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At the movies 

The Year is 1986. There was no Google, Twitter, Netflix, Tik Tok or You Tube. Your kids and grandkids are aghast at such a cruel life.

Neighbours gets its first airing on Channel 10, the last game of Rugby League was played at the Sydney Sports Ground, Bob Hawke was Prime Minister and housing interest rates were 17%. Yep, that’s SEVENTEEN percent folks.

’86 was also the year that saw a 24-year-old Tom Cruise star as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in a movie that originally got a lukewarm reception by critics called Top Gun. How wrong they were. Costing $US15 million to make the film went on to gross $US356 million and sell over 3 million video cassettes (remember them) and DVDs. Rumor also has it that there was a baby boom in that year as Cruise strutted his stuff in the air and on the ground.

Fast forward to 2022 and Tom does not seem to have aged an inch as at 59 he returns for the much-anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick. Well, he was around 55 as most of the film was made in 2018 and due to COVID its release has been held up for over two years. This time around Maverick is put in charge of training a group of Top Gun graduates for

a specialised mission, ordered by his old buddy Iceman who has now risen to US commander of the Pacific Fleet. How can Maverick say no? Well folks, the wait is finally over, as this long anticipated sequel opens 26 May. The trailers look amazing. If you get a chance check out the extended Super

Bowl trailer which is online. Bomber jackets are back.

Streaming  

If you like a good western yarn check out Billy The Kid now up on Stan. Created by Michael Hurst who brought us The Tudors and Vikings. Hurst set out to unravel myth from fact in the new take on The Kid and it’s a powerful watch. Getting some good reaction over at Apple TV+ is Roar. It is eight half

hour short stories based on the writings of Irish writer Cecilia Ahern with Nicole Kidman and Judy Davis facing off in one of the eps called The Woman Who Ate Photographs. On Binge,

check out We Own this City. From the producers of The Wire the thriller follows the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Departments Gun Trace Task Force. On Stan worth a look is Gaslit which offers a new take on the Watergate scandal.

And if you are a lover of good British drama, check out A Very British Scandal on Prime. Bio episodic pics seem to be flavour of the month at the moment and worth a look is We Crashed (Apple TV+) that follows the rise and fall of the We

Work office rental empire.