This week we have special guest Max Rappaport of Complex Sports and The Stepover Pod join us to recast the Parker Brothers classic, Clue. Max specifically requested this movie, although unfortunately, he couldn’t stay for the whole thing, check out the timestamps if you want to jump around.
Clue stars Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, and Madeline Kahn, amongst many talented others. There are plenty of heavy hitters in this movie, but the real star is the dialogue. It reminds me very much of an Aaron Sorkin script. It’s super fast, and every line has a double meaning (or a double entendre). The dialogue also provides the perfect medium for some really great comedic performances. While the plot itself is largely inconsequential, it’s so well constructed that it allowed for several plausible endings to all coexist.
On this week’s episode, we continue the Halloween spirit and recast the 1985 cult classic, Fright Night. To be honest, I have no idea if it’s a cult classic or not. To be even more honest, I really didn’t like this movie all that much as a whole, but there are a lot of small things to love about this film, and Chris Sarandon’s performance alone is worth the price of admission. In a way, it’s a true horror version of Teen Wolf. Outside of Sarandon and maybe Amanda Bearse, Neither is by no means a huge star, there really aren’t any known actors in this movie. And because of that, it feels kind of like it actually happened in some small town in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing about this movie that really screams Hollywood (outside of the prosthetics, which are shall we say…inconsistent).
In an attempt to get into the halloween season, we are recasting The Devil’s Advocate this week. This movie is a fun Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino vehicle that pretty much just let the two of them do what they do best: Keanu – playing the savior role, Al – Yelling as much as possible. Although it’s Charlize Theron who completely steals the show even with a shaky southern accent. There are also some really great supporting performances in this movie as well. Tamara Tunie and Debra Monk specifically add a lot to this film.
Memento, the psychological (chronological?) thriller from 2000 that was both a breakout for Christopher Nolan and Guy Pearce is the film we recast this week. If you went to college during the aughts, then you more than likely saw this movie. If you smoked pot in college during the aughts, then you DEFINITELY saw this movie. Joe Pantoliano and Carrie-Anne Moss also put in some great supporting work here, but the real strength of this movie is the writing. We do our best to try to keep the timeline straight, but there is a lot of overlapping in this plot.
Red Dawn (1984) is the movie we are recasting this week. A highly implausible tale about Russia and Cuba (with a bit of Nicaragua sprinkled in) invading America and occupying Anytown, USA. Of course, this occupation is thwarted by a group of youths spearheaded by Patrick Swayze, who is swiftly becoming one of my favorite actors of all time. I guess I don’t have as much exposure to his body of work as I once thought I did, and as I learn more about him as an actor and as a person, the more I appreciate his talent.