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Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 31/3/2008 9:08:36 PM   
Scruffybobby

 

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Last Friday I wore a Top Gun t-shirt to work. This attracted a few comments mostly asking me if I felt "the need for speed" and so on, but there was one "that movie is so gay" comment. Turns out that particluar colleauge hasn't even seen the film so had no real business passing comment. I have lent him my copy so he can see it, and make his own decision.

It's certainly overblown, noisy and completey unrealistic - not to mention politically dubious. It  forms the template for pretty much anything that Michael Bay has done and as such should probably be confined to movie hell. Yet I do love this film. I actually watched it again over the weekend and downloaded most of the soundtrack in all of it's cheesy synth rock 80's glory.

It's just a quintesentailly 80's movie made in the hight of Reagnism and the consumerism and selfishness of that period.  It is despite that a technically brilliant and hugely entertaining film, which launched Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards and (lest he forget) Tim Robbins on the world, and it's got Mr Strickland in it. The flying scenes are still fantastically edited and exciting, especially when viewing on the biggest screen you can find with the DTS turned right up. All of this was acheived without any sort of CGI as well, and is all the better for it - the model work is largely seamless ( there was a hell of a lot I didn't realise was faked till I I watched the making of) It certainly kicks the shit out of Stealth.

As for the "gay" thing I really don't think it is gay at all. All of this business can be traced back to Tarantino's appearance in "Sleep With Me" and his  pontifications that were seized upon by a fanbase that worshipped him (long time ago) and probably abhorred anything that Bruckheimer did. Whilst QT's breakdown of the film is funny and clever I think it only really holds up if you want it to, just as you can prove that any film is about anything if you really want to. His oft repeated "you can ride my tail anytime" example is a deliberate misquote of "you can be my wingman anytime". Evidence I reckon that he's just making it up as he goes

There is of course a lot of male flesh on display (and the fact that at lot of that imagery was based on the work of a gay photographer) and I do think that it's there for sex appeal, but that it's there for the ladies. Tony Scott pretty much says so in his commentary on the DVD. Just as Coyote Ugly is a chick flick that appeals to guys by having lots of hot women dancing around in skimpy tops and pouring water over each other., Top Gun has lots of guys with their shirts off to appeal to the girlfriends dragged to see it by guys with hardons for the hardware.

I'm waining to hear what why workmate thinks of it, I would hope that he enjoys it. Anyway I'm off to buzz the tower. Thoughts?



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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 31/3/2008 10:14:24 PM   
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I couldn't be bothered to read your thread,too busy staring at your avatar.

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 31/3/2008 10:27:15 PM   
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I'm waining to hear what why workmate thinks of it, I would hope that he enjoys it. Anyway I'm off to buzz the tower. Thoughts?


You can be my wingman any time.


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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 31/3/2008 10:42:44 PM   
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Seriously, this is an excellent film. Maybe my memory of the film is slightly biased because I first saw it on video in about 1985/86 but it's an absolute classic. Gay? Not in my book.
You're right about it being a product of the 80s, but the story doesn't really matter because all we want to do is see the planes fly! It doesn't matter when they tell us on the DVD that there was no way that those planes would actually "dog fight" in the way it's portrayed in the film, the film is all about "the need.....the need for speed."
So what if the worst thing in the film is the relationship between Tom and Kelly McGillis? There is still support from actors like Michael Ironside and Tom Skerritt. And as an aside, I've just looked at Tom Skerritt on imdb and I've got to say, the guy's not looking bad for someone who's 75 this year.

And just because I've got the main theme as a ringtone on my mobile doesn't make me biased towards this film at all. AT ALL.


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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 1/4/2008 1:08:16 AM   
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Top Gun is great fun, it's totally gay but I don't have a problem with that 

Love the volleyball scene Kilmer was such a babe ...


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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 1/4/2008 12:45:37 PM   
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Boy I didn't see that sort of reponse coming from you Lydia.
I like Top Gun overall, it's not totally gay, more of a buddy film.

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 1/4/2008 1:11:08 PM   
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Yeah it's still a fun film I think, zero depth but it's nicely shot and entertaining, as someone already pointed out, all one really looks for in these types of films is exciting sequences with the fighter aircraft. And it most certainly delivers that. Slick direction from Tony Scott.

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 1/4/2008 1:54:12 PM   
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I never saw it as an overtly gay movie until people started going on about it - I've always thought it was just a cool, highly entertaining bit of fun and as someone mentioned it's more buddies being together.

Then again if do you want to see it from that angle you have the ingredients to back your point of view, so as in life - to each their own!

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 1/4/2008 3:01:36 PM   
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Yeah I was never aware of any kind of overt or subtextual gay element until that Tarantino thing, after that though all I ever seemed to hear was how fruity it was. You can easily read that into it if you want though

Anyway my colleague reckoned it was rubbish and not in good way either, he didn't think it was gay though - aprt from the volleyball bit. Another colleauges going to lend him Days of Thunder. Now that really is rubbish..

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 1/4/2008 6:42:53 PM   
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Practically every 80s action film that shows more than bloke's pecs gets called homoerotic these days.

Hell, even Empire's Rocky 4 review mentions homoeroticism, simply for showing lots of sweaty male flesh (duh, its a fucking boxing film).

is it gay? No. It's a product of it's time.


Besides, if we're going to stick a sexual tag on it then it should be bisexual, since Maverick spends half the film trying to fuck his female teacher.

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 1/4/2008 6:52:03 PM   
Scruffybobby

 

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I'm waining to hear what why workmate thinks of it, I would hope that he enjoys it. Anyway I'm off to buzz the tower. Thoughts?


You can be my wingman any time.



Bullshit. You can be mine.


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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 2/4/2008 2:20:08 AM   
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I always thought it was totally gay, I don't know what this Tarantino thing is ... but I'm not saying it's a bad thing I always make fun of my fiance because he loved Top Gun (Even though he was like 19 when it came out) and wanted to become a fighter pilot, but now he gets so embarrassed when he talks about it I think it's adorable. Apparently when he went into the military they told him he could be a pilot but he chose to join the marines instead. I think secretly he regrets that now!

But like I said, Top Gun is great fun ... Great sountrack, good action, Val Kilmer ...


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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 2/4/2008 7:44:10 AM   
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I saw Top Gun on TV and actually enjoyed it, something I didn't think I'd do. It was better than I remember. Still, Tarantino's speech is funny.

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 2/4/2008 1:34:42 PM   
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Who does Tim Robbins play?

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 2/4/2008 2:04:16 PM   
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Who does Tim Robbins play?
Yeah, i can't remember Tim Robbins in Top Gun.

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 2/4/2008 2:11:29 PM   
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He played that pilot in the beginning, Wizard or something, who can't hack it and has to be talked into his landing by Maverick (I can't remember if he dies or not)

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 2/4/2008 2:17:11 PM   
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I don't think anyone dies apart from Goose and the Commies - I completely forgot Robbins was in it.

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 2/4/2008 3:00:55 PM   
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Tim Robbins plays Merlin who is Cougar's Radio Interceptions Officer (R.I.O.), Cougar being the pilot that Maverick has to aid back to the ship. He doesn't die and later serves as Mavs RIO in the final battle.

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RE: Top Gun - Sure it's dumb as hell but is it gay? - 3/4/2008 12:23:40 PM   
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Top Gun's a GREAT film!  How DARE anyone diss it!  Especially if they've not even seen it!  The fools.

I quite fancy watching it tonight, actually....

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 10:15:06 AM   
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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 2:41:19 PM   
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What's your problem, Kazanski?
You're everyone's problem. That's because every time you go up in the air, you're unsafe. I don't like you because you're dangerous.
That's right, Ice... man. I am dangerous.

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:15:57 PM   
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JESTERS DEAD!!!

God damn i love this movie

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:16:49 PM   
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"Hollywood, you're looking great. I want Viper..............."

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:17:57 PM   
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'stand by, Vipers coming down'

ill stop now.

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:25:28 PM   
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"Let's turn and burn, Mav."

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:27:16 PM   
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It's only the volleyball scene that comes across gay as has been pointed out...the song playing whey they're playing has a lyric along the lines "hanging with the boys..." and with them muscular oiled bodies then conclusions are easily drawn

It's more a cock-waving exercise for the American military saying if you commies try anything we'll fuck you up big time

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:30:45 PM   
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Really? Are you sure the line, "He's going vertical, so am I..." has no other connetations?

And that's how I play volleyball......oiled and ready for action.

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:46:16 PM   
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hollywood and wolfman have some gay moments.

hollywood : 'This gives me a hard'arn'

Wolfman : 'Dont tease me'

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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:48:22 PM   
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RE: Top Gun - 6/4/2009 4:50:50 PM   
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hollywood and wolfman have some gay moments.

hollywood : 'This gives me a hard'arn'

Wolfman : 'Dont tease me'

That needs to be in context though...aren't they talking about tactical manouveres there?  Again it's all about how macho they are and how they get turned on by expressing military might

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