Screen Junkies » Top Gun http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:23:31 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Honest Trailers – Top Gun http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-top-gun/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-top-gun/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:43:55 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261965 Tom Cruise is returning to theaters soon in "Edge of Tomorrow," so we took the highway to the Honest Trailer Vault and dusted off our vintage trailer for 1986's "Top Gun," Tom Cruise's classic movie about super-manly dudes, Kenny Loggins, and beach volleyball. Oh, and flying planes.

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Tom Cruise is returning to theaters soon in “Edge of Tomorrow,” so we took the highway to the Honest Trailer Vault and dusted off our vintage trailer for 1986′s “Top Gun,” Tom Cruise’s classic movie about super-manly dudes, Kenny Loggins, and beach volleyball. Oh, and flying planes.

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A Fun Shot-For-Shot Remake Of ‘Top Gun’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-fun-shot-for-shot-remake-of-top-gun/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-fun-shot-for-shot-remake-of-top-gun/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:03:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258766 Iceman was gay. There. I said it.

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Everyone likes Top Gun. Except the anonymous fighter pilots who flew on behalf of an indeterminate evil country, somewhere over the Indian Ocean…present day. However, Tom Cruise’s couch jumping and general weirdness may have tainted one of the defining cinematic works of not only the 1980′s, but maybe the entire Cold War.

That’s right. I’m lumping Top Gun in with The Godfather, Dr. Strangelove, and many other far better films.

So, without Tom Cruise’s pervasive taint, we offer the final dog fight of Top Gun, with Cruise Control intact.

Oh, and it’s homemade, or, as we like to call it, “artisanal.”

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Bruckheimer, Paramount Trying To Get Us ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ And ‘Top Gun’ Sequels http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bruckheimer-paramount-trying-to-get-us-beverly-hills-cop-and-top-gun-sequels/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bruckheimer-paramount-trying-to-get-us-beverly-hills-cop-and-top-gun-sequels/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:03:57 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258246 The heat is on!

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Since producer Jerry Bruckheimer has gotten back together with Paramount, the first thing they would like to shove down our throats are the long-discussed and speculated follow-ups to iconic 80′s films Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun. Brett Ratner will be directing the fourth Beverly Hills Cop installment, which comes as little surprise, considering he’s become BFF’s with Eddie Murphy, apparently since Tower Heist, which must have been a strange set to kindle a friendship on.

Anyway, on the Top Gun front, it’s being reported that Tom Cruise is on board, which is something we’ve whispers of before, but Deadline is reporting it for reals this time, and they wouldn’t lie to us.

It’s a good time to live in the past!

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There Will Be No ‘Top Gun 2′, So Val Kilmer Can Get After Those Chicken Wings Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/there-will-be-no-top-gun-2-so-val-kilmer-can-get-after-those-chicken-wings-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/there-will-be-no-top-gun-2-so-val-kilmer-can-get-after-those-chicken-wings-now/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:11:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251890 They're breaking a major rule of engagement.

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On the heels of Tony Scott‘s shocking suicide, plans for a Top Gun sequel, no matter how half-baked they were, appear to have been abandoned. Scott was spearheading the project, and failing his involvement, Paramount has killed the project, leaving Iceman, Slider, Maverick, Ghost of Goose, Jester, Merlin, Charlie, Sundown, and Hollywood all homoerotic with no place to go.

The studio is left with plans for a 3D re-release of the film, but even those plans are up in the air, as they feel public backlash in light of Tony Scott’s death could put the studio in a bad light.

That’s probably just Paramount being hypersensitive, but right or wrong, those are the studio’s feelings, and we have to respect them.

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‘Best Original Song’: The Other Way To Win An Oscar http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/%e2%80%98best-original-song%e2%80%99-the-other-way-to-win-an-oscar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/%e2%80%98best-original-song%e2%80%99-the-other-way-to-win-an-oscar/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:23:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246027 What do Berlin, Three 6 Mafia, Madonna, Isaac Hayes, Eminem, and Phil Collins have in common? Not much at all.

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While there are many Oscar controversies regarding who deserved what award or nomination, these conversations normally exist at least in the context of filmmaking. This is not usually the case with the Best Original Song recipients. Sure, sometimes the discussion will veer towards the song’s role in a scene or film, but for the most part, the award seems almost entirely divorced from the film itself, which is fine, because the song performances at the ceremony are my favorite part of the show. What’s that? They don’t do those any more?

I hate the Oscars so much.

8 Mile – “Lose Yourself”

One of the best singles of the 2000’s was certainly deserving of all the acclaim it got, which I can also say about its film, 8 Mile, only because 8 Mile got virtually no acclaim. What served as a fictionalized Eminem biopic fell flat with both audiences and critics alike, but the song was able to transcend, well, everything and get stuck in our heads for the next year or so.

“If you had one shot…one opportunity…”

Top Gun – “Take My Breath Away”

I wish there was an Oscars Jr. ceremony for films that people love but they know are no good. Top Gun would have been like Silence of the Lambs at that ceremony. Here, we get a cheeseball anthem to a cheeseball film taking home a Best Original Song Oscar, which is funny, because it’s hard to imagine this song winning Best Anything. The band that wrote and sang it was Berlin, and the reason you haven’t heard anything else from them is that they’re not very good. But the siren call of Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis making silhouetted love to this jam was too good for the voters to pass up. And who can blame them? They’re only human.

Hustle and Flow – “It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp”


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my honor to present to you…Academy Award winners Three 6 Mafia.

I’m glad that a year after they won this award, Martin Scorsese was able to catch up with them by winning an Oscar of his own. Now, much to his relief, people will mention Scorsese and Three 6 Mafia in the same breath.

Three 6 Mafia almost certainly will go down in history as the least likely Oscar winners of all time. Serisously, click above and enjoy their awesome Oscar performance.

Dick Tracy – “Sooner or Later, I Always Get My Man”

Strangely enough, this comic-book film (that actually did look like a comic book) boasted an all-star cast and was nominated for seven awards, taking home three, including best song for “Sooner or Later, I Always Get My Man,” which was written by Stephen Sondheim and performed by Madonna (who also starred in the film as Breathless Mahoney). The film itself was pretty lackluster, as most films that star Madonna are, and the song wasn’t much better, but it was Madonna performing a song in the context of the film, so the law said it had to be nominated and chosen. And there you go.

Tarzan – “You’ll Be In My Heart”

Tarzan and Phil Collins. A match made in the darkest depths of my hell. Adding to the travesty of this selection is that “Blame Canada” from South Park was nominated, which would have been the pick of the decade, and there’s no end to my ire.

I mean, I like 1980’s Phil Collins. I do not like 1990’s Phil Collins, who came in with Genesis’ “We Can’t Dance” and ended the decade with a song called “You’ll Be In My Heart” from the damn Tarzan soundtrack.

Shaft – “The Theme from Shaft”

This song is awesome, but it’s just hilarious that this borderline blaxploitation film got Academy recognition. It was written by Isaac Hayes, who barks out “Shut yo mouth!” and informs us that John Shaft does, in fact, deliver ten times out of ten. So let’s put that issue to rest right now, okay?

The song walks a line between funk and a porn score in such a delightful way that I’m shocked the Academy members allowed themselves to like it to such an extent that they would allow the word “shaft” to be spoken on their hallowed stage. The 1971 Academy gets props from me, but the 1972 Academy squandered that goodwill by awarding Best Song to some crappy ditty from The Poseidon Adventure.

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9 Ultimate Movie Wingmen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-ultimate-movie-wingmen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-ultimate-movie-wingmen/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:04:15 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=232650 Don't go into combat without your wingman.

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Hey singles, admit it. It can be pretty tough out there, especially if you’re flying solo. What you need is a partner that will help get you out, talk you up, and guard your back while you close in on your target. You need a wingman. One that is loyal and supportive, but most importantly, fun.

This wingman doesn’t even have to be a man. They can be a girl, a dog, or a team of speaking cockroaches. Whatever helps get you some action. Here are our nominees for the ultimate movie wingmen.

Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd – Dazed and Confused

Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd proved himself to be one of the ultimate wingmen when took on the cause of Mitch Kramer in Richard Linklater‘s Dazed and Confused. Not only did he save him from and endear him to bullies, he also got him drunk and high. As if that weren’t enough, he taught him the tools he needed to woo the girl of his dreams.

Jay, Dave, and Cal – The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Jay, Dave, and Cal banded together to do the impossible — get Steve Carell‘s Andy some ass. Upon finding out that the 40-year-old has never punched V-card, the trio behave as if his dick is their dick and do all that they can to get him in the game. They take him speed dating, crash bachelorette parties, and teach him the pick-up techniques he needs to nab Elizabeth Banks‘s hot bookstore employee, Beth. Of course, their plans come up short but you can’t blame the guys for trying.

Olive – Easy A

Olive is the best. She’s totally hot which means that when other women see you with her, you’ll pique their interest. Secondly, she’ll pretend to have sex with you and pass along the word that you made her squirt. This is ideal because the rumor mill will do the work for you while you sit back and play The Waiting Game. Or Fireball Island.

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‘Top Gun’ Is 3D Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/top-gun-is-3d-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/top-gun-is-3d-now/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:01:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227982 Now you can live Oprah's nightmare with Tom Cruise all up in your face.

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Take your current copy of Top Gun to the nearest garbage dump because it will soon be out-of-date. Paramount is in the early stages of post-converting the classic to 3D so that all of the jets are all like, “WHOOOOOOOOSH,” right past your head. The company behind the conversion, Legend3D, already has four minutes in the 3D can (only 106 to go), and screened them today at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam (where 3D is extra-appreciated).

Legend3D CEO Rob Hummel said, “As I understand it, they are planning to release [Top Gun] in 3D in early 2012, though I know they want to get Tony Scott’s approval before they go forward.” I hope that this doesn’t move forward. A) Because we don’t need 3D versions of everything. If you want to make a 3D film, do that from the outset. B) I can’t handle losing Goose again. It was hard enough in 2D. (THR)

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In Honor Of The Fall Of Tripoli/Gaddafi: 5 Classic Films That Feature Libya http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/5-classic-films-that-feature-libya/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/5-classic-films-that-feature-libya/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:38:42 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31003 For those of you who weren't paying attention the first time around.

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With rebels tightening their grip on Tripoli, and Muammar Gaddafi deep in hiding, we thought we’d revisit this list of five classic films that feature Libya. Don’t ever say we don’t keep up with the trends. Don’t you ever say that.

Before the recent unrest in the Middle East, most of you had probably never even heard of Libya, much less its eccentric dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. Morons. You should have been watching more movies, especially films from the 1980s and early ‘90s. The desert nation made tons of cameos during this time period. I guess you were to busy playing Atari and feathering your mullets to notice. For those of you who missed it the first time around, here are five classic films that feature Libya.

Back to the Future I and III

In the time-travel classic Back to the Future (as well as part III), Doc Brown builds a time machine that runs on plutonium. Where does the good doctor obtain this tightly controlled fuel source? Libyans, of course. Specifically, he cuts a deal with a group of Libyan terrorists who stole the material. They thought he was going to build them a bomb, but Doc Brown had other plans. Unfortunately for him, the Libyans caught wind of his plans and tracked him down (“I don’t know how, but they found me“). Luckily, thanks to Marty McFly’s disregard for the danger of disrupting the space-time continuum, Doc is able to avoid their vengeful wrath.

Patriot Games

When CIA agent Jack Ryan goes up against a team of IRA terrorists, he goes to the ends of the earth to find them. In this case, the end of the earth happens to be the Libyan desert, where the Irish renegades have taken up residence at a terrorist training camp. After Ryan tracks them down, British Special Forces are sent in to liquidate the camp. Unfortunately, the intended targets had already left.

G.I. Jane

This Demi Moore vehicle tells the story of a female trying to break into the hyper-masculine world of the Navy Seals. The film’s climax involves a rescue operation in the Libyan desert and the recovery of some weapons grade plutonium. The film’s not big on realism, but if you like to watch Libyans getting shot or masculine bald chicks, you should check it out.

Top Gun

At the end of Top Gun, Maverick and the gang finally get a chance to put their training to good use. And by good use, I mean they get to go and drop bombs on an impoverished third-world country. But much like in real life, the bad guys in this movie had it coming. The mission was inspired by an actual mission carried out against Libya.

The Naked Gun

At the beginning of the comedy classic, The Naked Gun, detective Frank Drebin of Police Squad is deep undercover in the Mid-East exposing a plot to destroy the United States. The conspirators included almost all of America’s enemies at the time, including (you guessed it) Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Luckily, Detective Drebin took him out with a Three Stooges-Styled attack, and the fiendish plot was thwarted.

This article was originally posted on March 11th, 2011. It was updated on August 22, 2011.

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Hey, China: Mess With Our Spy Planes, But Don’t Ever Touch ‘Top Gun’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/china-mess-with-our-spy-planes-but-dont-ever-touch-top-gun/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/china-mess-with-our-spy-planes-but-dont-ever-touch-top-gun/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:48:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=23594 China's state-run network has been caught lifting scenes from the amazingly awesome film Top Gun and claiming it to be footage of an air force training exercise.

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If only foreign governments could find some way to repurpose that volleyball scene. China’s state-run network, CCTV, has been accused of lifting scenes from the amazingly awesome film Top Gun and claiming it to be footage of an air force training exercise.

Pretty brazen behavior by the Chinese media. One would think they would have tested the waters with some Iron Eagle clips before co-opting the holy grail of homoerotic fighter pilot movies. Or maybe they did pass Iron Eagle clips off as news and no one really noticed, so they upped the ante this time around.

This goof is relevant to two issues in China today. First, the Chinese government has been chiding independent news outlets on fabricating stories and footage, so the fact that this act was committed by the state-run outlet is…well, it’s not great. Secondly, myriad facets of the entertainment industry have taken China to task for failing to crack down on piracy issues. This news story probably won’t help that cause either.

This should cause both US and Chinese officials to reinvestigate the validity of CCTV’s claim of a dalmatian infestation in 1996, then again in 2000. (WSJ)

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