My heart is so full, my brain is so confused.
Besides appreciating the fact that Bushnell Mullins was named after someone very important to him and who's kindness with their time and effort was crucial to his development as an artist, the major thing I took away from this is how important it is to fund and support the arts. The crystal clarity in which he talks about the day he was accepted into the AFI is probably the most moving moment of the whole doc.
One element I haven't seen much in the praise of this film is actually how funny it is. There is a subtle but direct layer of levity, which is mostly used to ease the very palpable tension. I saw it twice in theaters and both times one particular line got a hearty response from the audience. Nearly all of it surrounds the chemistry of it's two leads, and the individual choices they made regarding their characters.
Tom Cruise (in arguably…
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There's a ruthlessness to James Caan's performance as Frank that cuts through like one of his tools of the safe-cracking trade. It's 100% pure alpha-male bravado, that can be quickly brought down to earth. Whether it's by his best friend or his wife, there is as equally no fear to the emotion he brings. That's one thing (of many) about Michael Mann's work that is so engaging, is how he shows his protagonists (as well as his antagonists, too) balancing…