Good Movies, No More

From a reader:

Mr. Goldberg,

“movies we loved, but must now concede aren’t in fact very good”

Got to be…”TopGun.” Killin’ commies at mach 2 in the super-cool F-14 while diddlin’ the stacked astrophysicist babe all while talkin’ dirty on the radio! Plot??!! We don’t need no stinkin’ plot!

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