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Some words in defense of Tom - Ed Brock

First, allow me to say I don't know what is wrong with Tom Cruise these days.

I would say losing the affection of Nicole Kidman could drive any man mad, regardless of their sexual orientation. She's just that hot.

Not that I'm saying Mr. Cruise is gay. I don't think he is, but then again I don't have very good "gay-dar." There does seem to be something amiss with the way he's over-promoting his love affair with Katie Holmes, though.

Me thinks the actor doth protest too much.

However, regardless of all that, there are two things about Tom that I'd like to defend, at least partially.

One is his most recent movie, "War of the Worlds." I liked that movie. In fact, and I may get in trouble for this, but I'm going to urge you readers to ignore the review of this movie that ran in our paper last week.

Certainly the movie is not without flaws and I was disappointed that it didn't do more for the story that H.G. Wells came up with in 1898, but it's far from being the bomb that the reviewer proclaimed it to be. In fact, that critic made a few points that were just dumb and showed that, in the end, they just don't get it.

Director Steven Spielberg didn't leave the actual battle between the aliens and our military unseen because he didn't have time to do the special effects, for example. It's obvious when you see the movie that having the battle occur on the other side of the hill really adds to the suspense and fits the story.

You'll understand all that when you see the movie and if you read the review.

Anyway, I liked the idea of a father, played by Cruise, desperately trying to survive a massive disaster while keeping his two children safe. That's a theme that just appeals to me at this stage in my life.

Plus, that little Dakota Fanning girl is so cute.

The other Cruise-ism I want to stick up for, at least to a point, is his rant about the evils of modern psychology and the over-prescription of drugs. Now, I wouldn't draw the line at saying psychology and psychiatry are just witch doctoring.

But we do go a little heavy on the drugs in this society. Dealing with post-partum depression, on the other hand, is the right time to use drugs.

So, maybe Tom needs a vacation. Or maybe he needs a little Katie therapy to get his priorities back in line. But I remember the man who fought Guido the Killer Pimp and made a surprising good Vampire Lestat.

I'm holding out hope for ya, Tommy boy!

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipal governments for the News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or at ebrock@news-daily.com .