The Fifth Element is plainly one of the greatest action movies of all time. It has the perfect blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy, and its world building keeps it from fading over time. The CGI holds up relatively well because it’s used sparingly and mostly in background elements. Most of what you are actually paying attention to is all practical. Credit to director Luc Besson for focusing more on developing the characters and avoiding the easy trap of falling in love with effects and ignoring the human piece of the film.
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.
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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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”
I think Contact was maybe the first alien movie I’ve ever seen where the aliens aren’t actually shown. In retrospect, that was probably a good call, because aliens in sci-fi movies don’t tend to age particularly well. The only ones that do are ones that are only shown in flashes and shadows. This was also the first movie that I remember where it represents first contact with aliens to be something more than just aliens hellbent on eradicating humans from the planet. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 7: Contact”