Released in 1990, director Tony Scott's 'Days of Thunder' starred Tom Cruise as a young, up-and-coming stock car driver who gets his big break and a chance to compete at the top level. The first of three films to pair Cruise with Nicole Kidman, 'Days of Thunder' received mixed reviews from critics but was a smashing success at the box office thanks to the charisma of its leading man. As film critic Roger Ebert noted, the film had many elements of previous Cruise movies, which had developed a sort of formula for success. Twenty-four years later, we revisit the cast of this classic and see what they're up to now.
'To Die For,' released in 1995, starred Nicole Kidman as a fame-hungry and ruthless local weather girl who hires three dopey teenagers from a high school to murder her husband. The dark comedy was based in part on a true story and told in mockumentary style, and it helped launch the careers of Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck. Now, 18 years later, we take a look back at the cast of the film and see what they're up to these days.
Among the more difficult tricks in any artform is to create something new-but-familiar. Such is the world presented in 'Stoker,' Park Chan-Wook's ('Oldboy,' 'Lady Vengeance') first English language film. You can hum along as if you've heard the tune before, but examining any specific moment reveals that, beneath the ice, there's a river of peculiarity far more unique than may first seem obvious.
Often the early months of the year offer few good movies, which made us nervous about Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker.' It's due out in a couple weeks, but word out of Sundance and other screenings has been great (we rather liked it ourselves). Now there's a featurette that talks about the film's Southern Gothic flavor.
'Stoker,' the first English-language film by Korean director Park Chan-wook, will debut this weekend at the Sundance Film festival, and will be going out to theaters on March 1. But until then, here's a clip from the film in which Nicole Kidman talks about how she really feels about her own daughter.