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Top Gun: Maverick 2022

I unabashedly adore Tom Cruise and freely admit it. Just one and a half years my junior, he has delighted me with his filmmaking for a good portion of my life. He and Opie Taylor are perhaps my favorite filmmakers.

Neither of them ever do shit films and these days, that counts for a lot. I even liked Cruise's Vanilla Sky while everyone else hated it.

What a run Tom Cruise has had in every area of making a film—it's Risky Business—and this is going to be his biggest achievement in a world where it costs big bucks to achieve and stay achieving. Hollywood, for all its faults, always gets one thing right. It used to be solidly performance at the box office. That's blurry now, because of all the ways to distribute a film. But still, films have to make big money and there's only a few who do that consistently, every time. Cruise is one of them.

They don't make shit for films. Every film is a big fucking deal. And box-office performance is still the gold standard.

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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