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Does All Tom Cruise Need Is Kill?

Nordling here.

With MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL opening later this month, Tom Cruise certainly isn't resting on his laurels.  He's got Christopher McQuarrie's ONE SHOT shooting now, with Cruise playing Lee Childs' popular character Jack Reacher, and after that should be Joseph Kosinski's (TRON: LEGACY) epic science fiction film OBLIVION.  After that, it's possible that Cruise will sign onto Doug Liman's next film, also science fiction, called ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, according to Variety.  Catchy title.

The plot of ALL YOU NEED IS KILL is pretty high-concept - a future soldier must relive the day he dies in combat over and over until he gets it right (assuming right is that he doesn't get killed).  Shades of GROUNDHOG DAY to be sure.  The movie is based off the book by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and word is that the script is pretty great.  Doug Liman is a director that can make a movie like this, and I think it's wonderful that Cruise is exploring the genre more.  I'm still a big fan of MINORITY REPORT and his work in it, and WAR OF THE WORLDS was also terrific.  I hate to admit it but the years are getting long and I'd imagine Cruise is trying to get as many big projects under his belt that he can.

As far as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL goes, I'm going to see this on the biggest IMAX screen I can find, if for nothing else to see the opening minutes of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.  Nordling, out.

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  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    All You Need Is Xenu

    by Chief Joseph

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    So Source Code then.

    by Mostholy

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    I love Minority Report too.

    by Randy

    He's amazing in it, that scene in photo above features his best moment in the film. I've always been a fan of Cruise, he has mad some decent movies. However, this film sounds even more like Source Code than Groundhog Day, the whole thing with a Soldier doing a mission over and over

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    What's to say people won't write this off as a Source Code copy?

    by davidwebb

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    with a great script Doug Liman is untouchable

    by irc-Hollywood

    great director who sometimes lets his experience with improve (swingers) get the better of him (mr and mrs smith) but with a great script (go) he's one of the best directors working, fresh, unique and vibrant... looking forward to this!

  • ..i can't think of one other star from the eighties who hasn't..

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    also, Tom Cruise is a great actor

    by irc-Hollywood

    iactors don't like to admit it, because of his off screen persona, but the guy is a fantastic actor and always gives it everything

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    All religions are just as dumb

    by Razorback

    So if you single this guy out every time because he is a Scientologist, then you are perpetuating the lunacy that is the "legitimacy" of the other religions based on total bullshit fantasy. The guy is an excellent actor and when he makes a movie, he doesn't fuck around. I have huge respect for him as creator of moving picture art. What he worships is up to him. Just like anyone who thinks Jesus is their savior or that Allah is great or that 20% less skin on their cock makes them closer to god.

  • fixed it for you

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise & Scientology

    by Justicer7

    It has nothing to do with belief. Scientology is a business. Being a member PAYS. Shrewd businessmen like Tom Cruise, Will Smith, etc., would not be Scientologists if they weren't getting some kind of a major kickback. In one way or another...This is the part where you imagine dark, fetal blood drinking orgy rituals,etc.

  • It's amusing, obviously bullshit, and pretty clear that most of these actors are just in it for the money.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    For fuck's sake, please stop using the term 'high concept' wrong,

    by noiretblanc

    supposed film connoisseurs. It means the complete fucking opposite of how you often use it.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol yesterday..

    by ShogunMaster

    It's ok. It's fun to watch him climbing up the world's tallest building and if you have a fear of heights, it's going to mess you up a bit. But this one goes over the top with the stuff Tom walks away from. Multiple car accidents, fights, etc. Sort of like the last Die Hard with McClain walking away from shit that would kill any human being. The two bad things in this one is that Tom Cruise plays this way too seriously and has no charm or smirky smiles anymore, and they use Simon Pegg as comic relief throughout. I'm a fan of Simon Pegg, but come on, how the hell would his bumbling idiot personae get him promoted to a field agent? It's like having Jason Bourne team up with one of the Three Stooges. It lightens things up, but it degrades the whole spy thriller too much. They still do the fast storyline so as to try and pretend that the story is smarter than it is (if you've seen any of the previous ones, you recognize this) but even so, you stop a few time and say 'wtf?' more than often. BTW, storyline, if you care, is basically the MI team goes to the Kremlin to chase after their macguffin but another spy team is there too. Tom yells abort when their mission conflict and as he leaves, the Kremlin is blown up. A new cold war commences and the MI team gets blamed for the Kremlin destruction and gets disavowed. So Tom and a team of 3 others has to stop a nuclear war from happening without use of all of the cool and help they get from MI base. Anyway, the movie is ok to watch as you watch it, but it is completely forgettable afterwards and the more you think about it, the more you hate it. Basically, it's a Mission Impossible film. But ya, Tom really needs to amp up his charm again. Oh, and damn he is looking old.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    i agree with razorback

    by rakesh patel

    but you gotta admit Scientology is crazier then most. Always liked cruise, he's had a dip in fortunes due to his love of Scientology and jumping on couches. But he knows how to pick good movies / directors and actors / actresses as costars on the tipping point of mega stardom.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    more movies for me to avoid

    by AsimovLives

    after MI3 i decided never to watch a tom cruise movie again, and i have made god of my promise so far, and i have no intention of breaking it.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    How do the beatles feel about this shit?

    by twogunjames

    They are perverting the song!!!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Sardonic, you got it backwards

    by impossibledreamers

    Scientology wants known actors for their money and to milk their fame.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "Anyway, the movie is ok to watch as you watch it, but it is completely forgettable afterwards and the more you think about it, the more you hate it." So it's like every movie made by the Abrams/Orci/Kurtzman team, then. Doesn't come as a suprise.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    It's not called Oblivion, it's called Horizons

    by D o o d

    according to IMDB that is!

  • and scientology provided the service.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise gets man-crush props from me

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Tom Cruise turns freaking FIFTY this summer and -- without sounding like I have too much of a man crush on him -- I gotta say he's done an absolutely amazing job of keeping himself in shape and keeping those boyish looks up. Whether its due to a happy life or clean living or he simply found himself a good plastic surgeon (unlike a lot of Hollywood stars who, for all their money, always seem to get lame work done), I have to hand it to the guy. Seriously, order me up some of whatever he's having! Plus, Cruise earned a high five for doing the wire stunt work in GHOST PROTOCOL, for the tower sequence. For crying out loud, when I'm 50, there's NO WAY I'd be hanging myself by a wire off the tallest building in the world just to get a few shots. I'd be turning to the director and saying "Are you bat fucking insane? That's what green screen and CGI is for!"

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    You're wrong. This is definitely high concept.

  • fuck the scientology shit, he can do whatever the hell he wants on his free time.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    He deserves more credit..

    by KiwiMetal

    Yes, I know some of his off screen antics have over shadowed a lot of his recent on screen work. But, Tom Cruise gets my respect for the way he conducts himself on set and really lays it on the line in his films. I know I wouldn't be dangling off the world tallest building for a movie!! Hardest working man in Hollywood? Quite possibly.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    He does deserver more credit

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    anyone that can appear to be normal on screen for as long as he can, without exposing the crazy we all know is just beneath the surface, does deserve more credit. just for that alone.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    What happened to the Hardy boys movie?

    by seasider

    He was supposed to co-star with Ben Stiller on it.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Oblivion and not the Black Hole remake?

    by D.Vader

    Oh. Surprising.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    All You Need is Source Code on Groundhog Day

    by ZoeFan

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Soldier living over and over again.........

    by Remus_Lupin

    Would someone - looking at you HBO or Showtime (helk even FX) - please make Casca: The Eternal Mercenary????? PUUUULLLEEEAAASSEEEE

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    War Of The Worlds was awful.

    by PorkChopXpress

    In no way was War Of The Worlds good. Annoying? Yes. Good? No.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by KnowItAllFromCali

    That is disappointing to hear. I lost interest in MI after the first one, which was only so-so, but Brad Bird's involvement in this one gave me hope. Oh well, thanks for saving me ten bucks!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    How about Mountains of Madness???

    by Mr Soze

    To dark and gruesome for general population

  • No really:

  • As in "All You Need Do Is Kill"? Or does it just sound hilarious on purpose?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I'd say Nord used "high concept" exactly right

    by bah

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    all u need is to have ur tomato plant audited.

    by vulturess

    they cant be trusted. ever.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    For the Luvva Xenu, DON'T go see MI:GP...

    by daggor

    just to see a Batman preview. Films need to stand on their own merits. If you MUST, MUST MUST, pay to see something like "Hugo," doomed to be a flop, and sneak in.

  • by Matrix i mean the first Matrix of course (lets hope the same isnt said of BladeRunner in years to come)

  • It's nice to read a review a couple weeks in advance. Thanks for sharing. I remember we used read movie reviews on AICN sometimes MONTHS in advance. Now we get movie reviews...wait for it....ON THE RELEASE DAY! That's pretty ballsy to review a film the same day everyone in the country can actually SEE it. AICN is so afraid of the studios now that we get DVD shilling, toy statue advertisements, comic book reviews from Guam and set visit diaries.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    All we need is no more Cruise...

    by marineboy

    Irrelevant since 1986

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Is "...kill" code for "A big, thick cock in his ass"?

    by AzulTool

  • almost like some Paramount exec at at some meeting said 'oh crap we need another movie out next year...damn how did we not see we needed another movie out!...ok what we do?' someone raises hand "er Mission Impossible 4?" "yeah ok we do that!"

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    are you for real? get the fuck out!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    He needs another Collateral

    by NuckyThompson

    He really did perfect with that role. And Cruise with grey hair and scruff looks cool. None of this young, shaved and makeup shit

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Mountains of Madness - i hope it gets the green light soon


    if Promethues is a big hit (and by big i dont mean crazy Avatar $3b box office but more like Star Trek - 400m worldwide or more) then perhaps the similar themed MOM will get fast tracked not sure what they should do about the rating as Promethues will obviously be rated PG13 as just about everyone involved is now saying its not an Alien prequel (to soften the blow that it will be PG13). maybe they would have to do MOM as PG13 too in order to get it made unless they cut about 50m out of the budget and then Universal might be ok with an R rating? - maybe Cruise could work for $0.01 and 0% of the gross?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    All You Need Is Cock

    by NeonFrisbee

    Tom, everyone knows. Hiding is pointless.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    the gay is strong on this board

    by AllThosePowers

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    im curious - why does everyone go on about Cruise being gay?


    ive never quite understood all the gay jokes for this particular actor where do they originate from? is it Top Gun with its unintentional homoerotic undertones?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    this week in Poor Gramaticaly Phrased Title news....

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    It's more than Top Gun...

    by NeonFrisbee

    There were numerous rumors of gay sexcapades; one of the more recent ones involving a prostitute Mr. Cruise allegedly paid to "naked wrestle" him during the filming of Eyes Wide Shut (which was, among other things, a film about how Cruise and Kidman were in a fake marriage; a cover marriage). Of course, rumors are just that, rumors, but the real kicker? The real kicker was how he COMPLETELY LOST HIS MIND when he was being outed by numerous people. Didn't he even hold a press conference vehemently defending how super straight he supposedly is and threatening to sue people who said otherwise? Anyone THAT concerned about being outed seems like they're hiding something. I mean, he might not be gay, but I think he is. More importantly, though, if you like him as an actor, what difference does it make? Gay or straight, he's still the same guy. But, yeah, I think he's gay.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Btw, the gay overtones in Top Gun were not unintentional.

    by NeonFrisbee

    Dude, it's SCREAMING at you from frame one. Top Gun and 300 are easily the most gay films marketed at a straight male audience ever made.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Budweiser ads?

    by REDD


  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Please No..

    by TheAwareness

    This script was incredible i just hope it makes it thru production "unmolested" tom cruse is such a asshole please dont fuck this up

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Octaveaeon

    Count me in on the "learn how to use the word 'concept'" picket line. I can digest using "high-concept" when referring to storylines that take a basic premise in order to explore hypothetical scenarios; scenarios that by their very imaginative or fantastical nature give us a different perspective on important issues relevant to the human condition. More importantly, by the very use of the word "concept" - a word that is laden with philosophical meaning - any so-called "high-concept" plot should at least be able to reflect upon itself not only as an abstract idea, but as a carrier of meaning. If all a "high-concept" movie is meant to do is grap people's attention by virtue of its premise, only to give us the same generic plot development that we've seen countless of times, without adding anything new, then no, please do not use the term "high-concept." I'll wait and see how this one turns out, though Liman's track record doesn't inspire confidence. I do want to check out Fair Game though.

  • Fairy-tales made up by desert nomads 2000 years ago are JUST as credible as conclusions drawn from investigation and scientific study. . LOL! That's got to be the funniest joke I've heard today. Are you free for parties? Just because some of the stories that were arbitrarily chosen for inclusion in the bible may be based on observation necessarily means the magical tales that were also selected for inclusion must be true? Even though the stories were written centuries apart, and all by completely anonymous authors? That's patently preposterous. There is so much wrong with your assertions that I barely know where to begin. There are many methods for determining a fossil's age - such as radioactive decay, what layer in the earth's crust it was fossilized, etc. Arguing the bible is real because ONE form of modern testing - carbon dating - isn't reliable past 70,000 years is silly. With respect 'the flood’.. how exactly did marine animals drown? Just too much fun! Onto another topic: The question of whether scientology is more or less bug nuts insane than the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism . . at least scientology's alien-based story relies on actions by physically existing creatures (rather than an invisible space-ghost or magical people, like the majority of the other religions) but, to its major detriment, Scientology asserts that Xenu came to earth ten trillion years ago - a time period known not to exist. Even in his drug-induced stupor, L Ron should've picked up a textbook before scribbling that nonsense.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Razorback, you're the one full of it

    by steele8280

    by blasting all the world's religions. Everyone lives according to a creed, the ones you accuse of being fantasy (I'm assuming you mean the main monotheistic ones) have just as much legitimacy as the one(s) you support. So you live under a different fantasy, the one where you think you're the center of the universe and in complete control of your life. Why not try looking at it a bit more humbly before you write off something which every single prosperous civilization on earth has believed in in one form or another. Oh, and show some respect. (you too asimovetc)

  • He knows how people view him and crack on him, but he has never been bitter about that shit, like some others of his ilk.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by Sluggolicious

    Man didn't evolve from monkeys - noone's ever suggested that we did. However, we share a common ancestor and the majority of our genetic makeup with primates. Evolution isn't a pre-determined course of action due to genetic encoding. Animals evolve specifically in order to adapt to their particular environment. It's not magic. I never understood people who feel so empty, insignificant and are so full of self-hate that they have to pretend it's an afront to their very being that all life is connected. Denying the fact that all animals, including humans, developed from a less complex form doesn't make your dick any bigger, your life any more meaningful or make women any more attracted to you. Stop wasting time with such irrelevant stuff that gets you nowhere.

  • There may be an endgame as far as being an action hero goes, and there will certainly be a day when he no longer wants to dangle from the highest building in the world, but none of these gimmicks are what made him one the world's biggest movie stars. His ability to carry a film was never weighted heavily by his muscles but by his technique to portray characters in a way that film audiences connect with.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Holy thread hijack, Batman!

    by KnowItAllFromCali

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    @theveryfirst: And on the eighth day, god created trolling

    by firewhale

    Just a quick tip from a former evangelical Christian…don’t encourage your unbelieving targets to “go look it up, smartass” without providing them a link to an appropriately skewed Christian “scientific” page. Otherwise, you run the risk of them finding things like this: 1. The carbon dating of dacite from the Mount St. Helens lava dome disproves nothing: To quote the conclusions of this article, “What Austin did was to exploit a known caveat in radiometric dating; dramatically illustrate it with a high-profile test using the public's favorite volcano, Mount St. Helens; and sensationalize the results in a paper that introduces nothing new to geologists, but that impresses laypeople with its detailed scientific language. Occasionally scientists do actually make huge discoveries that everyone else in their field had always missed, but such claims are wrong far more often than they're right; and Dr. Austin and his finding that radiometric dating has always been useless is a perfect example.” 2. Whale skeletons in the Chilean desert were found only a half mile from the Pacific coast. According to a Smithsonian researcher, “the area was [likely] once a ‘lagoon-like environment’ that somehow became closed off from the open ocean. The whales either died when the lagoon dried up, or when a natural disaster (such as an earthquake or landslide) sealed them off from the sea.” 3. Photos of giant human skeletons almost always originate from the same old photoshop contest. Furthermore, the square-cube law makes it a physical impossibility that humanoids of the size represented by these giant bones could ever have existed: “How does the square-cube law pertain to size? Well, where it comes into play is that with an increase in size of an animal, there has to be a relatively greater increase in size of its supporting structures. If we look at the leg bones of a mouse, a human, and an elephant and scale them so the lengths are the same, they might look something like this (follow the link below to see the illustration). Note that the elephant leg bone is considerably thicker than the humans and the humans is thicker than the mouse. What this means is that a Liliputian (sic) could not exist. A human shrunk down to the size of a mouse would have limbs that the human could not move. They would be too heavy. Giants like Paul Bunyan that stand 20 ft. high would also be impossible because their form would have to be so drastically changed in order to accommodate the increase in size that the person would no longer look human.” The point of these responses is not to provide indisputable proof that your dickbag arrogance is unfounded. It’s only to provide a counterpoint to your supposed “hard evidence” supporting the bible. I know this won’t get through your thick head, but if it manages to provide a sliver of doubt in some Christian movie geek reading this talkback and is experiencing some cognitive dissonance with their belief structure, that’s enough for me. And hey, I can at least express my gratitude to you for convincing me to take 15 minutes, look up a couple links, and reaffirm my belief that Christianity is, in fact, “fantasy bullshit.” Smartass.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    WAR OF THE WORLDS was also terrific?

    by Timelord-2112 really wasn't. FX were great and he was ok but it was not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    he is using high concept wrong. google the meaning you twirps.

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    You may think I am nuts, but I saw proof last week of the supernatural

    by templesweeper

    I was at a service where people were getting prayer for healing literally saw a tumor in someone's neck dissolve 1 foot in front of my eyes. It was nuts. So, SOMEthing is real behind the curtain. Of that, I am positive.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Minority Report was 30 minutes too long.

    by Bill Clay

    It would have been a great flick if it had ended with him deciding to let his son's killer live, proving that the future is not pre-ordained. Instead, it went off the tracks and turned into a hokey conspiracy movie.

  • with a load of weird humour (the eyeball scene etc), bizarre characters (the inventor of precrime, the asian guy, the eye surgeon, certain members of the precrime team) also the happy end reminded me of Blade Runner

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Midget Movie

    by Dean

    rest of cast will be midgets for tom cruise to pull off being Jack Reacher.........

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    what ever happened to the top gun 2 idea?

    by theonecalledshoe

    Just wondering.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Headline should be IS ALL TOM CRUISE NEEDS KILL?

    by CountryBoy

    Awkward, to be sure, but at least it'd be correct. Not that that's a priority around here, Lord knows!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Scientology is like other religions??

    by Luc Parent

    I see that quite a few people here have enough of a man-crush on Thomas Cruise Mapother IV to buy into the myth of Scientology as being a mostly benign "religion". On the same footing as other major world religions... Ignorance is bliss, i guess... A stupid and very dangerous bliss. Scientology is a cult of greed and power. Its methodologies have always been close to being illegal and, in many many cases, outright fucking evil. I don't really care about the delusions of rich Hollywood types, mind you. It's their right to be retarded enough to pour millions into the "Org". What i care about is what has happened, and is still happening, below the glitzy Hollywood surface. Like, for instance, Operation Snow White. The systematic infiltration of federal and state agencies to purge all the files pertaining to their illegal behavior. And not just in the U.S., it happened also in Canada well into the 80's and early 90's. Or how about in France, where it was discovered that people who couldn't afford the outrageous prices for the "courses" were encouraged to contract a mortgage with a friendly bank.. that was owned and operated, indirectly of course, by the "Org". Of course, the love for the Cruise-meister should make us forget all about Lisa McPherson, who was tortured to death in 1995. God knows how many people have gone through Scientology's peculiar forms of corrective therapies. How about slave labor? No problems there, the "church" is being investigated right now by the FBI. Depriving members of needed psychiatric help Destroying families and communities Litigating you into silence and obscurity Viva Tom Cruise!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I forgot..

    by Luc Parent

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    starbrat is right Scientology is NOT like other religions

    by Mugato5150

    I know people like to feel snarky and clever by saying that but it just isn't true. Having said that, I'm a Tom Cruise fan for the most part.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    mugato: I'm a fan of many of his movies too.

    by Luc Parent

    But there's always this painful reminder whenever i see him... Or when i i hear Bart Simpson's voice. Or Beck's music... Etc..

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by RRL

    Why do so many "Christians" quote the Old Testament? It's a collection of tribal lore, whereas "Jesus" himself said he came to lift the manacles of traditional Jewish Law... I'm not a "Jew" or a "Christian", but I AM a student of history and spirituality, and I find this kind of stuff even more insane than the usual religious rants. For the love of "God", people- at least LEARN your religion before uninvitedly pushing it on innocent bystanders! As a wise man once said, "I love God, but I hate his Fan club"!

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Oh, yeah... What were we taliking about?

    by RRL

    Tom is a really good actor, in the traditional and modern senses- who cares if he's a bit loony, as most artists are (they can't all be Newman, Tracey, or even Jackman). Cruise is really good at what he does. But- that doesn't mean he deserves our patronage when he cranks out a paycheck stinker. So let's ALL pay to see HUGO, sneak in to see the DKR preview, and then sign some sort of petition saying we did so! And, as always, I love you talkback people- you always make my day more interesting. Salute.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Born on the Fourth of July

    by Luc Parent

    Was his most realistic characterization ever. He had access to the real person and the script was almost flawless. As for MI:4, I'm not counting on Cruise, i'm counting on Brad Bird to deliver.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I've never understood the Cruise hate

    by Hipshot

    He jumps on a couch and that's the height of insanity? Really? Actors have been arrested for beating their mates, drugs, vehicular mayhem and more. Cheated on their wives and husbands, any number of other things, and gotten less grief. He jumped on a COUCH. So what? He's a Scientologist. Wow. What is the big friggin' deal. He may well be bisexual, and even if he isn't it makes perfect sense for him to defend himself--that's still career killing stuff. Jeeze. He's just an actor. What is all this bullshit?

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    I don't hate him

    by Luc Parent

    It's just that in a celebrity-obsessed world, he gets a pass even if he pours millions into a criminal organization. He's a deeply deluded person, that's all. It's not hate, it's just pity. For him and for our cultural references.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    All You Need is Swill.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    You are so fucking deluded

    by Xen11

    Is Scientology in control of the majority of the US? NO Is Christianity in control of the majority of the US? YES Is Scientology killing masses of people by running the world and having wars and mass ignorance as its number one tool against intellect? NO Is Christianity killing masses of people by running the world and having wars and mass ignorance as its number one tool against intellect? YES Does Tom Cruise deserve any of the hate he gets? NO Tom Cruise speaks out against people relying on pills when you can fix it with being healthy by eating right and exercising. "He's a monster!!!!" Fuck every one of you who hate Tom Cruise. You are what's wrong with the world.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by XoanonTORN

    You do know the Bible was a book of stories made into an omnibus of sorts by some noble people a while back right? Every ancient civilization has a flood myth, and of course there have been massive floods in our time..I don't doubt there was a flood at some point that deposited whale bones in a desert. Also, giant bones found in Ohio? Wow, that's a new one for me...there has been no proof that ever happened... Again, belief in a higher being is not looney at all..but belief in an organized religion true to yourself and make your body and home your temple..don't rely on someone else to tell you what is good or bad. Also, I do believe Jesus existed, but he was just an ordinary guy who got nailed to a tree for telling people how wonderful it would be if people were nice to each other for a change.

  • I can stay at home and watch my friend suck at halo or call of duty for free.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Les Grossman flick?

    by coosawatchie

    That's what I REALLY want to see Cruise do soon.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST


    by joet88

    Great post. I think we'd all like to believe that giants once walked the Earth in copper armor. It's not that we don't want to believe. Really, Christians, we want to believe in the lovely things that you believe in. But it's not that you haven't worked hard enough trying to convince us. You can stop trying now, it's okay. You've done plenty already.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    All religions are made up but Scientology is a criminal enterprise

    by JacksParasites

    I'm every bit the critic of religion as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens but it really pisses me off when people who don't know anything about Scientology compare it with religions. Scientology IS NOT a religion; it NEVER WAS a religion. They don't worship any deities. They don't pray or meditate. If you enter one of their "churches" you'll find it's nothing more than a normal office building. The only reason it was rebranded as a religion...LONG AFTER Hubbard published Dianetics was for the advantages such a label provided him. By campaigning to get it recognized as a religion, Hubbard was able to get tax breaks. Also, because our society foolishly affords religion with immunity against criticism, he was able to hide behind the religion label. That way, whenever journalists would dig deeper and ask questions they didn't want to answer, their spokespeople could just insist such questions were offensive to their religion. And for a long, long time, it actually worked. The now infamous Xenu story wasn't even around in the early days of Scientology. That was a later invention as Hubbard continued to expand the mythology. And while I love to mock that story as much as the next person, the truth is that most Scientologists aren't even aware of the Xenu story because that doesn't even come out until you've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. And so if a Scientologist denies the Xenu story, depending on what level they're at, they might not be lying. Scientology isn't some particularly wacky religion. It is the very definition of a destructive cult and it destroys lives. Many members of Scientology, including children, perform actual slave labor. They often endure physical abuse and even most often psychological abuse. They are manipulated into making the cult their entire lives and then pressured into absolute Orwellian obedience with threats of taking it all away from them. This is also used to promote stern disconnection policies that separate families. They sue and apply extreme harassment and intimidation to critics. And while a compelling case can be made that the Catholic Church is just as guilty of criminal conduct, to call Scientology anything more than an organized criminal enterprise is a tacit admission of ignorance about it. If that's the case, I recommend your look up: Paulette Cooper, Lisa McPherson, Hubbard's grandson Ron DeWitt, and visit Now it's very possible that Tom Cruise knows little about the very real abuses. But he absolutely does know about some. And regardless of his knowledge of their abuses, his promotion of this cult is a threat to the public. That being said, if he ever blows for good and leaves the cult, he'd make a great ally against them. So I look forward to the day when we can unite against his vial, despicable, sadistic, evil cult.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    PS: and that's coming from a fan of most of Cruise's films

    by JacksParasites

    Regardless of what you think about him as a person or his films, Tom Cruise is the leading promoter of an organization that is as evil as any movie villain you've ever seen. Defending it only proves either: A. You haven't done any research on it. B. You're fucking pure evil and take pleasure in people being physically and psychologically abused. C. All of the above. If A, I recommend you read:

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Cruise may be pushing 50 but he looks 35.

    by BigTuna

    The guy looks amazing. No one else is aging as good as him. And it actually looks natural.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    As if it wasn't obvious you're a Scientology intern trying to engender some goodwill towards your cult with bad logic, you name yourself after Xenu? Get a fucking clue, man.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    hold the phone really close and....FUCK YOUR FACE!!!

    by darthSaul666

    Tropic Thunder anybody?

  • Yep and what a shitty movie that was too.... I someone really bringing up bible as history backed by science crap? Really? In a fan site?

  • ...Try saying that five times really fast.

  • Had to be hacky Hubbard.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Copper armoured giants= Hahahaha

    by Tom

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I always heard that PKD had mental health issues....

    by darthSaul666

    Probably didn't care about fleecing money off of people....

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Yeah..... what's next the fucking crockoduck?

    by darthSaul666

    How about that edition of Origin of Spiecies from Ray Comfort that has a forward about Hitler being an athiest when in actuallity he was a rather well documented Catholic?

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Mass Effect Cruise

    by grassh0pperunit

    What about Cruise as Commander Shepard from Mass Effect... if/when that is ever made into a movie.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST


    by Tom

    I must confess it's been an epoch since I read any PKD. Somewhere along the way, I got sidetracked into giant space-opera (Peter F. Hamilton, etc) Nonetheless, I was intrigued recently to discover Dick's ideas for a 'Ubik' screenplay; From wikipedia: [Dick had an idea for the film which involved "the film itself appearing to undergo a series of reversions: to black-and-white, then to the awkward jerkiness of very early movies, then to a crookedly jammed frame which proceeds to blacken, bubble and melt away, leaving only the white glare of the projection bulb, which in turn deteriorates to leave the theater in darkness, and might almost leave the moviegoer wondering what sort of dilapidated, antique jalopy he'll find his car-keys fitting when he goes outside."]

  • Yeah I can understand what people mean by Minority Report not being entirely high concept..... Since it had no commentary of the here and now essentially

  • Mostly short stories.... Deaft0ne Thanks for the suggestions! Xmas is coming....Now I know what ask Santa for!

  • OMG....I've read ALL the "Reacher" novels now. Not ONE of them doesn't take notice of just how HUGE Reacher is physically. Hell...In the ones written in FIRST PERSON, Reacher talks about how he is able to use his SIZE to his advantage. <p> In one of the books, his enormous size is a major plot point in the final battle with the main bad guy!! Reacher finds himself battling the main villain, a 4'5 (in boots) Mexican drug lord in an underground bunker that is only 4 feet from floor to ceiling. Reacher is at a major disadvantage cuz he's 6'5" and is all stooped over like he's in Frodo's Hobbit House...and the lil Mexican is having no problem manuvering in the limited space pummeling the much larger opponent. <p> Every book talks about how Reacher STANDS OUT in a crowd because of his height and stature. That he immediately gives off a "Don't Fuck With Me" vibe just walking into a room. <p> Anybody get that vibe from lil Tommy Mapother, who stands 5'7" (in boots)...and weighs a buck eighty five? I sure as shit don't. <p> Lee Child knows where his bread is buttered...Say nice things about the casting...and cash the check. Too bad there won't be MORE "Reacher" movies made when "One Shot" tanks at the box office like "Knight & Day".

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Michel Gondry is supposedly working on Ubik.

    by Tom

    The guy who did 'Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind'. That's encouraging. Even 'Be Kind Rewind' was pretty charming. Although, the less said about 'Green Hornet' the better...

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    All You Need Is Kill

    by Baryonyx

    The ALL YOU NEED IS KILL story is amazingly big-scale, with a mad time-loop central premise. It'll be interesting to see if they can pull it off (and it's nothing like Source Code, by the way).

  • The one is awesome!

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    do'h I meant BR!

    by darthSaul666

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Wow, Tom Cruise is really rebooting his image

    by Wookie_Weed

    Say what you will about his wacko Scientology -- the man is a genius businessman when it comes to his films. The line-up of Cruise films over the next couple of years shows he's put some serious thought into reinvigorating his persona and IP.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    you people

    by KGB3317

    love talking about Mr. Cruise....for as much hate as he gets, people still talk about him ($$$$$$$)

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Minority Report is fucking awesome

    by Autodidact

    Aside from being a great movie in every respect, it had just about the most vividly realized near future ever conceived on film. Almost ten years on, the movie's title can be used as shorthand for at least three things: 1. Cutting-edge computer interfaces (whether or not the actual interfaces were practical/optimal, they are still remembered) 2. Totally pervasive personalized marketing. 3. Constant automated tracking of your movements and activity #1 and #2 especially.. #3 might be a reach.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Knight and Day

    by Autodidact

    I thought that was going to be a cheese-fest but it turned out to be pretty good. What I don't understand is how it cost so much. There was some decent action, but nothing too extreme. That movie's gimmick was to treat the action like Big Bird (and we are Snuffalupagus).

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    War of the Worlds is Cruise's best film



  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    the expression "high-concept" was invented by Paramount executives in the late 70s, and it's common parlance now. Yes, it is a buzzword, but it's too late now for you to bitch about it. it now has a precise meaning that no matter how much you bitch about the corruption of the maning of the word "concept", it's here to say. that is, as long Holywood is determined to make dumb ass movies made by a public they deed stupid and dumb and not worthy of anything more substantial.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:26 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives


  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:27 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "Everyone lives according to a creed" You seem to forget there's people who are agnostic and atheist, chief.

  • His crazy-ass personal beliefs, celebrity gossip, and what he does in his private life are his own business as far as I'm concerned. Personally I'm all about the movies, and as far as movies goes, Cruise delivers the goods far more often than not. I'll never meet or know him personally, so liking or agreeing with his off screen persona and ideals has nothing to do with it, but onscreen, as an actor and artist, I gotta admit, I really like the guy as a performer, and think that he has both talent and charisma, and I very much respect his choices and dedication to the projects that he chooses to make. And as a film fan, that's all that one could ask for really.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:38 a.m. CST

    bill clay

    by AsimovLives

    i also think that MINORITY REPORT should had ended at the rom of the killer's scene. But i'm nore cynical, i guess, and also in favour of the movie following the lead in the book and that in the end Cruise would kill the killer and prove that the system does work and is perfect and thus validate the whole thing. And Cruise would go to that cryo prision but with the cold confort that he finally knew what happened to his son and that he didn't wasted his life working for a system that is actually justified, that his whole life was justified.

  • I agree.

  • Why? Beause in that movie he plays the most atypical role in his career. All of Cruise's roles fall into a ojne patern, he's always the top gun guy at a given field, be it car driving, jet pilot, spying, lawer, whatever, and he is cocksure, arrogant and a dick while strangely charismatic, he faces setbacks and eats humble pie but then all his arrogant cocksureness is vindicated by the final. And he will always go rogue or is a rogue or something to that effect. And everybody else in the movie exists to show off his awesomeness. EYES WIDE SHUT is the only movie that Cruise made since TOP GUN that breaks that typification of Cruise's movie persona. Even the excelent COLLATERAL plays up (and marvelously subverts) the usual Cruise movie persona. EYES WIDE SHUT is Cruise's odd man out movie of his career. And for that, Cruise is excelent in it. His most underrated acting job.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    "War of the Worlds was also terrific."

    by oaser

    What the fuck were you smoking, Nordling.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Jesus wasn't nailed on a cross becasue he was telling people to behave. every preacher at the time was doing that too. that message is even thousands of years old, jesus didn't invent it. people in roman times were not cruxified for wishing abetter world. people were cruxified for sedition. the romans couldn't give a shit about the morals you supported and the religion you followed. but they sure give a lot of shit if you spoke against their occupation and tried to instigate revolt. jesus being cruxified due to his message is the one thing in the new testement that really doesn't add up. either the real jesus, if he ever existed, meet the proper end for perceived blasphemy (stoning) or there was more to him then just nice guy that wished people were nicer to each other, something more of a true political nature, like active armed rebellion or instigation to.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    a friend of mine did bought BATTLEFIELD 3 and finished it in less then a week. he's dedicated that way. me, the game left me cold. i'm not convinced. anyway, i'm more a TOTAL WAR kinda guy.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:04 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Harrison Ford also looked incredibly youngish whenhe was 50, he looke dhe was still in his mid 30s. Look him up in INDIANA JONES AND THE LAME CRUSADE and that's him with the same age that Cruise is nowdays. It was only in his mid 50s foward that age caught up with Harrison and came crashing in in a hurry. Ford aged two decades in five years. Similiar fate might and most certainly will bestow Cruise, despite all his exercise and diet regimes (and surgeries).

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You never saw DAYS OF THUNDER and FAR AND AWAY, have you?

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Asimovlives, I'm not so sure that's actually the point of the story.

    by FluffyUnbound

    I'm not saying Dick would necessarily be perfectly consistent across stories, but one "point" of THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE is that the past isn't real. It would be hard for me to see him not also thinking that the future isn't real, either. Let's say we actually could see the future and use that knowledge to stop crimes. That would be fine. Hey, everyone pat themselves on the back and have a cold one, we're stopping crimes! The problem arises when we start punishing people for crimes that never happened - as the precrime unit did. If you were standing in a bar and you saw two guys about to fight, and you moved between them and STOPPED the fight, would you then say, "Well, if I hadn't stopped this fight you would have beaten each other half to death, so now you both have to go to prison"? Of course not. That future no longer exists. It never actually existed. Serving in the Minority Report precrime unit would be like building a time machine, and traveling back in time to 1922 and talking Hitler into never joining the NSDAP and joining a Buddhist monastery instead - but then saying, "Oh yeah, I totally just talked you out of all that shit you were going to do, but now I'm going to kill you anyway." It wouldn't make any sense. The people in the Minority Report story are such prisoners of an illusion they have built for themselves called "the future" that they remain trapped by it even after it has ceased to exist due to their own actions. That's the point I see. The people in HIGH CASTLE are trapped by an illusionary past; the people in Minority Report are trapped by an illusionary future. They're like bookends. I don't agree with any of it philosophically, but Dick's intent seems pretty clear to me.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    One of my mentors knew LRH

    by Hipshot

    And used to play poker with him. (Actually, Harlan knew him too, and liked him. So did Robert Heinlein). Anyway, he used to play poker with LRH and some other writers back in, I think, the late 50's. And Hubbard actually said, "there's no money in SF. If you want to get rich, start a religion." He started with Dianetics, which some very smart people considered to be quite useful. From there, he shifted from a psychological philosophy (the "engram" idea is perfectly reasonable, having much in common with the Sufi concept of "Nafs", sort of kinks in the mental wiring. Remove the kinks and you stop hot-spots and kinda sorta turn yourself into a room temperature superconductor). But organizing a religion gave him tax benefits. The e-meter, and I've actually been audited, seems to be a pretty simple galvanic skin response device, a simple lie detector. Again, reasonable for seeing where you have old emotional shit. Of course, Hubbard started here (with some reasonable ideas) and seems to have ended up a paranoid loon. Bought his own bullshit, I'd reckon. Sad, really.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    i read THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, and i loved it. One of my favorite sequence in the novel is when the main japaneses character does do a paralel universe trip and we at first think he went to our own world, but then we notice that in fact IT'S ANOTHER UNISERVE ALTOGUETHE , different from ours and the story's. It truly is a mind-bobbling story. And Ubik is even more screwy! As for MINORITY REIORT, at least the col thing in the short story and what makes it such a though-provocking story even all this years ago is that in fact, within the story, precog really works. and unlike in the movie, the minority report is a natural consequence of precogning. in the story, it means that precog works and is accurate, the system is accurate but people can't slowuch on it. the system is perfect, but the people aren't and because the agent of the precog has the capacity to know the future, inevitably, sooner or later he will became a murderer because he will learn of some huge terrible event that will happen that only a necessary killing can solve the crisis. It's something inherent in the job due to the nature of the job itself. that's the brillant and sophisticated and clever thing about the novella. the movie, enjoyable as it was,and by no means a dumb blockbuster, still simplified it tremendously from the original, and in fact made a case for a bail out to the Tom Cruise character. worst, the movie didn't had the balls to go against a common belief and philosophy endeared to all of us in the western world, our supposed capacity for free will, and thus is did played cowardly. By trying tio play safe and to attude to the public's perceptions of their own free-will, the movie faile to do what the novella did, to follow things to it's own logical conclusion. So what if the story of the movie denies free will? It's only a movie, right? This is what upsets me about Holywood blockbusters, their intellectual and dramatic cowardice.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST


    by Xen11

    or perhaps people after LRH took what he was trying to do, (which may have been something noble with a dashing sense of humor by making it a "religion") and twisted it to their own devices. Much like all religions. In that regard, it has become a real religion.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST


    by Shan

    I spent a couple of years back in the late 90s tracking down every PKD sci fi book and short story available (back then, a lot of them were out of print). Worth every penny.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Buying their own bullshit seems to be the fate of all religions. Soon to happen to the Cult Of JJ Abrams, if not already.

  • funny, a while back when his image was totally down the pan and he had a website self promoting his 25 years or so in the biz and everyone slagged him off ( not me! i actually defended him!) I guess tom can come back into the fold. He's learnt his lesson, all is forgiven.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by XoanonTORN

    You are probably right, I was just quoting Douglas Adams :)

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    God. Cruise. Think I remember this guy from somewhere...

    by proevad

    Yawn. Peaked with the Stone film and the Magnolia performance--oh, and the football agent movie with the black fella'.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    List of Theaters with the Batman Prologue

    by Anschutz

    Only IMAX theaters with a traditional film camera will have the The Dark Knight Rises prologue attached to it. Only about 40 theaters on the continent will have the prologue. You can check the list on

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    It happened while Hubbard was still alive. He fed into it. I think he got surrounded by sycophants, cute chicks willing to suck his dick on command, rich people throwing money at him...and it released his inner freak. Money doesn't corrupt, but it sure enables pre-existing corruption.

  • see my above post about MOM.... just think we could have MOM out in 2013 instead of Pacific Rim. although best time to release MOM would be xmas - itd be more of a winter movie :) i recently bought the graphic novel with the 'TinTin' style art and its pretty good. also the Indiana Jones graphic novel 'Tomb of the Gods' was very MOM inspired. like 'Indiana Jones and tHe Mountains of Madness' i actually preffered the way it deal with aliens over KOTCS! imagine Promethues next summer and then if wed had MOM for xmas - what a year 2012 wouldve been for anicient aliens!

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    oh yeah! of course! it is one of his most famous quotes. how did i missed that? sorry!

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    i'm sure that there are many hewre interested in MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, like yours truly. but i'm pretty resigned to the notion that we are not going to get the movie. i really don't think it will ever get made. hope to be proved wrong.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Sounds like an MST3K joke...

    by ron2112

    ...when someone who looks like John Lennon walks on screen in a horror movie. "Tonight's episode: All you need is KILL!" "Imagine there's no MURDER!" "For the benefit of Mr. DEATH!"

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Worst title since "A View to a Kill"

    by v3d

    Maybe not THE worst, but pretty bad.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Cue All The Homophobic Innuendo.

    by Stewart Wolfe

    From all those 'str8' guys who protest and snigger a little TOOO much. Hmmmmmm..........

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Exactly, asi

    by FluffyUnbound

    In HIGH CASTLE, I think the "true" universe is the one revealed in the book-within-a-book, the one written by the I Ching to reveal "inner truth". And that universe isn't the one where the Germans and Japanese won the war...but it isn't ours, either. The universe where Churchill somehow ends up winning the whole ball of wax is "reality". Every other universe, including ours as the readers, is false. An illusion. Something that didn't actually happen. We trick ourselves into believing it's real, one moment at a time, by imputing "historicity" to objects and events and recollections. HIGH CASTLE is every bit as freaky and fucked-up as UBIK, it's just got a cleaner narrative that tricks you into thinking it's just another alternate history story. Until the end.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    The scientology heckling

    by Gabe Athouse

    I would love to hear the belief systems (I'm not fond of acronyms, but I love the one for "belief system") of these people who immediately insult Cruise at his very mention based on his religion. They probably make the Xenu thing seem plausible in comparison. Religion is a very personal thing. If it works for him, why criticize? No one knows anything, anyway.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Gabe Athouse


  • Dec. 2, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    But it should have been "Being for the Benefit of Mr. DIE!"

    by Gabe Athouse

  • in the right hands. Somebody out there make this. Think about the near limitless eras of action/adventure/violence/ you could put on the screen!

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    i think there has been a few atemps to make a UBIK movie, but the book has defeated all those atempts. it cannot be the narrative itself, because despiste the fucked up story it tells, the telling is pretty movie friendly, in many ways. i guess the thing that's hard to adapt is the tone of the story, the mood, it's relentless devotion to it's own universe, the very thing that made a PKD story a PKD story. Or those filmmakers were all just a bunch of pussies.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by Sparky

    Congrats on your movie review. I don't know how you were able to see it so soon, but I KNEW that this new IM:4 movie was going to be mediocre, despite having a genius like Brad Bird direct it. What's even more telling, is that since Bird was not able to make it the great movie that it could have been under his direction, it more greatly underscores why this movie is going to tank at the box office- it's because of Tom Cruise. At this stage of his career, Cruise has put a stronghold on any movie that he makes, and he becomes the focal point of his movies. This is why his second and third Mission-Impossible movies stunk, and that is because all the movies are orbiting his world and his massive self-centered ego. The first IM movie directed by Brian DePalma was a GREAT film in every way. Sadly, the next three IM movies were not, and it just goes to show that Tom Cruise is not about making good films with attention to detail like DePalma did, but only to make Tom Cruise himself an even larger egomaniac at the expense of great film-making. I feel sorry for Brad Bird. His streak of great movies just came to a quick and abrupt (and very sad) ending. Bird deserves better than this.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Fact: Scientology was started on a bet

    by Sparky

    It is common knowledge that Scientology was started by L Ron Hubbard 40 years ago solely based on a bet that he made with his friend aboard a boat. Hubbard was betting on a dare with his friend that he could create his own religion and make it sound believable. Hubbard created an absurd mythology surrounding his newly created "religion" to make it sound believable, and then stupid and gullible people bought into it, and the rest is history. This deceitful "religion" caters to the wealthy upper class- Hollywood movie actors in particular, because Scientology targets their wealth and popularity to gain new (gullible) members and publicity. Just look at whom are their most ardent public supporters- which now sadly includes Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett as it's latest duped victims. This is a fact, and one in which Scientology doesn't want to be made known. People who join this "church" are ignorant and gullible morons whom are easily duped.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    "LRH...LRH...LRH...LRH...", she heard them chant...

    by conspiracy

    ,...even through the thick steel doors she could hear them; her heart raced, pounding in her chest. "Baby....I just want to let you incredibly honored I feel right now..." Tom whispered in Katies ear, standing on his tip toes and wrapping his arms around the trembling actress. "Ohh...Tom..., I can't believe it is finally happening, we've all waited so long for's like a Dream!" She replied as the small actor squeezed her wait tighter. She looked down at him, tears streamed down his iconic face. "We are Blessed Tom...Blessed". A hard rap came through the massive doors, immediately the giant "T" for "truth" in the middle parted as the door opened to reveal a long hallway, dark but for a series of hooded figured carrying candles, and a soft golden and turquoise glow coming from a room at the far end. "Hail Xenu! Hail LRH! Behold the TRUTH!" cried a tall figure in black and magenta robes, he held out his hand. "Behold I'm Clear! Behold I am a Free Being!" replied Katie and Tom. Katie took a quick deep breath, steadying her nerves, catching a quick look down at her dwarf like husband; he seemed to radiate with pride, and a hint of concern as he looked up at his bride, his love, and what he knew was the woman who would someday give the world it's savior. Clasping hands, together they began the walk down the hall, following the robed figure....

  • ..."Behold the Truth!" the candle carrying hooded figures cried out in turn as they passed. Katie could smell the scent of sandlewood, and the floor was cool on her bare feet; thankfully the air itself was warm given the flimsy nature of her ceremonial garb. "You ok? You're the only one..remember that! The Truth...we are Free!" Tom asked and reminded his wife, his face a mask of focus. Katie was beyond a response...her nerves overcoming her; she simply nodded, trying to be as stoic and reserved as she could; but the butterflies in her stomach were almost making her queasy. "God..." she though to herself, "i wish I was as good an actor as Tom, I wish I was as Free and powerful as he." Tom and Katie emerged from the long hallway. Kaite looked in awe and gasped, she had never been in the New Mexico inner sanctum before; the room was a massive round domed auditorium, Marble and bathed in the Gold, Turquoise and Magenta colors of the Church, torches burned brightly...their flames soaring towards the massive domed ceiling where there a portrait of L.Ron Hubbard looked down upon her; all around thousands of people stood in Unison their chanting reached a fevered pitch..."LRH...LRH...LRH...!" they cried out, some applauded; Katie could feel tears of joy and nervous fear trickle down her cheeks. The Hooded figure led them slowly up a large marble Dais in the middle of the room, there a long, low rectangular altar had been created out of pure Silver with Gold and Emerald trim, d LRH was spelled out in pure gold upon the front, near the top various knobs and dials sprouted from a control panel and hanging on either side of the altar solid platinum E-Meter electrodes. "it's so beautiful..." Katie thought, "...I'm so glad I helped fund it! If people could only see they beauty they made possible" The Figure stopped, motioning Tom and Katie to the front of the Altar. For what seemed like forever they stood, awash in the chanting crowds attention, they could feel the sound in their bodies..."LRH...LRH...LRH!" Finally..the figure held up his arms, the crowd immediately fell silent. Silence, total silence engulfed the massive auditorium. Slowly the figure drew back his dark hood, revealing to all his identity. Tom Smiled wide at the sight of his old friend John, but knew better than to speak at this solemn moment, Katie felt her stomach tighten at the appearance of Travolta, they had only met once, and the meeting had left her rattled and shaken from his power. John turned his attention back to the rapt audience..."HAIL XENU!" he cried as he stretched his arms out, giving himself a look of being crucified, "HAIL XENU!" replied the frenzied crowd. John waited for a second, before crossing his arms over his chest, "I AM CLEAR!" he screamed, the veins and muscles in his portly neck straining from the force of his shout; " I AM CLEAR!" came the reply once again. John lowered his head to his chest, as the crowd followed along with his movements, the stayed bowed for 30 full seconds before Travolta threw his head up towards the massive L. Ron Hubbard portrait on the ceiling, his arms flying skyward in praise as the flames from the torches danced on the rainbow hues of the room.."TO LRH!!!!!!!" He screamed, frothy spittle spraying from his mouth, the crowd erupted into an almost orgiastic frenzy, "LRH....LRH...LRH!" came the cry. Katie glanced at her miniscule spouse, tears covered his face, saliva dripped from the corners of his mouth as he chanted with all his might! Katie could not resist..and throwing he hands skyward took up the chant; her night, and a new journey had just begun....

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Conspiracy !!!

    by KilliK

    fuck,i am going to enjoy this post.

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    ahahaha great always you delivered.

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    A Full 10 minutes they chanted, "LRH...LRH...LRH!"

    by conspiracy

    until finally Travolta held his hand out to the crowd as the sounds of a theramin echoed through the chamber. "Free Beings...I Welcome you!", Hohn finally spoke after the gathered had regained a small amount of composure. "I Welcome you to an event we have been waiting for for years...the culmination of all our hard work, of our Tech, and especially of our recruiting...We have Found them!" Again the crowd erupted into cheering and chanting. "Tonight...tonight we take the first steps to total freedom, towards the final truths, towards our the unveiling of the Universe...BEHOLD THE VESSEL!!!!!" Travolta screamed as he whirled around to face an astonished and bewildered Katie, reaching out and ripping the linen robe from her perfumed body! "Behold the Vessel!" The crowd chanted in unison, over and over, the sounds of the theremin quavering amongst the raised voices. Tom smiled wide at Katie...clapping, crying, "I am so honored..." the diminutive actor mouthed to his statuesque wife. Katie stood,stoic and unmoving despite her instinct to flee, "I will not let my Thetans control my actions" she thought, "I am clear, I am Free of mind" she repeated the mantra to herself. Travolta Turned in spot...his hands raised...the crowd fell silent again, the soft sounds of weeping the only sounds. "Tom...Operating Thetan level eight. You have brought forth to us this Vessel of life! Through your gift...LRH SHALL WALK AND GUIDE US ONCE MORE!" John screamed to the Audience, who resumed their chants to Hubbard. Tom Moved Forward, stepping away from the mother of his children, raising his hands up as the crowd quieted, waiting for his words..."75 Million years ago..this journey started, Lord Xenu set in motion the events that would lead us first to the coming of L.Ron, whose discoveries of self, of clearing his body Thetans have allowed us to see the future, L.Ron cast of the shackles of the crimes of the Galactic Federation and became a FREE Being....and now, through my beautiful wife...he Shall lead us again! I Have brought the Vessel....and I have Brought the SEED! As a large metal door opened , and a large group of robed figures lead forward a tall man clad in magenta robes, chains bound his wrists, an e-meter dangled from his sash...

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    just started killik...the seed has just arrived...lmao

    by conspiracy

    I'm bored...This shit might go all night...lmao

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    rofl.cant wait.

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by Luc Parent

    That's just fucking beautiful... Carry on!

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Katie felt her nipples firm at the approach of the Seed...

    by conspiracy

    , she hadn't known exactly her role in the Scientology prophecy, though she had guessed as much when Tom had spent the last few months raving about her "blessed womb", and how she had to do better at silent birth the "next time". Sure, Tom had left sex strictly for procreation, but he had not so much as slipped her some tongue for almost a year; "Your temple must be pure" he has said. It all made sense now, and she was ready to do her part. Closer the hooded figure loomed, his Magenta silk robes hiding his identity. "He must be very special..."Katie though to herself, "...I hope I am up to the task". Tom, squeezed her hand..."You...You are to be the Vessel of the rebirth of L.Ron Hubbard; we will raise him as our son, and learn from him...Katie, we will be as Gods, raising a God, our Futures our Pasts, the fate of Mankind depend on you...focus, clear, do not let the slightest suppressive thought enter your mind or all will be lost!" Katie's heart pounded in her chest, she knew that there was only one chance...she had to succeed; the fate of the world depended on her. "Behold the SEED!" Travolta crowed, followed by the enraptured crowd as the shackled and chained man was led up the steps. Katie could see his brown eyes and nothing more, behind him walked a smaller hooded figure, stooped in submission, obviously female. He attention was drawn back to The Seed's eyes...the darted left and right, wide, feral looking...Katie couldn't be sure, but they almost looked fearful. The Theremin music reached new highs of manic sonic fireworks. "Place The Seed on the altar of Xenu!" Travolta cried out in a frenzy,"... and Prepare the Vessel for L. Ron's transmission!!!", the crowd began anew the chant of "LRh...LRH...!". Tom grabbed Katie by her bare shoulders "Remember Katie...your with me...are you with me...we're the only ones that can help...'whew', I know you can do it it for the world...I'm proud of we go" Tom blathered out in a stream of disjointed words; Katie was used to it by now, but tonight he was even more frenzied. Katie watched the hooded figures placing The Seed upon the Altar of Xenu; and strapping him down place an e-meter probe into each hand. "Come forth and Prepare the Vessel unclear Thetan!" Travolta intoned. At this the small figure following the seed moved towards Katie, shrouded by a veil and hood, as with the seed only brown eyes were to be seen. The 'Thetan' stopped before the quivering Katie, and knelt to its knees, releasing the fabric covering it's mouth, revealing the full lips of a dark skinned woman. "I am Unworthy! Yet I seek to be Clear...give me guidance Blessed Vessel of L.Ron as I prepare you for his transference!" The crowd erupted anew, "Prepare the Vessel!" they screamed. Before Katie knew what was happening she felt Travolta holding her arms behind her, as the veiled woman grabbed her hips and pressed her mouth hard against her crotch. "Prepare the Vessel!" Travolta screamed as she felt the hot moist tongue of the woman glide into the folds of her slit. Katies eyes rolled back in her head....

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    later...I gotta sleep...stay tuned.

    by conspiracy

  • You've got guys rising from the dead, parting seas and talking to burning bushes. Does Scientology sound that crazy?

  • An interrogative person asks the priest: "Why did you come here?" The priest replies: "I'm looking for my daughter." The interrogative person asks the atheist: "Why did you come here?" The atheist replies: "I came to enjoy the women." The interrogative person asks the scientologist: "Why did you come here?" The scientologist replies: "It's a secret."

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    boo conspiracy bailed when the lesbian stuff started

    by Al


  • Dec. 3, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Wrote a report on scientology for a psych class a few years ago

    by Turingtestee

    I ended the report with an explanation that the material had been edited by the author following contact with lawyers representing the church. I got a C.

  • ESPECIALLY Cruse and Smith.

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Cruise (oops, shit)

    by Turingtestee

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    And your evidence Smith is a Scientologist is..?

    by Hipshot

    He donated money to Scientology...but much more to Christian organizations. He gave certs good for a free intro auditing...but in the same year said "I am not a Scientologist." He was raised Baptist, studied Buddhism, Taoism and other religions...including philosophies like Scientology. He talks Jesus, and God, and has written songs specifically addressing his faith. The fact that a fraction of his time, energy, or money has gone in that direction is probably a testament to his friendship with Tom Cruise. Scientology was official dropped from his donation list in 2011. If you total this stuff up, Scientology is probably 10% or so of his religious and philosophical interests. Give it a rest.

  • Dec. 3, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Fair enough

    by Turingtestee

    Even 10% is too much though.

  • The woman to be banged is surrounded by these three gang. The bang asks the gang: What will you be using on me? The christian: " My mighty crucifix !!!!" The atheist: " My trusty dildo !!!!" The scientologist: " My telepathic mind !!!!"

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    i know the BIOSHECK games thanks to a friend. the imagery of a underwater city with skyscraps and whales swimming in between is pure genious. and the first game is chock-full of direct and subtle references to BLADE RUNNER, which just amps the cool factor. i'm also quite a geek for that type of 30s to 50s retro look. while i have loved the CALL OF DUTY WWII games, i haven't liked the modern warfare ones all that much. i'm still waiting for a CALL OF DUTY game that deals with the korean War or WWI. Hell, i would love to see a CALL OF DUTY game that delt with either the Napoleon Wars or the American War Of Independence, and your American Civil War. how cool would that be?

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    yeah,the ART DECO designed ruled in Bioshock

    by KilliK

    BS2 was crap but the new sequel BS:Infinity looks uses that WW1 propaganda style in the imagery of the game and the environment will be set in a cloud-like city.cant wait.

  • Dec. 4, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Legendary First Person Game

    by Xen11

    Breakdown for Xbox You have no fucking idea how godly this game is. Let me refer you to this kid that made a video at early morning hours after beating this thing. I love his enthusiasm and sense of awe at what he just experienced. Seriously, Breakdown is one of those truly hidden, unfound gems. The story is so amazing. When I started playing it, I was thinking how its like every other game in terms of 'I'm the chosen one, I have to save the world, blah blah blah.' But it really will surprise you. You see through the eyes of the main character the entire time from beginning to end, never leaving his viewpoint, in real-time. One of the greatest games ever made. It's a cult classic. That's if you aren't one of those shallow people who hates "old" games cause they aren't High Def. And please don't ruin it for yourself. There are some really great twists in the story. It's one of those games you'll be saying how it could easily be this awesome science fiction film. But why do it when the game perfected it? Here's that video of that kid: