Summer is starting off just like it did back in 1986: with Tom Cruise in uniform, a thick mustache or two, and death-defying aerial stunts. Top Gun: Maverick smashed all kinds of records at the box office on Memorial Day weekend, and it seems like all anyone can talk about is this long-awaited sequel. Naturally, we’re here to fulfill all of your podcast needs to keep our eyes on the sky and Goose in our hearts.
Here, we’ve gathered podcast episodes talking all about the newest Top Gun flick. Whether it’s film review podcasts like “The Big Picture” or “Filmspotters,” or news podcasts like “The Journal” and “The Town with Matthew Belloni,” Top Gun: Maverick is dominating every aspect of entertainment. Also, we threw in some reviews of the original Top Gun for nostalgia purposes.
If you can’t get enough of the latest Tom Cruise film phenomenon, be sure to check out these podcasts about Top Gun: Maverick.
The Big Picture
We can’t talk about movies without including The Ringer’s “The Big Picture.” Hosts Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins get all up in Top Gun: Maverick‘s (risky) business in this 90-minute episode where they discuss the 100 (count ’em!) things they loved about this new film.
Plus, in two episodes released just before this one, Sean and Amanda sat down with Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski and also chat ranked Tom Cruise’s best films.
Unsurprisingly, Top Gun: Maverick is all anyone can talk about. On this fascinating episode of “The Journal,” WSJ’s Erich Schwartzel brings us through Top Gun‘s gung-ho American patriotism, how the sequel managed to attract Chinese financing, and how it managed to lose it all.
Next Best Picture Podcast
“Next Best Picture Podcast” reviews only the latest, biggest, and best film releases, so Top Gun: Maverick fits right in. Host Matt Neglia is joined by a slew of guests to discuss everything from the story to the acting to the mind-boggling aerial combat.
The Town with Matthew Belloni
Matthew Belloni takes us inside the business of Hollywood with his Puck and Ringer podcast “The Town with Matthew Belloni.” And, of course, Top Gun: Maverick is the talk of the town. In this episode, Matthew and guest Lucas Shaw discuss if Maverick‘s record-breaking weekend is a sign of audiences returning to the theaters or just the fluke of a huge flick. Plus, is Tom Cruise Hollywood’s last remaining movie star?
Slate’s Spoiler Specials
Presumably, if you’re reading this list of podcasts about Top Gun: Maverick, then you’re not too worried about spoilers. On “Slate’s Spoiler Specials,” nothing is safe from spoilage, not even Tom Cruise. Listen to film critics Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin share their thoughts on whether this long-awaited sequel was truly worth the wait.
Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s
Josh Larsen and Adam Kempenaar host the perfect podcast for cinema lovers, “Filmspotting: Reviews & Top 5s.” The two hosts have very different nostalgic memories around the original 1986 flick, but did Top Gun: Maverick change either of their minds about the original? Hear them chat all things Tom Cruise, synthesizers, and Val Kilmer in this delectable film podcast.
Beyond the Screenplay
Better than any film class, “Beyond the Screenplay” examines how and why good movies are so good. From the team that brings us the YouTube channel Lessons from the Screenplay, this podcast digs into the storytelling that powers every single film. And recently, they took their microscope to the original Top Gun.
Rotten Tomatoes is Wrong
In preparation for the release of Top Gun: Maverick, “Rotten Tomatoes is Wrong” hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis look at the original 1986 film to determine if its critic rating of just 57% is warranted.