As we’ve noted, I often call upon my family to assist me in the creation of the MS-QOTD, because even my brain can’t always parse things into a coherent query, especially in these tempestuous times.  Today, my daughter wanted me to ask whether ‘Top Gun’ was a better movie than ‘Jack Reacher,’ problematic for two reasons: First, the answer is yes, but ‘Top Gun’ still isn’t a particularly good movie, Val Kilmer aside.  Still, it does give us a little something pop culturey to talk about in the Tom Cruise range, leading to today’s risky business query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will always go for ‘Legend,’ but that choice may contain more than a little spillover from the wonder that is Tim Curry, asking: What’s the best Tom Cruise performance in his entire filmography?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Best performance? Magnolia, maybe, as it’s the most different from his standard character that he tends to play in everything.

    (As far as “Legend” goes, to say that was his best performance would mean that I was able to stay awake long enough to take in his performance, and that would be a lie.)

  2. Not sure about best performance but The Last Samurai was so much better than I expected it to be that I’ll give it to that one.

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