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What “Top Gun: Maverick” Gave Back to “Star Wars”

Top Gun‘s legacy sequel of 36 years owes its story and existence to a great many things; not just the original.  It’s “Mission: Impossible” and Heartbreak Ridge (1986) with fighter jets and erotica – your easy tagline for Maverick.  See it in IMAX, then see it again.  It deserves it, and so do your local […]

V’s Ten for Ten: #8 – “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (2011)

“If the Secretary wanted me out of there, it must be pretty bad out here.” – Ethan Hunt As a rule, the longer a franchise runs, the more stale it gets, and the easier it is to spot the moment where it peaked. Even with exceptions, the rule remains.  Harry Potter peaked with the third […]

“A Few Good Men” (1992): No One Handled the Truth

In A Few Good Men, adversarial parties to a court martial prove themselves capable of confronting part of the truth, but never all of it. My childhood owes a lot to this film. No, I’m not one of those kids who watched it in the ’90s and then decided from that moment onward that my […]