Sunday, January 18, 2009

fyi Tom Cruise says grew up wanting to kill Hitler



My take: This is one of those headlines that absolutely stops you in your tracks. Didn’t Tom realize that Adolf had done the job himself--and long before the infant Mr. Mapother crawled out of L. Ron Hubbard’s stork-shaped spacecraft? By the way, “Valkyrie”—good popcorn movie, though, in all frankness, do we need yet another Nazi tale on the big screen? And do we need another reason to admit that, yes, Mr. Cruise has talent, but that he carries so much personal baggage on screen that it gets in the way of our viewing pleasure? In terms of big stars of my generation (true confession: Cruise is 5 years younger than me), Tom Cruise is a bit like Madonna: so absolutely cold and calculating that every new project seems more engineered than felt. You tend to focus on their ambition more than their message. And for all his talent as a politician, Barack Obama has a bit of that quality as well. A bit too tightly wound, though he certainly knows what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. I wish him well in his upcoming new job. I voted for him. But I’m still not sure who he is.