Screen Time: 2015 Edition

Canberra Sunset

So it’s been a while……but anyway, back to business and as the sun has set on another year, welcome to a special 2015 edition of Screen Time where I look back at 2015 and see where all the time went. I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of my viewing stats from the past year which have been compiled from a combination of my own records and the good folks over at Letterboxd, which if you haven’t checked out then you should, as it’s a must for any lover of film.


Jack Reacher

About two years ago I was introduced to the Jack Reacher novels.  They are all essentially the same, telling the story of a 6 foot 6 inch, 200+ pound, ex-Military Policeman trying to work his way back into society. They are good fun to read and perfectly suited to be turned into a movie franchise.  That is until Tom Cruise was cast as Jack Reacher.  Ok, I am not going to rehash the endless internet rants about how Cruise is not quite the physical embodiment of Reacher, as the main attribute that Reacher has is his presence, and Tom Cruise can do screen presence well; so maybe he would be a good fit?

However, the first trailer has now arrived and it’s not looking good.  Cruise simply doesn’t have the swagger, the presence or indeed the menace that is needed.  At one point in the trailer Cruise is surrounded by a group of bad guys and he looks at them all and says ‘remember, you asked for this’.  It just doesn’t work; he comes across as slightly laughable, a bi like an extension of the Mission Impossible character, which is well, too refined for Reacher.  But hey ho, this is only the first trailer and a teaser one at that, so we shouldn’t really judge untill the final product is out.

What I would’t have given though for Jason Statham to have been in the lead role.  Now that is Reacher.

Here’s the trailer.  What do you think?

Rock of Ages (2012)

  • Director – Adam Shankman
  • Starring – Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Diego Bonetta and Julianne Hough
  • Written by – Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb
  • Year – 2012
  • Length –  123 mins

I was a rock child of the 80s.  I used to go to gigs in my denim jacket covered in studs and patches, I grew my hair long (bordering on mullet style on one special occasion) and had posters of Guns n Roses, Europe, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard on my wall at home.  Therefore I was always going to love this movie, no matter how bad it was.   I suspect that most others will not.

Deep down I think everybody wants to be a rockstar; I know I do.  I used to dream of performing in front of thousands of adoring fans and living the rock and roll life.   Sadly though the closest that most of us will get to this is performing air guitar in front of a mirror at home or singing in the shower.  That is of course unless you are Tom Cruise (more…)