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C'mon Hollywood #132

Aug. 24, 2007by:

... make John Travolta cool again!
by Sturdy

I cant say Ive always been a fan of John Travolta. He was pretty much out of the spotlight when I first got into movies in the 80s, so I didnt jump on the Travolta bandwagon until PULP FICTION. The first LOOK WHOS TALKING was amusing, but not because of him. Talking babies are just funny. After PULP FICTION, Travolta had a string of surprisingly good performances and roles that made me a fan. I still really enjoy PHENOMENON, MICHAEL and others he did in the mid 90s. But then something happened that makes me scratch my head. He started to make some really bad moviesagain.

It would be one thing if he was a young actor and this was something new. Unfortunately, John cant use that excuse anymore because hes not a spring chicken. Furthermore, John has already ruined his freakin career once in the same exact way hes ruining it now. In the late 70s, he was on top of the world with hits like GREASE and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Then he rattled off a string of stink bombs and it took him almost 15 years just to star in a movie with Kirstie Allie and a talking baby. So why didnt he learn his lesson?


I really liked Travolta as the bad guy in FACE/OFF and in movies not named PUNISHER.

Dont blame his decline on BATTLEFIELD EARTH. Sure, the movie went over like a turd in a punchbowl, but that was no excuse for the string of crap movies that he made before and after that. I dont care about that movie, or his fascination with Scientology. I care about him getting back to making cool movies that are actually enjoyable. One movie typically doesnt ruin a career unless you never had one to begin with.


Ugggghhh! What was he thinking?

One problem Ive discovered with John Travolta is that hes not funny. He can say funny things, but hes not a funny person. He seems to fail miserably when he tries to do full fledged comedies. Im thinking about LUCKY NUMBERS and most recently, WILD HOGS among others. Numbers was extremely bad, but there was no excuse for WILD HOGS. It wasnt just that the movie was terrible, its that he was terrible in it. It was like watching a completely different actor. I kept thinking that theres no way this guy was Vincent Vega.


Vega is still his best character.

So cmon Travolta, get back to making cool movies. I liked BROKEN ARROW and FACE OFF and other films wheres hes played the cool, bad-ass character. Even though they had their problems, Travolta was cool as hell in them. I like Travolta as the badass and I want him to get back to those kind of roles. Leave the comedy alone and maybe he should try to challenge himself as an actor with some serious roles. Anything would be better than what weve seen from him in the past 7 years or so.

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4:47PM on 08/26/2007
I've never even really got into John Travolta... and as you mentioned his films, it seems he doesnt really have that much of a good movie carreer, many of us can dish out on Tom Cruise but there was a time when everything he made was great. As for John Travolta, he was in Grease and Saturday Night Fever and we knew he could dance then 20 years passed and we knew he could be cool in Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty or an ok actor such as in Michael and Phenomenon.. Face/Off was an entertaining but
I've never even really got into John Travolta... and as you mentioned his films, it seems he doesnt really have that much of a good movie carreer, many of us can dish out on Tom Cruise but there was a time when everything he made was great. As for John Travolta, he was in Grease and Saturday Night Fever and we knew he could dance then 20 years passed and we knew he could be cool in Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty or an ok actor such as in Michael and Phenomenon.. Face/Off was an entertaining but ridiculous John Woo film, and... sure I also dug Look Whos Talking because of Bruce WIllis.. ha... so.. I dont know.. whatever... for me he was never that cool to begin with and to warrant a plea to hollywood to make him cool again.
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4:58AM on 08/25/2007

Swordfish

He was an awesome bad guy in Swordfish. I like his psycho roles.
He was an awesome bad guy in Swordfish. I like his psycho roles.
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10:03PM on 08/24/2007

ehhh

People find it really easy to insult WILD HOGS because it's a comedy about middle-aged biker-wannabes on a roadtrip. It's an easy movie to take pot shots at, and on top of that, it's a comedy. Something tends to piss critics off when a really famous, successful, and typically "dramatic" actor stars in a comedy -- like the project wasn't worthy of the star and the star is a sellout looking for a cake-walk paycheck. WILD HOGS, in my estimation, was a really, really enjoyable movie. I'm 20,
People find it really easy to insult WILD HOGS because it's a comedy about middle-aged biker-wannabes on a roadtrip. It's an easy movie to take pot shots at, and on top of that, it's a comedy. Something tends to piss critics off when a really famous, successful, and typically "dramatic" actor stars in a comedy -- like the project wasn't worthy of the star and the star is a sellout looking for a cake-walk paycheck. WILD HOGS, in my estimation, was a really, really enjoyable movie. I'm 20, and I laughed heartily throughout the film. I must have been laughing too hard to realize how awful it was.
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4:41PM on 08/24/2007
Wild Hogs was funny and Travolta was very funny in it too.. But what can you say
Wild Hogs was funny and Travolta was very funny in it too.. But what can you say
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11:35AM on 08/24/2007

In defense of Wild hogs...Sort of

Here's the thing, Wild Hogs, while not being a comedic gem or masterpeice destined for classic status, still made alot of money. Fortunately or unfortunately. The movie was targeted at a demographic that really only has Dramas and War stories. And that demographic ate it up lovingly. Hell I was mildy curious about it, so I took my mom to it for her Birthday, I had also planned on going with my dad, because he wanted to see it and it's rare these days when he wants to go actually see a movie
Here's the thing, Wild Hogs, while not being a comedic gem or masterpeice destined for classic status, still made alot of money. Fortunately or unfortunately. The movie was targeted at a demographic that really only has Dramas and War stories. And that demographic ate it up lovingly. Hell I was mildy curious about it, so I took my mom to it for her Birthday, I had also planned on going with my dad, because he wanted to see it and it's rare these days when he wants to go actually see a movie rather than wait for the DVD, unless it's an epic type movie, but this never happened. Personally I thought it was an ok comedy, no where near as bad as people are making it out to be and I've even talked to people in my age range (Mid to late 20's) that enjoyed it. It was a tolerable movie in my opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. It is in no way Travolta at his best, in fact he was the weakest in the movie and I got the sense that he knew that halfway through, but he was obligated to finish it. William H. Macy actually saved the movie for me, he provided the majority of the laughs for me and of course Marisa Tomei was decent in a throw-away roll, plus she is fun to look at. The movie had a promising premise and a decent cast, it was just executed badly.

I do hope that we get the "Chili Palmer/ Vincent Vega" Travolta back one day. And I agree with Call me Indiana (below) that maybe Tarantino needs to get off his ass and seriously get Vega Bros. done and we can get the Travolta we love back.
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2:00AM on 08/24/2007
I couldn't agree more! I've always liked John Travolta, but only in films like PULP FICTION, FACE/OFF, and PHENOMENON, like you mentioned. It's not that he's bad, he's just made a lot of bad choices.

Maybe if Tarantino (if he was ever serious about it) made the VEGA BROTHERS movie, John could get back on track. Or just generally making smarter choices.
I couldn't agree more! I've always liked John Travolta, but only in films like PULP FICTION, FACE/OFF, and PHENOMENON, like you mentioned. It's not that he's bad, he's just made a lot of bad choices.

Maybe if Tarantino (if he was ever serious about it) made the VEGA BROTHERS movie, John could get back on track. Or just generally making smarter choices.
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12:36AM on 08/24/2007
THANK YOU!!! While I still prefer Chili Palmer over Vincent Vega as a personal best, I'm glad to hear people still actually care what Travolta is doing with his career. I feel like in a lot of ways people conveniently forget how good he can be. Hell, he WAS Bill Clinton in "Primary Colors." And I absolutely love his psycho roles (like "Face/Off"). Not only has he proven himself to be capable of being good, he has proven himself in a range of roles, so it seems odd that he isn't taking advantage
THANK YOU!!! While I still prefer Chili Palmer over Vincent Vega as a personal best, I'm glad to hear people still actually care what Travolta is doing with his career. I feel like in a lot of ways people conveniently forget how good he can be. Hell, he WAS Bill Clinton in "Primary Colors." And I absolutely love his psycho roles (like "Face/Off"). Not only has he proven himself to be capable of being good, he has proven himself in a range of roles, so it seems odd that he isn't taking advantage of that. But seriously, something needs to happen to make him relevant again. I keep hoping the next movie will be it, unless that movie is called "Wild Hogs" or is directed by the guy who made "Wild Hogs." Travolta has been super-cool twice in his career, by now if he settled for good old-fashioned character roles, I wouldn't complain.
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