THOMAS CRUISE MAPOTHER IV: HIS ŒUVRE

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In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. Nonetheless, this sensitive, deeply religious youngster who was born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York, was destined to become one of the highest paid and most sought after actors in screen history.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Eyes Wide Shut  - Dr. William Harford 14
Magnolia - Frank T.J. Mackey 13
Risky Business - Joel 8
Edge of Tomorrow  - Cage 6
Collateral - Vincent 4
Cocktail - Brian Flanagan 4
Top Gun - Maverick 4
Oblivion - Jack Harper 2
Rain Man - Charlie Babbitt 2
Minority Report - Chief John Anderton 2
Tropic Thunder - Les Grossman 2
The Last Samurai - Nathan Algren 1
Endless Love - Billy 1
Taps - David Shawn 1
Jerry Maguire - Jerry Maguire 1
The Color of Money - Vincent Lauria 1
Mission: Impossible - Ethan Hunt 1
War of the Worlds - Ray Ferrier 1
Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Ethan Hunt 1
The Mummy - Nick Morton 1
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - Ethan Hunt 1
Jack Reacher - Jack Reacher 0
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - Ethan Hunt 0
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Jack Reacher 0
Legend - Jack 0
Mission: Impossible II - Ethan Hunt 0
Losin' It - Woody 0
The Outsiders - Steve Randle 0
American Made - Barry Seal 0
Born on the Fourth of July - Ron Kovic 0
Days of Thunder - Cole Trickle 0
Far and Away - Joseph Donnelly 0
Austin Powers in Goldmember  - Tom Cruise / Famous Austin ('Austinpussy') 0
Mission: Impossible III - Ethan Hunt 0
Vanilla Sky - David Aames 0
Lions for Lambs - Senator Jasper Irving 0
Valkyrie - Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg 0
Knight and Day - Roy Miller 0
Rock of Ages - Stacee Jaxx 0
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles - Lestat 0
The Firm - Mitch McDeere 0
A Few Good Men - Lt. Daniel Kaffee 0
All the Right Moves - Stefen Djordjevic 0


Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 30 August 2019 23:34 (one year ago) link

I wonder what future priest Tom Cruise would think of Xenu.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 30 August 2019 23:41 (one year ago) link

In my heart of hearts Top Gun shall forever remain the Tom Cruisiest of all the Tom Cruise movies.

One day in the late 90s my then-employer placed a VHS copy of Top Gun into the mail slot of every employee. A week later at least half of them had still not been taken from the mail room. I foolishly took mine home. I spent several more years attempting to give this movie away to anyone who would take it. No one took it.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 30 August 2019 23:44 (one year ago) link

One day in the late 90s my then-employer placed a VHS copy of Top Gun into the mail slot of every employee

i love this

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 30 August 2019 23:53 (one year ago) link

Where tf is Hairspray

Time to Make a Pizza Pact! (Old Lunch), Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:26 (one year ago) link

I feel like we did this a while ago, but whatever. My faves of his are Risky Business and the Brad Bird-helmed M:I. Wish I thought higher of his two ‘99 auteur collabs.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:30 (one year ago) link

Xp. C+p'd from IMDb

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:51 (one year ago) link

American Made was so useless

FUCK YOUR POTATO (Neanderthal), Saturday, 31 August 2019 01:03 (one year ago) link

Where tf is Hairspray

Are you thinking of Rock of Ages?

Simon H., Saturday, 31 August 2019 01:20 (one year ago) link

So long toooooom cruise

*flute solo*

Οὖτις, Saturday, 31 August 2019 01:30 (one year ago) link

I liked him for about 10 years early on, haven't kept up.

1. The Color of Money, 2. Born on the Fourth of July, 3. Magnolia, 4. The Firm, 5. Rain Man

I used to show a clip of him lip-syncing the Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face" that was pretty funny.

clemenza, Saturday, 31 August 2019 01:30 (one year ago) link

I've missed all of his early stuff, the first film of his I've seen is (as of last month) Mission Impossible, which was 23 years ago. He's making another MI in 2021, and another in 2022.

Tom Cruise is 57.

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 31 August 2019 11:33 (one year ago) link

Honestly Magnolia because Magnolia is a top 3 film for me, even if Frank TJ Mackey is about for close to life for him. But I love the scene of him breaking down at his dads bedside even if it’s ridiculous.

gyac, Saturday, 31 August 2019 11:47 (one year ago) link

He's making another MI in 2021, and another in 2022.

They’re Kill-Bill-ing these two, according to plan, shooting one big story in 2020. If he doesn’t squeeze something else in between the split release, then 11 out of Cruise’s last 15 films will have been written or co-written or ghost-re-written by Christopher McQuarrie.

(McQuarrie will have directed five of those, ghost-directed some of a sixth, and had a producer credit on #12 of the 15. The five that they have primarily collaborated on so far have grossed over $2.2 billion. Despite these successes and having won an Oscar in 1996, McQuarrie has never been able to sell an original project to a Hollywood studio in his 26-year career, and intended to quit writing after his first Cruise flick in 2008.)

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 31 August 2019 13:15 (one year ago) link

Sikipedia.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 31 August 2019 13:30 (one year ago) link

I don’t know why I find this career team-up / human corporate takeover so fascinating but I can’t think of anything like it. Even Gena Rowlands usually made another film or two in between ones with Cassavetes, and she was married to him!

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 31 August 2019 13:45 (one year ago) link

Eyes Wide Shut

akm, Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:17 (one year ago) link

and then Magnolia

akm, Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:18 (one year ago) link

The last three MI films are really superior films (if they had to be ranked Rogue Nation>Ghost Protocol>Fallout, RN winning primarily due to Rebecca Ferguson content) and the first three are weird in retrospect, each one is basically a reboot with an entirely new Ethan Hunt, a grim govt agent in the first and a stud lothario in the second and a family man sleeper agent forced into action in the third. The first is totally fine, the other two are disposable imo. The Abrams one is lightweight discarded Alias episode trash and the Woo film has almost nothing going for it beyond some committed acting lunacy from Dougray Scott and Thandie Newton doing her best to elevate a thankless part.

Reacher 1 is really good, just a solid b-movie with a bigger budget. I like it a lot.

Edge of Tomorrow is really excellent, I appreciate Cruise going for full coward in the role early on. It’s another film where his female co-star elevates it thoroughly and it’s to his credit that he’s been willing to cede ground to Blunt and Ferguson to such a degree, to the point that they’re practically the true heroes of both films.

It’s actually hard to choose his best role, I think he’s made a lot of good flicks.

omar little, Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:56 (one year ago) link

cosign every piece of that

theRZA the JZA and the NDB (darraghmac), Saturday, 31 August 2019 21:55 (one year ago) link

Would have to see Born on the Fourth of July again to really decide (and Magnolia, for that matter)...but am a Collateral fan, with Cruise as a credible psychopath.

... (Eazy), Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:05 (one year ago) link

american made, knight and day, vanilla sky and minority report are all good movies dont @me

theRZA the JZA and the NDB (darraghmac), Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:17 (one year ago) link

Omar v Otm on the early MI movies (the only ones I've seen).

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:36 (one year ago) link

Def agree that his innate assholish nature is employed well in some roles where it's also part of the character. His Rainman character is a puppy prick and he really convinces in that role

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:38 (one year ago) link

Yuppy even blaa

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:38 (one year ago) link

love puppy prick as a description tbh

theRZA the JZA and the NDB (darraghmac), Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:41 (one year ago) link

I don’t know if they’re the best, but MI-1, Edge of Tomorrow and, uh, Cocktail are the only ones I feel like I would enjoy rewatching - especially EOT.

I’m alone here I think, but found the Brad Bird MI4 by far the least interesting next to Woo’s. Set pieces and humour all felt flat to me. I like the bit where they impersonate the wall.

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:48 (one year ago) link

Risky Business is a masterpiece.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:51 (one year ago) link

Knight and Day among the dumber movies I've ever watched

Simon H., Saturday, 31 August 2019 22:54 (one year ago) link

Cocktail is an interesting mess. It's obnoxious and terrible in a lot of ways,and cruise is usually responsible for its lowest points. But I kind of like the Flanagan/Coughlin relationship which is the heart of the movie.

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 31 August 2019 23:01 (one year ago) link

Brian Brown is very charismatic,he deserved his moment in Hollywood imo

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 31 August 2019 23:02 (one year ago) link

knight and day is dumb

idk if its an critique that lands to say it

do you think anyone involved didnt know they were making a dumb movie

most movies are dumb, now i think of it tbh

theRZA the JZA and the NDB (darraghmac), Saturday, 31 August 2019 23:23 (one year ago) link

always liked him but not loved him. would have to go back and see some of these again to decide

It was hard to love him in Magnolia because he was so despicable, but it was a memorable performance

Dan S, Saturday, 31 August 2019 23:34 (one year ago) link

I was defending John Wayne as an actor/movie star a few months back to some people who were raging over the latest unearthing of his infamous <I>Playboy</I> interview from the’70s (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, its pretty easy to find). My point—made all the more difficult to illustrate due to the people I was talking to either admittedly or simply likely never having seen a Wayne pic—was that whatever you may think of him as an actor/movie star, his best movies (for me, <I>The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence</I> and <I>The Searchers</I>) worked because a director (Ford, again, for me; I’m not a bit Hawks fan, but I’m sure one could make a similar argument re: his work with Hawks) knew how to employ his persona in ways that, depending on how charitable you wish to be towards him, may have even been above the actor’s full comprehension. Cruise is a lot like that for me, as well; he’s at his best when a filmmaker—Kubrick, definitely, but also Anderson, Mann, Levinson, and even, gulp, Rob Reiner—knows how to tap into Cruise’s particularly icy brand of yuppie smarm (the urtext for this definitely being Risky Business). I remember reading one critic, circa the early 2000s, describing Cruise as the most quintessentially American movie star of the era, and I agree; take that as you will, I guess.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:12 (one year ago) link

(Screwed up the formatting on that last post, sorry)

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:13 (one year ago) link

Lots of great performances and many good movies here. I need to rewatch Vanilla Sky but I still think it's really underrated. He's the only person that comes out of Magnolia alive, somehow gives the most human performance of his career. his role in Collateral was a refreshing heel turn that he didn't really follow up on, sort of like Sandler after Punch-Drunk Love.

having said that I cannot vote for anyone other than Dr. Bill. did you know he's a doctor?

flappy bird, Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:15 (one year ago) link

Dr. William Harford!

Dan S, Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:21 (one year ago) link

Well described, cryptosicko.

My memory of Cocktail is exactly opposite JIV's: I remember Cruise as good, Bryan Brown as giving a cliched cynical-older-guy performance (or at least the script boxing him into that corner).

clemenza, Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:32 (one year ago) link

"knew how to employ his persona"

Not to get off topic, but related: Someone dismissed Travolta's performance in Pulp Fiction on the Travolta thread the other day. Majorly disagree. He's not only great, that character can't be played by anybody else--Tarantino made the role about him. The Jack Rabbit Slim scene wouldn't be one-tenth as good with someone else.

I don't any director ever played around with Cruise's persona quite so creatively--Magnolia comes close--but the same thing is at play in lots of his films (maybe even, past a certain point, every film he does by default).

clemenza, Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:39 (one year ago) link

"I don't think any director..."

clemenza, Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:39 (one year ago) link

Kubrick totally does it in Eyes Wide Shut, obviously playing off of Kidman and Cruise's real life marriage and pitting them against each other on set, and continually, for nearly three hours, makes Cruise wander around Manhattan and a secret sex mansion and NEVER get laid, despite coming very close many times. Cruise is castrated in EWS, and his masculinity is implicitly mocked throughout and explicitly at least once (when the teenagers or whatever accost him on the street).

flappy bird, Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:44 (one year ago) link

I was gonna say

best persona riff: EWS
worst persona riff: Tropic Thunder

Simon H., Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:46 (one year ago) link

hard agree on TT

flappy bird, Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:51 (one year ago) link

Agree with everything you say about Eyes Wide Shut. But because the character's such a cipher, I personally don't find him as interesting as T.J. Mackey (or Vincent Vega).

clemenza, Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:51 (one year ago) link

I actually think TT holds up pretty well as a satire of Hollywood self-importance, which makes his self-flattery-via-self-mockery shtick in it even more glaring

Simon H., Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:55 (one year ago) link

that casting/role might have been one of the slickest bits of PR in Hollywood history

Simon H., Sunday, 1 September 2019 00:56 (one year ago) link

I will take the populist route and just say my actual favorite movie from this list starring Mr. Thomas Cruise, OT VII, is War of the Worlds.

Saw it twice

flappy bird, Sunday, 1 September 2019 04:42 (one year ago) link

would throw his turn in Minority Report in directors utilizing his talents to best use.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 1 September 2019 05:29 (one year ago) link

i am saying this without evidence, but did his career take a notable dive after minority report? i guess i haven't seen a lot of his recent movies. but that's because i'm not really a big fan of the genre of whatever jack reacher is

i am also larry mullen jr (Karl Malone), Sunday, 1 September 2019 05:43 (one year ago) link

Never put Keanu in front of a black hole.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 September 2019 19:02 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 29 September 2019 00:01 (one year ago) link

Risky Business is showing at 11 tonight at my neighborhood arthouse...

... (Eazy), Sunday, 29 September 2019 00:26 (one year ago) link

Sooooooo good.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 September 2019 01:07 (one year ago) link

I only saw Risky Business last year and was stunned by "MUSIC BY TANGERINE DREAM" popping up in the opening credits.

flappy bird, Sunday, 29 September 2019 22:11 (one year ago) link

i love risky business so much

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:07 (one year ago) link

the only thing I remember about it is the underwear dance, which was pretty great

Dan S, Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:14 (one year ago) link

it's gorgeously filmed and often feels like a long dream sequence

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:15 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 30 September 2019 00:01 (one year ago) link

Surprised Born on the Fourth of July was shut out. It's been ages since I've seen it, and obviously I didn't vote for it myself, but I remember him being very good for the first half, with a heavy-handed scene or two after he becomes an activist.

clemenza, Monday, 30 September 2019 00:15 (one year ago) link

The love of Magnolia baffles me. Good to see Edge of Tomorrow place so high, though. It's too bad all the M:I movies had to be listed individually, because the version of Ethan Hunt he's played in movies 4,5 and 6 is qualitatively different (and much better/funnier) than the one he played in 1-3.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 30 September 2019 00:16 (one year ago) link

as someone pointed out, the Risky Business character is written very Jewish

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 September 2019 02:40 (one year ago) link

I was impressed that Cruise participated in the commentary track to that one when it came out on DVD. Did Paul Brickman direct anything else?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 30 September 2019 03:03 (one year ago) link

with movies like Tom Cruise in them, you can't lose

frogbs, Monday, 30 September 2019 03:04 (one year ago) link

Men Don't Leave was next, I think (Jessica Lange, Chris O'Donnell)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 September 2019 03:04 (one year ago) link

All is well.

flappy bird, Monday, 30 September 2019 03:33 (one year ago) link

unperson- magnolia is a bad movie but cruise's performance is the only good thing in it, close to great. he's the only one who doesn't come off mawkish when he cries like everyone else. the flip side of I'm a Doctor Bill Harford.

flappy bird, Monday, 30 September 2019 03:39 (one year ago) link

2013 interview with Brickman

The success of Risky Business was strange because I had Hollywood coming at me full throttle. I found it very uncomfortable. I moved out of L.A. immediately. Studio heads sent me wine goblets and food baskets. And people threw material at me right and left, and lined up to meet me. It gets uncomfortable. Some people like the visibility. I don’t. I’m more from the J.D. Salinger schoo.l

... (Eazy), Monday, 30 September 2019 03:51 (one year ago) link

ooh man, "I'm more from the J.D. Salinger school" is of a piece with core, heart music

flappy bird, Monday, 30 September 2019 04:14 (one year ago) link

(obviously not as good)

flappy bird, Monday, 30 September 2019 04:14 (one year ago) link

A bunch of people are good in Magnolia!

Simon H., Monday, 30 September 2019 04:22 (one year ago) link

WHM, Robards, PBH, and Cruise are the only performances that stand out for me. PSH and Moore verge into self-parody. the kid is good, the whole cast is great but the movie is so bad.

flappy bird, Monday, 30 September 2019 04:33 (one year ago) link

PTA said in a later interview that with the benefit of hindsight/experience he would cut Magnolia way down, and that's the version I'd like to see

Simon H., Monday, 30 September 2019 05:19 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Rewatched "Edge of Tomorrow," er, yesterday. It holds up really well, effects and Tom Cruise alike. He's really well cast in it, not just as Tom Cruise but as the character.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 July 2020 14:48 (one year ago) link

cruise as ethan hunt in the first m:i: underrated in this poll

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 17 July 2020 15:51 (one year ago) link

Watched that epic Tim Rogers review of the original The Last of Us, and he kind of pinpointed the first Mission Impossible as when Tom Cruise just started playing Tom Cruise.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 July 2020 16:01 (one year ago) link

I feel like he was disproportionately amazing in Born On The 4th Of July but maybe it was just the ‘stache

brimstead, Friday, 17 July 2020 18:29 (one year ago) link

Credit where credit is due, the guy is really never half assing it.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 17 July 2020 18:53 (one year ago) link

and he kind of pinpointed the first Mission Impossible as when Tom Cruise just started playing Tom Cruise.

I've only seen Magnolia, Tropic Thunder, seven of the 8 or 9 McQuarrie collaborations, and the two Missions that McQuarrie didn't do after this, but even in that selection, this doesn't track.

(Without checking out his other roles or a timeline, I'd guess that the shift to more explicitly playing hypercompetent asexual ciphers whom every person around them either praises incessantly or seethingly resents came with him g0ing cl34r, as well as finishing his Great White Male Directors bingo card, and the Cruise/Wagner partnership hindenberging out. The latter two may or may not be connected to each other, or to the first. [Even in the McQuarries, Jack Reacher is socially isolated and doesn't form collaborative bonds, and the Edge Of Tomorrow guy has to learn almost-barely-competence through live. die. repeat.ing hundreds of times])

bat ain't Thad (sic), Friday, 17 July 2020 19:00 (one year ago) link

(after being inspired by the primary sexual interaction of modern screen Cruise: a woman turns to look at him over her shoulder.)

bat ain't Thad (sic), Friday, 17 July 2020 19:02 (one year ago) link

Actors playing "themselves" is distinct from phoning it in. I don't think Tom Cruise has ever phoned anything in. It's either very good or a complete disaster.

flappy bird, Friday, 17 July 2020 22:27 (one year ago) link

I think he’s best in the Mission Impossible movies, esp the last few: it’s like he’s happiest if he know he’s got lots of crazy stunts to do

(as opposed to say, The Mummy where he has like 2 set pieces and spends most of the movie running or looking confused. do not watch)

Am looking forward to the Top Gun sequel - seems like the perfect conditions for some of that same kind of peak Cruise

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 July 2020 02:02 (one year ago) link

Hmm, I'll have to think about it, but by "Tom Cruise as Tom Cruise" I guess I would say it's akin to, I dunno, Arnold playing Arnold in all those '80s action movies. That is, Cruise has been great in lots of movies, but to the credit of his instincts (Great White Male Director bingo or no), most of those movies are not great *because* of Tom Cruise. The Mission Impossible movies, however, they're all but built around him. Watch Tom Cruise do stunts, not "I hope Ethan Hunt finally finds closure re: his wife."

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 July 2020 13:41 (one year ago) link

The greatest 'Tom Cruise as Tom Cruise' role was when he jumped up and down on Oprah's couch. There were more layers to unpack in that performance, reaching deeper into his psyche, than anything he has yet committed to the big screen.

See it here, if you dare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQgXEkL3NV4

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Saturday, 18 July 2020 17:13 (one year ago) link

The Mission Impossible movies, however, they're all but built around him. Watch Tom Cruise do stunts

For sure from Ghost Protes on, but that's 15 years after the DePalma one, and he was still marking out Cameron Crowe, Spielberg, PTA, Kubrick and Michael Mann bingo squares for a decade.

(The big "look at this really being Tom Cruise risking his life" stunt in MI2 is bolted on to the front from a separate shoot in another hemisphere)

bat ain't Thad (sic), Saturday, 18 July 2020 22:28 (one year ago) link

I wish the movie were called Ghost Protes.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 July 2020 22:29 (one year ago) link

(GhoPro also where McQuarrie came on halfway through the shoot and rewrote it to be built around Cruise; originally he was gonna leave the series at the end. Since making Rock Of Ages immediately afterward, he then hasn't made another movie without McQuarrie involved, as producer, writer, co-writer, uncredited rewriter or writer/director.)

I think he’s best in the Mission Impossible movies, esp the last few: it’s like he’s happiest if he know he’s got lots of crazy stunts to do

yah but and also: I used to think he was only ~really~ good in Risky Business and and Magnolia; rewatched Risky for the first time a month ago and he is really ace in it.

bat ain't Thad (sic), Saturday, 18 July 2020 22:37 (one year ago) link

I guess most of his best work after that is playing an asshole of some kind, and Risky Business is his character learning to be a collaborative but self-serving and exploitative boss on-screen...

bat ain't Thad (sic), Saturday, 18 July 2020 22:37 (one year ago) link

Risky Business is so good. I think it would have still be a good movie with someone else, but probably not as good.

It's kind of weird that he's gotten this action hero persona thing going on, because I think one of his gifts is flipping the switch from arrogant to vulnerable (if not quite sympathetic). He does that well in "Magnolia," but also "Jerry Maguire" (iirc) and the Spiellberg films, too. Certainly in "Edge of Tomorrow," sort of in "Collateral."

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 July 2020 22:47 (one year ago) link

Is latter-day cruise more or less asexual than The Rock? Every scene with a woman in Ballers seems like it might be the first time he’s kissed someone.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Saturday, 18 July 2020 23:26 (one year ago) link

Risky Business is dope because it’s like some hybrid of John Hughes and Michael Mann. Was pleasantly surprised when I first saw it a few years ago, was expecting something entirely different.

circa1916, Saturday, 18 July 2020 23:58 (one year ago) link

not about to watch Ballers to compare, but The Rock flirting and fighting with Vanessa Kirby* in F&FP:H&S managed to be weirder and creepier than Cruise flirting and fighting with Vanessa Kirby** in M:I-FO

*(14 years younger)
**(24 years younger)

bat ain't Thad (sic), Sunday, 19 July 2020 00:04 (one year ago) link

flirtin and fightin it's all the same Livin' with Louie dog's the only way to stay sane

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Sunday, 19 July 2020 00:11 (one year ago) link

Yeah Risky Business has a bizarre, singular mood, circa otm

flappy bird, Sunday, 19 July 2020 04:43 (one year ago) link

DeMornay might be more crucial to the mood of Risky Business than Cruise. The viewer can believe they have more of a grasp on her personality than Cruise's character does, but only by a couple of degrees.

bat ain't Thad (sic), Sunday, 19 July 2020 05:29 (one year ago) link

You're right, and iirc Cruise's friends are total losers/cowards like him(at first)... I only saw this a few years ago as well and while I knew it was more than the living room scene (which was its reputation according to VH1's I Love the 80s), I was frankly astonished when I saw "MUSIC BY TANGERINE DREAM" in the opening credits. In my mind, Risky Business and Thief are films happening simultaneously in the same city.

flappy bird, Sunday, 19 July 2020 05:49 (one year ago) link

Think this is the most popular thread I ever started lol

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 19 July 2020 05:56 (one year ago) link

his œuvre

flappy bird, Sunday, 19 July 2020 06:16 (one year ago) link

"Risky Business" is where he "becomes" Tom Cruise in lots of different ways, but especially how the naive character starts out at the mercy of De Mornay but seemingly ends up ruthlessly cold-blooded (lesson learned, capitalism!). But yeah, because DeMornay is so crucial she lends her character a real ambiguity, especially in the alternate (director's preferred) ending:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KnW9_viA7Q

Gah, that movie is so good.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 19 July 2020 13:33 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Was flipping around on hotel tv and saw Cruise with Cameron Diaz. I thought, wait, what movie is this? Turns out to be something called Knight and Day. What the hell is that?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 02:27 (one week ago) link


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