Risky Business launched Cruise’s career, and it also ended its directors! A 96% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Risky Business features Cruise as a high school senior who learns some hard lessons about life and prostitution while trying to get into an Ivy League school. Does the satire and tone hold up in 2018, or does it come across as a dated and out of touch ’80s flick with a surprising amount of nudity?
The power running, intensely emoting, Xenu worshipping Tom Cruise is the next subject of Reel Ripe & Reel Rotten! In this episode we start at the bottom with Cocktail, a 1988 film that currently sits at 5% on Rotten Tomatoes. Cruise plays an up and coming bartender who is unhappy with life at TGIFridays and dreams of bigger things. Unfortunately, he knocks up a girl while in Jamaica and has to spend the rest of the movie trying to make things right. Clay and I discuss attending too many schools, horrible banter, and accepting a dare!
A Good Year is a perfect example of a director taking on a genre that they are ill suited to handle. A romantic comedy that features very little romance and almost no comedy, A Good Year has Russell Crowe playing an unethical day trader who comes into possession of a vineyard in southern France. His immediate desire is to sell the property, but will his trip to France teach him a valuable lesson about not being a douchebag? Listen as we discuss the skillful slapstick comedy of Russell Crowe, the problem with going beyond your capabilities, and the voyeurism of Ridley Scott!
Famed director Ridley Scott is this month’s focus, and we kick things off with the modern classic, “Alien”, which is currently at 97% on RottenTomatoes! When the crew of a towing spaceship intercepts a message from a nearby planetoid, their investigation leads to the discovery of an incredibly dangerous life form. Clay and I discuss the life and career of Ridley Scott, talk about some of the behind the scenes and production aspects, and then talk about a movie which forever changed the sci-fi landscape!
After covering Patrick Stewart last month, it’s time for Clay and Wes to discuss a director! We put the selection up to a vote on Patreon.com, and this short episode will let you know which director we’ll be covering, and which films we’ll be discussing in December 2017.