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With summer heat doubling in many places, Americans are flocking to the cinema to catch the most popular movies of the season. One of the biggest summer blockbusters was “Top Gun: Maverick,” starring Tom Cruise and Miles Teller. This is a story about the Navy’s most prestigious aviators, who show friendship, courage, and resilience.

It can be argued that the reason for its popularity comes from the talent of the actor or its action-packed story. But the real attraction of this movie comes from the moving story of seemingly ordinary people doing something unusual.

Politico best says it: “No one mistakes Top Gun: Maverick for social realism, or (probably especially) a realistic portrayal of the Navy’s aerial warfare, but the appeal of this film is. It comes from the mere fact that it’s not about Tony Scott’s original super-masculine Reagan-era militarism in 1986, but about ordinary people doing things within the plausible boundaries of reality. “

What’s more, “Top Gun: Maverick” instills a strong patriotism in the viewer. It portrays the elite nature of the US military and emphasizes the commitment aviators make to protect the US country in times of turmoil. An overall comfortable movie that is proud of the American lifestyle and culture.

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So we asked our readers: Which movie represents the best of American culture? What is the blockbuster movie that defines who we are? And did it hold up to this day?

American culture can be defined by many different things, which can be shown in cinema in many different ways. As one reader said, these stories “tell the experience of American members who are Americans. [although] Their experience is not part of the dominant culture. “

Still, the most common answer was a variety of stories focused on the vulnerable, whether the film was real-life or fictional. Consider “12 Years A Slave,” “Hidden Figures,” and “The Florida Project.”

Below is a selection of reader reactions edited for length and clarity.

I think I need the help of my wife or sister. Both have better memories of the movie title and its plot. But apart from the cuff, I think of a movie that depicts a large family gathering together (for example, a large wedding weekend) to love the chaos of personality and achieve some expected and unexpected results. start. Even if it’s not the end of the movie. This may seem like a more universal cultural experience. I think our large family occasionally brings together many cultures from around the world in challenging ways that can lead to growth and happier endings. -Joe Healy

Patriotism is now considered a punishable crime because of its strong patriotism. I don’t know how any writer is allowed to make America look like a great country. The split will be accepted and requested, and another award ceremony will indicate that the Paria class (American) will not be able to attend or receive the award. If this is “new diversity”, it doesn’t make sense. -Gloria Grahame

To be honest, the only best movie that can help us move our story forward is Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” Opening scene, takeoff about how whites fear in a black neighborhood, flip it over as a black man is kidnapped on a white suburban street, simply lay out things about our common humanity Fear of doing more to do prevents us from accessing it than any amount of blockbuster. The end of the film predicts a better future, a society more open to seeing the truth and the possibilities of justice that preceded it. There are also great dogs. Incredible movie. -Todd Davis

In any case, for most people, fiction movies act as a distraction from reality. An escape from the mundane to a world where hours or generations collapse in about two hours, inconvenient emotion-inducing events are almost always resolved favorably. The credits roll and everything returns to normal.

From that perspective, most of the impact of cinema on American culture is in the minds of the viewer. The fact is that there can be more activity in a single action movie than most humans experience in their lifetime. Therefore, this medium has a non-negligible effect. -Pedro Silva

For me, two relatively recent films captured the life of modern Americans. One is “Moonlight” directed by Barry Jenkins and written by Tarrell Alvin McClainy. This is a movie about the broken life of a strange black man. The other is the Florida Project, directed by Sean Baker and co-authored by Baker and Chris Bergoch, about a little girl and her struggling mother who live weekly in a motel near Disney World. Each film creates conditions, much like, the interlocking challenges and moral compromises needed to live on the edge of American society, where so many Americans live, and the love and joy that exists there. It is adapted as a retaliation for the system. Their struggle. The humanity of these films is ambitious and even anti-cultural. Depictions of these people as people, their wholeness, their complexity, not the arcs and tragedy of conspiracies rooted in difficult reality. Love radiated from the line of sight of the camera. Can our country love them as completely or deeply as these movies? -Daniel Pritchard

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