Monday, March 13, 2023

Friday Night Double Features Vol. 28

 by Adam Riske and Patrick Bromley

A new set of double features to watch after NCAA March Madness games.

Double Feature 1:

Adam: #1: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Patrick: #2: Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The Expendables, “Respect Yourself” video, Four Rooms, Ocean’s Twelve
Patrick: Theme: Uncredited Bruno

Patrick: I never really realized how often Bruce Willis lent his celebrity to projects without taking credit until perusing his IMDb page recently when writing a 24 Hours of Movies piece. I’m still so sad about his diagnosis. I know this isn’t the best way to celebrate him (showing two of his actual movies would be better), but it will make me happy to see him pop up as a bright spot in both of these.

Adam: This would be a fun night and it’s a nice sentiment. Odd how often he went uncredited. It’s one of those things floating in the air but I never realized it until you pointed it out to me. Also, I rewatched Loaded Weapon 1 a couple years ago and thought it was way funnier than I remembered. Willis’s cameo in that rules.

Double Feature 2:

Patrick: #1: Wrath of Man (2021)
Adam: #2: Den of Thieves (2018)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Armored, Dead Presidents, Heat
Adam: Theme: Armored Trucks

Adam: I’m starting to think if an action movie features an armored truck it’s guaranteed to be good. Not to boast, but I don’t think anyone will go home unhappy after this double feature. Both are sneaky great and among the best action movies in recent years.

Patrick: Every title in this lineup is a banger. What a night at the movies. Even Armored rules! I was just rewatching Wrath of Man the other night and texting you that it should have been in my Top 10. I messed up on that one. Also, I suspect this is exactly how I would have programmed this double too.

Double Feature 3:
Adam: #1: Mulan (1998)
Patrick: #2: Small Soldiers (1998)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The Mask of Zorro, There’s Something About Mary, Six Days Seven Nights
Patrick: Theme: Summer ‘98

Patrick: I’m curious to revisit Mulan because I haven’t seen it since the day it opened in 1998 and have never really considered myself a Mulan guy (I didn’t see the live action one either). I was thinking recently that 1998, while not necessarily a great year for prestige and art movies, was a really great summer and one of maybe the last of its kind. I wish we could get a summer like ‘98 again. Did you ever read The Gross? It’s all about the summer of 1998 and it’s good.

Adam: I haven’t revisited Mulan in quite a while (skip the live action one, it’s really bad) but of the Disney animated features of the late '90s it’s the best of the bunch. Small Soldiers would be a fun pairing. I’m always waiting to love that movie but come down on just liking it. I think I read The Gross but I can’t remember. Is that real Peter Guber and/or Peter Bart heavy? I think I read a book that detailed their productions at some point. Summer 1998 was an odd duck. Even the headliners felt more like programmers, which nowadays sounds amazing.

Patrick: I miss programmers.

Double Feature 4:

Patrick: #1: Blue Steel (1990)
Adam: #2: Desperate Hours (1990)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Stanley & Iris, Quigley Down Under, The Russia House
Adam: Theme: MGM 1990

Adam: MGM has become a studio I enjoy over the years largely because they made movies for adults when I was a kid, so now I’m catching up on a lot of '80s and '90s dramas/romances/thrillers that I missed. Blue Steel and Desperate Hours are two I haven’t seen yet but would love to as a double feature. Plus, I get to watch a Ron Silver joint. He was like the Franz to Al Pacino’s Hans.

Patrick: I definitely want to love Desperate Hours more than I do because of my love of Mickey Rourke in that period, so I’m curious to see how it will play paired with a movie I really like. I share your affection for MGM. They had good programmers and never got too big for their britches. I miss programmers.

Double Feature 5:
Adam: #1: Dennis the Menace (1993)
Patrick: #2: The Last Starfighter (1984)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The Boy Who Could Fly, Major Payne, Mr. Wrong
Theme: Castle Freak

Patrick: I had zero idea what to pair here so I just went with a director double. I love, love, love The Last Starfighter but the rest of Nick Castle’s limited filmography doesn’t do a ton for me. Is Dennis the Menace good? I haven’t seen it since it was released on VHS when I was working at Blockbuster. You might have been more the target audience at the time.

Adam: I was 11 when Dennis the Menace came out and in 1993 felt like I was too old for it. I think I caught it on Pay-Per-View later. It’s fine. I remember Christopher Lloyd plays an evil vagrant and that he’s like 200% dirtier than he should be for that movie. He’s like if the woman behind the dumpster in Mulholland Drive were a dude and ate beans. I almost bought Major Payne on Blu-ray earlier this year (it was $8) but I stopped myself.

Double Feature 6:

Patrick: #1: The Ladies Man (1961)
Adam: #2: Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: The Errand Boy, Blue Hawaii, Breakfast at Tiffany's
Adam: Theme: The Actual 1961 Double Bill

Adam: I was tempted to book The Errand Boy (another Jerry Lewis comedy from 1961) as the second movie but when I read on Wikipedia that the “B” feature that followed The Ladies Man (in its original run) was Love in a Goldfish Bowl, I thought it would be cool to repeat it. For the trailers, I went with other 1961 comedies. Are you a fan of either of the Jerry Lewis movies?

Patrick: I love both of these Jerry Lewis movies. The Ladies Man is my favorite of everything he made but I’ve never seen Love in a Goldfish Bowl. Reading the summary on Wikipedia makes me think it’s the kind of thing I would like, but that’s because I like fluff from this time period.

Double Feature 7:
Adam: #1: Big (1988)
Patrick: #2: Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The Matrix, Wayne’s World, Look Who’s Talking, The Proposal
Patrick: Theme: $100 million+ Directed by Women

Patrick: Our recent (albeit brief) discussion of Something’s Gotta Give on the podcast has me wanting to revisit it, so I slotted it in as the second feature for this double. Looking at the list of top grossing movies directed by women is depressing because most of them are either co-directed or animated. I’m hoping that changes going forward.

Adam: I do too. I noticed recently when I was starting a 2K Replay on Lost in Translation that Sofia Coppola is the first female director I’ve written one of those articles about. That made me mad at myself, but it also speaks to how rare the opportunities were back in the early 2000s. I’m looking forward to revisiting Something’s Gotta Give later this year for its 20th anniversary (and yes there will be a 2K Replay).

Double Feature 8:

Patrick: #1: The Chase (1994)
Adam: #2: Money Talks (1997)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Hot Shots, Men at Work, Cadence, Charlie Sheen in person walking out to “Wild Thing” to introduce the first movie
Adam: Theme: Short Sheens

Adam: There were so many directions I could have taken this (e.g., a Flea night). I think this double feature could be fun since Charlie Sheen is being asked to do different things (wild card vs. strait-laced). I’m looking forward to this since I haven’t seen either movie in a long time.

Patrick: I’m always down for a Charlie Sheen double, especially from this ‘90s period when he was still a movie star but not the “it” guy. His career was starting to go off the rails and he could do more programmers and not just high-profile stuff. I miss programmers.

Double Feature 9:
Adam: #1: Octopussy (1983)
Patrick: #2: Jaws 3D (1983)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Return of the Jedi, Psycho II, Amityville 3D
Patrick: Theme: ‘83 Sequels

Patrick: Since we just finished celebrating 1983 for F This Movie Fest, I thought we could keep the train rolling and do a double feature of ‘83 sequels. I don’t think either of these movies really works on its own, but I’ll bet it would be fun to see them together. I might wear my 3D glasses for all of Octopussy even though it’s not in 3D.

Adam: I keep meaning to see all the Bonds, but I never do. Nothing motivates me to watch the Roger Moore ones (I’ve only seen A View to a Kill). If Octopussy were paired with Jaws 3D it would be enough of a reason to buy a ticket.

Double Feature 10:

Patrick: #1: Fargo (1996)
Adam: #2: The Birdcage (1996)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: The Rock, Romeo + Juliet, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, clips from the 1996 MTV Movie Awards
Adam: Theme: 1996 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo Nominees

Adam: It’s tough to follow up Fargo but I think watching The Birdcage afterwards would work well (plus I only saw it once on video and it would be good to revisit it). When I look back on past award show nominations, I really like what MTV did back in the day. They did a good job of reflecting what was big in popular culture.

Patrick: You’re so good at finding unusual themes. I haven’t seen The Birdcage since theaters either so I’m excited to see it again. I think I would like it even more now than I did in the ‘90s. Is Fargo one of the best movies ever made?

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