The Recasting Couch Ep. 97: Major League

Major League

Sometimes, you’ve got to stop fucking around with the curveball, and just give em the heater. Well that’s what we’ve got for you this week. Major League is the movie that we’ve recast this week. This screwball comedy about a group of outcasts striving to win the pennant with the hapless Cleveland Indians is an absolute joy to watch. The huge ensemble cast (that took us forever to get through) is led by Tom Berenger as Jake Taylor, the has-been catcher with balky knees, whose hoping his return to the majors is enough to rekindle his lost relationship with Lynn (Rene Russo). The rest of the rag-tag team is rounded out by Charlie Sheen as the bad-boy closing pitcher with a million-dollar arm, and ten cent corneas. Dennis Haysbert as the voodoo priest who can’t hit a curveball, Corben Bernsen as the prima-donna with no heart, and Wesley Snipes as a fast-talking, fast-running (and not much else) new guy. They are anchored by the incomparable Coach Lou Brown (James Gammon), and they plan on ruining the new owner’s attempt to get them to fail their way out of their stadium contract and move the team to Miami. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 97: Major League”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 63: Get Shorty

Get Shorty

We’ve been waiting for this one for a loooooong time. Get Shorty is one of our favorites. This movie is absolutely dripping with style, thanks to a soundtrack by John Lurie, Booker T and the MG’s and Us3. It is anchored by a comeback performance from John Travolta, but Danny Devito steals the show as the ultimate Hollywood turd, Martin Weir. I dare you to watch this movie and not fall madly in love with Rene Russo as a B-movie bombshell, Dennis Farina as the ultimate C-level Miami gangster, Gene Hackman as a D-level, B-movie director, and Delroy Lindo as a D-level gangster trying to be a C-level, B-movie producer. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 63: Get Shorty”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 33: In The Line of Fire

In the Line of Fire

“Most thrillers these days are about stunts and action. In the Line of Fire has a mind.”

  • Roger Ebert
  1. I totally agree with that assessment .
  2. Your options are kinda limited when the star is 62 years old.

 

That being said, the smaller scale of this movie is sort of the whole point. It’s an “assassinate the President” movie without the president. The writing and the acting are so good that the president is almost an afterthought*. Clint Eastwood plays Frank Horrigan, a Secret Service agent who has stood by the side of presidents his entire career. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 33: In The Line of Fire”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 18: Outbreak

Outbreak

 

Welcome to The Recasting Couch ‘After Dark’. Mike and I get a little sauced up and have more fun talking about horrible stuff than we probably should. This week we recast Outbreak, the 1995 doomsday thriller starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 18: Outbreak”