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. 60: Rain Man

Rain Man

I definitely, definitely didn’t like this movie as much as I was expecting to. Rain Man is this week’s movie and it was underwhelming. Dustin Hoffman is sensational. That is completely undeniable. Tom Cruise is nearly unwatchable. I almost convince Mike that it’s a Chris O’Donnell level performance. What I was not expecting was Valeria Golino to completely steal the show. She is tender, strong, patient, intelligent, and you completely fall in love with her. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 60: Rain Man”

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. 31: Primal Fear

Primal Fear

Welcome back, everyone! Happy New Year, and all that stuff. We hope you enjoyed the Two Man Roundtable series, but this week we are returning to our regular format, so strap in for one of our collective favorite movies, Primal Fear. Edward Norton’s feature debut is a Hall of Fame first appearance. In addition to top notch writing and solid-to-good acting pretty much all around, this was one we have been waiting to do for quite a while. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 31: Primal Fear”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 19: Red Dawn (1984)

 

Red Dawn

Red Dawn (1984) is the movie we are recasting this week. A highly implausible tale about Russia and Cuba (with a bit of Nicaragua sprinkled in) invading America and occupying Anytown, USA. Of course, this occupation is thwarted by a group of youths spearheaded by Patrick Swayze, who is swiftly becoming one of my favorite actors of all time. I guess I don’t have as much exposure to his body of work as I once thought I did, and as I learn more about him as an actor and as a person, the more I appreciate his talent. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 19: Red Dawn (1984)”

The Recasting Couch Ep. 4: Top Gun

What happens when you watch one of the most iconic movies of your childhood with a critical eye? How do you recast one of the biggest starts of a generation? What is with the volleyball scene? Find out on this weeks episode.

Top GunThis week we recast the 1980’s Aerial Combat classic, Top Gun. Now I don’t remember if I mentioned it in the pod, but for how many times I’ve seen this movie, I don’t think I’d ever seen it all the way through in one sitting.

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The Recasting Couch Ep. 3: The Princess Bride

Princess Bride

This episode we are tackling The Princess Bride, and it’s a tough one. This movie has so many unique characters, lines, and scenes. We had a really fun time recapping the plot and rediscovering some of the smaller moments that really make this film so much fun and completely watchable all these years later. Continue reading “The Recasting Couch Ep. 3: The Princess Bride”