The Oscars is the most prestigious award in the movie industry. It is also one of the most viewed shows on TV. Certain movies and actors have been immortalized for their award-winning performances. There are many categories for the awards, big ones being Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress, Best Director, along with others such as Supporting Actor/Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Costume, etc. Now, how come there is not an award for best scene in a movie? There have been many emblematic scenes where every line, every detail have been memorized and recited verbatim by many. We need to create a category for this award!!! This brilliant idea occurred to me while I was watching Resident Evil: Extinction. There was one scene in it that was so momentous that I thought, "That is the best scene I have ever seen in a movie!!!" Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Blondie for Best Scene in a Movie is.....fast forward to 7:11 of the next clip (best viewed with full screen and volume up).
In baseball, there have been certain players who were great early in their careers and then mysteriously faded off towards the tail end. They are said to have played their way out of the Hall of Fame. The rollercoaster ride career of Tom Cruise would fall under this category. Is he still a movie superstar fitting of HOF considerations? After some deliberation, the BAFH committee reached a verdict...to induct Tom Cruise into our Blondie Hall of Fame. It was a grueling ordeal. Is he in? Is he out? Let us take you through our thought process with the Tom Cruise timeline!!!
1) Promising Beginnings
Tom Cruise had movie star written all over him from the beginning. He had that look of charm, that smirk of confidence. In the beginning, he played a few roles as impudent, smart-ass characters. His on-screen persona was a perfect match for being Maverick on Top Gun, one of the all-time great pioneering movies. Let's check out the memorable volleyball scene where great cinematography masked Tom's vertical challenges.
2) The Immaculate Performance
Cruise's acting reached momentous heights with his immaculate performance in Rain Man opposite Dustin Hoffman, who himself turned in one of his greatest performances and won the Oscar. Tom held his own throughout the movie and was not upstaged by Hoffman's brilliance. The plot of the movie is that Cruise and Hoffman's characters drive cross-country. Not much happens, except some tremendously great acting in scene after scene. It is an overall all-time great movie and performances with a great soundtrack to boot.
3) Turbulence, Spiral, Just Strange
Things started to get rocky as Cruise married and divorced Nicole Kidman, made a bizarre movie, Eyes Wide Shut, mixed in with some good performances in A Few Good Men and Jerry Maguire (nominated for Oscar). He joined scientology, became involved with Katie Holmes, and then it all came to a surprising head with the couch hop. His strange behavior on Oprah costed movie studios about a billion dollars. This clip speaks for itself.
4) Redemption...Rise of the Phoenix!!!
Cruise earned a measure of redemption with a hilarious role in Tropic Thunder. It was an interesting cast, as Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr, Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Tom's individual stars were all moving in different directions. Nonetheless, it was a funny movie where Tom showed his sense of humour by not taking himself too seriously.
So, where are we now with Tom Cruise??? His past few movies have come and gone without much fanfare. We choose to remember the good times, and so we induct Tom Cruise into the Blondie Hall of Fame. I...feel...amazing!!! Couch hop!!!
America is known as a land of diversity, decorated with different cultures from sea to shining sea. Here at BAFH, we are all for it!!! We love different ways of doing things. Down with communism!!! Within the fabric of America is a sub-culture of blondies. Yep, blondies have cultures...and ergo, sub-cultures. Wow, that's deep. Ahhh yes, blondies are not all the same. To further explore the nuances of blondie sub-cultures, we shall go hip hop!!!...and consider the east coast vs west coast blondies.
1) East Coast Blondie
The east coast is known for its hustle and bustle. It has subways packed with sardines of commuters, cold weather, and a dog-eat-dog survival of the fittest rat race. This mentality permeates even to the blondies. Yep, the east coast blondie is bitchy, tough, and cold-blooded. This personification was played splendidly by Margot Robbie (looking great in pink) in The Wolf of Wall Street. Check it out. Now that's what I'm talkin' about .
2) West Coast Blondie
Now, the west coast...ahhh, "We love L.A......We love it!!!" We have a sweet spot for the west coast, and namely, Los Angeles and Las Vegas!!! These two fabulous cities are known for beautiful actors/showgirls, bright/neon lights, great weather, easy-going demeanor, and risk-taking sharpies. From this fertile ground has grown the west coast blondie (also looking great in pink) who is ditzy, air-headed,...and oh, the voice....huh???? How??? How can this be??? Oh, it'd be...next clip, west coast blondie goes hip hop.