It’s been a hot minute since the last time I went to the movies… Between needing a space suit for one year, and then the economy being pure suck for the next, it’s just not been feasible.

Well, I finally decided to bite the proverbial bullet and go see “Top Gun : Maverick”.

One of the displays running the trailer at the Harkins theater I went to.

Unfortunately, by the time I decided to take out a loan to go see a movie, every local AMC was sold out for the weekend. So I tried the nearby Alamo Drafthouse and it was the same story…

Eventually I found a Harkins theater up at the mall that use to be the old Stapleton airport, and not only were their theaters almost empty, the seats were $9 each.

That’s a bit more than 50% less than what AMC wants…

So I drove up to the theater, which is about 40 minutes away, and made sure to leave myself plenty of time for the terribad traffic on I-70. And arrived at the mall just in time for a random hailstorm; so I sat in the car for a few minutes imagining that it was about to look a lot more like a golf ball.

Never fails.

Fortunately the hail was essentially slush and my car is fine.

Anyway, the new Top Gun movie is really, really good. It was very respectful of the original movie, had lots of great action and meaningful interpersonal scenes, and thoroughly wrecked modern CGI green-screen movies with practical effects and literal fighter jets.

All in all, a worthy movie for my hard earned cash. I’m glad I decided to pay the theater tax to see it.

Listening to "Let the Day Begin" by The Call