I’d never seen 1986’s ‘Top Gun,’ so I watched it with the biggest Tom Cruise fan I know

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The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — Here’s a problem I had when I was prepping to review the new “Top Gun: Maverick” movie: I’d never seen the original one. In fixing that, I thought it would be more fun if I watched it with the biggest Tom Cruise fan I know. My friend and fellow movie media person Marc Rivers — a producer for NPR’s “Morning Edition” — has seen both movies and just recently appeared on the NPR podcast “Pop Culture Happy Hour” talking about the sequel. So I asked him to rewatch the original with me for my first time, and discuss these movies, masculinity, militarism and Tom Cruise. (At the time of this …

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