December means one thing: Happy Cruisemas, from our home to yours. This month we welcome back special Cruise correspondent and Elizabeth Cantwell to discuss Cameron Crowe’s 2001 Vanilla Sky. Surrealist rom com or indulgent puzzle film? Flop or parable? We get into needle drops, Crowe’s self-referentiality, whether Cruise is always more or less wearing a mask, is Brian real, what got lost in translation (from Alejandro Amenábar’s Abre los ojos), the Citizen Kane of it all, are rich people likable, Cameron Diaz’s tour de force, and more.

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