Category: Action

Ep. 44: Inside Man

Inside Man

Inside Man, the least Spike Lee movie of all Spike Lee movies is our target for this week. I’m still trying to hunt down the dick that spoiled this move for me a few years ago, but given that, I still enjoyed it immensely. Denzel Denzel’s the Denzel out of his role. Clive Owen Clive Owen’s the Clive Owen out of this role. And Jodie Foster…well…she Foster’s the Foster out of this role. With all of these great actors really working with there material, there’s Willem Dafoe, who basically plays the least charismatic role of his career, which is kind of jarring amid all of these stellar performances. It feels like a missed opportunity. But Christopher Plummer makes up for it.

Ep. 43: Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall

This week we go to Mars, bitches. That’s right. Mars with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Total Recall is the target of the pod, so get ready for an episode that is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

(Mike, I don’t like these new rules that I have to include a dad joke in the blog posts)

Set in the year 2084, this Phillip K. Dick inspired movie also stars Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside and Sharon Stone in hear breakout role. Director Paul Verhoven was so impressed with Stone’s ability to go from sweet to murderous psycho, and back again that he cast her in the starring role of his follow up film, Basic Instinct. Verhoven and Schwarzenegger almost crossed paths once before, with Arnold slated to play RoboCop. Due to various issues, he never made it into the film, but he was so impressed with the final product that he wanted to work with him on his next project, and that ended up being Total Recall.

Ep. 38: The Boondock Saints

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Boondock Saints is the cult classic that we are recasting this week. While we are going to pretend that the sequel didn’t exist (and apparently a third installment is coming soon), the original is definitely one of our favorite action films.

Starring a relatively unknown pair in Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery, as well as great performances by Willem Dafoe and Billy Connelly, this movie feels like an independent film, but it’s actually far from the case. This began as a movie that was highly coveted by studios and was having some serious money thrown at it, which makes sense because the script is fantastic. However, it feels like everything was working against this movie, starting with the creator.

Ep. 37: The Italian Job

Italian Job

The Italian Job is the 2003 action/heist movie we are recasting this week. This fairly successful film co-stars an uninspired Mark Wahlberg and an incredibly flat Charlize Theron. Luckily, there are some really fun performances by the auxiliary roles played by Seth Green, Jason Statham, Yasiin Bey (f/k/a Mos Def), and an always welcome, somewhat whimsical Donald Sutherland.

Ep. 36: National Treasure

National Treasure

National Treasure is a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon popcorn movie. Which is exactly what we were doing when we decided on what movie to watch for this week’s episode. It stars Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, and the rare Sean Bean appearance where his character actually lives until the end. We also get “keep gettin’ them checks” performances by Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel.