Big Green Egg - EGGhead Forum - The Ultimate Cooking Experience...
Welcome to the EGGhead Forum - a great place to visit and packed with tips and EGGspert advice! You can also join the conversation and get more information and amazing kamado recipes by following Big Green Egg at:

Want to see how the EGG is made? Click to Watch

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest  |  Youtube  |  Vimeo
Share your photos by tagging us and using the hashtag #BigGreenEgg.

OT: Top Gun, Maverick - Friday Special

JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 23,698
Well @CPFC1905 asked if there was a Top Gun thread, and seeing as how there wasn't one yet and there really ought to be, I figured I'd create it.  (It's Friday and I don't feel like "working" - sue me)

For those of you who haven't seen the original Top Gun movie, because you were either born after 1986 or you've been living in a cave for the past 50 years, this is basically one of the greatest American movies ever made.  I mean, sure, those snobs over at AFI don't even have it listed in the top 100 movies of all time, but what they heck do they know, amirite?  This movie probably did more for Navy recruiting than anything more that came before it, maybe @lousubcap can comment.  

 I haven't watched it in a while but I bet it still holds up pretty well.  This was a huge movie when it came out.  And how could it now be?  It pretty much had everything.  Consider the cast, for starters.  There was Tom Cruise at arguably the peak of his celebrity, back before we knew he was one of those nutjob Scientologists.  Cruise played "Maverick" which is a crazy name for a fighter pilot (side note - my niece's boyfriend's name is Maverick, and wtf were his parents thinking?) This man is probably single-handedly responsible for the sale of more sunglasses than any other American:



The yin to his yang was of course Val Kilmer, playing Iceman.  Val was fresh off starring in Real Genius which is the very best Val Kilmer movie (this is a matter of fact, not opinion)



And of course Anthony Edwards playing Goose, back when he still had hair and before he starred in ER:



And let's not forget about the ladies!  There was Kelly McGillis back before we all found out she played for the other team:



And Meg Ryan, super cute and hot at that time, before she had all that awful plastic surgery done and completely lost her mind:



And then there were a lot of other stars in minor roles, almost too many to mention in this movie, like Tim Robbins.  

Then the movie pretty much had everything else you'd want to see in a great action film / comedy, like catchy slogans and buddy guy antics:





Bad music sung by the lead actors



Great one-liners



Improbable aerial acrobatics between F-14s and RUSSIANS flying Migs!



and, of course, homo-erotic volleyball scenes...



And then there's the music!  Hard to know where to start, but the film of course features several Kenny Loggins songs, including Danger Zone which has for some reason become a punchline in the years since:



Greatness.  Absolute greatness.  

Well now there's a sequel coming out (I think it hits theaters next week), called Top Gun: Maverick.  This thing has been in the works forever.  It was ready to go in 2019, but with something like this, the pandemic obviously put the kibosh on any kind of theater release.  Until now.  I doubt it will live up to the original, but the trailer does seem pretty epic:



Hope there are some more Top Gun fans out there on the forum to share in all of this enthusiasm.  Happy Friday and happy Egging, my friends!


"A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

"I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

Living large in the 919
«134

Comments

  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,629
    Kelly McGillis plays for the Yankees????!!!
    NOLA
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,087
    3rd greatest movie of all time.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 2,674
    Love it. I haven’t gone to a theater to watch a movie in probably 5 years. I will go see this one. I am disappointed though, I would love to see fat Val Kilmer fit himself into a cockpit of a F-18. Anytime I climbed into the seat to do pre-flight weapons systems checks I always felt the need, the need for speed. 
    Las Vegas, NV


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 25,910
    The Naval Aviation community got quite a jump start based on the original movie.  He!! the Navy as a whole saw  a big boost in interest.  It was great entertainment even if highlighting the jet jockeys.   B)
    This one hits the theaters for those who didn't get access to the premiere on May 27th.  I will definitely see it but not on National Brisket Day eve or that weekend.  
    I have reached out to my F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot friend for feedback once viewed.  I'm sure she will have some great insights.   
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 23,698
    3rd greatest movie of all time.
    What are your top two?  I assume Lebowski is one of them, but I’m curious.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 23,698
    Love it. I haven’t gone to a theater to watch a movie in probably 5 years. I will go see this one. I am disappointed though, I would love to see fat Val Kilmer fit himself into a cockpit of a F-18. Anytime I climbed into the seat to do pre-flight weapons systems checks I always felt the need, the need for speed. 
    Val is struggling these days, having lost his voice to throat cancer.  Interesting article here on how that impacted his appearance in the sequel:

    https://coffeeordie.com/val-kilmer-top-gun/
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 23,698
    buzd504 said:
    Kelly McGillis plays for the Yankees????!!!
    You’re so close!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 4,145
    Great post! Great movie! I plan on watching the new one in the theater. Any streaming service out there with the original for free? 
    Large, Medium, MiniMax, & 22, and 36" Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,629
    edited May 13
    kl8ton said:
    Great post! Great movie! I plan on watching the new one in the theater. Any streaming service out there with the original for free? 

    It's on Netflix until the end of the month.
    NOLA
  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 1,082
    kl8ton said:
    Great post! Great movie! I plan on watching the new one in the theater. Any streaming service out there with the original for free? 
    It is on Netflix, with the last day to watch being May 31.

    It is also on Paramount+

    It is a $2.99 rental everywhere else.  Cheap entertainment.
    Clinton, Iowa
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 8,199
    Certainly the AFI is not infallible - as is obvious by their selection of "Citizen Kane" as the #1 film when we all know that "Casablanca" is the best movie ever made.

    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ― Philip K. Dik

    Camped out in the (757/948/804)




  • HendersonTRKingHendersonTRKing Posts: 1,796
    Great flick.  So many quotable quotes quoted for decades in my circle.  Plus Kelly McLingus.  One of the best ever
    It's a 302 thing . . .
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 25,910
    @theyolksonyou - Totally agree but that option is gone so I like.  I will catch the original this weekend, some how.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 4,145
    The thought and effort you put into this post is impressive. 
    ICASIL
    Large, Medium, MiniMax, & 22, and 36" Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • CPFC1905CPFC1905 Posts: 1,434
    Close forum. This is the thread we were all just hanging about for.  Our work here is done.  
    Thank you @JohnInCarolina  I had lost count of the Top Gun reference in the football forecasts. 
    Other girls may try to take me away 
    But you know, it's by your side I will stay
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,675
    Top Gun James Tolkan as Stinger 8 x 10 Inch Photo at Amazons Entertainment  Collectibles Store
    @lousubcap brother from another mother?

     My aunt bought me the VHS for Christmas, probably still have it somewhere.

    South of Columbus, Ohio.

    "It’s very possible I’m doing it all wrong, haven’t watched any videos, but I’m happy with the ones I make."
      - @Legume

  • CPFC1905CPFC1905 Posts: 1,434
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/may/12/top-gun-maverick-review-tom-cruise-is-still-needy-less-speedy-in-a-rocknroll-sequel  
    Please tell me you guys can read this article. The first paragraph is probably the best I have ever seen in a review, any paper - maybe even anywhere. 
    Other girls may try to take me away 
    But you know, it's by your side I will stay
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 4,145


    Large, Medium, MiniMax, & 22, and 36" Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 3,529
    Jesus, John. When you don't feel like working, you don't f&ck around!
    Philly - Kansas City - Houston - Cincinnati - Dallas - Houston - Memphis - Austin - Chicago - Austin

    Large BGE.

    "If I wanted my balls washed, I'd go to the golf course!"
    Dennis - Austin,TX
  • CPFC1905CPFC1905 Posts: 1,434
    kl8ton said:


    You can hear the music just looking at that. 😁
    Other girls may try to take me away 
    But you know, it's by your side I will stay
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 25,910
    CPFC1905 said:
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/may/12/top-gun-maverick-review-tom-cruise-is-still-needy-less-speedy-in-a-rocknroll-sequel  
    Please tell me you guys can read this article. The first paragraph is probably the best I have ever seen in a review, any paper - maybe even anywhere. 
    All good here-thanks for the link.  I always enjoy the writings from those across the pond, even your weekly futbol predictions.  Definitely a different and entertaining approach.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • CPFC1905CPFC1905 Posts: 1,434
    And I just realised the thread is under ‘Beef’  @JohnInCarolina I don’t know what you had for breakfast but you sir are on fire today. 
    Other girls may try to take me away 
    But you know, it's by your side I will stay
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 9,085
    Top Gun James Tolkan as Stinger 8 x 10 Inch Photo at Amazons Entertainment  Collectibles Store
    @lousubcap brother from another mother?

     My aunt bought me the VHS for Christmas, probably still have it somewhere.

    Speaking of brother from another mother

    @kl8ton btw, this is on Kodi add on.
    canuckland
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 23,698
    CPFC1905 said:
    And I just realised the thread is under ‘Beef’  @JohnInCarolina I don’t know what you had for breakfast but you sir are on fire today. 
    haha I was hoping someone would catch that!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 23,698
    CPFC1905 said:
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/may/12/top-gun-maverick-review-tom-cruise-is-still-needy-less-speedy-in-a-rocknroll-sequel  
    Please tell me you guys can read this article. The first paragraph is probably the best I have ever seen in a review, any paper - maybe even anywhere. 
    Nice read - I enjoyed that.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 23,698
    ksmyrl said:
    Great post and even better recap @JohnInCarolina. I was a wee teenager when I saw the movie and damn near joined the Navy myself. 

    I do however respectfully disagree on one point...Tombstone was Val Kilmer's best role. Period. End of discussion. But that's for another thread and another day. 

    Happy Friday boys and girls

    Keep the faith
    I agree on Tombstone actually, but Kilmer was a supporting actor in that film.  Real Genius is his best role where he’s the lead.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • ksmyrlksmyrl Posts: 857
    I'll go along with that. But I wouldn't say Doc was a supporting anything to his face...if he were here now. 
    Golf, Fish, or cook....decisions, decisions

    1LBGE, 1MMBGE, somewhere 'tween Atlanta and Athens GA
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 14,087
    3rd greatest movie of all time.
    What are your top two?  I assume Lebowski is one of them, but I’m curious.
    1. Starship Troopers
    2. Seventh Seal
    3. Top Gun

    So many movies deserve to be in the top 3, but this is my definitive 5.13.2022 list.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
Sign In or Register to comment.
Click here for Forum Use Guidelines.