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The Recasting Couch: Ep. 38 The Boondock Saints

Boondock Saints is the cult classic that we are recasting this week. While we are going to pretend that the sequel didn’t exist (and apparently a third installment is coming soon), the original is definitely one of our favorite action films. Starring a relatively unknown pair in Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery, as well as great performances by Willem Dafoe and Billy Connelly, this movie feels like an independent film, but it’s actually far from the case. This began as a movie that...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 37 The Italian Job

The Italian Job is the 2003 action/heist movie we are recasting this week. This fairly successful film co-stars an uninspired Mark Wahlberg and an incredibly flat Charlize Theron. Luckily, there are some really fun performances by the auxiliary roles played by Seth Green, Jason Statham, Yasiin Bey (f/k/a Mos Def), and an always welcome, somewhat whimsical Donald Sutherland. We also have Edward Norton in his first notable villain role (which is a mixed bag). One of the reasons for his...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 36 National Treasure

National Treasure is a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon popcorn movie. Which is exactly what we were doing when we decided on what movie to watch for this week’s episode. It stars Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, and the rare Sean Bean appearance where his character actually lives until the end. We also get “keep gettin’ them checks” performances by Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel.


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 35 Reservior Dogs

Reservoir Dogs; the heist movie with everything except the heist. This film put Quentin Tarantino on the map along with Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. It also caused a brief resurgence of Stealers Wheel. I don’t know what it is about Quentin, man. He just seems to be able to get the absolute best out of the actors he works with, and this film is no exception, on a shoestring budget no less. Although he can’t act his way out of a paper bag, he was supposed to play Mr. Pink and...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 34 Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon, the 1987 action movie is what we are talking about this week. Starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (NOT Rene Russo and Joe Pesci, they came later), this movie touches on some really tough topics and does so in a (somewhat) realistic way. Mel plays a Vietnam veteran Martin Riggs who, in addition to dealing with the horrors of war, is on the edge of sanity after losing his wife tragically in a car accident. Roger Murtaugh is the grumpy older detective who is a family man on the...


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

"Most thrillers these days are about stunts and action. In the Line of Fire has a mind." Roger Ebert I totally agree with that assessment .Your options arekindalimited 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...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 32 Batman Forever

Oh boy. Batman Forever. In retrospect, that’s a kinda hilarious name, seeing as they immediately replaced every single role for the sequel except Alfred (natch…) and Robin (Mike’s favorite 90’s heartthrob, Chris O’Donnell), and was almost instantly forgotten within the cultural zeitgeist. If it weren’t for it’s fantastic soundtrack, it may be on the same level as Batman and Robin, instead of accepted as slightly better.


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 31 Primal Fear

Welcome back, everyone! Happy New Year, and all that stuff. We hope you enjoyed the Two Man Round Table 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.


The Recasting Couch: TMRT Part 3: Unoriginal Hollywood

On the third installment of the Two Man RoundTable, we talk about the unoriginality of Hollywood that is slowly eroding the film industry. We cover the history of remakes, some of the most egregious examples of remake culture gone bad, and catalogue all of the remakes and sequels that will be hitting theaters in the near future. For example, Tim Burton is going to be directing a live action Dumbo movie. I wish I were funny enough to claim to have made that up, but it’s actually happening.


The Recasting Couch: TMRT Part 2: Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Today is part 2 of the Two Man Roundtable, a series of discussions about topics within the movie industry that we wanted to explore at greater length than we would be able to on a normal show. In today’s episode we tackle the sexual harassment epidemic in Hollywood. We try to cover as much ground as possible, from its historical place in the underbelly of the industry to why there is hope for the future. We also discuss the most news-worthy reports and why all of these guys are not the same...


The Recasting Couch: TMRT Part 1: Movies of 1985

Welcome to our new series, the Two Man Round Table. Over the next couple of weeks we will be bringing you our thoughts on some movie related topics but will not be recasting. Part one of the TMRT series is The Movies of 1985. If you have been listening since the beginning we have already recasted several movies from '85 and after listing the releases from that year, we will be doing at least a couple more. These movies were originals with sass and heart that didn't pander to their...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 30 The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause is this week’s movie. We chose it specifically because there are absolutely zero good Christmas movies available on the streaming services, and I’m pretty sure this proves that. Despite some pretty solid performances from Tim Allen and David Krumholtz, this movie falls incredibly flat. The premise has a lot of promise, but the direction they decided to go is pretty baffling. Rather than spending screen time on Scott Calvin learning how to become Santa , how to use the...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 29 Four Brothers

Four Brothers is a movie about four BROTHERS who aren’t actually BROTHERS, although two of them are BROTHERS (“And when I say BROTHER, I don't mean like an actual BROTHER, but I mean it like the way black people use it, which is more meaningful, I think.”). The BROTHERS have to join forces and use all of their BROTHERS powers do defeat the guy who killed their BROTHER mother (although he does eventually kill one of the BROTHERS). Did I mention that they are BROTHERS? That’s it. I...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 28 Men In Black

“ come the MIB’ come the MIB’s..unh...The good guys dress in black, remember that, just in case you ever face-to-face or make contact. The title held by me, MIB, because you thought what you saw you did NOT SEE.” Remember that song you heard 5,000 times during the summer of 1997? Well that song actually had a movie based off of it… That’s not even a little bit true, but Mike puts only the first two paragraphs of the blog into the preview, and I just want to...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 27 Hudson Hawk

Hudson Hawk is the 1991, musical, heist, action, comedy starring Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, and Andie MacDowell. This remains Bruce Willis’ one and only writing credit and was a passion project for him. Unfortunately, it was universally panned and is by no means a good movie (Mike would disagree). However, it’s a fun movie that could have been good if there were any sort of tonal consistency. Wikipedia says that it’s based off of a “clockpunk” technology, which I refuse to believe is an...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 26 A Knight's Tale

This week’s episode is about one of my favorite guilty-pleasure movies; A Knight’s Tale. This movie stars Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, and Shannyn Sossamon, but is really filled out by some great supporting work from Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy and James Purefoy. A Knight’s Tale was the big coming out party for Heath Ledger as he had really not done much before this other than 10 Things I Hate About You, which seems really strange because what is essentially a sports movie about a...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 25 Terminator 2: Judgement Day

The 90's wouldn't have been the same without the Governator spitting one liners like 'Hasta la vista, baby' or 'I'll be back'. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Patrick and Linda Hamilton and introducing Edward Furlong, this is one of the few sequels that is better than the original. This visually stunning movie from James Cameron, really set itself apart, not only from the original, but from all of the other movies of this era. As groundbreaking as this movie was with technology and...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 24 The Truman Show

The Truman Show is the 1998 “satirical science fiction film*” (apparently not a drama) that we recast this week. This movie centers around an absolutely perfect performance by Jim Carey, but Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich and Laura Linney all chip in to create an amazing fantasy world that is somehow completely believable at the same time.


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 23 Clue

This week we have special guest Max Rappaport of Complex Sports and The Stepover Pod join us to recast the Parker Brothers classic, Clue. Max specifically requested this movie, although unfortunately, he couldn’t stay for the whole thing, check out the timestamps if you want to jump around. Clue stars Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, and Madeline Kahn, amongst many talented others. There are plenty of heavy hitters in this movie, but the real star is the dialogue. It reminds me...


The Recasting Couch: Ep. 22 Fright Night

On this week’s episode, we continue the Halloween spirit and recast the 1985 cult classic, Fright Night. To be honest, I have no idea if it’s a cult classic or not. To be even more honest, I really didn’t like this movie all that much as a whole, but there are a lot of small things to love about this film, and Chris Sarandon’s performance alone is worth the price of admission. In a way, it’s a true horror version of Teen Wolf. Outside of Sarandon and maybe Amanda Bearse, Neither is by no...


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