LA Weekly’s Amy Nicholson wrote a great piece about Tom Cruise, Oprah’s couch and his career ever since:

Post-2005, we’ve lost out on the audacious films that only Hollywood’s most powerful and consistent star could have convinced studios to greenlight. Cruise was in his mid-40s prime — the same years when Newman made Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting — and here he was lying low, like the kid who’d run away to London. Imagine the daring roles that he hasn’t dared to pursue. Cruise’s talent and clout were responsible for an unparalleled string of critical and commercial hits. We gave that up for a gif.

After reading Going Clear, the last thing I expected to read about Cruise is a piece that humanized him — his career, at least.