Well-known American actor and singer, Tom Waits is best known as one of the most popular singers of all time, along with being a respectable actor. He started his acting career in the early 80s with films, such as ‘Wolfen,’ ‘One from the Heart,’ and ‘Rumble Fish.’ Although he mostly appeared in side roles, he proved that given the right role, he could act rather well. The 1983 film ‘The Outsiders’ proved to be his big acting breakthrough and he continued his acting career with some notable films, such as ‘Down by Law,’ ‘Candy Mountain,’ ‘Mystery Train,’ ’12 Monkeys,’ and ‘Mystery Men.’
While he concentrated more on his musical career, he churned out some successful albums, such as ‘Closing Time,’ ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘Blood Money,’ and ‘Bad as Me.’ He accompanied the release of his music albums with promotional tours and became one of the most loved American celebrities. Meanwhile, he showed his acting prowess with some powerful roles in films at the turn of the century, such as ‘Domino,’ ‘The Book of Eli,’ ‘Twixt,’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths.’
Some of his films did not fare well at the Box Office. These are ‘Tom Waits for No One’ and ‘The Tiger and the Snow.’
In an Oklahoma town during the mid-1960s, two rival teen gangs, working-class ‘Greasers’ and well-to-do ‘Socials’ are frequently at loggerheads with each other. One night, Socs gang attacks two Greasers, Ponyboy and Johnny, who fight back, killing a Socs member in the scuffle. As they hide in an abandoned church, this incidence leads to a chain of grim events involving all the Greasers.
Rumble Fish is a crime drama film, which tells the story of an absent-minded street thug named Rusty James, who struggles to live up to the reputation of his legendary older brother.
Insensitive comments by shock jock Jack Lucas forces an unstable caller into committing a mass-murder suicide. Severely depressed after the incident Jack meets a homeless man Parry, who is searching for the Holy Grail. When Jack realizes Parry is actually the husband of one of the murderer’s victims, he decides to help Parry.
Mystery Train is a comedy crime film which tells us multiple different stories occurring in a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The stories revolve around a Japanese couple, three amateur robbers, the hotel’s eccentric night clerk and Elvis Presley’s spirit.
Shortcuts is a comedy-drama film, which revolves around the day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents, whose lives are loosely connected.
In the 15th century, Vlad Dracula returns from a war to find that his wife has committed suicide. In the 19th century, he returns as the client of solicitor Jonathan Harker, whose fiancé Mina, he believes is the reincarnation of his wife. Dracula captures Jonathan and wreaks havoc, especially on Mina’s friend Lucy. Now Lucy’s friends and a vampire killer, Van Helsing, decide to end his terror.
Wristcutters: A Love Story is a dark black comedy road movie, which tells the story of Zia, who kills himself after a breakup. He wakes up in the afterlife reserved for people who committed suicide. After learning that his girlfriend also killed herself, Zia embarks on a road trip to find her, while also picking up a feisty hitchhiker.
On a Montana farm, 12-year-old Arnold Hillerman’s gun fires accidently after getting stuck in the fence, killing his 17-year-old brother Eugene. When his parents receive the news, they are traumatized and angered, while his grandfather is more understanding. But Arnold is extremely distressed and is unable to communicate or express his feelings. How does the Hillerman family cope with the tragedy?
The dark comedy revolves around struggling writer Marty Faranan. Things take a violent turn when his two best friends Billy and Hans kidnap violent gangster Charlie Costello’s pet Shih Tzu. Marty’s experiences, following that not only provide him the plot for his screenplay Seven Psychopaths but leave him a changed man.
An anthology film that has 11 short stories which revolve around coffee and cigarettes as theme. The vignettes cover wide range of topics including Tesla Coil, nicotine as insecticide, 1920’s Paris, medical and musical careers and more. Black-and-while tile motifs are symbolically incorporated in each segment as every discussion involves two who though differ over the topic, still continue with cordial talk.
A fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day, THE MOVIE It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago Dr. Parnassus made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.
Starting from a musician, and the gorgeous girlfriend of a well-known gangster, the lives of various characters intersect at Cotton Club.
Old Man and the Gun is a biographical crime drama comedy film which tells the story of Forrest Tucker, an infamous criminal and escape artist, who is able to break out of San Quentin State Prison, living all authorities confused. He soon embarks on a crime spree, which puts a detective hot on his trail.
The post-apocalyptic movie centers on Eli, a blind nomadic warrior who is instructed by a voice to deliver the last copy of the New King James Bible to a sanctuary. Traveling across a wasteland, of what was formerly the USA, he demonstrates mythical fighting skills against the warlord Carnegie and his army who wants the book for himself.
Loosely based the life of Domino Harvey, the daughter of actor Laurence Harvey, the film depicts how the former model becomes a bounty hunter and finds employment with a bail bondsman who also runs an armored car business,. Complications arise when her boss sets up a $10 million robbery to meet the medical expense of his mistress’s granddaughter.
This superhero satire features a group of aspiring superheroes of Champion City who often fail due to their incompetence. But when super-villain Casanova Frankenstein captures the city’s real superhero Captain Amazing, the amateur superheroes have to join their forces, and pull together their peculiar powers such as shoveling, flying bowling balls, fork-hurling and such expertise, to save the city and its superhero.
Tom Waits Awards
|Winner||Short Cuts (1993)||1994|
|Winner||Best Contemporary Folk Album||2000|
|Winner||Best Alternative Music Album||1993|
|The Wire||Top TV Series||2004|