Quentin Tarantino, a die-hard movie buff, has heaped praise on Top Gun: Maverick, a film starring Tom Cruise that 

opened in theaters in May of this year. The sequel to Top Gun: Mavericks (1986) soon became the biggest 

box-office hit of the star's career and, as it turns out, really deserved the praise, since Tarantino defined it as a "cinematic spectacle".

"Normally, I don't talk much about new films, because then I'm forced to praise them, otherwise I end up berating

someone. But in this case, I loved Top Gun: Maverick to death. The movie is fantastic. I saw it in the theater.

This movie and Spielberg's Love, Sublime Love were true cinematographic spectacles. The kind I thought I would never see again."

In the plot, Cruise returns as pilot Pete Maverick, now as an instructor for a new class of aviators.

The cast features Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, and Val Kilmer.

Quentin Tarantino, of course, is the director of such classics as Rental Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994). 

The filmmaker is also a geek to boot, having worked for years in a video store.