When I first saw “Top Gun,” I came out — of the theater — and said, “Jeez, what an incredibly gay movie.”
But when you say that to two friends outside a movie theater in Fort Wayne, Indiana, no one listens. You have to be Quentin Tarantino, and then everyone hails your genius.
Still, it’s good to know I was right all along. The site seems to be getting slammed with bandwidth issues, so you may have to check back. (UPDATE: People report they’re getting through fine. It may be a Mac-based Windows Media Player thing. I finally got to see the whole thing, but it took a couple reloads.)
brian stouder said on January 25, 2006 at 10:38 am
When IFC ran Bend it Like Beckham (a great movie, by the way), the before-the-movie blurb indicated that the movie originally did have a secondary storyline about a lesbian affair, which was taken out in the interest of streamlining the pic….but a few vestiges remained, which were not overt – but which jump out if you are aware of the backstory.
Looking at all the ‘vestiges’ in Top Gun, they would have had lots and lots of film on the floor! And, if you laugh at Nance’s video link, Tom Cruiser will sue your ass, dammit!!
(and btw – the link worked fine, although I had to click the ‘play’ button every so often)
joodyb said on January 25, 2006 at 12:40 pm
thank you, nancy.
hilarious. that totally makes my day.
(the link was fine.)
Ricardo said on January 25, 2006 at 1:17 pm
Tom seems to make all of his movies seem gay. http://www.tomcruiseisnuts.com/
mary said on January 25, 2006 at 1:48 pm
Shhh, Ricardo. The Scientology law team is just over the hill from me. No one is allowed to say that Tom is not a virile, woman-loving, undrugged or psychoanalyzed, healthy man.
alex said on January 25, 2006 at 11:04 pm
All movies are gay. At least that’s one school of thought that seems more prevalent than one could possibly know. Just google “homoerotic subtext in popular culture” and you’ll find all kinds of scholarly articles about the true meaning of Batman and his Boy Wonder, the Skipper and Gilligan, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock the unemotional one, just to name a few, not to mention all the butt-slappin’ contact sports “real” men groove on.
The theory, in a nutshell, is that men sublimate their homosexual desires by looking at homosexuality packaged as entertainment–so long as it’s not overtly homosexual, just teetering on the line close enough to let them get their jollies without anyone accusing them of being fairies.
Yes, it’s just the kind of social science that drives right-wingers batty. It’s the same kind of Freudian catch-22 where if you deny it, well you’re just in denial. Can’t tell if any of it has any merit, but no wonder the kulturkampfers are such unhappy kampfers when it comes to Hollywood. “Blow, Gabriel, blow.”
vince said on January 25, 2006 at 11:14 pm
Don’t worry, TC’s lawyers heading for Nance’s website will probably swing around and bee line for Oregon now…
A local Portland radio gal behind “Sassy’s World” commented this week on air and on her web site about the deletion of the sex scene from Katie Holme’s latest film showing now at Sundance.
“Despite the directors excuse that it was just a “technical glitch” this has prompted many to speculate that Tom used his power in Hollywood to have the scene cut from the movie out of jealousy. Which is just ludcacris, when a gay man’s wife is having sex with another man relief is what he’s feeling not jealousy.”
alex said on January 25, 2006 at 11:16 pm
Oh, and you can’t leave out such literary efforts from such a discussion as Moby Dick and all the seamen and spermacetti and whatnot. Butt pirates, if you’ve read anything about pirates, is a redundancy used only by the unlettered.