Top Gun: Maverick

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5 STARS

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Bashir Salahuddin, Charles Parnell, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis, Ed Harris

Thirty-six years ago, our lives (or those who were actually alive at the time, and of a particular age) were graced with the late Tony Scott’s Top Gun, a movie that many considered a flop before it was even made, because who would want to watch a movie about pilots? Now, in 2022, you might as well ask who wouldn’t want to watch a movie about pilots… fighter pilots, featuring insane aerobatics, a top cast and helmed by a crew of very experienced filmmakers. Top Gun is a much-beloved movie, and it’s no surprise a sequel took this long to appear. Has it been worth the wait, or should it have been “bombs away” on the very notion?

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Thor: Love and Thunder

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Director: Taika Waititi
Writers: Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Jaimie Alexander

It’s been a while since we last saw Thor in his own movie. The character has certainly had his ups and downs in his time in the MCU, as have his movies: Thor (2011) was a great intro to many now-beloved MCU characters; Thor: The Dark World (2013) was, as the title suggests, a dark time for Thor, as the movie was panned by fans and critics alike; then 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok breathed new life into all the characters and Thor’s own personal journey, thanks to Taika Waititi. Waititi once again takes the helm (or the hammer, as it were) and guides us through yet another chapter of the Norse god of thunder’s long life. Does he continue to do Thor and his comrades justice, or is Thor heading for his own personal Ragnarok?

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Michael Waldron
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor

It’s hard to believe that it’s been SIX YEARS since Doctor Strange was released. Perhaps it’s his appearances in other MCU movies that have made it feel like less time has passed, but whatever it is, there’s no denying the significance that Stephen Strange has had since his cinematic introduction. The first movie introduced us to a more magical side to the MCU, a side wherein lies many other dimensions and universes, known to us now as the Multiverse. Hot on the heels of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange’s large role in that, Multiverse of Madness is set to take us even further into the unknown, opening up more possibilities of alternate timelines and new (and maybe sometimes familiar…) characters. Is Multiverse of Madness a suitable entry into the MCU’s fourth phase, or are we a little sick of seeing Strange everywhere now?

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Tiny Tapes Reviews – April 2022

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So, I have been rather busy of late. In fact, life has generally been a bit crazy over the past nine months (that makes it sound like I’ve been pregnant… if I was, it was only ever with food babies), so much so that my cinema-going has depleted enormously, sadly. I would normally focus only on new releases in cinemas and only on the odd occasion would I review a movie I’ve watched via streaming services. But now that my circumstances are a little different, and not to mention the circumstances of movies being released on different platforms, I’m not sure how much will change in Dawn of the Tapes’s near future. However, I do know I’ve found a way to catch up on movies and not stress myself out too much about writing extensive reviews.

Perhaps I actually have been pregnant, because today I present the birth of Tiny Tapes Reviews, where I will just give a quick lowdown on thoughts of movies I’m catching up with on days that I’m able to binge a bit. I may make it an end-of-the-month kind of thing, where I can pour my thoughts out on any movies I didn’t get to fully review, but we’ll see how it goes. This is a test-tube baby, we’ll see how it grows.

April’s TTRs consists of: CODA, West Side Story, The Power of the Dog, Being the Ricardos, tick, tick… BOOM!, Flee and Spencer.

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