Even if you're not a fan of Gilette's history, from its involvemet with NFL players known for their violence to their gendered razors (what even are those?), the company's new ad about toxic masculinity hits a nerve, highlighting outdated masculine tropes, some from the 1980s, that today's world has definitely outgrown and is ready to move away from.
Many people recall the 1980s as a time of nostalgia and indulgence, when Saturday morning cartoons reigned supreme and there weren't "boy aisles" and "girl aisles" for toys. Although the 80s had their moments we remain wistful for today, they were far from perfect. From the Cold War to Reaganomics, yuppie culture and everything Christian Bale hated in American Psycho, there was plenty to dislike, including teen drinking.
The 80s were a time of excess and yuppie pleasures, as Christian Bale's gleeful murderer reminds us in American Psycho. In reality, there were many serial killers of the 1980s that were truly chilling people, causing chaos and terror wherever they went.
80s lovers everywhere are just dumbfounded as news of more and more sexual misconduct cases are reported by victims who finally feel safe enough to do so. While some are standing by the actors, directors and people in power being accused, demanding that they be innocent until proven guilty, many more are finally listening to the victims as they share their stories.
I was in high school when Top Gun first came out; one classmate in English class asked the rest of us if we had difficulty understanding the plot line of the movie. None of us had had any trouble understanding the incredibly complicated plot, so we all laughed a little.
I cried during the original Top Gun when Goose died and dreamed of having Tom Cruise and cast singing “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” to me in a bar. (Of course, that was before Tom Cruise became a Scientologist.) The idea of a Top Gun sequel appeals to me on so many levels, so I was exceptionally to learn today that Tom Cruise is in talks to make Top Gun 2.
If Top Gun 2 is made, Tom Cruise will star in the film and the original director, Tony Scott will direct Part 2. None of the details have been worked out yet. There is talk that Tom Cruise would play the part of some sort of flight instructor. Of course, at this stage in the planning process, that is only talk. Tom Cruise still looks young enough that he could play a new recruit.