Monday, May 6, 2024

Friday Night Double Features Vol. 41

 by Adam Riske and Patrick Bromley

New double features to watch in between NBA playoff games.

Double Feature 1:

Adam: #1: The War of the Roses (1989)
Patrick: #2: Romancing the Stone (1985)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show
Patrick: Theme: Same Casts But Not Sequels

Patrick: Kicking things off with an obvious theme. I haven’t yet had the viewing of War of the Roses where it totally clicked for me yet, probably because I like movies about people who like each other more than movies about people who hate each other. I know the darkness is the thing I’m meant to appreciate, so maybe it will happen this time around. If not, at least I’ve got Romancing the Stone waiting for me as dessert (I hate food metaphors).

Adam: This sounds like an awesome night at the movies to me. I haven’t seen The War of the Roses in a very long time so this was an excuse to watch it and pairing it with Romancing the Stone would be a lot of fun. I was fascinated by The War of the Roses when I was a kid after I heard it ended with death by chandelier. I never looked at the one in my house the same way afterwards. This is a true story. I was an eccentric child.

Double Feature 2:

Patrick: #1: The Last Detail (1973)
Adam: #2: Last Flag Flying (2017)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Chinatown, The Two Jakes, The Last Picture Show, Texasville, The Godfather Part III
Adam: Theme: Delayed Sequels

Adam: This might sneakily be one of my favorite movie trends. I still need to see The Two Jakes and Texasville and you should see Last Flag Flying if you haven’t already. It’s really strong, imho, even though it has different actors portraying the roles Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, and Randy Quaid played in The Last Detail unlike the other examples listed here. Is The Last Detail your favorite of the early to mid-'70s Nicholson movies? I think it’s mine even though I love Five Easy Pieces, Chinatown, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Patrick: I still haven’t seen Last Flag Flying but I heartily recommend both Texasville and The Two Jakes. Hot Stowe! The Last Detail rules, though it’s hard to pick a favorite Nicholson from this period because it’s my favorite period of Nicholson and he’s one of my favorites. Last Detail is definitely my favorite Nicholson performance from the ‘70s even if I had to pick a different movie as a favorite. Have you seen Carnal Knowledge? That would be up there too.

Adam: Still need to see that one. I'll put it on my list!

Double Feature 3:
Adam: #1: The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Patrick: #2: The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The In-Laws, Get Carter, Death Race 2000
Patrick: Theme: ‘70s Movies Remade in the 2000s

Patrick: This goes well with the previous double feature because it’s all about revisiting that great 1970s period in moviemaking. None of the remakes can touch the originals (to be fair, I’ve never seen The Heartbreak Kid, but I don’t love the remake so I’m making an assumption), but a couple of them are decent in their own rights. I like the Stallone Get Carter more than I can reasonably defend.

Adam: Haha. I do know you love some Stallone Get Carter. I think this is a great double feature. I’ve wanted to see The Heartbreak Kid (1972) for a while and might finally get the excuse to now that it’s making the rounds at Alamo Drafthouse’s this month. The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974) is incredible, so this sounds fantastic.

Double Feature 4:

Patrick: #1: Kazaam (1996)
Adam: #2: Three Wishes (1995)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Ducktales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Aladdin (1992), A Simple Wish, Wishmaster, Wish Upon
Adam: Theme: As You Wish

Adam: I have an idea. There’s a scene in Kazaam where Francis Capra wishes for candy to fall from the sky and that’s when we take all the candy from the concession stand and throw it in the air, so it lands on the audience. Give them a thrill they’ll never forget (because they got hit on the noggin with nougat). Plus, I can finally see Three Wishes! In a theater! On 35mm! Do you remember the trailer for A Simple Wish? It played before every screening I went to of The Lost World in 1997 (they were both Universal Pictures releasing in May 1997), so I have a weird fascination with it but have never seen it. I think it may be a future I’ll Watch Anything.

Patrick: Noggin’ nougat is the number one nougat. This trailer lineup seems tailor made for you, but I can’t speak for the actual features because I’ve never seen either one. Charlie is super into the NBA and Shaquille O’Neal these days, so I thought it was the right time to program Kazaam even though I’ve never seen Steel either. Good Gish, right?

Adam: Great Gish!

Double Feature 5:
Adam: #1: Cool as Ice (1991)
Patrick: #2: From Justin to Kelly (2003)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Glitter, Crossroads, Spice World
Patrick: Theme: Pop Star One and Dones

Patrick: This might be the most fun we’ve ever had with a disastrous night of movies. I remember seeing From Justin to Kelly with Erika on opening day and thinking that if the songs could just rise to the level of “ok” that the movie would be fun bad. Instead, they’re ear nightmares and it’s just bad bad, but in this context I think we would have a blast.

Adam: I’ve never seen either Cool as Ice or From Justin to Kelly, so this is maybe the double feature I’d gravitate to first. I have a crush on modern day Kelly Clarkson so that’ll get me through the second movie if I hate it. I need to see Cool as Ice so I have something to talk to Michael Gross about at Flashback Weekend (jk…I’m sure he wouldn’t want to talk about that).

Double Feature 6:

Patrick: #1: The Getaway (1994)
Adam: #2: The Marrying Man (1991)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: 9-½ Weeks, Nadine, No Mercy, Final Analysis, Blind Date, My Stepmother is an Alien
Adam: Theme: Kim Basinger Co-Leads

Adam: You sort of pushed me over the edge of finally watching The Getaway (1994) in the lead-up to F This Movie Fest and I’m glad you did because it’s good. When I saw you programmed it here my mind immediately went to Kim Basinger primarily because I can’t think of anyone else in movies that’s quite like her. She’s pretty unique. It made sense to double The Getaway (1994) with another Basinger-Baldwin collaboration which I’ve always been curious to see even though I’ve heard nothing but bad things about it. I might be just as excited about the trailer block. Have you seen Nadine, No Mercy, or Blind Date? Are they worth seeking out?

Patrick: Not really! I like Kim Basinger, but I would argue it took her a while to come into her own as a movie star and those movies aren’t quite it. Blind Date has some good early Bruno stuff and I remember liking the setting of No Mercy, but Final Analysis remains my Gere/Basinger of choice. The Marrying Man is not great (Baldwin passes on Elisabeth Shue) but this would be a good night of movies because of the theme you picked.

Double Feature 7:
Adam: #1: Cinderella (1950)
Patrick: #2: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The Man with One Red Shoe, Air, Elizabethtown
Patrick: Theme: Movies About Shoes

Patrick: Dumb, I know, but these two would play together well and I managed to include some Dunst in the mix. We could invite some reps from Foot Locker.

Adam: But then I’d have to be extroverted and introduce myself to Foot Locker employees. I like this double. I’m due for a rewatch of Cinderella (1950). My Mom liked that movie a lot when she was a kid. I love the trailer block!

Double Feature 8:

Patrick: #1: That Thing You Do! (1996)
Adam: #2: Stop Making Sense (1984)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Devil in a Blue Dress, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Miami Blues, Modern Girls, Larry Crowne
Adam: Theme: Produced by Gary Goetzman

Adam: One of my favorite movies of recent years is Licorice Pizza, which features a performance by Cooper Hoffman that’s based on Gary Goetzman when he was a child actor before he became a film producer. I thought it would be fun to dedicate an evening to his filmography. I’m glad you led with That Thing You Do! because it’s awesome and since Goetzman collaborates often with Tom Hanks on projects. I went with Stop Making Sense as the second feature so we can have an upbeat evening packed with good music. I think we’ll be sending people out of the Linderground Cinemarink pretty happy after this double feature.

Patrick: Holy cats does this double rule. I let Charlie pick the first feature and he picked his favorite movie to no surprise, but I love the direction you took this in. I missed Stop Making Sense during its theatrical re-release last year, so I’d be excited to see it in a theater. Plus, there’s a Jonathan Demme connection between the two movies too!

Double Feature 9:
Adam: #1: Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Patrick: #2: King Arthur (2004)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Begin Again, Domino
Patrick: Theme: OMG I Love Keira Knightley

Patrick: OMG I love Keira Knightley. I’m due for a King Arthur revisit because I haven’t seen it since the theater. Will it surpass First Knight on this viewing? Time will tell.

Adam: I completely understand your feelings. Keira Knightley’s the best so why not have a Keira Knight? (I’m sorry). I really liked her Pride & Prejudice adaptation when I saw it once on DVD years ago and I’m due for a King Arthur rewatch because it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. I remember liking that one too.

Double Feature 10:

Patrick: #1: He Got Game (1998)
Adam: #2: Enemy of the State (1998)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Six Days Seven Nights, Rushmore, Armageddon, The Waterboy
Adam: Theme: Touchstone Pictures 1998

Adam: Touchstone Pictures was on a heater in the late '90s, so I wanted to celebrate their 1998 output specifically here. I think both He Got Game and Enemy of the State are solid entries in their respective star’s filmographies, and this would be a great (and not entirely obvious) night of macho cinema.

Patrick: Even those trailers are crushing it, but that might just be the ‘98 nostalgia talking. I think He Got Game is one of the most underrated Spikes. Conversely, I feel guilty that I don’t love Enemy of the State as much as I want to. The cast is amazing, and I love Tony Scott, but this is the favorite of a lot of people and I don’t know if it cracks my top 5. I would still be at this double in a heartbeat.

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