July 18, 2005

IF ONLY GUIDO HAD DONE US ALL A FAVOR:

Rooting for the Martians (John Leo, July 18, 2005, Townhall)

David Koepp, who wrote the screenplay for War of the Worlds, says the Martian attackers in the film represent the American military, while the Americans being slaughtered at random represent Iraqi civilians. I see it differently. I think the Martians symbolize normal Americans, while those being attacked are the numbskulls who run Hollywood. Perhaps the normals went a bit too far in this easy-to-understand allegory, but think of the provocation.

Among other things, Koepp made the “there-is-no-Internet” mistake, carefully masking his analysis in U.S. interviews, but saying it flat-out in Rue Morgue, an obscure Canadian horror magazine, that he apparently thought nobody would notice. But as the movie makes clear, once the normals begin to track you with their newfangled technology, there is no escape. They can find you even in Canada.


Has Tom Cruise ever made a movie where you're rooting for him and not his foe?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2005 12:00 AM
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Has Tom Cruise ever made a movie where you're rooting for him and not his foe?

Top Gun -- don't tell me you were rooting for the Russian/Lybian MiGs (thinly disguised F-5Es, I know), OJ.

Posted by: Mike Morley at July 18, 2005 9:11 AM

The fact that Tom Cruise has a movie career is clear and convincing evidence of a gay mafia or a Scientology mafia in Hollywood. If it were simply a matter of talent and appeal, I have little doubt he would be a pool boy in a down-market Key West motel today.

His recent comments about Brooke Shields(and I'd rather beat myself in the head with a hammer repeatedly than watch or listen to Brooke Shields) and her post-partum depression were stupid, ignorant, callous and egomaniacal even by the standards of Tinseltown.

Posted by: bart at July 18, 2005 9:26 AM

The screenplay is merely the scriptwriter's take on a classic novel he's converting to a movie. Adapted is the key word here, and includes all types of literary license.

The only important question is: what did H.G. Wells think of the American military, if anything?

Koepp's "There Is No Internet" mistake comes after his "You can run north, but you can't hide there" mistake.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at July 18, 2005 9:36 AM

Cruise only uses 2 facial expressions--1) his grin, which is admittedly near-perfect at conveying "You may not really like me, but you sure can't dislike me" arrogance perfect for playing fighter pilots, and 2) his "intense" look, which he somehow tries to use for emotions ranging from anger, determination, shock, thoughtfulness, confusion, and pretty much everything that the grin won't work for.

Did anyone else see Opus yesterday: http://www.uclick.com/client/wpc/wpopu/ (not a permalink).

Not exactly subtle, eh?

Posted by: b at July 18, 2005 10:16 AM

Mike:

His enemy wasn't the Reds in Top Gun. It was Iceman.

I would say The Firm qualifies though.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at July 18, 2005 10:39 AM

Have you noticed that in every Tom Cruise movie there's at least one scene where he shouts angrily to indicate his mighty and manly ire.

In the words of Jon Lovitt's Master Thespian, "Acting!"

Posted by: H.D. Miller at July 18, 2005 11:12 AM

Prof Miller--

Have you noticed that in every Tom Cruise movie there's at least one scene where he shouts angrily to indicate his mighty and manly ire.

PT Anderson uses it to great advantage in Magnolia.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at July 18, 2005 11:34 AM

He's a Scientologist for the same reason.

Posted by: oj at July 18, 2005 11:59 AM

Mike:

The enemy in Top Gun is the other pilot.

Posted by: oj at July 18, 2005 12:01 PM

Actually, it's kinda a relief that Hollywood is so afraid of having its anti-American hostility exposed that they've been forced to hide their true agenda where only a NEA grant recipient can see it.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 18, 2005 12:19 PM

Iceman wasn't Cruise's enemy in Top Gun, they were in love with each other.

Posted by: carter at July 18, 2005 3:29 PM

carter:

Exactly.

Posted by: oj at July 18, 2005 3:57 PM
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