Monday, May 7, 2012

Movie Monday: Top Gun

Rewatching today's choice has been a long time coming. First, there was Paulie having a fanboy moment when "Danger Zone" started playing when we were driving to Canberra back in February. Although I must say, doing 110kph along the Hume with the windows down and Kenny Loggins blaring on the stereo was pretty awesome.

Then a few weeks ago, Alicia asked on Twitter what the name of the actor was who played Iceman. And finally, yesterday when I was working on an assignment, I came across a blog post by the Library of Congress titled "This is Maverick requesting a fly by", and I figured it was a sign.
Top Gun is quite possibly the cheesiest thing the 1980s ever produced, and I'm almost certain that the entire thing is one big recruiting advert. But it's still a completely kickarse movie.

Reason why Top Gun is awesome:
1. Tom Cruise before he got all insane and couch-jumpy.
Source. Also? That article is hilarious and you should read it.
2. Aviator sunglasses. We all know they're the real stars of this movie.
3. Val Kilmer as Iceman. Total badass.
4. The volleyball scene. What? Quit judging!
I tried so hard to find a gif of this. But apparently there are a bunch of
cheerleading teams called "Top Gun", which clutters up the search results.
Also, source.
5. Anthony Edwards as Goose. He's hilarious.
6. Spectacular 80s moustaches.
7. A very young Adrian Pasdar. I know him as Declan from Mysterious Ways (seriously, did anyone watch that show? Because everyone I ask says they've never heard of it). You guys might know him better as Nathan Petrelli from Heroes though.
8.The music. Let's face it, it's got a completely kickass soundtrack (with the exception of Berlin's "Take My Breath Away", which makes me stabby and nauseated.)
9. Meg Ryan's hair. I particularly love the part where the start of the film emphasises that it's set in "The present day" while her hair is kind of the equivalent of acid wash denim.
Contrary to appearances, she's wearing clothes in this scene. Also, source.
10. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, planes!!
11. It's produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott.
12. The scene where they flip off the MiG pilot.
13. Kelly McGillis' hilariously enormous glasses.
14. Goose playing "Great Balls of Fire".
15. The final dogfight.
16. It led to the whole Barney Stinson "flight suit up!" thing.
17. The retired Rear Admiral who was the technical advisor for all the flying stuff? His name was Peter Pettrigrew. (Okay, that one's probably not awesome unless you're a Harry Potter fan...)
18. It also led to people photoshopping David Tennant's head onto Maverick's body. I would watch the crap out of a movie in which Tennant played a fighter pilot. (And I now can't find a picture of this to prove it to you. FAIL. You'll just have to trust me when I say it's awesome. If anyone finds it in the depths of Tumblr, let me know!)
19. The "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" scene.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "I feel the need...the need for speed!"
- "Maverick's supersonic. I'll be there in thirty seconds."
- "Hey Goose, you big stud!" "That's me!!" "Take me to bed or lose me forever."
- "Come on, Mav. Do some of that pilot shit!"
- "The Defence Department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid."
- "Are you a good pilot?" "I can hold my own." "Great, then I don't have to worry about you making your living as a singer."
- "YOU! You are still dangerous... But you can be my wingman any time." "Bullshit. You can be mine."
- "No. No. Mav, this is not a good idea!" "Sorry, Goose. But it's time to buzz the tower."
- "You were in a 4G INVERTED dive with a MiG28?" "Yes, ma'am." "At what range?" "Um...about two metres? [looks to Goose]?" "It was actually about one and a half, I think. It was one and a half. I've got a great Polaroid of it, and he's right there. Must be one and a half."
- "Is this your idea of fun, Mav?"
- "Son, your ego is writing cheques your body can't cash!"
- "Tower, this is Ghostrider requesting a fly by." "Negative, Ghostrider. The pattern is full."
- "And if you screw up just THIS much, you'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!!"

Please tell me you guys are old enough to remember this movie? Do you love it? Hate it? Love to drive up the Hume Highway blasting Danger Zone?

K xx


  1. I totally use the "We regret to inform you your sons are dead because they were stupid" line all the time. Also, hella valid points about Meg Ryan's hair. I think acid wash jeans is a very generous comparison.

    1. I was totally going to go with a "bad perm" analogy, but I think the acid wash jeans one was the right option!!

  2. LOVE IT!!! Best movie ever....!!!

    1. Oh my God, you love it??? I HAD NO IDEA!! ;)

  3. Remember it? I practically knew Top Gun BY HEART on account of the fact it was my older brother's favourite movie during his teens, and he was OBSESSED with fighter jets (his "lifelong dream" had been to become a fighter obsession I believe came from watching the movie).

    He made me watch the movie with him sooooo many times. I, in turn, wanted to kill him for it. Oh, okay, maybe not "kill" but, you know...cut him a little. ;-)

    Loggins' "Danger Zone" is so cheesy that even the cheese is like, "Bitch, please."

    I agree that the movie is like the ultimate recruiting advert (and I remember reading somewhere that once the movie started raking it in at the box office, over the next few years there was a surge in people joining the navy.

    I remember Mysterious Ways being a 90s show, and I remember Adrian Pasdar being in it, but didn't watch it so not sure what it was about. Something about, um, mystery and...mysterious ways? Okay, I'll shut up now. :P

    Yes, Meg Ryan's hair is...yeah.

    Also, to this day whenever I wanna cheer my bro up or make him burst out laughing, I reenact the following part of the movie:

    Iceman: No, below the hard deck doesn't count.
    Maverick: Hard deck my ass, we nailed that son of a bitch!
    Iceman: You guys really are cowboys.
    Mav: ...what's your problem, Kazansky?
    Ice: You're everyone's problem. That's because every time you go up there you're UN-SAFE. I don't like you because you're dangerous.
    Mav: THAT'S RIGHT! Ice...Man. I AM dangerous.

    I'm a pretty good imitator of voices/accents so that, coupled with the commitment to reenacting the scene properly, makes my bro piss himself laughing. :D

    And I don't judge you for the volleyball scene, those boys' bodies are HOTTTT. And Tom Cruise was hot before all the Scientology freakiness (tell me you've seen that recruitment video with him and the maniacal laughter) and the couch jumpiness, yes.

    Finally, as you may know Bruckheimer used to be part of a producing dream team with Don Simpson...Bruckheimer/Simpson were one of the most successful production partnerships until Simpson's death in 1996. I know this because ANOTHER movie my bro made me watch, The Rock, was the last film Simpson produced with Bruckheimer and there's a note in his memory just before the closing credits begin to roll.

    (I am totally going to snarkily recap The Rock at some point...after the Mighty Ducks, though. Imma call these things snarkaps, as in snarky recaps. HOW ORIGINAL AM I.)

    Okay, I lamentably have to return to work, I'm such a bludger today. Eeeek! But I've written way too much, anyway, so...adios!

    1. I honestly don't know how I can possibly do this comment justice. First of all, if you like snarky recaps, you should go and check out Childhood Trauma (I've linked to it in my latest post). Because it's amazing.

      From memory, Mysterious Ways is about paranormal phenomena. Adrian Pasdar was the guy who wanted to believe in everything. And there were two others who had roles that I've forgotten. But there was a sceptic in there somewhere!

      Everything else = YES. WHAT YOU SAID.

  4. Love it. But, don't tell the husband; he'd judge.

    1. Well that's just rude of him! Also, how can HE not love it??? It's like the bloke-iest bloke movie of all time.

  5. I forgot to add, Kilmer's hair in that picture reminds me of the "eeeeeeviiiiiiil" wooden Soviet dude from Rocky V (?) (Ivan Drago!); he sports the same 'do. Must be an 80s thing.

    (Duh, of COURSE it's an 80s thing!)

    And now I wanna walk zombie-like through the office saying in a booming, robotic voice, "I must break you!"


    Also, I neglected to add that although Danger Zone is the epitome of cheese (and then some), I do very much love it and would happily blast it while driving up OR down the Hume! Just so you don't think I'm a Kenny Loggins snob. Trust.

    (FYI: Yogi can't stand Footloose. I can't understand that! He says a form of torture for him would be for someone to put him into solitary confinement with nothing but Footloose playing on a loop. BWAH!)

    1. I've always been a little curious how Iceman managed to get his flight helmet on with hair that immobile...

  6. Yes, Danger Zone is an awesome road trip song!

    1. It really is! I hope I get the chance to blast it on the roadtrip to Canberra this weekend...

  7. I love this movie. So very much. Especially since I use the phrase, "Negative, Ghostrider" allllll the time.

    Also, one of the pastor's at my church is a former Top Gun pilot and totally flew planes for the movie. :)

    1. Okay, I feel the fool for not knowing that's where it came from, because, like you, I'll totes bust that out.

    2. I really need to start using that phrase more, because it's awesome. And that's a brilliant claim to fame - I would drop that fact at every possible opportunity if I were him!

  8. I love Top Gun and its sequel, Top Gun II: Days of Thunder ;)

    1. It honestly took me like a full minute to work that out... TOTAL FAIL.

  9. 1. Volleyball scene = YUMMY
    2. Mysterious Ways = really glad I'm not the only person to have watched it (I'm assuming it was on in the daytime while we were at uni??). Also, I wouldn't have known it was the same guy as I more or less identify him from that massive scar across his face, which disrupts his (now prolific) stubble. Also? Stubble = yummy.

    1. I don't remember his scar being THAT big. I know they made it into a plot point in Mysterious Ways - he was buried in the snow as a child and someone hit his face with a shovel when they were searching for him, hence scar. And I think it might have been on at like 6.30 on Saturday nights??

  10. Here is the link to the David Tennant picture, so that we can all appreciate it:

    And of course the aviators were the stars of the movie B)

    1. Max, you champion!! That's EXACTLY the picture I was looking for. Thank you.


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