Friday, April 26, 2013

"Audiences don't know somebody sits down and writes a picture; they think the actors make it up as they go along."

According to an idiot named Sam Adams, writing in Slate, Tom Cruise is responsible for the scripts in all of his films.

When will people learn who does what in movies?
Joe -

I must admit I'm a little slow today [even more so than usual], but I can't find any explicit reference to such a belief. I agree there may be an implicit suggestion in discussing themes and attitudes shared across a group of films for which the only actual common denominator is having Cruise as male lead. However, I suspect the author would claim these commonalities exist because (a) Cruise selects only those scripts with a certain world view and approach and (b) uses the perks of star power further to homogenize the resulting films. Am I overlooking something painfully obvious?

What can be claimed, without a doubt, is the article is crap, over-reaching not only to find value and meaning where none exists, but to make the even more ridiculous claim this empty cinematic carbuncle, when taken as a whole, reveals some sort of overarching value and meaning....
Well, I don't think the writer literally believes that Cruise writes the scripts. But the article sort of pretends that Cruise is the auteur.

It reminds me of a jokey piece someone once wrote, claiming to find common themes in the many works of Alan Smithee.
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