This week we have a special Recasting Couch After Dark episode, where we recast Cocktail and drink some cocktails. Cocktail is the Tom Cruise vehicle that ignited the flair bartending trend in the late 80’s/early 90’s. While artisanal cocktails and fancy bartending is coming back into popularity, the 80’s version was much more about style over substance. However, we figured it would be fun to go back in time and drink some of the goofy (sometimes made up) cocktails that they mention throughout the movie and that I’m convinced haven’t actually been ordered in a bar in over a decade.
Inside Man, the least Spike Lee movie of all Spike Lee movies is our target for this week. I’m still trying to hunt down the dick that spoiled this move for me a few years ago, but given that, I still enjoyed it immensely. Denzel Denzel’s the Denzel out of his role. Clive Owen Clive Owen’s the Clive Owen out of this role. And Jodie Foster…well…she Foster’s the Foster out of this role. With all of these great actors really working with there material, there’s Willem Dafoe, who basically plays the least charismatic role of his career, which is kind of jarring amid all of these stellar performances. It feels like a missed opportunity. But Christopher Plummer makes up for it.
The word “prestige” originally meant a trick, from the Latin “praestigium,” meaning “illusion.” The Prestige, Christopher Nolan’s follow up to his breakout film Memento (which any good TRC listener would remember has already received the recasting treatment) is our movie of the week. I’m a little off of my game in this one. It could have been the bubble guts I was dealing with, or the fact that this movie has 146 FREAKING TIME JUMP CUTS! On top of that, each character has several names. I DID THE BEST THAT I COULD, GODAMMIT! I still think I did a pretty good job keeping it all together, considering what I was up against.
Reservoir Dogs; the heist movie with everything except the heist. This film put Quentin Tarantino on the map along with Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. It also caused a brief resurgence of Stealers Wheel. I don’t know what it is about Quentin, man. He just seems to be able to get the absolute best out of the actors he works with, and this film is no exception, on a shoestring budget no less. Although he can’t act his way out of a paper bag, he was supposed to play Mr. Pink and was dead set on it until Buscemi came in and crushed the audition so hard, he somehow overrode Quentin Tarantino’s ego, which may be the most impressive acting feat of all time.