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GTGC - #182 - Top Gun

4Jul

Happy 4th of July, Dear Listener! We're back and what better way to celebrate 'Merica than with a look at the highest grossing film of 1986, the Tony Scott and Tom Cruise collaboration--Top Gun. That's right wingpeople, we take to the skies to talk about a cultural phenomenon. Well, Arthur and Dustin do, because everyone else got lost on the highway to the danger zone. So, grab your helmets and your flight gear and buckle up with a celebration of freedom and propaganda. 


The Godfather of GoodTrash and the Ethereal Sasquatch hold down the fort and kick things off with one of our more enjoyable games so far in which we gave our fellow Trashers pilot handles. This is a game that we want our dear listeners to chime in on. Hit us up on Twitter (@Good_Trash) or Facebook (/GoodTrashMedia) and let us know what we should be nicknamed. The boys find the exit for Business Time and get down to some conversational analysis. They hot potato back and forth, discussing product placement in film, propaganda in Hollywood and Washington's involvement in that process, the subversion of the male gaze, the impact of the soundtrack on the cinematic experience, and we have a special guest sit down to talk about the gay subtext of the film. Arthur and Dustin wrap up their discussion of Top Gun by questioning Tom Cruise's place in blockbuster history. 

And there you have it Dear Listener, a well rounded discussion of Top Gun. So strap in, the tower is giving us clearance, time to hit the throttle, and hit play before we take your breathe away. 


Top Gun Timestamps

00:39 - Welcome and Intros
03:11 - Synopsis and Reviews
11:16 - The Game: GTGC Pilot Handles
15:51 - Social Media 
18:08 - Analysis
43:02 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
46:25 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

 
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