Monday, May 08, 2006
Film Journalism at Its Worst
That came off a little bit more harsh than I would have liked it to. I've never really voiced my opinions about Mr. Cruise before, so don't think that was a rant at the author. In fact I agree that the reasons stated by the author also contributed to movie's inability to meet expectations. It's just that those stories wouldn't sell magazines.
Also, I don't think it's quite as out of line as you say for journalists to tie Cruise's behavior to the film opening. It's hard for me to really think of anything Tom Cruise says or does as being anything more than one long ad campaign for Tom Cruise movies. If Pepsi launched a long campaign for a new product and it didn't have the expected results, you'd expect trades to comment. Since Cruise's public comments, alleged marraige and child are all part of a long media campaign, I think it's fair to treat them as such even if the horrible quality of the MI movie series, the high cost of tickets and gas and all the rest are also important factors.