Sock Puppets – MMU 23

Top Gun was released in 1986 and has been a popular culture staple ever since. This is a film that all of us have seen so many times and can quote up and down. There is a lot to unpack with this film, so much fun, so many one liners, so many men trying to woo ladies by singing “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers. And of course, all the music. So many memorable songs.

Top Gun was directed by Tony Scott, younger brother of Ridley Scott. It stars Tom Cruise as Maverick Pete Mitchell, Anthony Edwards as Goose, Val Kilmer as Iceman, and Kelly McGillis as Charlie. It featured music from Kenny Loggins, Cheap Trick, Berlin and Loverboy. This had everything every 80s movie needed. And jets. Fast, highflying, jets. Which just added to the awesomeness of this film.

In this episode, our team breaks down why we loved Top Gun so much. We talk about all the lines, all the scenes, all the songs. We discuss the different performances, including the scene stealing Val Kilmer as Iceman. We even discuss the impact of Goose’s death on Maverick and would it have been better if someone else had died.

We also talk about the upcoming Top Gun sequel and who will be back for the film and who won’t be back and what we can expect. At this point we really have no idea about the story, but we do know the music is back and the jets are back, and Maverick is back, and really that’s all we need.

We also talk about frog balls and sock puppets and oiled up shirtless volleyball. So, you know, it’s a typical Movies That Make Us episode.

What did you think of Top Gun? Is it one of your favorites? Is it one you have to stop and watch whenever it’s on, or do you just skip it? Let us know what you thought about it by sending us feedback at can also send episode suggestions there or any feedback on any of our episodes. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and generally stalk us around town, although that might be illegal, so you know

Jake Dietz

President Jake is a blogger, podcaster, and all-around geek/nerd. He enjoys all sorts of different “fandoms,” but more than anything he loves movies. Movies have always been a big part of his life. From escaping into them as a child and teenager to working in the business as a concessions worker at his local theater, movies have always been there for Jake. In addition to his extensive DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes movie collection, Jake is also a loving husband to one wonderful wife and father to six amazing children.

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