Top Gun 2: Maverick — Tom Cruise Spotted Filming in San Diego

We haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling.

Not only has a street in Miramar — the naval base area in San Diego — been re-named “Top Gun Street” (I’ve seen it myself and hope to get you a photo soon), but sightings are being reported all over the city with Tom Cruise himself popping up. He’s been seen riding a motorcycle on our freeways. There’s a photo circulating online, with Cruise facing into the California sunset, iconic “Maverick” helmet in hand. Local bars are even starting to offer Top Gun based drink specials to San Diego patrons. Expect more jukeboxes to play the original Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and karaoke nights picking up the song, as we get closer to the film release date that’s been pushed back to 2020.

Also to reprise their roles: Val Kilmer as Iceman, Goose’s (grown up) son, and probably a few surprise cameos. Release details are still kept mostly under wraps. Here’s what’s known now.

This is nice for us San Diego peeps, revitalizing the Miramar area economy. People  are getting revved up for the long-awaited sequel to Cruise’s seminal naval pilot story from almost 30 years ago. (Yikes, from 1986! The year I graduated high school…old much?)

At the denouement of the classic Top Gun film, Maverick didn’t win the hot-shot top spot, but his skill, valor, and stick-to-it-ness, plus a hard-won more-mature attitude, won him a coveted field instructor promotion at the elite naval air academy —  where the “best of the best” flyboys get an annual shot in training to become the number one dogfighting pilot in the nation. Expect the story to pick up with Cruise’s character teaching new, young idiots “living dangerously” in crazy dog fights against today’s bogies.

Maybe some females, like Battlestar Galactica‘s Starbuck (from the modern Ron Moore remake) will even be up for the top spots these days. Why not? I’d bet on this.

Excited yet? With the new A+ Mission Impossible: Fallen movie proving that Cruise is STILL the box office man to beat, expect the Top Gun sequel to excite, amuse, and maybe kick-start a new breed of younguns to strive for greatness.

Get that need for speed rewatching the amusing bar bet scene, including “That Lovin’ Feeling,” sung by Mav, Goose, and seemingly the entire flight school. 

Here’s the Top Gun Anthem tune, opening the iconic film:

Lastly, enjoy some “top” moments from the 1986 Top Gun:

I used the music from “The Top Gun Anthem,” plus “Highway to the Danger Zone” on the GoPro video documenting my own insanely fun plane jump in San Diego, to celebrate turning 50. I’m even inspired to write that up for you (link to follow soon). If you get the chance to jump from a plane and fly, DO IT! Nothing else is scary in life after you somersault out of a plane on purpose. Did it rock? In a word, YES. Would I do a HALO jump?…yeah, I would.

Damn, I forgot how great the entire soundtrack is from Top Gun. Sit back, play it, and let the memories wash over you. If you’re a Millennial, catch the 80s film right now. It really holds up. And Goose is one of the greatest characters ever. I will say no more.

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Mission Impossible: Fallout — Movie Review

Tom Cruise Does His Own Stratospheric, Low Opening Jumps for MI: Fallout

Tom Cruise Breaks Ankle Filming Mission Impossible, Keeps Filming

 

 

 

 

Jill Florio

Co-Creator of RunPee, Content Director, and Managing Officer. RunPee Jilly likes sci fi movies, fantasy films, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder.

18 Groundhog Day Type Movies – the ultimate list

“There is no way that this winter is ever going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him.”

Groundhog Day is February 2nd in the US, and it’s a truly bizarre national holiday. The premise: a large rodent might/might not see its shadow, predicting when spring will or won’t come. How does one celebrate this, unless they live in Punxatawny, PA?

Punxatawny relates to the classic Bill Murray vehicle Groundhog Day, wherein his character (named Phil, just like the Groundhog) has to repeat Feb 2nd every day. EVERYDAY, for what might be thousands of years (pay attention to the film and ask yourself how long it would take to master his many skills).

Phil escapes the time loop only when certain conditions are met. We assume this, because it’s never stated why he finally moves on to the next day. However, the repeating day motif is not new to this movie, and in each instance, time repeats indefinitely until the protagonist finds a way out. The movie in question isn’t even the first film or TV show to feature this theme.

That makes it really fun each year. We at RunPee get to pick a rewatch of something with a distinct “Groundhog theme” every year in Feb. There’s an interesting lineage to view.

Let’s take a look at who has used this theme, in order by year: 

  1. Cause and Effect (TV ep, Star Trek, the Next Generation) 1992 — NOTE: Air date before Groundhog Day. Was this the first to do it? Here’s how it starts…right before the teaser ends we get this indelible image: Picard yelling for all hands to abandon the Enterprise. Then it explodes. And keeps on exploding. From there, the mystery never lets up on this superb storytelling.
  2. Groundhog Day — Feature Film — 1993 : When I Iived that year in the UK, this  first-run movie saved my sanity. For real. Long story.
  3. Been There, Done That (TV ep, Xena: Warrior Princess) 1997 : This show could do no wrong in my eyes during it’s 7-year run. It’s only natural that Xena’s version is funnier than EVERYTHING else on this list. Plus, we’ve got Romeo and Juliette being dorks,  a laundry list of reasons why Xena didn’t bite Gabrielle (lol), a name drop of Hercules (and Sinbad), and an adorable cameo by Karl Urban as Cupid. A top ten Xena ep anyone can enjoy.
  4. Run, Lola, Run — Feature Film —  1998
  5. Back and Back and Back to the Future (TV ep, Farscape) 1999: set in the mostly benighted season one of an otherwise stellar Sci-Fi show, Back and Back is notable for Crichton’s trying to change the timeline in small ways (breaking Zhan’s sacred mask on purpose, instead of letting time inevitably play out).
  6. Monday (TV ep, The X-Files) 1999: You don’t think there’s a mystery trope left examined in the X-Files 9 year run? Look again. Notable: a guest actor is at the center of the plot, with Mulder and Scully mostly in reaction mode…and it STILL works. A standout during a mostly experimental season.
  7. Life Serial (TV ep, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) 2001 : In Buffy’s sixth season, “real life” was the scary big bad. Shudders! This episode was a needed dash of fun. The “Trio” are nerdy doofuses with too much power and no real direction. I love everything in this season, and this is a highlight.
  8. Deja vu All Over Again (TV ep, Charmed) 2008
  9. Mystery Spot (TV ep, Supernatural) — 2008
  10.  Source Code –Feature Film– 2011
  11. Edge of Tomorrow <— Our review –Feature Film — (Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt film) 2014 : Exciting, well-acted, and with a gripping jeopardy premise, Cruise and Blunt take what could have been a two-hour slog of repeating action into something believably exciting in a fresh take on an alien takeover plot. Highly Recommended! Every time they ‘”level up” you want to cheer!
  12. Looper — Feature Film — 2012:- In a future where time travel is a thing, not everyone has the best intentions!
  13. Hell is Other People  (The Vampire Diaries) — 2016
  14. Before I Fall — Feature Film — 2017: Another mystery that must be solved before time moves on.
  15. Happy Death Day — Feature Film — 2017: Imagine relieving your death, over and over? Want to try? Neither do we.
  16. Hot Mess Time Machine (TV ep, The Mindy Project) — 2017
  17. Naked — (Netflicks show) — 2017 – YAY! A new one to check out!
  18. Dr. Strange — Feature Film — 2017: I don’t know if this should be included, so I’ll toss it up and let you decide. At the end of the film, Strange wears down his enemy using an infinite time loop of destruction. He could stop it at any point, so it’s not like the other plots. Does this count?

 At RunPee HQ we’ve been steadily collecting movies and TV episodes with Groundhog themes, and make a point to choose at least one each year to rewatch on Groundhog Day. I mean, hey: what else are you going to do to as a family to celebrate how vermin might predict spring?

So, did we miss something? We’re always looking to add new shows to celebrate on this obscure, yet infinitely geeky holiday. I’m sure this fascinating well of plots hasn’t dried out just yet. The recent and finely wrought Edge of Tomorrow indicates there are still ideas to be mined.

Jill Florio

Co-Creator of RunPee, Content Director, and Managing Officer. RunPee Jilly likes sci fi movies, fantasy films, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder.

Fantastic Theme Music from the Entire Mission Impossible Franchise

Tom Cruise dominates the series now, but it did run from 1966-1973 on television, and in syndication, long before Cruise started breaking his legs and doing stratospheric plane jumps in the movie franchise. I remember watching this long ago, at the edge of memory, with my mother, and humming the theme with the spark burning through the ubiquitious bomb’s fuse.

The music theme has stayed surprisingly familiar all long. Enjoy this musical Mission: Impossible trip from last generation to today. You can’t not bop along. I dare you to try. That’s your mission, should you choose to accept it.

The very first version: Mission Impossible, the TV Series Theme Song (1966)

Original MI (movie version) Opening Song (1996)

M:I 2 (2000)

And the M:I 2 theme song (2000)

MI: Ghost Protocol (2011)

MI: Rogue Nation (2015)

Mission Impossible: Fallout — Friction by Imagine Dragons (2018)

Tom Cruise Broke Ankle in MI: Fallout Stunt – and kept filming

Jill Florio

Co-Creator of RunPee, Content Director, and Managing Officer. RunPee Jilly likes sci fi movies, fantasy films, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder.

Cruise’s HALO MI Dives: 106 jumps at 25,000 feet, w/broken ankle

Cruise adapted a helmet so we could even see his face during the drops!

Tom Cruise broke his ankle mid-stunt, leaping from one roof to another. He pulled off the painful, complicated  move, landed a bit funny, and kept on filming. We cover that here. The foot looks a little gruesome in the side video — take a look. Feet don’t work that way.

So, what’s the perfect way to heal?

How about doing 106 insane High Altitude Low Open skydives while waiting for your ankle to knit?

Also known as HALOs — dives in which you in which you open your parachute at a low altitude, after stratospheric entry — Cruise discusses, at length, his unusual drop into Paris for Mission Impossible: Fallout. This detailed article covers what it took to make this scene a reality, in his latest (and some say best) Mission Impossible blockbuster hit.

Here’s the official featurette of Cruise’s HALO dive experience: 

Related:

Tom Cruise breaks ankle against a wall filming Mission Impossible: Fallout, and kept filming

Mission Impossible alum Jeremy Renner breaks both arms filming stunt for movie TAG, and keeps on acting (He really IS Hawkeye)

Movie Review – Mission Impossible: Fallout

Movie Review – Tag

Jill Florio

Co-Creator of RunPee, Content Director, and Managing Officer. RunPee Jilly likes sci fi movies, fantasy films, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder.

Tom Cruise Broke Ankle in MI: Fallout Stunt – and kept filming

He does his own stunts…and sometimes gets ouchies.

What is it about actors doing their own stunts, and especially actor alum from the Mission Impossible franchise?

Tom Cruise is known for doing some crazy maneuvers in his films. There’s a scene in Mission Impossible: Fallout where Cruise keeps on running with a broken ankle, so the cast could wrap up filming and go home.

Jeremy Renner, who also stars in the Mission Impossible franchise as an unbreakable spy, followed through one of his scenes with TWO broken arms that had to be CGIed in, after filming his chair-surfing stunt in the hit comedy Tag. (We wrote that up here.)

Hats off to these actors. (Or maybe they need a thump on the head.) 🙂

This is the scene Cruise runs around with a broken ankle. You can see him limping as he pulls himself up and keeps on filming: 

Cruise’s stunt was actually performed correctly…he was supposed to miss that wall. But he still landed wrong.  In the side take, you can see the weird and somewhat gruesome angle of his foot against the wall. Feet don’t normally look like that.

A more in-depth interview with Graham Norton on how Cruise broke his ankle in Mission Impossible: Fallout, while the audience cringes (it’s funny):

It’s nice to have a stunt person take on the option of broken and mangled body parts, but there’s a certain cachet to doing your own stuntwork. Cruise and Renner are like real-life superheroes! Renner, as Hawkeye, does play one in the Avengers films. Which makes me wonder – when will Cruise get his own role in a Marvel film?

Related, On RunPee: 

Cruise’s HALO MI Dives: 106 jumps at 25,000 feet, w/broken ankle

Jeremy Renner Might Really Be Hawkeye: Films with Two Broken Arms in Tag

Movie Review for Mission Impossible: Fallout

Movie Review for Tag

Character Relations Map for MI:Fallout

Entire Franchise Theme Music From Mission Impossible — Including the Classic TV Series

 

Jill Florio

Co-Creator of RunPee, Content Director, and Managing Officer. RunPee Jilly likes sci fi movies, fantasy films, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder.

Movie Review – Mission Impossible: Fallout

I re-watched the previous Mission Impossible movie — Rogue Nation — last night, and boy am I glad I did. MI: Fallout follows closely on the heels of the previous movie and if you, like me, haven’t watched it recently, you might want to give it a re-watch before heading out to see the sequel. If you don’t have time, you can read my What you need to know before seeing MI: Fallout article that will refresh your memory about the key elements from the previous movie.

In my review for MI: Rogue Nation I gave it an “A,” and it’s hard to find a meaningful difference between the two. In many respects these two movies are just one long movie, with a three year intermission.

If there’s one glaring difference between the two films, it’s that Jeremy Renner, who played William Brandt in the previous two MI movies, isn’t seen or mentioned in Fallout.  (Find out why.) The space for a new character is taken up by Henry Cavill (a.k.a. Superman) who fills a similar role on the team, that being an equal to an Ethan who can oppose his ideas…but Cavill’s character doesn’t come close to providing the same levity. (Not the actor’s fault. The character just isn’t written that way.)

The twists and turns of plot in this movie require a lot more attention. We should all pity those moviegoers who don’t have the RunPee app, and get up between the 2nd and 3rd Peetime. They’ll come back and be completely baffled.

Grade: A

Peetimes:
We have 4 Peetimes, 2 of which are recommended.

Personally, I’d suggest the 3rd Peetime. It’s one long scene that continues well after the Peetime ends. You won’t miss anything important, just some running,  and a bit of mild humor.

 

Related:

Why Hawkeye, I mean Jeremy Renner, isn’t in MI: Fallout

Character Relations Map for Mission Impossible: Fallout

Summary – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise Breaks Ankle Filming MI Stunt – and Keeps Running

Cruise Jumps 106 Times in a HALO Skydive on Broken Ankle for Mission Impossible: Fallout

 

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

What you need to remember about MI: Rogue Nation

Solomon Lane: Former MI6 agent and now head of *The Syndicate*

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is determined to prove the existence of the Syndicate, a criminal consortium the CIA does not believe exists. Ethan is captured by the Syndicate at a record shop in London, while their leader, a blond man in glasses, kills the IMF agent stationed there.

 

Rebecca Ferguson: undercover MI6 agent Ilsa Faust.

Ethan escapes a torture chamber with the help of disavowed MI6 agent and Syndicate operative Ilsa Faust.

 

 

Alec Baldwin: CIA/IMF Director Alan Hunley

Back in Washington, D.C., CIA Director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) testifies before a Senate committee charging that the IMF is destructive. Hunley succeeds in having the IMF disbanded and absorbed into the CIA.

Cut off from the IMF, Ethan follows his only lead: the man in glasses, later identified as former MI6 agent Solomon Lane.

Simon Pegg: tech guy on Ethan Hunt’s team.

Six months later, Ethan enlists former colleague Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) to attend an opera in Vienna, predicting that an assassination attempt will be made on the Austrian Chancellor. Ethan and Benji stop two snipers,  and meet Ilsa who is also there to kill the Chancellor, but her loyalties are… complicated. (She’s sent by MI6 to infiltrate the  Syndicate.) Ethan and Ilsa escape the opera house together, believing they have saved the Chancellor, but he is killed by a car bomb, and Lane is still not found.

Ilsa convinces Ethan that she has to stay undercover and jumps out of the car, pretending that Ethan captured her but she got away, so that the Syndicate agents will pick her up and return her to Lane.

Benji stays with Ethan instead of reporting back to the CIA, despite knowing his action amounts to treason.

Ving Rhames: Ethan’s loyal friend and tech guy.

Ethan, blamed for the Chancellor’s death, is pursued by the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Former IMF teammate William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), who now works with the CIA, contacts Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) to find Ethan before the CIA does. Luther tracks Ethan, Benji, and Ilsa to Casablanca, where they acquire a secret file from a secure building. Ethan drowns during the mission, but Ilsa rescues him and uses a heart defibrillator to resuscitate him. Ilsa then flees with the data, evading both Ethan and Syndicate members, although Ethan kills the pursuing agents.

Benji reveals he copied the data onto a second USB drive, as Luther and Brandt catch up to them.

Ilsa returns to London and attempts to use the file to quit her mission to infiltrate the Syndicate, but her MI6 handler, Atlee, compels her to continue, whilst discreetly wiping her drive. Meanwhile, Ethan learns that the data is an encrypted British government red box that requires the Prime Minister’s biometrics to unlock.

Lane’s henchmen abduct Benji , and use him to blackmail Ethan into decrypting the data and delivering it to them. Ethan agrees to the ultimatum.

As part of Ethan ‘s plan, Brandt reveals their location to CIA Director Hunley. During a charity auction Hunley, Brandt, and Atlee (Ilsa’s handler) take the British PM to a secure room to protect him from Ethan. Brandt has the PM confirm the existence of the Syndicate, a project proposed by Atlee to perform missions without oversight. After the PM reveals the origin of the Syndicate to CIA Director Hunley, Atlee reveals himself as Ethan in a mask.

When the real Atlee arrives, Ethan forces him to admit that he continued with the plans to create the Syndicate without permission and that he has been covering up its existence after Lane hijacked the project and went rogue, turning the Syndicate against him and MI6.

With the PM’s biometrics, Luther discovers the file contains access to £2.4 billion in various bank accounts, which would allow the Syndicate to continue their operations unnoticed; Ethan promptly destroys the data.

Ethan meets Benji and Ilsa at an outdoor restaurant. Benji reveals that he’s wearing a suicide bomb and has an earphone so he can deliver the message from Lane.

Ethan tells Lane he destroyed the drive and memorized the data and offers himself in exchange for Benji and Ilsa. Lane is forced to deactivate the bomb and let Benji go. Ethan and Ilsa are chased through the streets of London by Lane’s men. Eventually Ethan is wounded and chased by Lane. He lures Lane into a sealed glass cell where he is gassed unconscious and taken into custody.

Hunley, having witnessed an IMF operation’s success firsthand, returns with Brandt to the Senate committee and convinces them to restore the IMF by covering for Ethan and his team. After the meeting, Brandt congratulates Hunley, who is now the new IMF Secretary.

Related:

Movie Review — Mission Impossible: Fallout

Why Hawkeye, I mean Jeremy Renner, isn’t in MI: Fallout

Character Relations Map for Mission Impossible: Fallout

Tom Cruise Breaks Ankle in MI:Fallout Stunt, Keeps Filming

 

 

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – movie review

MIGrade: A

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation delivers everything you can ask for in an action movie. Most importantly the action is top notch. There is a great variety of scenes, from a motorcycle chase to underwater excitement. Best of all not all the best action scenes are shown in the previews, at least not the previews I saw. In fact, nearly every scene in the previews happen in the first half of the movie. It’s a real treat when the previews don’t give away spoilers.

There are plenty of laughable moments, from chuckles to laughing out loud. And no, it’s not just Simon Pegg who gets the laughs. Everyone gets in on the act without it feeling forced.

The story is twisty, primarily because of the new character, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa, who has uncertain loyalties. It made finding peetimes a challenge because there’s a lot of story development between the action scenes.

The music really stood out. The Mission Impossible theme is awesome adding it as a theme to orchestral composition really worked.

The only slight complaint I can offer is that the exposition is sometimes forced. There are a few scenes that huge chunks of plot are dumped. That’s somewhat unavoidable in a movie with as much going on as this one.

By all means go see this in a theater, IMAX if possible. By the way, RunPee Mom saw this with me and LOVED IT, and she hasn’t seen any of the first four Mission Impossible movies.

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

Movie Review – Jack Reacher

Jack ReacherGrade: B

First off let me say that I have not read any of the *Jack Reacher* books so I can’t say how well they did or didn’t translate the character into the movie.

There was very little about the movie not to like. There was only one scene – that I don’t want to spoil – that made me think, “That was an unrealistic Hollywood scene.” Other than that I thought it was very believable.

There were a number of times that the audience laughed. Nothing hysterical, but lines that definitely got some good solid chuckles.

One of the things that impressed me was how well the story of the investigation flowed from one clue to the next. All too often detective/mystery stories get lazy at one point or another, and have these scenes where the logic goes from A -> C, without explaining what B was to the audience. I was also happy there was never a scene where Jack Reacher came to some conclusion that appeared to be too big a leap – like Sherlock Holmes does. That works well for Sherlock, because that’s what those stories are about. But Reacher is just a good detective that pays attention. I never saw him reach conclusions that didn’t seem realistic.

The other impressive aspect of the movie was the dialog. It felt real. There were a few times Reacher tried to explain something and just didn’t do a good job of it, and then had to try and explain it another way. That’s real conversation. It felt like real people talking, most of the time, instead of actors reading a script.

I expect some people will complain that the villain was too cardboard. But I’m going to let that slide. The movie isn’t about the villain. We have one scene that gives us all we need to know about the character. But then, who really cares? The movie is about Reacher. The story rightfully kept the focus on him.

All in all, it was solid entertainment. I’m looking forward to more of the same if this movie becomes a series.

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.