Monday, February 12, 2018

Friday Night Double Features Vol. 1

by Adam Riske and Patrick Bromley
Patrick and Adam built ten double features that are perfect to start your weekend!

Double Feature 1
Patrick: #1: Excalibur (1981)
Adam: #2: The Dark Crystal (1982)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Time Bandits, Labyrinth, Dark City
Adam: Theme: Scoring with Trevor Jones

Adam: When I Wikipedia’d Excalibur and saw it was composed by Trevor Jones, I smiled because I know he’s my boy with that hot Dark Crystal score. It all came into place after that. Alternate title for this double bill “You haven’t scored, until you score...till you score!”

Patrick: This is a pretty great early ‘80s fantasy double bill. I have no idea how the two movies will play together, but at least they’ll both look and sound great. We could also call it “Trevor Jones Fantasy,” but that usually means something very different in my dream journals.

Double Feature 2:
Adam: #1: F/X (1986)
Patrick: #2: The Stunt Man (1980)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Blow Out, Hooper, The Errand Boy, Stunts
Patrick: Theme: Below the Line

Patrick: So many of the movies about movies are about directors or actors or screenwriters. I like the idea of doing a double feature based around some other jobs on the crew. I don’t know how well The Stunt Man will play second, because it’s kind of long and super eccentric (but great!), but it seems like a pretty good night of movie watching.

Adam: I’ve never seen either of these movies. I’m in!

Double Feature 3:
Patrick: #1: Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985)
Adam: #2: Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues, A Nightmare on Elm Street II: Freddy’s Revenge, The Return of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead
Adam: Theme: 1985 Horror Franchise Entries

Adam: Heather. Must. Attend.

Patrick: If she doesn’t, I’ll be pretty bummed about having to sit through Howling II again.

Double Feature 4:
Adam: #1: Black Dog (1998)
Patrick: #2: Scavenger Hunt (1979)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Formula 51, Roadie, Tales from the Crypt Episode “What’s Cookin’?”
Patrick: Theme: Double Meat Loaf

Patrick: For a comedy, Scavenger Hunt is way too long. But it’s fun and there’s no way I’m going to feel like watching Fight Club second.

Adam: I’m on board for this if for no other reason than to see “What’s Cookin’?” again.

Double Feature 5:
Patrick: #1: The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)
Adam: #2: Little Monsters (1989)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt, Parents, Vampire’s Kiss, Eddie and the Cruisers II, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
Adam: Theme: 1989 Under $1M Domestic Grossers

Adam: There was a real temptation just to bill two Toxic Avenger movies together but that puts me up the creek trailers-wise, so why not the most specific double feature ever conceived?

Patrick: This. Is. Amazing. I don’t love Little Monsters, but I know you don’t love Toxie II so I feel like we’re in this together. Also, don’t you kind of think the trailers are going to be the best part of this night?

Double Feature 6:
Adam: #1: Monster House (2006)
Patrick: #2: We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: An American Tail, Balto, The Land Before Time
Patrick: Theme: Amblimation!

Patrick: I don’t know. I’ve never seen We’re Back. My whole rationale is that it’s only 73 minutes.

Adam: Do you not like Monster House? We’re Back is one of my movies that got away too. Please make an Amblin day for Junesploitation so I can double it with Balto.

Patrick: Monster House is good! I just didn’t want to pair it with another haunted house movie. Or another Gil Kenan movie, because who really feels like watching City of Ember?

Adam: Or his Poltergeist (2015).

Double Feature 7:
Patrick: #1: Employee of the Month (2006)
Adam: #2: Clerks II (2006)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Secretary, Adventureland, Anchorman, No Reservations
Adam: Theme: 2000s Workplace Romances

Adam: What I want to know most is how you pulled Employee of the Month out of a hat to headline. I toyed with double bills of “Douche Leads” or “Stand Up, Sit Down” (for failed stand-ups as movie stars) as themes. In hindsight, both of those are better than the one I chose. I also investigated “Lionsgate Romances” but there are not enough of them. Plus, I don’t want to be responsible for all the Lionsgate babies that would be conceived due to that double feature.

Patrick: I especially like “Stand Up, Sit Down.” Probably because we could watch The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Truth be told, though, this is a super watchable double feature and even the trailers are good. I can’t really defend Employee of the Month, except to say that it showed up on TMC the other night and I rewatched almost all of it. I’m broken.

Adam: That’s a lot of responsibility being the only guy who has TMC.

Patrick: It was part of a bundle! A BUNDLLLLLLLLE!!!

Double Feature 8:
Adam: #1: Piranha 3D (2010)
Patrick: #2: Hollow Man (2000)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Adventures in Babysitting, Link, Palmetto, Elizabeth Shue Burger King commercial, Soapdish
Patrick: Theme: Shue-in

Patrick: I know Elisabeth Shue has made way better movies than Hollow Man, but I like the idea of sticking with genre stuff and Hollow Man is, to borrow your phrase, a total mall movie. I’m still not sure I’m over my disappointment with it being Paul Verhoeven’s follow-up to Starship Troopers. Piranha 3D is a lot of fun, though, so good job!

Adam: Thanks! This is a shoe-in (no pun intended...ok, it was) for a great night at the movies. Have you seen Hamlet 2? I feel like we might get her to show up to this double feature because of that movie.

Patrick: How can we get the word out? Call Andrew!

Double Feature 9:
Patrick: #1: Detroit Rock City (1999)
Adam: #2: Out of Sight (1998)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: True Romance, The Crow, Gridlock’d, For Love of the Game
Adam: Theme: '90s Detroit Movies

Adam: You may have been teeing me up for a KISS double bill. My apologies if that was the intention.

Patrick: It was not! Your theme is excellent. And you worked in a Costner! Was Detroit the epicenter of everything good in the ‘90s? Minus Kid Rock, I mean.

Adam: No. They had Isaiah Thomas, too.

Double Feature 10:
Adam: #1: House Party (1990)
Patrick: #2: Pump Up the Volume (1990)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Blood of Heroes, Book of Love
Patrick: Theme: 1990 New Line

Patrick: I think of all the double features we’ve programmed so far, I’m most excited for this one. You and I share a love of old-school New Line, and nothing would make me happier than to celebrate it with these two movies. Even the trailers will be great.

Adam: We need to do an all New Line Friday Night Double Features some day. This double is a mall movie miracle.

1 comment:

  1. Couple of things

    Why is Pump Up The Volume not on blu-ray yet?

    I also like Employee Of The Month. I can't explain it and i've watched it way too many times