The 40 Year Old Virgin. This episode has it all. Steve Carell’s breakout role that may have shaped the trajectory of his Michael Scott character, forever altering the landscape of modern television comedy. We also have attempted murder. We share the more embarrassing family story outside of The Muskrat Incident. Needless to say this is a must-listen.
*Please note that we spoil pretty much every M. Night Shyamalan film* Oh, boy. We’ve got a deep, dark brooding movie this week in The Sixth Sense. This was M. Night Shyamalan’s first feature film, and damn did he hit a home run on the first pitch. Haley Joel Osment absolutely carries this movie, and for as good of a job as Night does, if they couldn’t find a child as good as him, then this movie would have been doomed from the start. Outside of Toni Collette, he acts everyone else off the screen, and it earned him an academy award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The deliciously 90’s classic Hackers is on tap for this week’s episode. We’re talking rollerblades, techno, dial-up modems, and 30 year olds playing teenagers. This movie has it all. It was the major feature debut of Jonny Lee Miller (Dade Murphy / Zero Cool / Crash Override), Angelina Jolie (Kate / Acid Burn), and Matthew Lillard (Cereal Killer). Seeing as these are all of the starring roles, we have one question; WHERE THE FUCK DID THE $20 MILLION BUDGET GO TO? We think it’s got to be the “cool hacker CGI” effects, but I’m pretty sure there’s somebody walking around with at least 5 mil in their pocket. Although…on reflection, I bet one of the producers realized this was going to be a flop really early on and started siphoning money off to recoup what they were absolutely going to lose (and did).
This week, we have a very important episode*. The Untouchables is a film that we’ve been trying to recast for a while. The first time we tried to recast it, the movie had dropped off the streaming services 6 hours earlier. Once we found out it was available again, we pounced on the opportunity. Except…..I had water pooling in my basement (every homeowner’s nightmare) and had to postpone the recording by several hours. We barely made it through the first segment or so, until I’m pretty sure Mike actually fell asleep. However, we regrouped and recorded a really fun pod last night.
The movie itself is a total classic, although I was personally disappointed by the music. It happened to be nominated for the Best Music Oscar, but I still call “bullshit”, it’s not good.
Set at the turn of the century, prohibition laws are driving the showdown between Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Sean Connery delivers as the “beat cop who’s seen everything” role. As far as those roles go, I really think this is one of them that is to be judged against all future ones. Connery crushes this (see the “that’s the Chicago WAY!” and the “That endeth the lesson” speeches). There are also some surprisingly fun performances by Charles Martin Smith (who is third billed!), Billy Drago (at creepy as ever), and Patricia Clarkson, who I’m usually not a fan of, but does a great job with this role.
* It’s really not important at all.
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This week we dive head first into one of the most ridiculous of the Nicolas Cage films (and that’s saying something), Face/Off. In addition to a rousing Cage performance, we have John Travolta doing a Cage impression for half of the movie, and it is glorious. John Woo is at his John Wooest. GREAT score by John Powell. This has all the makings of a classic action film, and nobody talks about it.