Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.

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June 28 2005 6:23 PM

They Came From Below

Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.

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Update 2: Thanks, everyone, for a very pleasant discussion last Wednesday about War of the Worlds. Much of it was devoted to Tom Cruise's recent manic behavior, but that was to be expected, as many people hadn't yet seen the movie. You can read the transcript at the Washington Post site here. There are good questions relating to 9/11, Iraq, H.G. Wells, the film's unsatisfing conclusion, fatherhood, colonialism, and any hidden political messages that might or might not be there. One clarification: Because of fuzzy grammar (these things are typed on the fly), I seem to be saying—while citing Magnolia—that Cruise has father issues and needs therapy. I was speaking, of course, about the macho, misogynistic character he plays, not about the actor.

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