getting bludgeoned in the head doesn't kill these people.

But Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi) will finish the job. He's a ruthless serial killer. He preys on women of all ages. In fact, our film opens to a beautiful shot of snow falling on a highway. It turns ugly when we realize a women is stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. She becomes the next victim. She also happens to be the pregnant fiancee of Kim Soo-hyeon, (Byung-hun Lee) a special agent that is now hell bent on vengeance. He's so blinded by his hatred that after he tracks Kyung-chul down, he doesn't actually kill him. Instead, he beats him to a bloody pulp and hunts him. When he begins to strike again, Kim Soo-hyeon shows up and unleashes more hell on him, but never kills him. The lines become blurred with who the bad guy is. The sadistic killer, or the man that's giving him a run for his money in the sadism department.

The story is very intriguing. The idea of a man tracking and beating another man to near death over and over to avenge his loved one isn't one we see often. Especially in this graphic detail. I personally could've done without all the nudity and rape (or near rape, depending on the version you are watching) but I understand why they were there. That's just a personal gripe of mine. It made me uncomfortable, which was the film's intentions. It's also very bloody, which makes it stand out a bit more from the revenge films we're used to seeing. I loved how the film made you question who was worse. Obviously you go in hating the killer, but when the supposed protagonist doesn't actually stop him from hurting people (he shows up about half way through) it's hard to pick a side completely. Sure the plot is a little far-fetched and the police officers in the movie come off as completely incompetent. It's an interesting thriller that doesn't cheat on the gore.
Recommended: Yes
Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Your nightmare is only beginning." - Kim Soo-hyeon (Byung-hun Lee)

Random Ramblings: Can Harry Potter fans kill 3D?

Earlier this week the folks at Entertainment Weekly posted that pre-sales for the highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II are showing more people are opting for 2D rather than the current fad, 3D. I was curious as to what my fellow movie goers locally were choosing, so I asked my buddy that works at the theater. 2D is selling more than 3D as well. In fact, with the sales they've gotten for 2D, they are actually saving one of their biggest screens for just that. Originally their plan was to have both of their largest theaters in 3D.

Anyone who reads my blog knows how unnecessary I think 3D is. I've been patiently waiting for this to fade out. I jumped for joy when Part I of Deathly Hallows nixed the decision to show in 3D. Now with arguably the biggest film of one of the most successful franchises on it's way, can Harry Potter fans show the world that movies can make bank without the 3D price tag?

I find 3D a negative for plenty of reasons. Here's why I don't like it, and why Harry Potter in particular could suffer from it.

1) Darkness. I found Thor hard to watch at times because the screen was so damn dark. 3D films in general are darker on screen, and every single Potter film after Prisoner of Azkaban has been especially dark. Lots of blacks and greys and gloomy scenery. Plus 3/4 of Part II is going to be the battle of Hogwarts, which takes place in the middle of the night. This can't be good.

2) It wasn't shot for 3D. Movies that are converted into 3D in post production are especially useless. Certain films like How to Train Your Dragon use 3D to an advantage that works. One could also argue that cartoons are easier to convert than live action. What was the point of 3D in Thor? What was the point in Alice in Wonderland? Hell, Tron: Legacy didn't have a need for it either! This movie is going to be intense, it doesn't need any gimmicks added.

3) This isn't a theme park, I don't care if shit jumps out at me. Sure seeing Honey, I shrunk the audience at Disney World when I was 12 was fascinating, but I don't need to have Neville Longbottom lunging at me in my seat. I don't understand the appeal. Things get in my face on a daily basis, it's nice to sit back and watch a movie and not have that happen. I also can't stand when you're watching something in 3D, it goes at you, you flinch, then laugh loudly about it. IT WASN'T GOING TO GET YOU!

4) It's expensive. Theaters tack on an additional $3.00-$8.00 per ticket to buy 3D glasses. (that you can't reuse) Ok, so this wouldn't hurt the movie at all. The studios do this on purpose, but when you're breaking all your records, deep down you'll know you didn't deserve it. The Dark Knight still holds the record for best Midnight showing. I've always thought the last Harry Potter film could come close or surpass it, but is it really as great if you add that surcharge?

5) Glasses. Ask anyone who wears glasses if they like having to wear ANOTHER pair on top of them. I'll give you a hint, no one likes it.

What do you think? Do you think more people buying 2D tickets for Harry Potter will give studios a clue that 3D is over? I can only hope.

Indie Gems: Juno

Whoa, dream big!

Juno was the surprise smash hit of 2007. It sky-rocketed indie darling Ellen Page's career and reminded everyone that Jason Reitman makes some damn good movies.

Juno (Ellen Page) is a teenager that finds herself pregnant with her best friend, Paulie's (Michael Cera) baby. Her parents, played by J.K Simmons and Allison Janney are surprisingly supportive and approve of their daughter's decision to give the baby up for adoption. They pick Mark and Vanessa Loring. (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner) Juno's relationship with them is eventually leads into some unexpected territory.

The acting in this movie was fantastic, Ellen Page deserved her Oscar nomination, even if it has slightly type-cast her since. I'm a bias Ellen Page fan so I obviously don't care, she's great in everything. Simmons, Janney, Batemen and Garner are all at the top of their game. We're introduced to the fresh presence of Oliva Thirlby, who plays Juno's blunt friend, Leah and Michael Cera is as far off from being Michael Cera as he's been in any film.

I loved this movie right away, but the media blitz that followed it hurt it. In my opinion, what I thought was originally fresh dialogue created by Diablo Cody ended up feeling full of itself and became overused. Suddenly everyone was quoting it and t-shirts with "Gosh Banana, shut your freaking gob!" were everywhere. Bottom line is: It got overrated. I hadn't watched the movie in years until I popped it in recently, and I was happy to have the original feeling I had towards Juno back. It is clever and cute when hipsters everywhere aren't trying to copy it's every word.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A-

Memorable Quote: "I'm a sacred vessel, the only think you have in your stomach is Taco Bell." - Juno (Ellen Page)

Review: Green Lantern

CGI Overload.

Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a test pilot that ends up being the first ever human chosen by the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic group that tries to keep the peace throughout the universe. He's the new chosen one, as he begins to master his newly acquired powers he's faced with an even bigger challenge in the form of Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard)

One of the things I always enjoyed about the Green Lantern comics were how unique they were. Their stories, and our hero always marched to the beat of their own drums. The movie didn't capture that feeling. It had a $300 million dollar budget that is over done with too much CGI and what felt like a last minute change that called for cramming too many story lines into one film.

I blame the studio. With that budget, I expect some Lord of the Rings worthy CGI, but I didn't get that. At first it was nice to look at, but then it just became too much. It almost started to remind me of the Speed Racer movie, which is the equivalent of what I imagine having a 2 hour seizure is like. The pacing of the movie started off a bit slow, then felt jammed back. It's certainly not the cast or the director's fault. I thought Reynolds was closer to Green Lantern than he was at his last attempt to recreate a comic book character. (Deadpool) Peter Sarsgaard is a joy as always and director Martin Campbell is great with action sequences. Its not a bad movie, it just fell below my high expectations.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: C+

Memorable Quote: "In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power.. Green Lantern's Light." Hal Jordon (Ryan Reynolds)



Tuesday Trailer Breakdown: Horrible Bosses


What will work: That cast is amazing. Spacey, Farrell, Batemen, Sudeikis, that's a perfect combination of top notch acting and great comedic chops. I've always loved when Spacey plays the antagonist. He flourishes in that.

The Rating. While an official rating hasn't been released by the MPAA (as I type this, anyways) interviews from the director and various members of the cast give the impression that it will more than likely be an R rating. In my opinion, R rated comedies are always funnier.

What might not: Aniston's track record. While she's obviously not a huge part of the movie her last few comedies have crashed and burned. Not to mention the character she's playing is extremely sexist. If the roles were reversed, and the pervy dentist was a male, we wouldn't be watching the same movie. Call me a downer, but you know it's true.

Random Thought: The last time we got Batemen and Aniston together we got The Switch. Here's hoping for something better.

When to see it: I'll try to catch it opening weekend. I have high hopes for this movie. We haven't had too many solid comedies this summer.

Review: Everything Must Go

But don't expect it to go quickly.

Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell) is an alcoholic. In one day he loses his job and goes home to find all of his belongings out on his front lawn, his locks changed, and his wife gone. He doesn't want to leave, but he can't seem to give up his drinking habit. The local detective, who is also his AA sponsor suggests he have a rummage sale so that he can stay on his lawn for a few more days until he gets everything together. He enlists the help of a lonely neighbor boy, Kenny (CJ Wallace, Notorious B.I.G's son) and tries to get to know his new neighbor, Samantha. (Rebecca Hall)

Everything Must Go has an interesting story, but it moves at a snail's pace. It was originally adapted from a short story and I think that hurt it in the long run. Short stories make good short movies, but when you try to stretch them out into feature length you run into long periods of time with the characters doing nothing. There's tons of shots of Nick moving things around his lawn and sitting in his chair drinking beer that felt unnecessary.

Acting wise Ferrell, Hall and Wallace give solid performances. I've always enjoyed Ferrell taking on the occasional dramatic role. Even though this is billed as a comedy it's tamer than what were used to for Farrell. It's a shame that good performance have to suffer from horrible pacing.

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "Yeah, you probably shouldn't use that one anymore." - Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell)

Indie Gems: I Love You Phillip Morris

Love is a powerful thing.
Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) is a happily married man with a steady job. After a near death experience in a car crash, Steven decides he's going to live his life to the fullest and be who he's always wanted to be. This means coming out as a gay man and living in style. After he divorces his wife and moves to Florida he soon finds out that his way of living is expensive. So he begins to commit fraud, gets arrested, sent to jail and ultimately meets the love of his life, Phillip Morris. (Ewan McGregor) Phillip is shy, kind, and timid compared to Steven's outgoing personality. Steven soon realizes he will do anything to stay with Phillip, even if that means getting transferred to the same ward, and going as far as pretending to be a lawyer to get Phillip out of jail. When they are both out and trying to start a normal life, Steven can't help but fall back into his shady ways.

I have absolutely no idea why this movie did not get more attention. I remember when I was predicting my Golden Globe nominations last year I had Jim Carrey as Best Actor in a Comedy and this movie as Best Comedy. Neither made the cut, and that's surprising. Carrey gave his best performance since Eternal Sunshine and McGregor was spot on as usual. He radiated charm and kindness and you can immediately see why Steven would love Phillip so much. He was just so innocent. The film could've easily went down the path of raunchiness with some of it's dialogue but it kept it simple and fun. While the situations in the movie are serious the humor is consistent throughout. It never once becomes too over the top, no matter how deep Steven gets into his lies.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "Or you could just suck his dick." - Steven Russell (Jim Carrey)

Review: Super 8

If E.T were on steroids..

In the summer of 1979 a group of children making a zombie movie witness a Michael Bay worthy train crash. This is more than just a freak accident. Soon, mysterious things start to happen in their small town and they take it upon themselves to get to the bottom of this.

It's obvious that director JJ Abrams along with producer Steven Speilberg were going for the nostalgia factor. They were basically re-creating the films that Speilberg used to make and it works wonderfully. I was afraid this movie was going to be too kiddie going in. I'll admit after I saw the original teaser trailer and then found out the the film was going to be centered around children I felt a little let down. I'm glad to say I was wrong. The kids in this film were great. While they aren't the best batch of actors the dialogue they were given was hilarious and helped set the tone. I actually ended up finding the adults to be the corniest part of the movie. The film makers did a great job of keeping the creature under wraps throughout most of the film, so when we finally saw it we were surprised. The ending to me felt a bit rushed compared to the slower pacing of the rest of the film.  Overall, the effects were great (Thank God it wasn't in 3D) and the story felt fresh.


Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Drugs are so bad!!" - Charles (Riley Griffith)

Indie Gems: The Chumscrubber

The boring suburbia.
At least that's how teen drug dealing Troy (Josh Janowicz) views it before he hangs himself. He leaves behind his best friend Dean, (Jamie Bell) who is still trying to cope with it, but finds himself in an unlikely scenario. You see Troy's customers still want to get at his pills, and they know Dean is the closest they will come. When he refuses, the trio of Crystal, (Camilla Belle) Lee, (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Billy (Justin Chatwin) try to kidnap Dean's little brother. Only they end up with the wrong kid. Instead they get the child of a police officer (John Heard) and a wedding planner, (Rita Wilson) who is about to marry the local dolphin loving mayor. (Ralph Fiennes)

There's a lot going on in The Chumscrubber, but it doesn't feel cluttered and chaotic. Some will complain about the idea of "suburbia sucks" plot line being used, but I found the stories generally interesting. The cast comes together wonderfully. There's a lot of talented people in this film. I initially wanted to see this film because of Ralph Fiennes, while he's not in it very much he's got some memorable moments. He's definitely not the sinister Ralph Fiennes I've grown used to.

Overall, the plot may seem recycled from so many movies before, but it shouldn't discourage you from actually seeing the film. The performances are great, the soundtrack is lovely and it flows smoothly.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: " No, it wasn't like that at all..." - Dean (Jamie Bell)

Review: X-Men: First Class

Separate the films from the comics.
Being someone that's read so many comics over the years, one thing I've learned is that its best is to completely separate them from the movies. The same can be said for X-Men: First Class. Although I found it a little hard to do that at some points throughout the film. Another thing I felt I had to do was separate it from the previous installments that it was serving as a prequel for. There were some obvious inconsistencies, but when you look past that First Class was a great film to stand on it's own and I would rate it 3rd amongst the 5 X-Men movies that have been made.

First Class follows a young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) before he's known as Professor X. He's a student at Oxford doing research about mutations. After revealing himself and his "sister" Raven (Jennifer Lawrence, the future Mystique) as mutants themselves the CIA brings them in to help get their hands on Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and his associates. We also see the story of Erik Lehnsherr, (Michael Fassbender) before he's known as the powerful Magneto. He was taken to the camps by the Nazi's, where a younger Sebastian Shaw (though known by a different name) shoots Lehnsherr's mother in order to bring out his gift of moving metal. Erik learns to better control his gift, now he's got a death wish for Shaw. He tracks him James Bond-style all over the globe and eventually runs into Xavier. They band together a group of mutants and will take care of Shaw for good.

The high light of the film was definitely McAvoy and Fassbender's performances. They both had me convinced that they would one day be the two powerful mutants we're so familiar with. McAvoy shows his genius while Fassbender shows his ruthlessness. Kevin Bacon was a nice surprise too. The trailers didn't really feature him and I will admit I completely forgot he was in it until he appeared on screen. Bacon is one of those actors that I spent a lot of time disliking but have recently been drawn into his performances. He gets better with age. The same cannot be said for the supporting cast. Jennifer Lawrence, while great in Winter's Bone couldn't convince me that she turned into the Mystique we're familiar with. This goes back to trying to separate the two, but having a hard time doing so. I tried not to compare, but it was almost impossible. January Jones was horrible as Emma Frost. Plain and simple, she was wooden and her lines felt forced. The rest of the mutants didn't get enough screen time to show their personalities, but I didn't find them as interesting as the mutants in the past films.

The special effects were on par with the first two. I was afraid this prequel would fall into Wolverine-like territory. What I mean by that is cheap special effects, but I was happy to be wrong. While the film sometimes dragged it was packed with action sequences that were stunning to watch. There's nothing after the credits, but it does have one of the best cameos I've seen in a long time.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "Do not touch my hair." - Charles Xavier (James McAvoy)

Tuesday Trailer Breakdown: Crazy Stupid Love


What could work: The excellent cast. Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei. That sounds great on paper. They are all actors that adapt well to anyone and can create chemistry.

Ryan Gosling..sans shirt. Yep, I said it. You can't really go wrong with a shirtless Gosling. He's a fantastic actor, so it's like a bonus.


What might not: Judging by the trailer it's walking a fine line between rom-com cliche. Hopefully the humor and cast will pull it away from being just another rom-com.

It sort of reminds me of Dan in Real Life. Sure, the plot is completely different, but I can't shake Steve Carrell's previous film. It just wasn't that good.

Random Thought: Emma Stone is a doll. I loved her in Easy A, she's instantly likeable.

When to see it: I'll catch a matinee when I have the time. Unless it gets great reviews from all those early watchers. Then I'll make more of an effort.

Review: Soul Surfer

Some things are better left for the news.
No one can take away what really happened to Bethany Hamilton. This girl has guts. You may remember back in 2003 a then 13 year old Hamilton got her arm bitten off by a tiger shark in Hawaii. It was all over the news, she lost a lot of blood and still somehow managed not to completely panic as her quick thinking friends made her a tourniquet and drove her to the hospital. Eventually she got back on her board and went on competing. She deserves a lot of praise, what she doesn't deserve is a poorly made, badly acted, lifetime movie to show for it. She deserves better than that.

Beach blonde Bethany is played by AnnaSophia Robb, who certainly looks the part, but unfortunately still hasn't grasped the whole "acting" part of her job. Her parents are played by the equally bland Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt. Carrie Underwood is thrown in there as her youth group leader who does nothing but smile and show zero depth. The film adds a bit more drama, such as Bethany contemplating quitting (which she apparently never did in real life) and also adds a stereotypical mean girl surfer who has a change of heart towards the end. Bethany did all her own surfing stunts, which would've been convincing if Bethany wasn't a good 9 inches taller than AnnaSophia Robb. The CGI shark attack, though only there for a split second made the mechanical shark in Jaws look superior. Apparently no one told the film makers that "less is more." Instead of having a SciFi (oh wait...SyFy) worthy scene of special effects they could've had it happen underwater and perhaps only showed the fin or nothing at all. Everyone going into the movie knows that Bethany was going to be attacked by a shark. Another thing that got to be was how incredibly easy they made her recovery look. If you've read Bethany's book, or seen the documentary she did a few years back, it wasn't easy for her. Sure she got back in the water fairly quickly, but she had a lot of work to do. The movie made her recovery very secondary, and I think that's one of the things that's the most inspiring about her.

Perhaps my negativity stems from the fact that I had no desire to see this in the first place. I don't think so. I think this is, flat out, a poorly made film. A great story falls short to bad acting and bad effects.

Recommended: No

Grade: D

Memorable Quote: "I can embrace more people with one arm than I ever could with two." - Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb)

Indie Gems: Catfish

Real or Fake?
That's a question you will hear a lot when discussing Catfish. Is this a real documentary? If so, was this happening in real time or did the film makers take the time to recreate it? Or was it simply just a good story with some shady marketing? I'll get the marketing part later, but these questions really don't matter to me. I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed it whether it was real or made up, the point is it was interesting and deserves to be watched.

Catfish follows a photographer named Nev who has been communicating over Facebook with a woman named Angela for months. His friends began to shoot a documentary on this relationship. Angela's 8 year old daughter Abby is a fantastic painter and has sent Nev paintings of his own photography. Abby is too young to talk to Nev on the phone, so he speaks with Angela and gets to know her circle of friends through Facebook. This includes Angela's other daughter, Megan. A beautiful singer/dancer who starts an online relationship with Nev. Nev and crew are dying to meet this family, but they soon realize things aren't starting to add up.

The story is great because it probably speaks for a lot of online relationships. You think you're talking to one person, than after a little digging you find out you're not and your caught up in someone else's imagination. That's the power and the beauty and the sometimes dangerous thing about the net. You can be whoever you want to be. There's a few different reasons that I say marketing let this film down. The first is the trailer. The very first trailer I saw for this made it seem like a horror movie. Like something scary was going to happen, and I actually was expecting that. I'd only seen a trailer for this once before I decided to watch it, I wasn't disappointed in not getting a horror film because the finished product was so good, but I can see where others might. The second is the timing, Catfish had the unfortunate moniker of "the other Facebook movie" because it was released so closely to The Social Network. The third is telling everyone it was a real documentary, only for the film makers to sort of admit in Q&A that it wasn't. They could've had everyone believing it was real, but they stumbled in Q&A and that's where they got all of their doubters.

Despite all this, Catfish is a smart and intriguing film. All of the questions over it's validity don't really matter because the characters are interesting and it keeps a great pace. It's a wonderful story no matter what.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Who are all these other people.?"  - Nev

DVD Review: Knight and Day

What plot?
I'm going to be honest with you. This movie was so bad/boring that I actually didn't catch the purpose of the plot.

Roy (Tom Cruise) is a secret agent who recently finds out his current mission will be his last. He gets June (Cameron Diaz) caught up on the middle after they meet at an airport. Soon they are on the run from other agents played by Peter Sarsgaard and Viola Davis. Prepare for lots of twists and turns.

I felt like this movie didn't know what it wanted to me. Action? Romantic comedy? Mixing to two didn't come off the greatest. The tone feels to light for some of the horribly done action scenes. When I say "horribly done" I'm referring to the CGI plane crash at the beginning of the film that makes Final Destination look like a freaking masterpiece. Also the not so interesting car and motorcycle chases. Cruise and Diaz do have chemistry, I'll give them that. I usually always find something to like about Diaz but I just couldn't do that with this performance. It's a shame great actors like Davis, Sarsgaard (with his unnecessary accent) and Paul Dano get shoved to the side for all this nonsense. This also got me thinking about the last time I actually enjoyed Tom Cruise in a movie. After a quick trip to his IMDb resume I discovered that the last time I actually enjoyed him in a role was 2004's Collateral. Before that it was 1986's Top Gun. I didn't count his cameo in Tropic Thunder, I loved it, but it got way too overplayed. What a shame.

Recommended: No

Grade: D

Memorable Quote: "They'll tell you I'm mentally unstable and violent and dangerous and it will all sound very convincing." - Roy (Tom Cruise)