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Great piece for your Pomocon guest-post debut!

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Thank you, Carl! It is my pleasure, because I know I am in great company!

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It really is a fine piece, Ethan--very natural transition from qualified/in-comparison praise to serious criticism. Even when in my Christian near-pacifism phase when the first Top Gun came out, I couldn't help enjoying that film. And that wasn't the least of my barriers to appreciation! For hipster, Christian, and perhaps envying reasons, I've always had instinctual-despising-of-Tom-Cruise ISSUES which make it "mission impossible" for me to objectively evaluate any of his films. Growing up in the 80s, it was hard to stomach the idea that this guy was being offered up as a model for my generation X...

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I can understand how, growing up with his promotion as a star, you would find stomaching him difficult. To me, he didn't really become an interesting actor until he first collaborated with Spielberg in 2002, on 'Minority Report,' maybe his best role.

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Eyes wide shut!

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Is great!

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I agree with Carl, Tom Cruise is not what I look for when I think Gen X or other things.

His story is funnier than anyone else's in his generation, because he cared more about cinema in a sense--he worked with every important director of his time. Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Brian De Palma, Kubrick, Oliver Stone, Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Mann, John Woo, Robert Redford, you name it... Even less important directors, Barry Levinson, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Neil Jordan, Cameron Crowe, Ed Zwick, James Mangold, Bryan Singer, Chris McQuarrie, J.J. Abrams the list goes on... Most of the time, though, especially with the impressive directors, the movies are underwhelming!

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This is true. He's odd & unusual for Gen X, for one. & it is sad that he chased great work but didn't often get it. Except, for my money, in the cases of Kubrick & Spielberg.

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Armond White had a discussion I enjoyed recently on 'Minority Report': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0-igP12BtM

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De Palma, too, M:I! Wonderful-

I'm a fan of the John Woo M:I-2, myself. Action Hitchcock: Opening sequence is a pastiche on Notorious, closing sequence on North by Northwest!

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Ah, yes! The De Palma M:I may still be my favorite of the series. And M:I-2 is criminally underrated. Of course, it helps that I am a fan of Woo's work.

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Likewise!

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