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  1. 31 minutes ago, WarGalley said:

    Oh he's still doing his own stunts. Pretty sure the whole Top Gun cast were inside the actual planes (though not actually doing the flying).

    In the last Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 trailer, there's a shot of Cruise riding a motorcycle off a cliff. That most likely him doing it considering he clipped himself to the outside of a plane that was taking off in one of the previous movies. MI: Dead Reckoning Part 2 appears to be the final film of the Mission Impossible franchise but studios aren't going to stop making Cruise-led action movies especially with Top Gun 2 being his highest-earning movie in his career.

    Apparently The last MI film (the one with Henry Cavill; I don't know that frachise) there's an actual shot of Cruise shattering his ankle that actually made it into the film.

    And Tug Speedman can't even cry. 

  2. 4 hours ago, Corvinus85 said:

    Reports saying that the movie has broken the US Memorial Day weekend box office record, with 160.5 mil opening. 

    Edit: edited the figure based on a Deadline article.

    That lines up with what Box office mojo are reporting. That figure is for the 4 days (Friday to Monday).


    Note: that $300m world wide figure does not include China. The film hasn't opened there yet. Apparently the Chinese censors have a problem with a patch or a sticker related to Taiwan or something.

  3. So I looked up the director of Iron Eagle because why not. This guy has had quite an extensive career



    He is considered by some an auteur director, elevating otherwise unremarkable genre films through strong, creative visuals, and atmospheric direction. His horror film The Entity (1982) was declared by director Martin Scorsese as one of the scariest movies of all time, and his Vietnam War film The Boys in Company C (1978) was a major influence on Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987).

    However, not to disparage the guy, his '80's filmography definitely has a "whatever will support my coke habit" vibe to it.  

  4. 4 minutes ago, Rhom said:

    I just love that the Leader of a nameless mid Eastern country would strap himself into a fighter jet and personally face down the invading infidels. :thumbsup:

    Yeah, that "zeitgeist" Ran was referring to probably involved vicarious revenge against "not the" Iranians, for thumbing their noses at the USA and getting aways with it. Also giving the Russians what for, by god. 

  5. 41 minutes ago, RumHam said:

    I didn't like how the artifact works. It's a map. So why does it also power ships, knock people back, unlock repressed memories, grant visions and do whatever else the plot requires at that moment? Dumb.

    Because THUH POWAH!!!

    Yeah it's... It's the powah. 

  6. I saw Top Gun: "The Maverick" today...

    I went to some insane theater with a seriously powerful sound system and leather recliners that vibrated with the boomier parts of the soundtrack. Fantastico.

    ... With my brother who is a former Air Force technician who worked on CF-18's, which are somewhat sexier than the American F-18's but somewhat less sexy than the F-18E super hornets in the film. He reports that:


    ...Enemy territory is somewhere in Iran British Columbia and He's familiar with that low altitude desert location in the training portion. He's flown shotgun in both of those locations (or whatever they call the rear set in a 2 seat F-18).

    ...And the technical accuracy of the film is pretty good. For example, the button on the stick they press to exceed the G-force limit the plane will allow to keep from bending itself like a pretzel; totally real.

    As for the film itself, Jesus Christ that last 45 minutes was intense. Wow.

    I'm calling it right now: Oscar nomination for VFX and a likely Oscar win for film editing. 

  7. 6 hours ago, Rhom said:

    If I want to stream Top Gun for my son before we go see the new one, where's it hiding out there?

    I don't know that my VHS player is still functional... :D

    Tracking. I miss tracking. There was something so satisfying about tracking.

    Sigh....... Tracking. 

    ETA: Also pausing. If you had a VCR that could pause "clean"; Dad knew he got a good deal on this doodad, boy howdy.  

  8. 7 hours ago, HouseBastard said:


    "Unobtainium" is cool.

    I'm sure it's hit urban dictionary by now, but at the time it was still an inside joke among engineers and designers. It's basically a shorthand for, "This isn't going to work". If you have to build your widget out of an alloy so exotic that it doesn't even exist, yo need to go back to the drawing board. It's a bullshit science-fiction-y sounding name that's very obviously a bullshit science-fiction-y sounding name. 

    Narratively it's a proxy for oil, or gold, or whatever commodity people are willing to make other people suffer for.  

    Case in point. 


  9. 4 hours ago, Veltigar said:

    In the meanwhile, one mild spoiler about the atmosphere of the film for @Deadlines? What Deadlines?

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    It is strangely enough not as gay as the original. Nobody seemed to be looking for butts.

    Did no one "buzz the tower"? Oh, next you're going to tell me no one loves mom and apple pie. 

    Actually, considering what's happened in the interval, it's a virtual certainty that several of those aviators are actually gay.  

  10. I'd really like to see a BTS film about the making of Jibaro. I can't believe that thing is 100% computer animated. I can see how they might get some of those camera effects (shake, motion blur, shallow depth of field, bokeh) virtually. But they must have had footage of the Amazon at a bare minimum. The actors look more like real people who've been touched up digitally than purely CGI creations. 


  11. Ah, the '80's

    On 5/20/2022 at 5:55 PM, Spockydog said:

    Yup. As I said, propaganda. 

    "Target of opportunity" more like. Inspired so-and-so's running to join the military after this film hit likely preceded the active recruitment program related to it. 

    Still, compared to other '80's war cinema, TG wasn't nearly as insidious as most of the Vietnam war stuff that came out; which reframed the war to make America the victim and/or trucked in the POW conspiracy idiocy. This was obvious bullshit and was ultimately proven false, but that didn't stop the belief the evil VC were holding Americans in prison camps 10 years after the was was over because why not. 

    48 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

    You gotta respect the hustle! 

    You know it. 

  12. I was thinking about his scores for Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire.

    Chariots of Fire was a substantial critical and commercial hit and won 3 oscars that year, including best picture. The Chariots of Fire score was probably one of the most recognizable of the 1980's; second only to Star Wars and, maybe, Superman. He won an academy award for that. But, aside from the score, Chariots of Fire has largely fallen down the memory hole.

    On the other hand, Blade Runner failed at the box office, received very mixed reviews from critics and very little awards recognition. He never received an Oscar nomination for the score. But today (thanks to home video and subsequent restorations) the film is acknowledged as an important influential work of science fiction and the score is instantly recognizable and amazing. He was ahead of his time.

    For me, there was a trend in the late '70's early '80's of synth scores in popular movies. Personally, I hated them. They always sounded thin and uninspiring to me. The exception is Blade Runner, which is brilliant. 

    Best Score that year went to John Williams for ET. Off the top of my head I couldn't tell you what it sounds like.   

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