The timelessness of Tom Cruise, the last movie star

Top Gun: Maverick is the most successful film in a storied career and perhaps the best case study of movie stardom over time of all time.  Cruise portrays the same character 36 years apart, and makes it clear that nothing has really changed for either him or Maverick, onscreen or off. Tom Cruise is the… Continue reading The timelessness of Tom Cruise, the last movie star

The Power of the Dog is all the rage, but Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven remains the undisputed anti-western masterpiece

You can consider The Power of the Dog an arthouse western with a star in the lead role and recognizable actors in the supporting cast.  It’s a character study more than an epic.  Unforgiven, on the other hand, is a blockbuster western with a rich, dark underbelly.  Later this month, Jane Campion’s disturbing The Power… Continue reading The Power of the Dog is all the rage, but Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven remains the undisputed anti-western masterpiece