The Recasting Couch Ep. 26: A Knight’s Tale

A Knight's Tale

This week’s episode is about one of my favorite guilty-pleasure movies; A Knight’s Tale. This movie stars Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, and Shannyn Sossamon, but is really filled out by some great supporting work from Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy and James Purefoy.

A Knight’s Tale was the big coming out party for Heath Ledger as he had really not done much before this other than 10 Things I Hate About You, which seems really strange because what is essentially a sports movie about a sport that hasn’t been seriously played for hundreds of years is not exactly the formula for a break out, but that’s exactly what happened. He’s undeniably charming, his acting is solid, and you can tell that he did a lot of the stunts himself, which definitely adds to the entertainment factor.

The Recasting Couch Ep. 25: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator 2

Terminator 2: Judgement Day was one of the biggest blockbusters of my childhood. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger , Eddie Furlong, Linda Hamilton and Robert Patrick. Directed by James Cameron, this movie made ALL of the money, and it apparently had the largest opening box office weekend until dethroned by The Matrix Reloaded 22 years later. The rewatch itself was interesting. We had different takes watching it after all this time. I really enjoyed it, and thought it held up. Mike…not so much. We have a lot of fun with this one, so we run a bit long.

The Recasting Couch Ep. 24: The Truman Show

Truman Show

The Truman Show is the 1998 “satirical science fiction film*” (apparently not a drama) that we recast this week. This movie centers around an absolutely perfect performance by Jim Carey, but Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich and Laura Linney all chip in to create an amazing fantasy world that is somehow completely believable at the same time.

The Recasting Couch Ep. 23: Clue

Clue

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.

The Recasting Couch Ep. 22: Fright Night

Fright Night

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).