In 2005, there was a movie that came along that changed everything we thought we knew about comic book movies. That film was Batman Begins…and Sin City…and V for Vendetta…and Fantastic Four…and CONSTANTINE! Based on the Hellblazer comic from DC, John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is some sort of exorcist that is loosely tied to the church who acts as a mercenary in the invisible fight between good and evil. Although the lines between good and evil may not be as solid as you thought…
The Fifth Element is plainly one of the greatest action movies of all time. It has the perfect blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy, and its world building keeps it from fading over time. The CGI holds up relatively well because it’s used sparingly and mostly in background elements. Most of what you are actually paying attention to is all practical. Credit to director Luc Besson for focusing more on developing the characters and avoiding the easy trap of falling in love with effects and ignoring the human piece of the film.
In anticipation of Mike’s first ever panel at Philadelphia Comic Con (coincidentally it’s also the first panel of the Con. Go HERE for details and tickets), we decided to chop up the movie Blade. Gotdamn is this a fun movie. Although I’m not sure either of us would call it good. The unfortunate pre-Matrix CGI leap really handicapped this movie, and it’s too bad because the rest of it, from the script to the acting really holds up well. Wesley Snipes was born to play Blade, and probably still could to this day (also follow him on Twitter, because he’s awesome). Stephen Dorff turns in what is easily his best performance as Deacon Frost. Kris Kristofferson brings it as the badass old guy, Whistler. Relative unknown N’Bushe Wright handles her business as Karen, and Donal Logue is forever the loveable flunky. Even with all of this, the movie is better than the sum of its parts. However, the CGI really is that bad.
This episode gets really inside. There was so much good information about the movie’s production and the comic book, that will fill you with more Blade knowledge than you ever wanted. We talk about an unnecessary Pearl, we talk about how there is no substance on earth that can make blood explode, and we share a few ha-ha’s along the way.
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Gattaca is the movie that we recast this week, and hold onto your butts. This episode has no business being as funny as it is. We don’t know where it came from, and if we recorded this episode 50 times we couldn’t replicate this. It’s a hell of a way to celebrate getting both of us back in the studio.
Oh, man. This is definitely one of my favorite episodes we’ve done so far. Not only are we casting the 1984 blockbuster cult classic* Ghostbusters, we also have a very special guest joining us, Jennifer Runyon (@runyon2runyon)! We’ve been trying to get her on for a while, and now that we’ve finally been able to make it happen, it couldn’t have been any more fun. She tells us some amazing stories about the filming of the scene that made her career, and a secret about that scene that she found out a few decades later.
What happens when you combine voodoo, a child sized doll, and Chris Sarandon? You get Child’s Play. The 1988 horror classic that was way better than it had any business being. Not that this was a critical or box office darling, it flourished in the VHS rental market. At least enough for several sequels and I believe they are planning a reboot, because Hollywood is out of ideas. I wonder if they bring back Brad Dourif. He’s got a Tommy Wiseau vibe as a human, but he’s a hell of a voice over guy as Chucky. We’ve also got the mom from Seventh Heaven (Catherine Hicks) as the innocent single mother just trying to make her boy happy. Little does she know, she’s invited the spawn of satan into her house rent controlled apartment.
We have a lot of fun on this episode. We meet Shaggy Chaz, discuss the travesty of Maggie Peterson (Dinah Manoff) meeting her doom so early in the movie, and I extoll the virtues of having a library card (for real, go get a library card, and then start streaming movies, tv, audiobooks and ebooks for free with Hoopla).
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