Sometimes, you’ve got to stop fucking around with the curveball, and just give em the heater. Well that’s what we’ve got for you this week. Major League is the movie that we’ve recast this week. This screwball comedy about a group of outcasts striving to win the pennant with the hapless Cleveland Indians is an absolute joy to watch. The huge ensemble cast (that took us forever to get through) is led by Tom Berenger as Jake Taylor, the has-been catcher with balky knees, whose hoping his return to the majors is enough to rekindle his lost relationship with Lynn (Rene Russo). The rest of the rag-tag team is rounded out by Charlie Sheen as the bad-boy closing pitcher with a million-dollar arm, and ten cent corneas. Dennis Haysbert as the voodoo priest who can’t hit a curveball, Corben Bernsen as the prima-donna with no heart, and Wesley Snipes as a fast-talking, fast-running (and not much else) new guy. They are anchored by the incomparable Coach Lou Brown (James Gammon), and they plan on ruining the new owner’s attempt to get them to fail their way out of their stadium contract and move the team to Miami. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 97: Major League”
We’ve got Limitless on our docket this week. It’s sufficiently…meh. There’s a really good and fun movie in there somewhere. Bradley Cooper does his best (although he was dealing with his ailing father who passed away during filming, so he gets a pass). Robert DeNiro is miscast as the Elite-of-elite Manhattan power broker. Not that he can’t handle the acting, he just doesn’t have that vibe. He’s got a Queens or Brooklyn vibe. Now, Pacino has the Manhattan vibe. His character in The Devil’s Advocate would have been perfect here. Andrew Howard steals the show a bit with his Gennady character (don’t get me started on how bad the names are in this movie), and Abbie Cornish is perfectly capable in her role as the girlfriend Melissa. A role which could have, and probably should have, been fleshed out a bit more. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 95: Limitless”
In 2005, there was a movie that came along that changed everything we thought we knew about comic book movies. That film was Batman Begins…and Sin City…and V for Vendetta…and Fantastic Four…and CONSTANTINE! Based on the Hellblazer comic from DC, John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is some sort of exorcist that is loosely tied to the church who acts as a mercenary in the invisible fight between good and evil. Although the lines between good and evil may not be as solid as you thought…
Ronin. Ronin, Ronin, Ronin… How we had such high expectations for rewatching this car chase/heist movie. This movie nowhere near achieves the sum of its parts. The parts are impressive. A lot of people who are great in a lot of things. Many we’ve even fawned over before, but not this time. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 93: Ronin”
The Fifth Element is plainly one of the greatest action movies of all time. It has the perfect blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy, and its world building keeps it from fading over time. The CGI holds up relatively well because it’s used sparingly and mostly in background elements. Most of what you are actually paying attention to is all practical. Credit to director Luc Besson for focusing more on developing the characters and avoiding the easy trap of falling in love with effects and ignoring the human piece of the film.