by Doug Schultz
1. Stay Tuned (1992)
Couch potato (and eight simple rules maker) Roy Knable (John Ritter) gets sucked into a demonic satellite TV system with his wife Helen (Pam Dawber). I mean, the network is called Hell Vision. And it has exactly 666 channels. And it's sold to the Knables by a dude named Mr. Spike (aka, "Mephistopheles of the Cathode Ray"), who's played by Jeffrey Jones (aka, "A Registered Sex Offender"). In one of the movie's more inspired(?) sequences, Ritter finds himself on the set of Three's Company (the Chrissy Snow era ... none of that Cindy Snow or Terri Alden crap). BUT WHERE IS LARRY?
2. Pleasantville (1998)
3. Shocker (1989)
4. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Steven Spielberg-produced anthology film, directed by Joe Dante, is a remake of the original TV episode, "It's a Good Life." In this version, omnipotent boy Anthony (Jeremy Licht), flexing his divine powers, sends his sister Ethel (Nancy Cartwright) into the television set where she is eaten by a cartoon wolf. "Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. Boy, I'm getting mighty sick of this."
5. Last Action Hero (1993)
Originally a big box office bomb, this movie has a pretty strong cult following now. And I'm not sure I totally understand why. Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien) is a huge fan of action star Jack Slater (Governor Schwarzenegger [presumably because of his fiscally conservative policies?]). His friend Nick gives him a MAGIC TICKET to see a sneak preview of Slater's new film, which miraculously transports Danny into Slater's larger-than-life world (where the good guys always win). Unfortunately, Benedict the ASSASSIN (Charles Dance), steals Danny's ticket, and escapes into the real world. Where he, presumably, inherits a psychedelic chocolate factory.
6. Delirious (1991)
7. Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), Bert (Dick Van Dyke) and two kids (who cares about their names) jump into a chalk pavement drawing sketched by "screever" Bert. Not exactly a TV set or a motion picture, but I'll accept it. Plus, this scene features some of the most famous visuals from the whole film, including Van Dyke dancing with cartoon penguins. If only Saving Mr. Banks were half as interesting as this one bit.
8. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Probably the earliest example of ANY movie from one of these Flick Bait columns, this Buster Keaton film features Keaton as a projectionist-cum-detective after he dreams he becomes the lead character of the movie he's showing. Because it's such a short film (and presumably out of copyright), the entire 45-minute-long masterpiece is embedded above for your viewing pleasure. He falls asleep around the 17-minute mark. Hilarity ensues.
9. Poltergeist (1982)
Im happy with the Poltergeist being mentioned in every column in every podcast from every Era era. I love that filmReplyDelete
And The Twilight zone movie. Im sending you to Cartoonland. The the the Thats all folks.
" Do you wanna see something scary?" Is one of my favourite lines ever
I'm a big fan of Last Action Hero, and have been for many years, and my only defense of it is that the first half (third?) of the movie, which takes place inside the Jack Slater movie, is so off the walls with car chases, explosions, and one-liners that it could have been Arnold's best movie (after the Terminators), had that been the whole movie. In fact, I would argue that the "Arnold as Hamlet" dream sequence ("Not to be.") could have been the perfect 180-degree take on Shakespeare that the early 90s badly needed.ReplyDelete
I'm so with you on a Pleasentville podcast! You've definitley convinced me to hurry up with watching Poltergeist! Big fan of Sherlock Jr as well and have unfortunately seen Delerious. This is a movie - great way to describe it!ReplyDelete
I think I recently commented about my hesitation at revisiting Shocker. Loved it as a kid, and I agree that the poster and marketing were pretty iconic (at least to a few of us). You seem to still like it. Maybe I'll give it another shot.ReplyDelete
I re-watched Pleasantville a couple years ago and was super surprised that I found it an almost perfect movie. It gets very preachy, but I guess it earns it in a way that the movie doesn't become irritating. The Don Knotts performance ties it to the era in such a great way, and JT Walsh fucking rules, always.