Twenty-five years ago, I have the distinct memory of opening my local newspaper, turning to the movie page, and pointing to the words “Top Gun.” Even at six years old, the power of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer was hard to deny and my grandfather took me to see Maverick, Goose, Iceman, Slider and the rest in the soon-to-be-classic fighter pilot action film. Since then, I – like some of us – have probably seen the movie 100 times. It’s now at a point where certain line deliveries or off camera dialogue really make me laugh and Quentin Tarantino’s dissection of the film as a homosexual metaphor has crystallized. Basically, Top Gun has become a hilariously awesome microcosm of cold war blockbuster filmmaking with some really weird subtext.

Even so, until last night I hadn’t seen the film on the big screen since that first screening 25 years ago. I must say, seeing Tony Scott‘s film projected on the big screen was fantastic. Watching the stunt work, camera moves and editing of the flight sequences on such a grand scale was radically different from watching the movie on TNT. Top Gun was, and always will be, meant to be seen on the big screen.

Now, everyone has a chance to share that experience and wallow in nostalgia. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, AMC is hosting two screening of the Tom Cruise classic on April 30 and May 2. Find out where and more info after the break. Read More »


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Movie geeks have a weird relationship with Mark Millar. We simply adore his work: Civil War, The Ultimates, Wanted and obviously Kick Ass, but we get supremely frustrated with his penchant for saying things that seem far-fetched. For example, with one of his latest comic books, Nemesis, Millar was out in force well before the release talking about how Hollywood was chomping at the bit to adapt it. We then heard Tony Scott was interested in directing. Now, months later, the series is done and, according to Latino Review, the first real step in actually making a movie has been taken. Matthew Michael Carnahan is close to signing on to write a screenplay based on Millar’s comic. Read more after the break. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 21 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Tony Scott has really made it. In a news report broadcast on China’s state-run CCTV about an air force training exercise, there was a brief shot of an exploding aircraft. The shot is cut into the video to seem as if it is part of the footage shot for the segment, with the explosion being the result of a live fire exercise. But it is really from the final battle scene in the 1986 film Top Gun. Read More »

Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Macdonald and shot by the world, Life in a Day is epic. Culled from 4,500 hours of videos submitted from 192 countries, all shot on July 24, 2010, the film provides a snapshot into how people of all cultures, ages and walks of life spend a nice, summer Saturday. Most of us have a daily routine and because of that, it’s easy to forget how much is going on in the world at any given second. There’s emotion, creation, destruction and while today might be mundane for you, it’s likely momentous for others. In 90 minutes, Life in a Day conveys all of this through breathtaking imagery or real people in real places doing real things. It simultaneously premiered at Sundance and on YouTube and will open in July 2011. Read More »

Unstoppable – What Did You Think?

It’s difficult for me to remember the last Tony Scott film I unabashedly enjoyed. I’d probably have to go with his 1998 film, Enemy of the State, which had a great, frazzled performance by Will Smith and a kinetic style that actually dovetailed nicely with the film’s message about our surveillance society. Pretty much everything since then (e.g. Spy GameDeja Vu, Domino, The Taking of Pelham 123) has either been headache-inducing or disappointingly mediocre, with the possible exception of Man on Fire.

Scott’s latest film, Unstoppable, hits theaters today and has Denzel Washington and a post-Star Trek Chris Pine trying to stop an unmanned train that’s gone out of control. Is it a step in the right direction for Tony Scott? Does Chris Pine prove he has more in him than just one good performance as Captain Kirk? Does Denzel Washington show us anything new? Hit the jump to hear some brief thoughts and share your own in the comments below. As usual, spoilers are allowed after this point and in the comments.

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Even as a kid, two films I never thought I’d see sequels to were Top Gun and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Both Eighties hits certainly could have continued with their storylines but there wasn’t a need because each wrapped up in a cohesive and satisfying way. In fact, if it wasn’t for each film working so well, neither would have reached the “New Classic” status they currently enjoy. But of course, in today’s no-new-idea Hollywood, each film is getting sequelized over twenty years after release and the only thing fans can hang their hat on is that the original filmmakers – Tony Scott and Robert Zemeckis – are part of the process. Both recently spoke about the very latest on each film and when you get to hear from the big men themselves, it’s worth listening. We’ve got the updates after the break. Read More »

Briefly: This is just a quick update on the developing Top Gun sequel, but it is an interesting one in that you’ve got to wonder how it might affect the story as it goes through the studio mill. Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Wolverine 2) is being targeted to write Top Gun 2, and has written to Vulture to counter reports that Tom Cruise would have a reduced role in the film.

“There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role.” Now, he said ‘Maverick’ and not ‘Tom Cruise,’ so theorize around that if you want. But in light of the fact that director Tony Scott‘s recent comments suggest that he’s interested in a film about younger pilots and drone operators, how does Tom Cruise’s character Maverick fit in as the star? Let’s hope there’s not a new, younger, Maverick, which would get back to the whole silly idea of Cruise passing the torch to a different actor.

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