The Recasting Couch Ep. 65: Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

 

We have a treat of a movie this week! Field of Dreams is not only known for being one of the best baseball movies of all time, but it’s simply a wonderful film. Nominated for 3 awards at the 1990 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Music for James Horner’s exquisite score). This movie’s got it all. Kevin Costner doing what he does best alongside Amy Madigan who slays it as the ride-or-die hippie wife. Gaby Hoffmann makes her acting debut as the sweet and undeterrable Karin Kinsella. I could go on and on. It’s filled with that guys galore (Timothy Busfield, Frank Whaley, Art LaFleur), while the heavy hitters (Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones) absolutely knock it out of the park (pun intended). Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 65: Field of Dreams”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 48: The Untouchables

The Untouchables

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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Road Trip Chronicles Ep.2: Bull Durham

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This week is the second installment of The Road Trip Chronicles! On our way back from Boston, we recast Bull Durham; a movie that is basically a love letter to the game of baseball. Technically this movie stars Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins, but Susan Sarandon absolutely steals the show. It was released in 1988, but it really has a timeless feel. Both from the way that it’s written, to the way that it’s shot. If you told me it was made anywhere between 1970 and 1995, I would have absolutely believed you. Continue reading “Road Trip Chronicles Ep.2: Bull Durham”