Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Whatever Happened To?

Granted today’s selection has been working steadily, in straight-to-DVD releases, for a few years now. Yet when was the last time you saw Val Kilmer in a lead role on the big screen? I know he has a bad reputation for being a bit of a diva on set, but I think Kilmer has paid his dues in B-movie purgatory. It is time for him to jumpstart his career again like John Travolta did back in the 90’s.

Val Kilmer

Career Highlights: Top Gun (1986), Willow (1988), Heat (1995), Top Secret (1984), Tombstone (1993), The Doors (1991), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2004), The Salton Sea (2002)

Low Points: Mindhunters (2004), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Red Planet (2000), Alexander (2004), At First Sight (1999), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), The Real McCoy (1993)

Last Seen: The Bad Lieutenant: The Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Where You Will See Him Again: The SNL-inspired comedy MacGruber; and The Irishmen with Ray Stevenson


  1. It's sad but this is what happens when you get a rep of being hard to work without the cred it back it up. Bruce Willis can be a dick because his movies make millions, Kilmer on the other hand never really led a movie into a big payday and now he's basically stuck in direct-to-video.

  2. He had his chance with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang...and he, like Travolta, squandered it.

  3. @Mike - You make an excellent point about Bruce Willis. People have been complaining about him since Moonlighting.

  4. @Simon - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is not the type of film you make a comeback out of. He needs something where he really plays against type.

  5. Never been a big fan of the guy. Cool name though.

    Dude's also put on some serious pounds lately.

  6. Well said! It's high time for Val to come back to the land of the legitimate acting and away from all the straight to DVD schlock.

    Secondly, I like that you and I are on the same page with his Highlights...I own every title shown and none of the "Low Points":)

    Looking forward to The Irishmen (which looks to have one hell of a cast) But one that's not mentioned is Spartan...or maybe you're like me and don't know if you liked it or not:P

  7. @Marc - Spartan was one of those in between films for me. I did not love it enough to consider it a highpoint, but I also did not dislike it either.


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