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#CruiseClub: The Tom Cruise Podcast

Joey Lewandowski and Mike Manzi

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#CruiseClub: The Tom Cruise Podcast

#CruiseClub: The Tom Cruise Podcast

Joey Lewandowski and Mike Manzi

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Joey and Mike have covered the ups and downs of the careers of Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, and more. Then, they had an epiphany: why not watch good movies? In January 2019, they'll start watching every Tom Cruise movie, whose hits far outweigh his misses. Join them!

Latest Episodes

030 Tropic Thunder (2008)

EFour of the next five movies we're covering in #CruiseClub -- Tropic Thunder, Valkyrie, Knight and Day, and Rock of Ages -- along with our last episode (Lions for Lambs) represent most of the biggest unknowns (to us, anyway) for the rest of #CruiseClub. Tropic Thunder continues this mini-run with a very uncommon role for Tom Cruise: supporting actor. We're heading to Vietnam and recording this podcast guerrilla-style, but before we do, we're enlisting the help of Kyle Reinfried (of Foodie Films) and Zack DeZon. In this episode, we talk about Cruise's minor (but memorable) role and scenes, Matthew McConaughey's deep love for his clients (and for TiVo), and whether or not the comedy holds up more than a decade later.

48 MIN1 w ago
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030 Tropic Thunder (2008)

029 Lions for Lambs (2007)

EBy this point in Tom Cruise's career -- we're barely over a decade away from catching up -- there are very few surprises left. We've seen (and love!) just about everything that's coming up for the rest of this show's run. Then, there's Lions for Lambs, a movie neither of us had ever seen, and neither of us knew anything about. What a world this is that still holds some secrets! Joining us on this episode is resident Meryl Streep expert Michael Domanico of the Not Her Again podcast. It's especially fitting that Michael joins us for this episode, as Cruise and Meryl square off for one-third of Lions for Lambs... and Michael had never seen this movie either! In this episode, we talk about whether the three story structure worked, whether or not the movie stuck its political (or apolitical?) landing, and why people haven't been casting Tom Cruise as a politician for years. He's born to play the part!

40 MIN3 w ago
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029 Lions for Lambs (2007)

028 Mission: Impossible III (2006)

EYour mission, once again, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to our #CruiseClub episode about Mission: Impossible III! In this episode, we're joined by Dan Colon to help us figure out how the third installment in the franchise compares to the other Mission: Impossible movies, and whether it lives up to our hype our memories had created. We also talk about JJ Abrams's influence behind the camera (for his first feature-length film), whether or not the "in media res" opening works for this story, and which stunts in Mission: Impossible III stand out the most. We also heap praise upon Philip Seymour Hoffman, wish for far more Keri Russell, and welcome the permanent new addition of Simon Pegg to our team. Would alternate casting choices have been better? Listen to the episode and find out!

77 MINJAN 17
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028 Mission: Impossible III (2006)

027 War of the Worlds (2005)

EThree years after teaming up for Minority Report, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise reunited once again for War of the Worlds. To talk about their second (and, to date, final) collaboration, we're welcoming in Jeremy Kelly, our (brace yourself for this hyper-specific title) resident mid-2000s sci-fi remake expert. In this episode, we talk about the ways this movie differs from the original H.G. Wells version of War of the Worlds, the effectiveness of a small story within a global story, and the movie's abrupt ending. We also discover that we like and dislike wildly different sequences of the movie from one another, realize that this is (in more ways than one) a secret sequel to The Shawshank Redemption, and keep an eye out for Channing Tatum's uncredited role as "Boy in Church" (note: he is still not in this movie).

44 MINJAN 3
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027 War of the Worlds (2005)

026 Collateral (2004)

ERarely in his career does Tom Cruise play a villain, which is part of what makes Collateral so special. The other special part: this movie rules! Joining us to talk about Michael Mann’s film is Tobin Addington of The Contenders podcast. In this episode, we talk about Cruise’s ability to blend into the background, the seemingly arbitrary distinction between Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and what could have been done to give the film’s female characters a bit more to do. We also wonder if Collateral (at long last) offers a true challenger to Gone in Sixty Seconds‘s (to date) undisputed title of “Best Movie Cops.” In the epic battle of Delroy Lindo and Timothy Olyphant vs. Peter Berg and Mark Ruffalo, who ya got? Taking all bets!

62 MIN2019 DEC 20
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026 Collateral (2004)

025 The Last Samurai (2003)

EIt’s time to tackle another historical epic on #CruiseClub, and we’re heading to Japan in the 1870s to talk about Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. Joining us on this journey back in time is our resident Japanese expert, Holly Gore. In this episode, we talk about whether or not this movie falls victim to the white savior syndrome, whether or not it “earns” its two-and-a-half hour runtime, and how much it feels like Far and Away. (How do you like my hat, Shannon?) We also heap praise upon praise at Ken Watanabe’s performance (the best part of The Last Samurai), admire the scale and grandeur of the film’s climactic battle scene, and talk about that time that Tom Cruise almost died while making this movie. You know, typical stuff.

55 MIN2019 DEC 6
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025 The Last Samurai (2003)

024 Minority Report (2002)

EWith Minority Report, we’ve officially entered the Steven Spielberg era of #CruiseClub, as two of Tom Cruise’s next four movies will see the two legends of the big screen team up. We saw this one coming, though, even before it was made. Joining us from the milky depths of our precog tank are two first-time guests to the TomTom Club: Nicole Sweeney (Snark Squad) and Dan Colon! In this episode, we talk about whether or not the special effects in Minority Report hold up (nearly twenty years later), the prequel (as well as the gritty ending) that almost was, and the Cruise/Spielberg team-up. We also talk about Colin Farrell as a red herring, Max von Sydow as a villain hiding in plain sight, and Neal McDonough’s "big stupid baby head."

70 MIN2019 NOV 22
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024 Minority Report (2002)

023 Vanilla Sky (2001)

EOpen your eyes... it’s time for a new episode of #CruiseClub! Tom Cruise teamed up with Cameron Crowe once again for 2001’s Vanilla Sky, another movie falling squarely into this era of challenging movies and roles. To help us make sense of the dream logic in this one, we’re joined by two brand new guests to the TomTom Club: Zack DeZon and Alissa Larson! In this episode, we talk about Tom Cruise in a mask, Penelope Cruz as an impossibly adorable manic pixie dream girl, and Cameron Diaz getting what’s coming to her (following My Best Friend’s Wedding). We also talk about Vanilla Sky as a remake to Abre Los Ojos (also starring Penelope Cruz), and try to parse through the pop culture references to decide whether or not this movie nails its third act twist.

65 MIN2019 NOV 8
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023 Vanilla Sky (2001)

022 Mission: Impossible II (2000)

EAll we wanted to do was spend our "holiday" free soloing some mountains in Utah, but we got a rocket shot at us, telling us to do a podcast episode about Mission: Impossible II, so here we are. To help us break down the second installment in one of the best franchises in cinematic history is Austin Wolf-Sothern of Cinema Stories on YouTube. In this episode, we talk about where Mission: Impossible II ranks within the franchise and how we would make Thandie Newton's storyline better. We also admire the final action set piece, wonder if the final fight could have been better, and talk about the world that could have been if this film had wrapped on time. Once again, this is your mission, should you choose to accept it.

64 MIN2019 OCT 25
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022 Mission: Impossible II (2000)

021 Magnolia (1999)

EWe continue to mount the world from the lofty heights offered by #CruiseClub as we talk about Magnolia, our second movie in a row made by one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time. Joining us to talk about Paul Thomas Anderson’s sweeping epic are Tobin Addington of The Contenders, as well as our religion expert, John Brooks. In this episode, we talk about Cruise’s revelatory performance, our favorite (and least favorite) storylines, and the frogs… oh, the frogs! Between two longtime fans of the film, one who saw it once and really enjoyed it, and a first-time viewer of the movie (and it isn’t who you might think!), we’re bringing a wide range of knowledge, insight, and perspective to this one, with one common theme: we’re all in awe of just about everything that’s happening here.

80 MIN2019 OCT 11
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021 Magnolia (1999)

Latest Episodes

030 Tropic Thunder (2008)

EFour of the next five movies we're covering in #CruiseClub -- Tropic Thunder, Valkyrie, Knight and Day, and Rock of Ages -- along with our last episode (Lions for Lambs) represent most of the biggest unknowns (to us, anyway) for the rest of #CruiseClub. Tropic Thunder continues this mini-run with a very uncommon role for Tom Cruise: supporting actor. We're heading to Vietnam and recording this podcast guerrilla-style, but before we do, we're enlisting the help of Kyle Reinfried (of Foodie Films) and Zack DeZon. In this episode, we talk about Cruise's minor (but memorable) role and scenes, Matthew McConaughey's deep love for his clients (and for TiVo), and whether or not the comedy holds up more than a decade later.

48 MIN1 w ago
Comments
030 Tropic Thunder (2008)

029 Lions for Lambs (2007)

EBy this point in Tom Cruise's career -- we're barely over a decade away from catching up -- there are very few surprises left. We've seen (and love!) just about everything that's coming up for the rest of this show's run. Then, there's Lions for Lambs, a movie neither of us had ever seen, and neither of us knew anything about. What a world this is that still holds some secrets! Joining us on this episode is resident Meryl Streep expert Michael Domanico of the Not Her Again podcast. It's especially fitting that Michael joins us for this episode, as Cruise and Meryl square off for one-third of Lions for Lambs... and Michael had never seen this movie either! In this episode, we talk about whether the three story structure worked, whether or not the movie stuck its political (or apolitical?) landing, and why people haven't been casting Tom Cruise as a politician for years. He's born to play the part!

40 MIN3 w ago
Comments
029 Lions for Lambs (2007)

028 Mission: Impossible III (2006)

EYour mission, once again, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to our #CruiseClub episode about Mission: Impossible III! In this episode, we're joined by Dan Colon to help us figure out how the third installment in the franchise compares to the other Mission: Impossible movies, and whether it lives up to our hype our memories had created. We also talk about JJ Abrams's influence behind the camera (for his first feature-length film), whether or not the "in media res" opening works for this story, and which stunts in Mission: Impossible III stand out the most. We also heap praise upon Philip Seymour Hoffman, wish for far more Keri Russell, and welcome the permanent new addition of Simon Pegg to our team. Would alternate casting choices have been better? Listen to the episode and find out!

77 MINJAN 17
Comments
028 Mission: Impossible III (2006)

027 War of the Worlds (2005)

EThree years after teaming up for Minority Report, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise reunited once again for War of the Worlds. To talk about their second (and, to date, final) collaboration, we're welcoming in Jeremy Kelly, our (brace yourself for this hyper-specific title) resident mid-2000s sci-fi remake expert. In this episode, we talk about the ways this movie differs from the original H.G. Wells version of War of the Worlds, the effectiveness of a small story within a global story, and the movie's abrupt ending. We also discover that we like and dislike wildly different sequences of the movie from one another, realize that this is (in more ways than one) a secret sequel to The Shawshank Redemption, and keep an eye out for Channing Tatum's uncredited role as "Boy in Church" (note: he is still not in this movie).

44 MINJAN 3
Comments
027 War of the Worlds (2005)

026 Collateral (2004)

ERarely in his career does Tom Cruise play a villain, which is part of what makes Collateral so special. The other special part: this movie rules! Joining us to talk about Michael Mann’s film is Tobin Addington of The Contenders podcast. In this episode, we talk about Cruise’s ability to blend into the background, the seemingly arbitrary distinction between Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and what could have been done to give the film’s female characters a bit more to do. We also wonder if Collateral (at long last) offers a true challenger to Gone in Sixty Seconds‘s (to date) undisputed title of “Best Movie Cops.” In the epic battle of Delroy Lindo and Timothy Olyphant vs. Peter Berg and Mark Ruffalo, who ya got? Taking all bets!

62 MIN2019 DEC 20
Comments
026 Collateral (2004)

025 The Last Samurai (2003)

EIt’s time to tackle another historical epic on #CruiseClub, and we’re heading to Japan in the 1870s to talk about Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. Joining us on this journey back in time is our resident Japanese expert, Holly Gore. In this episode, we talk about whether or not this movie falls victim to the white savior syndrome, whether or not it “earns” its two-and-a-half hour runtime, and how much it feels like Far and Away. (How do you like my hat, Shannon?) We also heap praise upon praise at Ken Watanabe’s performance (the best part of The Last Samurai), admire the scale and grandeur of the film’s climactic battle scene, and talk about that time that Tom Cruise almost died while making this movie. You know, typical stuff.

55 MIN2019 DEC 6
Comments
025 The Last Samurai (2003)

024 Minority Report (2002)

EWith Minority Report, we’ve officially entered the Steven Spielberg era of #CruiseClub, as two of Tom Cruise’s next four movies will see the two legends of the big screen team up. We saw this one coming, though, even before it was made. Joining us from the milky depths of our precog tank are two first-time guests to the TomTom Club: Nicole Sweeney (Snark Squad) and Dan Colon! In this episode, we talk about whether or not the special effects in Minority Report hold up (nearly twenty years later), the prequel (as well as the gritty ending) that almost was, and the Cruise/Spielberg team-up. We also talk about Colin Farrell as a red herring, Max von Sydow as a villain hiding in plain sight, and Neal McDonough’s "big stupid baby head."

70 MIN2019 NOV 22
Comments
024 Minority Report (2002)

023 Vanilla Sky (2001)

EOpen your eyes... it’s time for a new episode of #CruiseClub! Tom Cruise teamed up with Cameron Crowe once again for 2001’s Vanilla Sky, another movie falling squarely into this era of challenging movies and roles. To help us make sense of the dream logic in this one, we’re joined by two brand new guests to the TomTom Club: Zack DeZon and Alissa Larson! In this episode, we talk about Tom Cruise in a mask, Penelope Cruz as an impossibly adorable manic pixie dream girl, and Cameron Diaz getting what’s coming to her (following My Best Friend’s Wedding). We also talk about Vanilla Sky as a remake to Abre Los Ojos (also starring Penelope Cruz), and try to parse through the pop culture references to decide whether or not this movie nails its third act twist.

65 MIN2019 NOV 8
Comments
023 Vanilla Sky (2001)

022 Mission: Impossible II (2000)

EAll we wanted to do was spend our "holiday" free soloing some mountains in Utah, but we got a rocket shot at us, telling us to do a podcast episode about Mission: Impossible II, so here we are. To help us break down the second installment in one of the best franchises in cinematic history is Austin Wolf-Sothern of Cinema Stories on YouTube. In this episode, we talk about where Mission: Impossible II ranks within the franchise and how we would make Thandie Newton's storyline better. We also admire the final action set piece, wonder if the final fight could have been better, and talk about the world that could have been if this film had wrapped on time. Once again, this is your mission, should you choose to accept it.

64 MIN2019 OCT 25
Comments
022 Mission: Impossible II (2000)

021 Magnolia (1999)

EWe continue to mount the world from the lofty heights offered by #CruiseClub as we talk about Magnolia, our second movie in a row made by one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time. Joining us to talk about Paul Thomas Anderson’s sweeping epic are Tobin Addington of The Contenders, as well as our religion expert, John Brooks. In this episode, we talk about Cruise’s revelatory performance, our favorite (and least favorite) storylines, and the frogs… oh, the frogs! Between two longtime fans of the film, one who saw it once and really enjoyed it, and a first-time viewer of the movie (and it isn’t who you might think!), we’re bringing a wide range of knowledge, insight, and perspective to this one, with one common theme: we’re all in awe of just about everything that’s happening here.

80 MIN2019 OCT 11
Comments
021 Magnolia (1999)
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