Oh man, do we have a huge pile of shit ready for you this week (but I mean that in the best way possible This is a nice piece of shit) Who gots the lighta?
Swordfish is the absolute trainwreck that we are recasting this week. Holy hell. This may be the greatest “on paper” casting that fell to total dogshit that we’ve ever recast (Armageddon notwithstanding). Which would explain why Mike was so good at recasting this. It speaks to him on a purely shitty level that I frankly do not understand. I mean, am I misreading this? Does John Travolta, Huge Ackman, Halle Berry, and Don Cheadle not sound like a great cast for pretty much any movie? I think I might be. Although we’ve already recast movies with these actors in individual roles and have fellated them to completion. It’s gotta be the script. Mike touches upon this in the episode, and it’s the only reasonable explanation left as to why this movie is nearly completely unenjoyable.
Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller Shutter Island is the movie we recast this week. Leonardo Dicaprio stars in this mind bending story of Teddy Daniels, a federal marshall tasked with investigating Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally insane, getting to the bottom of the case of the missing prisoner patient Rachel Solando. Mark Ruffalo plays his partner/doctor. Along the way we find out that this whole “case” was a put on by Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), in an attempt to shock him into admitting that he was also a prisoner patient at the facility and that he had killed his wife (Michelle Williams).
You know, sometimes things don’t always work out the way you planned them. Sometimes it ends up going to shit, but if you are broadcast masters like us, you just find a way to pump out unbelievable content regardless of the circumstances. The universe gifted us a last minute rescheduling, and we decided to do a Quick Cast. Which leads us to our movie this week, Stigmata. This was pretty clearly Patricia Arquette’s best work, and she had some weird chemistry with Gabriel Byrne, which just works somehow. Billy Corgan provides the music (along with some very special friends that we talk about in detail during the pod), and Mike channels his inner holy spirit and crushes the games segment of the show.
We have a treat of a movie this week! Field of Dreams is not only known for being one of the best baseball movies of all time, but it’s simply a wonderful film. Nominated for 3 awards at the 1990 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Music for James Horner’s exquisite score). This movie’s got it all. Kevin Costner doing what he does best alongside Amy Madigan who slays it as the ride-or-die hippie wife. Gaby Hoffmann makes her acting debut as the sweet and undeterrable Karin Kinsella. I could go on and on. It’s filled with that guys galore (Timothy Busfield, Frank Whaley, Art LaFleur), while the heavy hitters (Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones) absolutely knock it out of the park (pun intended).
We’ve got another heist movie on tap this week with the 1992 surprise success, Sneakers. Honestly, I can’t really understand how this made as much money as it did. Robert Redford was significantly passed his prime and coasting off of his innate charisma, Dan Aykroyd provides zero comic relief, River Phoenix is a a weird spastic guy that is unlike pretty much any role he’s ever played, and Sidney Poitier is a smooth muthafucker as usual. Oh, and Mary McDonnell is her usual charming self.