Video: Why You’re Wrong About ‘Top Gun’

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Maverick was a phony.

So says Amy Nicholson in our latest video essay collaboration about Top Gun (See our previous discussion of Synecdoche, New YorkPart 1 and Part 2). Nicholson, who’s recently published an enjoyable and insightful biography of Tom Cruise, believes that Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy – he was just a scared kid playing a tough guy.

Hit the jump to check out the Why You’re Wrong About Top Gun video essay and see if you’re convinced.
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/Filmcast Ep. 298 – Exodus: Gods and Kings

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David, Devindra, and Jeff enjoy the comedic stylings of Bill Burr, get mildly impressed by The Purge: Anarchy, marvel at the dickishness of Jason Schwartzman in Listen Up Philip, and praise the moving The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.

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/Filmcast Ep. 297 – The Babadook

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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss all the films they watched over the break, explain why Ridley Scott could’ve been more sensitive in discussing the casting of Exodus: Gods and Kings, and review Jennifer Kent’s impressive debut, The Babadook.

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Millennium Falcon IMAX Force Awakens

David, Devindra, Germain, and Peter discuss the new 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See also: The video blog reaction.

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/Filmcast Ep. 296 – Whiplash

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David, Devindra, and Jeff review film festival darling Whiplash, out in limited release right now.

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/Filmcast Ep. 295 – Birdman

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David, Devindra, and Jeff follow-up their discussion of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and share movies they’d recommend you check out over the Thanksgiving break. Be sure to read about what is up with the ending of Birdman, how to see Interstellar unlimited timesread Christopher Nolan’s response to Interstellar’s sound issues, and speculate on why Christopher Nolan fans are so intense.

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Let’s Talk About the Ending of ‘Birdman’

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is one of the most technically dazzling and thematically ambitious films of the year. With an all-star cast and some spectacular digital effects to make the film seem like it was done in one long continuous shot, Birdman is stuffed to the gills with ideas and importance. This movie doesn’t just want to make you feel something, it wants to say something about humanity and stardom and the inner lives of celebrities and the “cultural genocide” that superhero films have wrought upon us.

But what was up with that ending? Let’s explore. Massive spoilers for Birdman follow.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Be sure to read an analysis of The Force Awakens, learn what’s wrong with Interstellar nitpicking piecesread a sobering take on the economics of movie reviews and check out David’s new Youtube page (and his cover of “Time” from Inception). Special guest Matt Singer joins us from ScreenCrush.

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