The Recasting Couch Ep. 91: The Running Man

Running Man

This week’s recast is The Running Man. To quote wikipedia, this 1987 science fiction action film, “…is very loosely based on the 1982 novel of the same title written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.” It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards, a soldier who is made the fall guy for a government sanctioned massacre. Maria Conchita Alonso does some damage in her breakout role as Amber Mendez, while the rest of this movie is packed with a whole lot of 80’s nostalgia, including Jim Brown, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Richard Dawson Richard Dawsoning all over this movie.

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 90: GPCC Marvel’s End Game Panel

Great Philly Comic Con_2

This week, it’s MARVEL, MARVEL, MARVEL! (now go back and read that in a Jan Brady voice)

Time Stamps:

Intro : 00:00:00

Avengers End Game Discussion: 00:07:52

GPCC Marvel Panel: 01:12:26

 

We gave you all a week, but we are spoiling the shit out of #avengersendgame, starting now. (I mean it, like right now. I’m spoiling stuff in the rest of this post). We’re doing a deep dive; reactions, revelations, libations, it’s a blast. After the Endgame talk we have a recording of the Marvel Panel at the Philly Comic Con where Mike discussed the most recent Marvel movies and previews End Game with @realawesomepod,  @tellest and @BlacklistedPod

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 89: GPCC Movie Fixers Panel

Great Philly Comic Con

Welcome back to the Recasting Couch everyone! We want to apologize for skipping last week, but I had an emergency work trip and Mike had 30 people coming over for Easter weekend, so unfortunately real life once again rears its ugly head.

This week we have the audio from the Movie Fixers panel Mike was on at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con. It was the very first panel as soon as the doors opened, so it was sparsely attended, but the conversations were fun and funny. First, we want to thank Kevin Gallagher (@thatnerdykev) from the @realawesomepod, who I met at the Philly Podcast Festival (stay tuned for possible news about that…) a couple years ago and invited us on the panel. Mike was also joined by Michael DeAngelo, author of the @tellest book series.

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 88: Great Philly Comic Con Recap

Great Philly Comic Con

This week we get Mike’s reaction to doing his first panel at Philly Comic Con with @RealAwesomePod’s @ThatNerdyKev and Mike Deangelo. We also get a short interview with Recasting Couch favorite, mother fuckin’ @TheJakeBusey #GPCC2019 #PodernFamily

The Recasting Couch Ep. 87: Blade

Blade

In anticipation of Mike’s first ever panel at Philadelphia Comic Con (coincidentally it’s also the first panel of the Con. Go HERE for details and tickets), we decided to chop up the movie Blade. Gotdamn is this a fun movie. Although I’m not sure either of us would call it good. The unfortunate pre-Matrix CGI leap really handicapped this movie, and it’s too bad because the rest of it, from the script to the acting really holds up well. Wesley Snipes was born to play Blade, and probably still could to this day (also follow him on Twitter, because he’s awesome). Stephen Dorff turns in what is easily his best performance as Deacon Frost. Kris Kristofferson brings it as the badass old guy, Whistler. Relative unknown N’Bushe Wright handles her business as Karen, and Donal Logue is forever the loveable flunky. Even with all of this, the movie is better than the sum of its parts. However, the CGI really is that bad.

 

This episode gets really inside. There was so much good information about the movie’s production and the comic book, that will fill you with more Blade knowledge than you ever wanted. We talk about an unnecessary Pearl, we talk about how there is no substance on earth that can make blood explode, and we share a few ha-ha’s along the way.

 

Thanks for checking the podcast out! If you like what you hear, leave us a 5 star rating on whatever platform you listen to pods, that’s how the show grow’s its audience. Play the recasting game along with us on Twitter (@recastingpod), Instagram (um…also @recastingpod), or send us an email with any movies you want us to recast in the future at recastingpod@gmail.com.

 

Also, if you are at the Con, go up to Mike and tell him how wrong he is about everything, and how much better you like my picks. You know, the truth. Catch you all next week!

 

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 86: In & Out

In & Out

This (last?) week’s episode is (was?) Glore-ious. Get it? Oh man, I’m doing way too much here. Either way it was rad. We had the very funny Ricky Glore (@rickyglore) on the show to talk about the movie In & Out. Kevin Kline does some very Kevin Kline things, and absolutely crushes his role as Howard Brackett, a flamboyant English teacher in a high school in Anytown, USA (actually the fictional town of Greenleaf, Indiana), whose former pupil Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon) outs him as a gay man to the surprise of the entire community, including Howard himself. Tom Selleck also stops by to drop a surprisingly good performance as Peter Malloy, a sleazy, TMZ/Inside Edition, Hollywood gossip leach who eventually convinces Howard that he’s actually gay. Not that it took that much convincing because Howard is definitely gay. The ensemble cast is rounded out by Joan Cusack, who just nails it as Howard’s frustrated beard bride-to-be. Debbie Reynolds, Wilfred Brimley, and Bob Newhart are just a few of the others that help create this great community that is reacting to this “earth shattering news” (for 1997).

 

During the show, we ponder just how well this movie holds up from a contemporary standpoint. Ricky gives us his perspective, and that of his brother that has been out of the closet for some time. Ultimately, we feel like this is certainly a positive portrayal of gay people and gay culture, but that’s where it ends. Unfortunately, it was perhaps too early in the gay rights movement to allow for a more sexualized version of Howard to emerge, because the only thing they focus on in this movie is his lifestyle. We aren’t exactly begging for a graphic sex scene, but it takes more than just a fondness for Streisand and pressed clothes to determine one’s sexuality. However, that is apparently a decision the writer specifically made in order to gently ease the larger public into the gay culture, and farbeit from us to challenge the decision, given the success of the movie, and its place in popular culture at the time.
Thanks again for listening. We’ve got some fun stuff in the very near future. If you are going to be at Philadelphia Comic Con Friday, April 12th, check out Mike on the 1:00 panel for improving movies. If you are a die-hard TRC listener, then you may be familiar with the subject matter. If you get a chance, leave us a 5-star rating on your podcast app of choice. This helps spread the word so more people can discover the show and join the recasting craze. If you want to chat about recasting or movies in general, find us on twitter @recastingpod . If you have any movies you’d like us to recast or any mailbag questions, email us at recastingpod@gmail.com. You all are the friggin’ best. Stay gold Pony Boy.

The Recasting Couch Ep. 85: Snake Eyes

Snake-Eyes

This must be your lucky day, because you’ve just rolled Snake Eyes.

Believe it or not, this is better than the actual dialogue in the 1998 pulp, noir, cheesefest that is one of the Cage-iest of Nicolas Cage movies that there is. Brian De Palma directed and wrote the film, although it would have benefited from maybe another 17 writers being brought in. But for how flimsy the script was, the direction was actually pretty good, and ultimately this was a very enjoyable rewatch.

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