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I never expected to write, “Here’s a great piece about Adam Sandler’s Blended,” but here’s a great piece about Adam Sandler’s Blended:

I went into Blended expecting nothing. Actually, I went into Blended expecting less than nothing. I didn’t think about it at all before entering the theater. It’s probably why I was caught so off-guard by the movie’s first scene. Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) are single parents on a terrible blind date at Hooters. After a series of unfortunate events, Lauren has enough and says something to the effect of, “I can see why your wife left you.” And that’s when it hits me. There’s a pause that lasts for hours. My throat goes dry. My chest hollows completely. I know that pause. I’ve never been married, but I am very familiar with the feeling of being on a date where someone assumes divorce when it was actually death. This is how the most moving movie experience of my life began.

It’s by Jesse David Fox at New York‘s Vulture site.

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.

Vulture has a great collection of anecdotes and facts about the making of Spike Jonze’s Her.

I saw Inside Llewyn Davis this weekend, and this Devin Faraci piece was great follow-up reading. I recommend both!

Hey! Look! It’s the trailer for the new Wes Anderson film.

Genevieve Koski and Nathan Rabin talk about the conclusion of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy at The Dissolve. It’s a great discussion about a great series of films.

Here’s your interesting Tumblr of the week. I had no idea that Netflix was toying with the original aspect ratio of many of the movies they stream.

The title says it all. I ordered a Ghostbusters print because I’m a huge nerd.

If you’re not following my side project The Critics Agree, you might want to click here to check out our brand new podcast.

I’m back from vacation, and catching up on links.  Let’s start with a preview of the new Martin Scorsese movie, OK?

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