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    Just watched Top Gun for the third time

    I haven't seen it since it came out, but last night I discovered that it is available to watch for free on YouTube.
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    Just watched Top Gun for the third time

    The other week, I watched a recording of the TCM broadcast of the 1934 pre-Code Hollywood comedy "Hollywood Party" and my big takeway was that Jimmy Durante had a surprisingly athletic body.
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    Just watched Top Gun for the third time

    I love "Risky Business." It's a thinking person's teen comedy. Cruise is at his best when he plays a callow, superficial guy struggling to evolve and overcome the hubris that is forever getting him in trouble. In the last decade, I've enjoyed him in "American Made," "Edge of Tomorrow" and, to...
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    Just watched Top Gun for the third time

    For those who haven't seen it, here it is. It's from the 1994 movie "Sleep With Me." The dialog was apparently scripted by the film's writer/director Roger Avary, who co-wrote the script for "Pulp Fiction."
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    Just watched Top Gun for the third time

    When I checked it out again a few years ago, the idea was to see if the problem was me back when I first saw it, or the film itself. I found that, indeed, it was the film itself. Nonetheless, I ventured to watch it again today with several members of my family. Once again, the film did not...
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    Just watched Top Gun for the third time

    I plan to watch "Top Gun" for a third time -- or maybe the second time all the way through -- before I see "Top Gun: Maverick." I don't expect to enjoy it, but I want to be properly prepped for the new one. I think I may need professional help, because I'm also liking Lady Gaga's song that runs...
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    Just watched Top Gun for the third time

    Like you, I didn't like "Top Gun" when it came out on 1986, and I didn't like it when I gave it another chance a year or two back. And with maybe the exception of "True Romance" i loathe the films of Tony Scott, which look like hour and a half '80s Pepsi commercials (with good reason). That...
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    Hawaii Five-0 Theme: Annoying Discovery

    Well, it wasn't a Quinn Martin production. :p Personally, I could never get into Quinn Martin productions. In fact, the only thing I liked about them was announcer Hank Simms (yeah, I looked it up) intoning "A Quinn Martin production" at the top of every show. Maybe it's because they tended to...
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    Hawaii Five-0 Theme: Annoying Discovery

    It's tough to do well. I have a whole basket of that stuff, and I can't say I've come close to mastering any of it, except maybe the vibraslap, because you can really only do one thing with it.
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    Rest in Peace Fred Ward

    My favorite Fred Ward movie is "Miami Blues," adapted from the Charles Willeford novel of the same name. Below is the full movie.
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    Hawaii Five-0 Theme: Annoying Discovery

    This is not the Ventures. The Ventures version is a cover.
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    Hawaii Five-0 Theme: Annoying Discovery

    This is a vibraslap. Cake uses it a lot. I myself am a proud owner of a vibraslap.
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    Hawaii Five-0 Theme: Annoying Discovery

    I'm unaware of any cowbell, but there's lots of timpani, and I love timpani.
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    Hawaii Five-0 Theme: Annoying Discovery

    i've been watching old episodes of "Hawaii Five-0" on PlutoTV recently and it's confirmed to me that the theme song and the visuals work together to make quite possibly the best TV show opening ever. BUT... I noticed that there is a vibraslap hit on almost every single bar of the theme. There...
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    Wilt Chamberlain & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Airline Commerical

    As a UCLA alum, I always point this out to people. When I was a student, I had a Mickey Mouse class with Reggie Miller taught by the future producer of "America's Funniest Home Videos." A few years ago, I found out that the brother of my now-deceased stepfather played on two national...




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