We’ve been waiting for this one for a loooooong time. Get Shorty is one of our favorites. This movie is absolutely dripping with style, thanks to a soundtrack by John Lurie, Booker T and the MG’s and Us3. It is anchored by a comeback performance from John Travolta, but Danny Devito steals the show as the ultimate Hollywood turd, Martin Weir. I dare you to watch this movie and not fall madly in love with Rene Russo as a B-movie bombshell, Dennis Farina as the ultimate C-level Miami gangster, Gene Hackman as a D-level, B-movie director, and Delroy Lindo as a D-level gangster trying to be a C-level, B-movie producer.
This week we make our triumphant return from the abyss with the 1996 Farrelly Brothers classic, Kingpin. I just…I don’t know. I don’t know how to feel about this movie. I think that the Farrelly Bros hadn’t quite figured out their unique formula of raunchy, weird, and charming that they were able to perfect with There’s Something About Mary; Me, Myself, and Irene; and Stuck On You, which is ridiculously underrated.
Woody Harrelson and a pre-breakdown Randy Quaid make an unlikely pair in this road trip movie that’s never considered a road trip movie. Vanessa Angell is charming and very much lives up to the “TV version of Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science” legacy that it seems she was destined for. And Bill Murray is fun to hate in his role as Big Ern.
Tune in this week to listen to us recast Real Genius. We’re joined by special guests, jbats and Mykhal from the What If Podcast (@Podcast_WhatIf). It’s our first time with four people on the show, so it runs a little long, but we have a lot of fun chatting with them and discussing one of Val Kimer’s first roles before breaking out in Top Gun. This is a classic 80’s slapstick comedy, with some actual real science thrown in the mix. Most of the pranks described and/or replicated in the movie were actual pranks played by guys at MIT, Yale, CalTech, etc. The What If guys also tell us about their interview with Jon Gries who once was a guest on their show, and what he had to say about the production of the movie.
Bad Boys, baby. Bad Boys for lyfe. The movie that was based off of the 1987 Inner Circle hit song. Or maybe not. Honestly, I can barely understand anything they are singing outside of the chorus, so it could be about Shakespeare for all I know. Either way, the song is catchy as shit, and so is this movie. This was the first film Will Smith did since his big screen debut in Six Degrees of Separation. Up until this point, he was always funny and cool, but this was the first thing to solidify him as a total badass as well. He then went on to make Independence Day the next summer, and Men in Black the summer after that. Hell of a start to a movie career.