Actor Tom Cruise soared to new heights when he reprised his role as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the action-packed thriller Top Gun: Maverick , shattering his personal box office records and even blasting past reality at times.
The minds behind the ’80s nostalgia-laced sequel flick claim they underwent painstaking efforts to keep the rip-roaring fighter jet sequences as tethered to reality as possible. But in an apparent bid to keep theatergoers glued to their seats in suspense, they had to sprinkle in some far-fetched tidbits as well, according to experts.
“The best way I can describe it is extremely accurate with the Hollywood embellishments for entertainment,” T.R. “Wombat” Matson, a former Navy pilot and author of Treason Flight, told the Washington Examiner . “I don’t think it would be as exciting or as entertaining as it was if it was 100% realistic.”
Producers of the movie, which has become the highest-grossing domestic film of 2022, collaborated with real-life Navy fighter pilots to get authentic shots of fighter jets zooming through the air and actors enduring high G-forces.
“In terms of the flying sequences themselves, particularly the effects of G … I think it’s better than almost anything we’ve seen in cinema,” Justin Bronk, a senior research fellow for the Royal United Services Institute, told the Washington Examiner . This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise portraying Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in a scene from “Top Gun: Maverick.” Thirty-six years after the original movie took place, the impulsive Mitchell finds himself a captain and serving as a test pilot. Audacious and reckless, he takes a stealthy, experimental hypersonic plane called the Darkstar on an unauthorized joy run, whipping through the air at breathtaking speeds in excess of Mach 10 until it heats up and explodes.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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