We finally have our first theme week! We are recasting The Lost Boys, the 80’s vampire classic, but we are only allowed to cast with 90’s actors. Not the easiest task when you’ve got legends like Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and the TwoCoreys involved. In addition to that 80’s royalty, Dianne Wiest is her lovable, hippie self, and Jami Gertz is at her hair-metal-video-style apex. Edward Herrmann also has his nice-guy, single dad next door vibe really working here, until it takes a bit of a turn. We are even gifted with an appearance from Mr. Bill S. Preston, Esq. himself.
I definitely, definitely didn’t like this movie as much as I was expecting to. Rain Man is this week’s movie and it was underwhelming. Dustin Hoffman is sensational. That is completely undeniable. Tom Cruise is nearly unwatchable. I almost convince Mike that it’s a Chris O’Donnell level performance. What I was not expecting was Valeria Golino to completely steal the show. She is tender, strong, patient, intelligent, and you completely fall in love with her.
This week, we talk for entirely too long about Phenomenon. John Travolta plays a Joe Sixpack who gets hit by a ball of light only to get super smart and somehow learns how to bend the laws of physics. It’s like The Matrix if Neo were a corn farmer, and the matrix was actually a massive brain tumor.
What’s interesting about this movie is that it’s so dependent on just a few roles that even though the script was really strong, the casting absolutely made this movie. I mean, Travolta and Forest Whitaker as best friends doesn’t exactly seem all that great on paper, but it all came together. I would say Robert Duvall’s casting was probably the easiest, because he’s the ultimate ride-or-die-pal and he could play the small town doctor to a tee (and does). I’m not even a Kyra Sedgwick fan, but she’s charming as hell here.This movie is packed with That Guy’s, from the Area 51 scientist in Independence Day to Roger Podacter from Ace Ventura.
The Crow is the 1994 neo-noir fantasy film based off of the 1989 comic book series by James O’Barr. Contrary to popular belief, The Crow is not played by Brandon Lee, who tragically died during the filming of the movie. The Crow is played by an actual crow, well…not any actual crows. Only ravens were used in the movie. The idea is that the crow is supernatural. Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven, an innocent young man who is brought back to life by the mysterious Crow one year after him and his wife are brutally murdered. From there it’s a full-on revenge story.