The Recasting Couch Ep. 80: Goldeneye

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Ba da, DA DA! If you know that sound, then you know what movie we are recasting this week. On this episode, we discuss all things Bond. We debate what makes a good Bond and whether or not Pierce Brosnan effectively carries the torch. GoldenEye has some ups and downs. It suffers from a really mediocre script. Had that been better, I think that more could have been done with Famke Janssen and Sean Bean’s performances. Alan Cumming also does a lot with a little in his hacker nerd role.

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 79: Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen

This week, we recast Law Abiding Citizen. We’ve had this on our list for quite some time, even though I had very little interest in it. However, Mike finally talked me into it, and I gotta say, I enjoyed it way more than I ever expected to. I had seen it before and I definitely didn’t like it all that much. Now that I’ve given the movie its due credit, it is severely flawed. Maybe the biggest of all being the acting. Gerard Butler was actually pretty good, but that’s about it. Jamie Foxx might be one of the most Jekyll and Hyde actors ever. If he’s not into the project, then it really shows on screen. Unfortunately, this was one of those movies. Even some of our favorite That Guys, Colm Meaney and Bruce McGill mail it in a bit. Some of the other That Guys do bring more to the screen, as I’ll throw Annie Corley and Richard Portnow a little love. And poor Leslie Bibb, she was completely out of her depth with that character, but that wasn’t her fault. She should never have been cast in the first place.

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Two Man Round Table Part 6: “That Guy” Hall of Fame

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Round three of our Roundtable series is this week’s episode and we finally talk about a topic that is near and dear to our hearts. It’s a topic that has been a staple of our conversations since our inception, and it’s just plain fun to talk about. This week, we announce our first annual The Recasting Couch “That Guy” Hall of Fame. Also known as the Harry Dean Stanton Memorial “That Guy” Hall of Fame. Continue reading “Two Man Round Table Part 6: “That Guy” Hall of Fame”

Two Man Round Table Part 5: Movies that Couldn’t be Made Today

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Welcome back to the second installment of The Recasting Couch Roundtable series. Last year, we tackled all of the reboots and remakes and how Hollywood is running out of ideas. This week, we talk about the classic movies that could never be made today. We go on a little bit of a tear to start this one off, but once we settle in we have some fun discussing some of our absolute favorites and how they couldn’t get remade today without drastically changing it. Which is probably a good thing. Many of these movies are perfect as they are and are still incredibly rewatchable to this day. Continue reading “Two Man Round Table Part 5: Movies that Couldn’t be Made Today”

Two Man Round Table Part 4: Best Picture 1995

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We’re back with another installment of The Recasting Couch Two Man Roundtable series! We’ve got some fun topics planned for this year. This week is breaking down the Best Picture race at the 1995 Oscars. It came down to Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Forrest Gump was the victor that night, and we break each of the movies down and talk about the acting, directing, writing, casting, and music to try to determine if the correct call was made by the academy. Not an easy call with three bonafide all-time movies, and one that might be in the conversation if it had a little more staying power. Continue reading “Two Man Round Table Part 4: Best Picture 1995”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 78: The DaVinci Code

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This week we recast the adaptation of the Dan Brown novel, The DaVinci Code. A really good book that was turned into a pretty good movie. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, and Audrey Tautou, this movie’s got pretty much everything you want in a big blockbuster, including huge box office sales and poor critical reception. Mike and I continue to ponder Rotten Tomatoes scores that don’t seem to reflect reality. The scores were so low, but the movie made so much money that they made two more! Either most of the people who went hate-watched the movie, or it was a bit better than the score would reflect. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 78: The DaVinci Code”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 77: Bad Santa

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This week we recast Bad Santa, which….wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be. This foul-mouthed little chucklehead of a movie somehow hit on a lot of right notes, but also missed drastically on others. To be honest, neither of us were looking forward to this. Bad Santa has been done to death, but it’s literally the only contemporary Christmas movie available on the streaming services. We had the same problem last year when we recast The Santa Clause, although that is way better of a Christmas movie than Bad Santa. Even just the name of this movie bugs me. It’s just stating the obvious, and it feels like no real thought or creativity was used in coming up with it, and that’s kind of what the tone of the movie is. It just exists. There aren’t any highs or lows, it just sits in the pocket and is weird and vulgar for 90 minutes. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 77: Bad Santa”