Lots of things and stuff need punching. We’re back!
Wow, this was chock fulla’ nuts (DEEZ NUTZ!) and worth the wait, fellas.
Okay, nobody cares, but I played Santa and Easter Bunny at Eastwood Mall, so I’m full of memories, but my last memory was a few Xmases ago, when J’Mel, Trent and I went to the Wal-Mart and tried to figure out where Books-A-Million would’ve been. And as far as Century Plaza, we’ve covered that in-depth, J’Mel. What with the creepily beautiful Xmas town they had in there, Oz Records, the Shoney’s, you name it.
Festival Twin is where I saw “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” My cousins took me to the 7 pm showing, which ended up getting sold out (because that place was tiny). We waited around for the 9 or 10 as I slept in the lobby. They woke me up, I fell asleep after the transporter fucked porkchop up and I fell back asleep until the credits. NEVER SEEN IT SINCE. Seriously. In high school, I would hang out there on Saturday nights for “Rocky Horror.” Good group of people.
Okay, J’Mel, once again you made me laugh at my desk out-fucking-loud. Listen to it again if you want, but you made a mouth noise during the Thanksgiving discussion of BTTF. “Back to the Future’s on. Bee-yooo.” Nearly shit my ass.
You guys talked about deleted scenes that changed the meaning/story arc/mood of a films. “Stripes” anyone? I own it, and you guys probably already know this, but there’s a full storyline with the EM-50 where they pull a full-scale invasion that’s got NOTHING TO DO with the one that ended up in the final cut.
Lastly, I’ll pose THIS question to the THRAKAS of the world concerning the Eric Stoltz/BTTF conversation:
Can it be said that Eric Stoltz’s “too dramatic and not comedic enough” performance was any different than Ghostbusters’ all-out performance of horror instead of comedy? Personally, I’d take a darker BTTF (as I’m sure we all would).
Okay, just something to chew on. Don’t give us so much lag time in-between these things next time. We dig you bastards too hard.
Damn right you shouldn’t have dismissed the owl movie! It was the best fantasy film I’ve seen since LOTR. And a Zack Snyder Superman would be AMAZING. Apart from 300, he hasn’t made a bad step yet.
I don’t give a f*ck what T.S. Eliot says – September was the cruelest month this year, cuz I didn’t get any Thrak! Good to hear you both again.
I recently heard about a deleted storyline in a movie that we’ll probably never see. Apparently, ANNIE HALL started out as a murder mystery, with Diane Keaton as one of many suspects. Woody isn’t a stranger to abandoning work (he completely reshot SEPTEMBER with a completely different cast than the original line up), but we’re talking about a romantic comedy gamechanger here. I don’t know if we would have thoughtful films about relationships without it – no WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, no CHASING AMY, no 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and no ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. Still, the idea of seeing the murder mystery cut would be like watching a carnival turned loose inside of a classic. Imagine if CITIZEN KANE was actually a slasher flick and the movie that we got was just C.M. Kane’s backstory about…okay, bad example. But still!
Also, I uncovered some more alternate casting in the Fox vault that I feel I should bring to the light:
- They shot for 8 days with Marlon Brando on PLANET OF THE APES. He played a sexual lothario ape that was chief advisor to Dr. Zaius. They let him go after he suggested a three-way scene with him, Heston, and the “hot chimp”, which was rehearsed, but never filmed.
- In the pilot of “Married with Children”, Al Bundy was originally played by a aging Florence Henderson in a bald cap. It confused the audience to no end, but became the inspiration for “Drexler’s Class” (Henderson was again replaced, this time by a secretly gun-toting Dabney Coleman).
- Jack and Rose from TITANIC were originally played by a broken paddle ball game and an old beat-up guitar. Cameron went back and forth on the final cut, but there is a six hour version that involves a bearded Richard Moll as a wizard that can transform any random curio into Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet at will.
Great show, guys – look forward to more. And soon!
I really appreciated the description of the fall of the Eastwood Mall area. Very accurate. I remember when the Festival Theater was the nicest theater in Birmingham. It’s nice to know they have a new theater out there.
Re: Men of a Certain Age, add “Manchild” to your Netflix queue. Talking to you, J’Mel.
I haven’t seen Superman II or III. Should I?
I disturbed my co-workers by my laughing at your Christine O’Donnell comment.
Despite my hate of the Dark Knight, I do appreciate Nolan’s take on Gotham. I do think he should take a lesson from Batman: The Animated Series in keeping the characters interesting. Or if he can’t make a strong movie, to just let it be done.
Re: Devil, I thought it was an okay film, but didn’t feel the “gotcha” moment. More of an, “oh, hey,” than “oh, HEY!” The only part that got me covering my eyes and sinking into my seat involved the maintenance guy’s hat. So there you go.
Glad you two are back…
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