Your Friday Five for May 23–27

Let’s rank stuff!

Will Leitch
3 min readMay 27, 2022


We are now ranking things, every Friday. We will attempt to stick to rankings of things that have some sort of connection to the news of that week, but we can’t guarantee anything. Want us to rank something? Put it in the responses, or email us at

Federal Holidays, Ranked by Convenience For Relaxation

  1. Memorial Day
  2. Independence Day
  3. Juneteenth
  4. Thanksgiving
  5. Labor Day
  6. New Year’s Day
  7. Martin Luther King Day
  8. Veterans Day
  9. Christmas
  10. Presidents Day
  11. Columbus Day

As a general rule, the closer a holiday is to the summer, the more relaxing it is.

Tom Cruise Movies of the Last Decade (non-Mission Impossible edition)

  1. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  2. American Made (2017)
  3. Rock of Ages (2012)
  4. Jack Reacher (2012)
  5. Oblivion (2013)
  6. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
  7. The Mummy (2017)

I haven’t seen Top Gun: Maverick yet, but I will confess, I am excited. So excited, in fact …

Actors From the Original Top Gun Ranked by the Careers They Had After the Movie Came Out

  1. Tom Cruise
  2. Meg Ryan
  3. Val Kilmer
  4. Tim Robbins
  5. Anthony Edwards
  6. Michael Ironsides
  7. Tom Skerritt



Will Leitch

I write about these tumultuous times 2x a week. Author of five books, including “How Lucky.” NYMag/MLB.. Founder, Deadspin.