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  • Writer's pictureLiz Busby

Ep 15 - Top Gun Maverick: Fast Planes, Amazing Cameras, and Heroic Masculinity

Sure, Top Gun Maverick is a near perfect summer blockbuster, but what moral lessons can we draw from it? We talk about the difficulty of forgiveness, the nature of teamwork, and Ben Pacini returns to sell us on heroic masculinity. We also get a glimpse behind the scenes from Brad Wilson of Keslow Camera, who provided the specialized gear to shoot the fighter jet footage in the film.

Our Ratings: Content: Terrestrial Artistic Merit: 5 popcorn balls Gospel Connections: 3 apricots

Best Books:

Liz - Imaginary Temples Twitter account

Carl - The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien

Ben - What ‘Jesus Wept’ Means for Manhood by Richard Mouw; Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+)

Brad - SheHulk: Attorney at Law (Disney+)


Top Gun Maverick: Every Callback To The Original Movie

Liz's quote from CS Lewis is from his essay "On Stories":

"We do not enjoy a story fully at the first reading. Not till the curiosity, the sheer narrative lust, has been given its sop and laid asleep, are we at leisure to savor the real beauties. Till then, it is like wasting great wine on a ravenous natural thirst which merely wants cold wetness."

Val - Amazon Prime documentary on Val Kilmer

"The Case for Heroic Masculinity" by Ben Pacini

"What Does It Mean to Be ‘very Feminine’ in America Today?" by W. Bradford Wilcox, Jenet Jacob Erikson, and James McQuivey

Tom Cruise Terrifies James in 'Top Gun' Fighter Jet! (The Late Late Show with James Corden)

The Gospel According to Top Gun - about the original movie

Top Gun: Maverick Takes Us On A Journey Toward A Heavenly Homeland - an analysis of the movie from a Catholic perspective

Top Gun/Star Wars meme:

Find Us:

Brad - Keslow Camera

Ben - Radical Civility & Public Square Magazine; Twitter: @BenjaminiPacini

Carl - FB: Carl Cranney; Twitter: @CarlCranney

Liz -

Video editing by Liz Busby; Audio mastering by Carl Cranney

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