Monday, August 21, 2023

Friday Night Double Features Vol. 33

 by Adam Riske and Patrick Bromley

Wind down your summer with these double features from Patrick and Adam!

Double Feature 1:

Adam: #1: Shiva Baby (2020)
Patrick: #2: Last Night in Soho (2021)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Theater Camp, Bodies Bodies Bodies, Old, The Menu
Patrick: Theme: A Double for Adam and Patrick

Patrick: Since Shiva Baby stars both Rachel Sennott and Molly Gordon, it seems only appropriate to pair it with a movie starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor Joy. We work hard at the Linderground Cinemarink and some nights gotta be for us.

Adam: Omg.

Double Feature 2:

Patrick: #1: Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Adam: #2: Commando (1985)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Dawn of the Dead (1978), Police Story mall sequence, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, East Hills Mall commercial
Adam: Theme: Mall Fights!

Adam: I love malls (mostly because they feel like if Batman Forever were buildings and they smell great) so it makes sense that my clearest memory from the one time I saw Invasion U.S.A. (which I think was with you at the Music Box) is there was an action sequence set in a mall. I think Invasion U.S.A. would pair great with Commando and I’ll even host a trip to a nearby mall as an event add-on prior to the double feature. Sarku Japan chicken teriyaki for everyone! P.S. Why aren’t there action marathons at rep houses like there are horror marathons? Do you think it would get too redundant/wear people out?

Patrick: The New Beverly did one recently when we were out in LA, but we weren’t able to get tickets. The programming of that one was pretty incredible, but I think you’re onto something in thinking they might be redundant. Horror has more variety. This double pairs incredibly well, BTW, and I love the mall theme. Remember when I played that East Hills Mall commercial before a screening of Observe and Report? I love that commercial.

Double Feature 3:
Adam: #1: Coming to America (1988)
Patrick: #2: Ed Wood (1994)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Life, Batman Forever, Captain EO in its entirety
Patrick: Theme: Non-Horror Rick Baker Makeup

Patrick: I thought it might be cool to have a night celebrating Rick Baker for his work outside of horror, which I assume is the genre with which most people associate him. I don’t know how well the movies will play together since they don’t have a ton in common besides both being awesome comedies, but sometimes putting two good movies side by side is enough. I was originally going to do Movies with Sequels That Don’t Exist but I couldn’t come up with many that are as forgettably non-existent as Coming 2 America.

Adam: I would buy a ticket for this double feature immediately. I think I told you once that I stayed at a hotel on the Universal Studios Hollywood property and randomly saw that Rick Baker was doing an auction of some of his props. I had tens of dollars when I needed thousands otherwise a vegetable Gremlin would be sitting in my kitchen. We should earmark this double feature for our next FNDF podcast. It will give me an excuse to rewatch Captain EO. This is just a perfect evening you programmed here.

Double Feature 4:

Patrick: #1: Pecker (1998)
Adam: #2: Detroit Rock City (1999)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Pet Sematary II, Brainscan, The Crow: Wicked Prayer
Adam: Theme: Edward Furleads

Adam: My mom reminds me about once a month that I wanted to get my haircut like Edward Furlong in Terminator 2 when I was 9. Except she calls him “Eddie Furlough'' (I think she just forgot his actual name). In any event, I’m afraid of Edward Furlong now and would cross the street if I saw him walking down my side of it. Luckily, on the other side of the street is the Linderground Cinemarink where this double feature is playing. I’ve never seen Pecker, but Christina Ricci will get me to watch it (is it good?). It made the most sense to program it with Detroit Rock City, which is by circumstance becoming a movie I’ve watched annually since 2019.

Patrick: I’m not sure if Pecker is good. I liked it in ‘98 and have been meaning to give it a rewatch, hence its placement here. It’s John Waters, so of course I like it but I don’t know if it’s “good” or not. I love that Detroit Rock City has become a tradition for you despite your uneasiness about James De Bello. The Power of Kiss compels you.

Double Feature 5:
Adam: #1: The Counselor (2013)
Patrick: #2: Flash Gordon (1980)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984), Hercules in New York (1969), Haywire (2011)
Patrick: Theme: Dubbed Actors

Patrick: Poor Cameron Diaz. I think she’s fine in The Counselor (a movie that’s great) but I suspect her performance was hobbled somewhat by having to dub over her original Portuguese accent with her actual American one. At least she got to do the dubbing herself. The actors in these other movies were not so lucky. Haywire would play better with The Counselor, but I didn’t want to subject us to two hours of GC.

Adam: I need to see The Counselor assembly cut with pre-dub Diaz. That movie’s great. Her performance never bothered me. I’m going to be thinking about Brad Pitt’s final scene the entire time Flash Gordon is playing. That’s like the top death I would not want to have.

Double Feature 6:

Patrick: #1: Go (1999)
Adam: #2: The Wood (1999)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man, House on Haunted Hill
Adam: Theme: First Diggs

Adam: I toyed with the idea of doing a double feature highlighting 1999 movies with great soundtracks but decided to go with a Taye Diggs tribute since he’s awesome and I miss seeing him in movies. In fact, I saw him show up this year in a commercial for insomnia treatment and it bummed me out. We’ve failed our actors. Taye Diggs was in a lot of movies in 1998/1999 and I’d love to go back and watch a couple of them. He has such a fun, unique vibe. If you want more Diggs content, I recommend his episode of the “How Not to Make a Movie” podcast where he talks a bit about making House on Haunted Hill (1999) with the show’s co-host Gil Adler who produced a lot of the Dark Castle flicks.

Patrick: I want to listen to that for sure! Taye Diggs rules and I don’t think I realized just how prolific he was during the late ‘90s. I love that he walks into Go and completely owns it for every minute he’s on screen (the minutes not already owned by Sarah Polley and Timothy Olyphant). Man, Go rules. I’ve never seen How Stella Got Her Groove Back despite loving both Taye Diggs and Angela Bassett. I should fix that.

Double Feature 7:
Adam: #1: All I Wanna Do (1998)
Patrick: #2: The Replacements (2000)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Newsies, Norma Rae, Ocean’s Thirteen
Patrick: Theme: Strike!

Patrick: Why not be obvious and go with a theme based on the original title of All I Wanna Do? We get to show solidarity with the WGA and SAG/AFTRA.

Adam: I’m into it! And if you’re a member of either guild you get in for free. All I Wanna Do is one of the few Dunst movies from that era (era) that I haven’t seen so I need to get on that. I’m not the biggest fan of The Replacements (why is Gene Hackman dressed like a football coach from the 1920s?) but it’s a movie I could watch anytime. I thought Brooke Langton was going to be a bigger deal.

Double Feature 8:

Patrick: #1: The Munsters (2022)
Adam: #2: The Addams Family (1991)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: The Flintstones, The Simpsons Movie, Jetsons: The Movie, a random episode of The Munsters television series (probably the Zombo one) and a random episode of The Addams Family (TBD).
Adam: Theme: Based on a TV Show

Adam: This is super obvious but sometimes you throw away the theme being clever for the sake of programming the no-brainer choice for a fun night at the movies. I only worry that the whiplash will be too strong since we’re going from a movie with limited resources to one with all the resources.

Patrick: I think that’s what will make it extra fun! You get to see how different filmmakers with different budgets making movies in different eras (eras) approach similar material. I like that both movies have a real love story at their centers.

Double Feature 9:
Adam: #1: An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Patrick: #2: Hot Dog…The Movie (1983)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Midnight Madness (1980), “I’m a Pepper” Commercial, “Makin’ It” Pilot, Not for Publication
Patrick: Theme: Naughton by Nature

Patrick: David Naughton does not have the most impressive film resume but this would be a fun night. Plus, we get some bonus Shannon Tweed!

Adam: I’m all for more Tweed. I’ve never seen Hot Dog…The Movie but after watching Joysticks during Junesploitation, I think I’m more ready for it than I ever will be.

Double Feature 10:

Patrick: #1: Subspecies (1991)
Adam: #2: Critters 3 (1991)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Howling VI: The Freaks, Samurai Cop, Scanners II: The New Order
Adam: Theme: 1991 Direct to Video

Adam: I bet if we projected these on VHS, we’d sell out the theater but then we’d have to do a VHS fest and have a sidewalk sale. I’m glad I’ll finally have the chance to see one of my few unseen DiCaprios. For Linderground members only, I’ll play Marvin’s Room as a secret third feature since that’s one of the other ones I haven’t seen. BTW…I watched the first 10 minutes of Subspecies before going to bed one night and now I’m convinced this is the best way to watch the rest of the franchise. It’ll be like an adventure serial.

Patrick: I will fully admit I don’t understand the fetishization of VHS, but that’s probably a conversation for another time. Right now, we’re here to watch a bunch of DiCaprio movies. I haven’t seen Marvin’s Room either, but I have seen Critters 3 because I’m a true fan. You might want to stop Subspecies where you’re at because the first 10 minutes might be the best part. Instead, you should jump right to Subspecies II, which is great all the way through. Why didn’t I program that one?

1 comment:

  1. Double Feature article that references: Invasion USA, Commando, Midnight Madness, Hot Dog, Werewolf London?! Get out of my 12 year old self's movie loving brain!

    On the VHS thing: I think about this one alot..specially with Tarantino/Avery digging thru his Video Archives store-in-his-house. I think for me there is and will always be that nostalgia for the video store experience and coming of age as a movie lover. No question about it. However i have zero interest in the media. I certainly get why others do (plus i ride or die for physical media!), but outside of the allure of the box art, there is zero benefits to watching vhs. (analogous to playing 8 tracks or even cassettes for any other reason than just nostalgia to do it).