Archive for May, 2008

Tom Cruise boards his own belated website train

Mr. Tom Cruise, hater of psychology, couch enthusiast, scientologist extraordinaire, and finally movie star, has launched a website dedicated to who else? Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise owns the world

First and foremost, as you enter the sugar-bloated website, we are introduced to the slow build of xylophone music (which to me, sounds like it was ripped off American Beauty). It eventually transitions into a cacophonic montage of various Tom Cruise theatrical performances with the thundering music from Space Odyssey. Really Tom? Really? Over done? No! It’s perfect because after all, no one loves Tom Cruise more than you know who…

Hate him all you want but I won’t lie, I really like a lot of his movies. Heck, I can’t even think of an absolutely TERRIBLE Tom Cruise movie. However, I checked out the website, with all the flashy toys and images that pervade every inch of it. It’s an absolutely candy website. It’s so busy and well, lame. The site is sprinkled with superbly airbrushed photos of the 45-year old Tom and littered with publicity enhancing advertisements about his appearance on Oprah round deuce.

The root of what I am getting at here is this: there’s nothing to do on it except bask in the glory of all that is Tom Cruise. It has a saccharine-coated “biography” with a list of his movies with flashy images and animations to make it appear interesting. I’d rather go read his wikipedia page than this load of excrement. Yes I know, people can lie on wikipedia, but it’s far more interesting than this multi-million dollar website that has far more security and man-power behind it than a small African country.

Go check it out, it has a simple web address: http://www.tomcruise.com and you can read a rad message from him describing why he created the website: “to show people how much fun I have.”

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The Endless Road

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I just read a book. Having not heard a single thing about this book, I had zero expectations. I had no idea who the author was (shame on me, for the man wrote “No Country for Old Men”), what the book was about or if it was even any good. I ended up taking a leap of faith.

This is not a review and I won’t recommend it because I think its good. I want you to decide for yourself.

Having no idea what the book was about, I strayed away from reading reviews or even researching the author, Cormac MacCarthy, whom I have learned that many believe to be a modern Western literature treasure. I dived headlong into it, with no questions answered or asked.

Let me tell you this: This book changed how I now view the world. I have yet to read a book that so eloquently describes the things man is capable of on both ends of the extreme. At one end, we have the amoral and desperate and on the other we have the hopeful. In the Road, they play in an epic tug ‘o’ war, not with a rope, but with a string, each tugging voraciously, but not enough to break it one way or the other.

You will look at civilization, friends, families, enemies and the faceless crowd in a new way. The book brought this question to me: what would I do in the face of absolute desolation, destruction and isolation. Cormac MacCarthy’s book paints a vivid picture of a future that presents us with the plight of men in the most desperate of times. To survive without hope or to die without hope. When given the choice to choose only one, which would you choose?

This book is now one of my favorites. I can’t recommend it. I just want to tell you that it changed my perspectives on a great many things. I won’t tell you what it changed or how or why it changed me because if I did, it will put you in a certain mindset or give you expectations. I don’t want you to have any expectations. Read it, think about it and talk to me about it afterwards.

Once upon a time…

Jered Love has started a blog. Let the good times roll.


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