Ep. 104: Top Gun (feat. Kris Hiew)

Nate and Ryan invite Kris Hiew in to talk about Top Gun, the 1986 hit whose recent hit sequel has Tom Cruise wowing audiences again. Kris and Nate have a long history with Top Gun and bring all that childlike wonder into the conversation. With the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick proving to be one of the biggest movies of the year, listen in as we discuss what it is about the original that has endured almost 30 years later, and what might not work so well.

What are your thoughts on Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick? Let us know!


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Ep. 51: The Fast and the Furious

Not ones to be left out, Nate and Ryan decide to see what all the fuss is about with this The Fast and the Furious franchise.  With The Fate of the Furious setting records at the box office, it seemed high time that they give the original a shot.  For help, they brought in their good friend Phil Vickers to talk about the series’ impact on the modern movie landscape and what the first movie looks like after watching the sequels.

What are your thoughts on the Fast and/or Furious franchise?  Is it too late to try to catch up?  How much wrench time have you put into your car?  Let us know!

Todd VanDerWerff’s thorough and enthusiastic primer of the Fast & Furious series.

Correction: The original Racer X article appeared in VIBE, not VICE.

Ep. 30: Mission: Impossible


Inspired by the release of the newest Mission: Impossible installment, Nate and Ryan go back to where it all began (well…began again) and rewatch Brian De Palma’s 1996 action thriller. In the cold light of adulthood, Nate and Ryan discuss whether the things that thrilled them as children still work.  They also try to sort out that convoluted mess of a plot…

Mission: Impossible has been enough of a success to keep packing theaters for almost 20 years. The series typically wows audiences (M:I2 not included), but fails to totally charm critics.  What do you think of the Mission: Impossible movies?  Do you have fond memories of the 1996 reboot?  Where do you fall in the polarizing Tom Cruise debate?  Let us know in all our possible realms, and do us a solid by leaving a rating in iTunes.

Ep. 26: Mad Max


With all the feverish praise that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is garnering, Nate and Ryan watch and discuss the film that started it all, 1979’s Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson.  Set in the near future, Mad Max tells the tale of a decaying world where roaming biker gangs terrorize peaceful pockets of well-meaning people.  The only defense against these brutes is a fast-driving, leather-wearing police force.  When the attacks hit close to home, Max gets aggressive.

As usual, Nate and Ryan find something to split their opinions over, so get ready for spirited discussion of what makes a good action scene and the distracting sounds of leather. We should apologize in advance for some of the colorful language in this episode.

Let us know your thoughts! Does Mad Max deserve its place among the greatest films of all time? Have you seen Fury Road?  What do you look for in an action movie?