After what feels like an eternity, we are finally able to recast The Birdcage. A movie the two of us absolutely love (yes, in that way). The Birdcage tells the story of Armand Goldman, played by Robin Williams, and his life partner Albert, (Nathan Lane), as they deal with the engagement of Armand’s (highly unlikely) biological son, Val (Dan Futterman). Unfortunately, the woman he’s marrying is the daughter of a very conservative Senator Keeley (Gene Hackman), and his clueless wife (Dianne Wiest). Hilarity ensues when Barbara’s (Calista Flockhart) parents drop in for an impromptu visit as a way to dodge a political scandal, creating another one in the process.
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.
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.