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. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 26: A Knight’s Tale”
This week we have special guest Max Rappaport of Complex Sports and The Stepover Pod join us to recast the Parker Brothers classic, Clue. Max specifically requested this movie, although unfortunately, he couldn’t stay for the whole thing, check out the timestamps if you want to jump around.
Clue stars Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, and Madeline Kahn, amongst many talented others. There are plenty of heavy hitters in this movie, but the real star is the dialogue. It reminds me very much of an Aaron Sorkin script. It’s super fast, and every line has a double meaning (or a double entendre). The dialogue also provides the perfect medium for some really great comedic performances. While the plot itself is largely inconsequential, it’s so well constructed that it allowed for several plausible endings to all coexist.
This week we decided to celebrate the solar eclipse by recasting the 1986 musical Little Shop of Horrors. Starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Levi Stubbs, and Steve Martin, this Frank Oz directed film holds up surprisingly well. The way this movie is filmed maintains a lot of the broadway aesthetic and that creates a self-contained universe reminiscent of life on Skid Row during what feels like the 1950’s or so.
Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy-comedy film* starring Michael J. Fox and nobody else’s name that you’d recognize. After all, the budget for this teen classic was a shade over a million dollars (1.2). Even though there may not be any other stars in this movie, it actually works in its favor. It adds to the small town feel of everything, which I think makes the fantasy aspect of this a little more…believable (for lack of a better term). If there was a kid who was in a New York City high school transforming into a wolf every night, it’s hard to believe that it wouldn’t be some sort of international story. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 10: Teen Wolf”