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.
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.
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Ba da, DA DA! If you know that sound, then you know what movie we are recasting this week. On this episode, we discuss all things Bond. We debate what makes a good Bond and whether or not Pierce Brosnan effectively carries the torch. GoldenEye has some ups and downs. It suffers from a really mediocre script. Had that been better, I think that more could have been done with Famke Janssen and Sean Bean’s performances. Alan Cumming also does a lot with a little in his hacker nerd role.
Oh, man. This is definitely one of my favorite episodes we’ve done so far. Not only are we casting the 1984 blockbuster cult classic* Ghostbusters, we also have a very special guest joining us, Jennifer Runyon (@runyon2runyon)! We’ve been trying to get her on for a while, and now that we’ve finally been able to make it happen, it couldn’t have been any more fun. She tells us some amazing stories about the filming of the scene that made her career, and a secret about that scene that she found out a few decades later.
I’m sorry, did the universe think that we weren’t going to put out a podcast this week? From car accidents, to work emergencies, to Mike’s laptop getting fried and me having to learn how to edit a 3 hour shitshow into the hilarious, beautiful, tight 2:15 that this episode I have bestowed upon you all. We were NOT going to let anything get in the way of delivering the entertainment that we have promised you.
This week’s episode is Con Air. The Nicolas Cage classic that may or may not have aged particularly well, depending on who you ask. Cage plays Cameron Poe, a newly released felon who is just hitchin’ a ride on a plane with the most dangerous group of murderers and rapists in the country. I guess my question is, did he HAVE to take that ride? If he was released, then wouldn’t you think they would at least give him the option of taking a normal plane home? This is a take that I really, really wish I thought of during the show. I spent 20 hours on this episode between pre and post production, and I have my best idea now. Faaaaaannnnntastic. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 56: Con Air”
The Crow is the 1994 neo-noir fantasy film based off of the 1989 comic book series by James O’Barr. Contrary to popular belief, The Crow is not played by Brandon Lee, who tragically died during the filming of the movie. The Crow is played by an actual crow, well…not any actual crows. Only ravens were used in the movie. The idea is that the crow is supernatural. Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven, an innocent young man who is brought back to life by the mysterious Crow one year after him and his wife are brutally murdered. From there it’s a full-on revenge story. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 54: The Crow”