In retrospect, that’s a kinda hilarious name, seeing as they immediately replaced every single role for the sequel except Alfred (natch…) and Robin (Mike’s favorite 90’s heartthrob, Chris O’Donnell), and was almost instantly forgotten within the cultural zeitgeist. If it weren’t for it’s fantastic soundtrack, it may be on the same level as Batman and Robin, instead of accepted as slightly better.
“Unh…here come the MIB’s…unh…here come the MIB’s..unh…The good guys dress in black, remember that, just in case you ever face-to-face or make contact. The title held by me, MIB, because you thought what you saw you did NOT SEE.”
Remember that song you heard 5,000 times during the summer of 1997? Well that song actually had a movie based off of it…
Hudson Hawk is the 1991, musical, heist, action, comedy starring Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, and Andie MacDowell. This remains Bruce Willis’ one and only writing credit and was a passion project for him. Unfortunately, it was universally panned and is by no means a good movie (Mike would disagree). However, it’s a fun movie that could have been good if there were any sort of tonal consistency. Wikipedia says that it’s based off of a “clockpunk” technology, which I refuse to believe is an actual thing. Even worse is taking “clockpunk” and mixing it with classic Italian-American standards, and it somehow makes less sense than it sounds.
A Knight’s Tale was the big coming out party for Heath Ledger as he had really not done much before this other than 10 Things I Hate About You, which seems really strange because what is essentially a sports movie about a sport that hasn’t been seriously played for hundreds of years is not exactly the formula for a break out, but that’s exactly what happened. He’s undeniably charming, his acting is solid, and you can tell that he did a lot of the stunts himself, which definitely adds to the entertainment factor.
The Truman Show is the 1998 “satirical science fiction film*” (apparently not a drama) that we recast this week. This movie centers around an absolutely perfect performance by Jim Carey, but Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich and Laura Linney all chip in to create an amazing fantasy world that is somehow completely believable at the same time.