In an attempt to cleanse the palate from a month full of murder and mayhem, we attempted to select the most innocent and earnest movie we could think of, and we landed on Sixteen Candles. This John Hughes classic was a lot of fun to talk about (not so much fun to cast…). It’s first of the three huge hits starring Molly Ringwald. 1984 was Sixteen Candles, 1985 was The Breakfast Club, and 1986 was Pretty in Pink. Of the three, I think this was the best with regards to Molly. The movie also marks the second notable feature film for Anthony Michael Hall, having played Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation. AMH had a certain way about him in the 80’s that while he comes across as a creep, he’s also kind of charming. Not a lot of people can pull that off.
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.