The Recasting Couch Ep. 87: Blade

Blade

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.

 

Thanks for checking the podcast out! If you like what you hear, leave us a 5 star rating on whatever platform you listen to pods, that’s how the show grow’s its audience. Play the recasting game along with us on Twitter (@recastingpod), Instagram (um…also @recastingpod), or send us an email with any movies you want us to recast in the future at recastingpod@gmail.com.

 

Also, if you are at the Con, go up to Mike and tell him how wrong he is about everything, and how much better you like my picks. You know, the truth. Catch you all next week!

 

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 86: In & Out

In & Out

This (last?) week’s episode is (was?) Glore-ious. Get it? Oh man, I’m doing way too much here. Either way it was rad. We had the very funny Ricky Glore (@rickyglore) on the show to talk about the movie In & Out. Kevin Kline does some very Kevin Kline things, and absolutely crushes his role as Howard Brackett, a flamboyant English teacher in a high school in Anytown, USA (actually the fictional town of Greenleaf, Indiana), whose former pupil Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon) outs him as a gay man to the surprise of the entire community, including Howard himself. Tom Selleck also stops by to drop a surprisingly good performance as Peter Malloy, a sleazy, TMZ/Inside Edition, Hollywood gossip leach who eventually convinces Howard that he’s actually gay. Not that it took that much convincing because Howard is definitely gay. The ensemble cast is rounded out by Joan Cusack, who just nails it as Howard’s frustrated beard bride-to-be. Debbie Reynolds, Wilfred Brimley, and Bob Newhart are just a few of the others that help create this great community that is reacting to this “earth shattering news” (for 1997).

 

During the show, we ponder just how well this movie holds up from a contemporary standpoint. Ricky gives us his perspective, and that of his brother that has been out of the closet for some time. Ultimately, we feel like this is certainly a positive portrayal of gay people and gay culture, but that’s where it ends. Unfortunately, it was perhaps too early in the gay rights movement to allow for a more sexualized version of Howard to emerge, because the only thing they focus on in this movie is his lifestyle. We aren’t exactly begging for a graphic sex scene, but it takes more than just a fondness for Streisand and pressed clothes to determine one’s sexuality. However, that is apparently a decision the writer specifically made in order to gently ease the larger public into the gay culture, and farbeit from us to challenge the decision, given the success of the movie, and its place in popular culture at the time.
Thanks again for listening. We’ve got some fun stuff in the very near future. If you are going to be at Philadelphia Comic Con Friday, April 12th, check out Mike on the 1:00 panel for improving movies. If you are a die-hard TRC listener, then you may be familiar with the subject matter. If you get a chance, leave us a 5-star rating on your podcast app of choice. This helps spread the word so more people can discover the show and join the recasting craze. If you want to chat about recasting or movies in general, find us on twitter @recastingpod . If you have any movies you’d like us to recast or any mailbag questions, email us at recastingpod@gmail.com. You all are the friggin’ best. Stay gold Pony Boy.

The Recasting Couch Ep. 85: Snake Eyes

Snake-Eyes

This must be your lucky day, because you’ve just rolled Snake Eyes.

Believe it or not, this is better than the actual dialogue in the 1998 pulp, noir, cheesefest that is one of the Cage-iest of Nicolas Cage movies that there is. Brian De Palma directed and wrote the film, although it would have benefited from maybe another 17 writers being brought in. But for how flimsy the script was, the direction was actually pretty good, and ultimately this was a very enjoyable rewatch.

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 84: SLC Punk

SLC Punk

Ah, my metaphorical mohawk is spikey and brutal right now. SLC Punk reignited the Rude Boy in me and I am ready to fucking rock. I’m want to tattoo middle fingers on my face and tell the whole world to kiss my ass. Of course, I definitely won’t do that because I’ve completely Bought In. But I feel it deep down in my poser soul. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 84: SLC Punk”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 83: Gattaca

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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.

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 82: American Pie

American Pie

This week is a movie that was an instant classic the moment it hit theaters. Although, you probably just remember it as the pie-fucking movie. If that doesn’t narrow it down enough for you…then what kind of media are you regularly consuming? The movie I’m talking about is, of course, American Pie. I do want to apologize for the sound quality. I was having some broadband issues over the weekend, and after numerous false-starts, we were lucky to even be able to record. But I’m glad we did, because talking about this movie was a lot of fun. As a junior in high school when this movie came out, it hit me in a way that was all too real at that time. Watching it again all these years later, it immediately put me in a time machine and took me back to 1999. This might be the biggest nostalgia bomb for me of all of the movies we’ve recast. Mike’s had a few, but this one is a little later and was absolutely EVERYWHERE when I was a senior, and everyone had their eye on prom.

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 81: Chasing Amy (Feat. Comedian Jeff Leach)

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This week we chase Amy.

However, we weren’t comfortable breaking the seal on the Kevin Smith cannon alone, so we invited fellow View Askewniverse junkie, @jeffleach to help us out. And goddamnit if we weren’t happy we did.

I’m going to drop a *SPOILER ALERT* right here…

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