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.
ThIS wEEK wE uNrAVEL sev7en, THE David Fincher classic. Starring Brad Pitt, in his first non-boy-toy-hey-this-guy-can-kinda-act role. Now, I’m curious if Morgan Freeman knew whether or not Pitt actually had the chops before accepting this role. Maybe it didn’t matter. What’s interesting about the Mills/Somerset relationship is that they didn’t have to be friends. They didn’t have to understand each other. They just had to cover their partner, which both of them did to the best of their ability
This week we have a special Recasting Couch After Dark episode, where we recast Cocktail and drink some cocktails. Cocktail is the Tom Cruise vehicle that ignited the flair bartending trend in the late 80’s/early 90’s. While artisanal cocktails and fancy bartending is coming back into popularity, the 80’s version was much more about style over substance. However, we figured it would be fun to go back in time and drink some of the goofy (sometimes made up) cocktails that they mention throughout the movie and that I’m convinced haven’t actually been ordered in a bar in over a decade.
Inside Man, the least Spike Lee movie of all Spike Lee movies is our target for this week. I’m still trying to hunt down the dick that spoiled this move for me a few years ago, but given that, I still enjoyed it immensely. Denzel Denzel’s the Denzel out of his role. Clive Owen Clive Owen’s the Clive Owen out of this role. And Jodie Foster…well…she Foster’s the Foster out of this role. With all of these great actors really working with there material, there’s Willem Dafoe, who basically plays the least charismatic role of his career, which is kind of jarring amid all of these stellar performances. It feels like a missed opportunity. But Christopher Plummer makes up for it.
This week we go to Mars, bitches. That’s right. Mars with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Total Recall is the target of the pod, so get ready for an episode that is OUT OF THIS WORLD.
(Mike, I don’t like these new rules that I have to include a dad joke in the blog posts)
Set in the year 2084, this Phillip K. Dick inspired movie also stars Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside and Sharon Stone in hear breakout role. Director Paul Verhoven was so impressed with Stone’s ability to go from sweet to murderous psycho, and back again that he cast her in the starring role of his follow up film, Basic Instinct. Verhoven and Schwarzenegger almost crossed paths once before, with Arnold slated to play RoboCop. Due to various issues, he never made it into the film, but he was so impressed with the final product that he wanted to work with him on his next project, and that ended up being Total Recall.