After what feels like an eternity, we are finally able to recast The Birdcage. A movie the two of us absolutely love (yes, in that way). The Birdcage tells the story of Armand Goldman, played by Robin Williams, and his life partner Albert, (Nathan Lane), as they deal with the engagement of Armand’s (highly unlikely) biological son, Val (Dan Futterman). Unfortunately, the woman he’s marrying is the daughter of a very conservative Senator Keeley (Gene Hackman), and his clueless wife (Dianne Wiest). Hilarity ensues when Barbara’s (Calista Flockhart) parents drop in for an impromptu visit as a way to dodge a political scandal, creating another one in the process.
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.
In an attempt to cleanse the palate from a month full of murder and mayhem, we attempted to select the most innocent and earnest movie we could think of, and we landed on Sixteen Candles. This John Hughes classic was a lot of fun to talk about (not so much fun to cast…). It’s first of the three huge hits starring Molly Ringwald. 1984 was Sixteen Candles, 1985 was The Breakfast Club, and 1986 was Pretty in Pink. Of the three, I think this was the best with regards to Molly. The movie also marks the second notable feature film for Anthony Michael Hall, having played Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation. AMH had a certain way about him in the 80’s that while he comes across as a creep, he’s also kind of charming. Not a lot of people can pull that off.
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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“Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?” We do, and that’s why we recast American Psycho this week. The movie adaptation of this Bret Easton Ellis novel was Christian Bale’s breakout role as Patrick Bateman; the quintessential 80’s Wall Street douchebag sociopath, who’s extravagant life is so empty that he has to hallucinate the brutal murders of several people in order to actually feel anything. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 69: American Psycho”
Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller Shutter Island is the movie we recast this week. Leonardo Dicaprio stars in this mind bending story of Teddy Daniels, a federal marshall tasked with investigating Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally insane, getting to the bottom of the case of the missing prisoner patient Rachel Solando. Mark Ruffalo plays his partner/doctor. Along the way we find out that this whole “case” was a put on by Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), in an attempt to shock him into admitting that he was also a prisoner patient at the facility and that he had killed his wife (Michelle Williams). Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 68: Shutter Island”
So…Maximum Overdrive. The next in our Spooky/October/Halloween themed month. Which this may be the last of because ALL of the good Halloween movies get pulled from streaming services and move to the “premium channels”. If you aren’t familiar with this film, there is the most amazing 3 minute breakdown on youtube.