Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Friday Night Double Features: 1996 Edition

 by Adam Riske and Patrick Bromley

Pre-game for F This Movie Fest with these double features from 1996!

Double Feature 1:

Adam: #1: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Patrick: #2: Heavy
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The Cable Guy, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Welcome to the Dollhouse
Patrick: Theme: Misunderstood Misfits

Patrick: This probably isn’t my finest hour, but I’ve wanted to revisit James Mangold’s first movie for a number of years and this seems like a good chance to do it. I remember really liking it in theaters (I for sure saw it because Liv Tyler is in it, but bonus Evan Dando!) but I don’t think I’ve seen it since. I actually think it would pair well with Hunchback, another movie I haven’t seen since theaters in 1996.

Adam: I dig it. I’m not sure I’ve seen The Hunchback of Notre Dame the whole way through. I plan on rectifying that before F This Movie Fest, which is why I wanted your help pairing it with another ‘96 movie. Heavy is one of my unseen Mangolds, so this would be a solid double feature for me. I had to Google Evan Dando. I’m a fraud.

Double Feature 2:
Patrick: #1: If Lucy Fell
Adam: #2: Walking and Talking
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Emma, Feeling Minnesota, The Pallbearer
Adam: Theme: Writer-Director Romantic Comedy Debuts

Adam: Jeez…there were a lot of new filmmakers bursting on the scene with romantic comedies in 1996. I’ve never seen either If Lucy Fell or Walking and Talking. Are they good? 14-year-old me thought If Lucy Fell seemed unwatchable because I was a snob. Eric Shaeffer kind of looks like Experiment 37 if Experiment 38 was Ron Eldard.

Patrick: I like Walking and Talking, because Nicole Holofcener. I don’t remember liking If Lucy Fell, because Eric Shaeffer. I do want to revisit it, though, because it was his big studio debut. His She’s the One, if you will, which also came out in ‘96.

Double Feature 3:
Adam: #1: Courage Under Fire
Patrick: #2: Bed of Roses
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The English Patient, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Stealing Beauty, In Love and War
Patrick: Theme: In Love and War

Patrick: I’ve never seen Courage Under Fire, but wanted to do this theme because I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to program your beloved Bed of Roses. I hope these two movies play together.

Adam: Courage Under Fire is good but I haven’t seen it in a few years. I remember Bronson Pinchot said Denzel Washington was a jerk when they made the movie, which is a bummer because he’s terrific in it. Anyways, it was interesting to see Meg Ryan playing against type as a soldier. Thank you for programming Bed of Roses. It plays with anything.

Double Feature 4:
Patrick: #1: She’s the One
Adam: #2: Scream
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Dream of an Insomniac, Mother, an episode of Friends from 1996
Adam: Theme: Lady Friends

Adam: I sort of took the Friends cast’s film career for granted back in the day, but looking back at the list there’s a lot of movies they either starred or co-starred in that I enjoy. I thought it would be cool to showcase just the female leads for this double since She’s the One and Scream are both pretty kickass.

Patrick: Yeah, they did some interesting stuff in early days of trying to pivot to movies, maybe because they were taking supporting roles and not trying to cash in with star vehicles, as Jennifer Aniston would a year later with Picture Perfect. This would be a good double.
Double Feature 5:
Adam: #1: Black Sheep
Patrick: #2: Bulletproof
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Celtic Pride, Theodore Rex, Bio-Dome
Patrick: Theme: Shitty Buddy Comedies

Patrick: Ok, that theme isn’t totally fair. I don’t think Bulletproof or Black Sheep is totally shitty, though I wouldn’t call either one “good” either. I could watch either one pretty much any time, so that counts for something. I can’t say the same for the trailer block, which is what really gives the theme its name.

Adam: Boy do I love shitty buddy comedies. I genuinely like Bulletproof and Black Sheep has its moments too. This is a great pairing especially because it’s pretty short! I remember making my Mom take me to see Celtic Pride in theaters and during the movie I thought “This isn’t fair to her.”

Double Feature 6:
Patrick: #1: Dead Man (Molina)
Adam: #2: The English Patient (Dafoe)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Before and After (Giamatti), The Great White Hype (Foxx), Multiplicity (Keaton)
Adam: Theme: Before They Were Spider-Man Villains

Adam: This is pretty random, but I couldn’t come up with something to pair with Dead Man right away and this theme came to mind first. I like Dead Man (from what I remember) and need to see The English Patient once and for all so there’s some appeal to this double feature even if it’s not the one I would watch first from our list.

Patrick: I like it, even if you’re going to make me watch The English Patient again. Our friendship will survive.
Double Feature 7:
Adam: #1: Big Night
Patrick: #2: Sling Blade
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Shine, I Shot Andy Warhol, Secrets and Lies
Patrick: Theme: Critically-acclaimed 1996 Movies Patrick Has Never Seen

Patrick: I have no excuse. I’ve had 25 years to see these movies and I just haven’t. I went with Sling Blade as the second feature because it seems a little less heavy and dry than at least two of the movies in the trailer block, but I could be totally wrong about that.

Adam: Don’t feel bad, I’ve never seen Sling Blade either, but I think it’s supposed to be heavy??? I avoided it because he’s all “Mmmhmm taters.” Big Night is really good. I’m excited for you to see it.

Double Feature 8:
Patrick: #1: Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood
Adam: #2: The Frighteners
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Fear, The Trigger Effect, The Chamber
Adam: Theme: Dark Universal

Adam: I couldn’t resist the pun, which is appropriate for a double feature that includes a Tales from the Crypt movie. I like Bordello of Blood more than The Frighteners because I’m a crazy person. That movie gives me a headache even though I love the idea of it and the poster’s pretty cool. It needed Dennis Miller is what I’m trying to say.

Patrick: What a double this would be! If we do another podcast where we pick real FNDF to talk about, I might pick this one. I’m definitely Team Frighteners, but I think Bordello of Blood would play well in this setting. Plus, you get the added bonus of Frighteners originally being intended as a Tales from the Crypt movie, so the double feature has even more to connect it!
Double Feature 9:
Adam: #1: Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
Patrick: #2: Beavis and Butthead Do America
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, A Very Brady Sequel, Sgt. Bilko, Mission: Impossible, Flipper
Patrick: Theme: Based on a TV Show

Patrick: Was 1996 the peak of turning TV shows into movies? Boy there were a lot of them that year.

Adam: This would be a great double feature to start at midnight. And yes, my goodness, that’s a lot of film adaptations of TV shows in one year. Sgt. Bilko sucks so much. I remember seeing that in theaters and being like “Poor man’s Down Periscope much?”

Double Feature 10:
Patrick: #1: Dragonheart
Adam: #2: The Quest
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Down Periscope, Diabolique, Daylight
Adam: Theme: Randy Edelman Scores

Adam: Randy Edelman wrote the score to Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, which then went on to be in many trailers for years afterwards. His score for Dragonheart is incredible too and I really loved that movie (except for the part that it’s directed by Rob Cohen) when I revisited it a while back. I’ve been meaning to re-watch The Quest for about two decades. This should be a fun double feature.

Patrick: I’ve never seen The Quest! That was going to be my ‘96 Shelf Life movie with Erika until I discovered we don’t own it. I do love the Dragonheart score, though (it was the whole reason I programmed it in the first place), so pairing these two movies by composer is an inspired choice.


  1. Oh man this FNDF activated so many memories for me. I saw Brain Candy on opening night at the 8pm show, and was amazed at how there were maybe 10 people there including me, my mom and a friend I dragged along who for YEARS used the movie as a rebuttal in arguments.

    Also, I could recall every single one of these VHS cover boxes in my local Blockbuster.

  2. Wait...IVE never seen Sling Blade!? Is it even a movie? Possibly not! Maybe its a long con by Billy Bob involving a poster, fake trailer, and silly accent and folks have lied about seeing it to not appear out of touch!? Well played Thorton...you win this round.

    Im gonna do Double Feature 9 soon as ive been meaning to revisit both films for a long long time.

    Thanks dudes!

  3. I don’t own a ton of physical media but I do own all of Eric Schaeffer’s movies, a fact I’d prob never admit to on Twitter. I really loved FALL back in the day but haven’t rewatched it for 10 years or more and thanks to this column I now know he’s made two more movies that I will need to track down and buy. (Cause I’m a glutton for punishment?)
    Oh, and BIG NIGHT is the second best movie of this entire bunch, after SCREAM.