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.
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.
IIInnnnnneeerrrrrrrrsssppaaaaacccccceeeee (space, space, space, space) is the 1987 inter-biological, action, comedy film* that we are recasting this week. Starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, and Meg Ryan, this scientifically questionable movie is a fun one. Although this movie may be a demonstration of the difference between something being fun and something being good. I enjoy everybody individually, but I just don’t feel like the chemistry is there.
This week we recast Maverick, a 1994 Western, comedy film starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner. This was based off the 1950’s television series that just so happened to star Garner in the title role. Maverick is one of a dying breed of mid-budget comedies that we rarely see anymore, which is too bad, because this is a very fun movie. Everyone brings their A-game and the chemistry between the principal characters is evident.
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.