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Ep 194: “Top Gun: Maverick”

May 31, 2022

We hit mach 10 through Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” and discuss:

  • Story & writing, do great artists steal, who is Mary Sue;
  • Cinematography, natural lighting for continuity;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

A leader is a dealer in hope.Napoleon Bonaparte

Notes & References:
Christopher McQuarrie iMDB
The cast trained in real jets (Variety), but Tom Cruise reportedly was not allowed to touch the controls of a fighter jet (Fortune)
Cast were operating the cameras (Newsweek) and Kosinski couldn’t see footage until afterwards
GAO estimates that the F-35 is estimated to cost over $1.7T (GAO)
Bono: “Every artist is a cannibal/every poet is a thief/all kill for inspiration/and then sing about the grief.”
The Evolution of Tom Cruise’s run (YouTube)

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