63 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
TRC: Ep. 100 Independence Day (Live from Philly Pod Fest)
WE ARE LIVE FROM PHILLY PODFEST FOR OUR 100TH-ish EPISODE!!! Well, really last week, but either way it was a great fucking time. For The Recasting Couch’s 100th-ish episode and live debut we recast Independence Day from Tattooed Mom (@tmoms). We somehow keep the podcast to less than an hour (or not, depending on how long our intro segment is), but we were super psyched to take the show live and a good time was had by all. Some highlights include Mike pegging the crowd with hard candy, me doing a speech in the style of Al Pacino (apparently), and a touch of mutiny from the crowd. This was the biggest movie on the planet (or off of it?....) in 1996. Starring Will Smith at his absolute Will Smithiest. Jeff Goldblum just blumin’ it up. Judd Hirsch just being Judd. It’s the rare movie where everyone involved hits their stride at the same time. Bill Pullman actually comes off as a halfway decent actor. There’s something magical about this movie and we attempt to recreate it in front of all y’all. Thanks for the continued support everyone! The live show was so much fun that we would love to try to do it again sometime. If you know of a venue that hosts pods or a festival you think our show would work at, let us know! Slide into our DM’s on twitter @recastingpod or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We could also use some iTunes reviews if you have the time for it. It unfortunately has a disproportionately large effect on how people discover podcasts.0 On a side note, I’m currently watching the movie for next week, and I can’t wait for this episode. Goddamn I love this movie. Oh, and on a side, side note. Thanks to Obie Media for recording the show. The audio is amazing and they were really great to work with!
134 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
TRC: Ep. 99 Road House
Road. House. This has been a long time in the making. We planned on doing it earlier and then it left streaming. Now that it’s back, we are ready to fulfill our destiny. I reveal that I have never seen this before. Mike constantly ridicules me. You know. Our standard shit. But we are back in the studio, and we recorded this only a few hours before the super fun live show for the Philly Pod Fest, so we are in rare form. Road House is the documentary about the life of Patrick Swayze if he never became an actor. Co-starring Sam Elliott and Kelly Lynch, this movie is just fucking fun. A totally ridiculous plot, followed by a completely over the top villain (Ben Gazzara), and an incredibly lax police department. It’s a recipe for awesomeness. How would you rather die? Throat ripped out or a polar bear falling on you in slow motion? It’s a tough call. Honestly, I couldn’t even decide which one is a funnier way to die. The magic claw of throat ripping is funny in a different way. Polar bear is some classic comedy shit. I think I go polar bear only if I’d be guaranteed some wacky sound effects as it happens. Otherwise it would just feel like a tree falling in the woods, you know what I mean? Me neither. Thank you to everyone who came out to Philly Podcast Festival (@phillypodfest)! We had so much fun that we’re thinking about trying to organize another live pod. If that sounds like something you’d want to go to, hit us up publicly on twitter @recastingpod or privately by email us at email@example.com Shout out also to Tattooed Mom (@Tmoms) for hosting us (and the festival at large) and Obie Media for recording the show. That episode will drop next week.
144 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
TRC: Ep. 98b Jerry Maguire Part 2
This week we’ve got our Jerry Mac sequel! The fucking Frankenstein episode as I like to call it. Well, then I guess that makes me Dr. Frankenstein and the podcast is my monster? I don’t know. I’m not good with metaphors. Or podcasts. Or writing blogs for that matter. Why are you here again? Anyway, we finally get down to recasting this mother, and let’s just say we have some fun with it. I make some really good picks that Mike vetos, and we go with his crappy picks (just kidding...kind of…). Thank you for lending your ears to the show! We love all of you individually and intensely. In fact, we’re standing outside of your window right now. If you love us even a fraction as much as we love you, go on to iTunes/stitcher/spotify, etc. and leave us a top quality rating. It really helps get the word out about the show. Or I guess you could do it the old fashioned way and actually tell a few of your friends to listen. That works too. We’d love to hear from you and discuss movies/picks/or, you know, life...man, so hit us up on twitter @recastingpod. If you would like a more...intimate conversation, slide into our emails at firstname.lastname@example.org BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WE’LL BE AT TATTOOED MOM ON SOUTH STREET FOR PHILLY PODFEST NEXT WEEKEND! Our show starts at 6:30, but the shows begin at 12:30. I’m almost certainly going to the Nintendo Power Time Podcast, but check out the schedule and decide for yourself. Get there early, because we are going to be packing the place out. We’re going to play games with the audience, we’ll be throwing out candy, we may have some other giveaways if it gets done in time. it’s going to be great. Come by and say hi, or fondle us in a stranger-apppropriate way. Let’s get weird. Until next week.
108 minutes | Jul 13, 2019
TRC: Ep. 98a Jerry Maguire Part 1
What up Recasting Couch fans! We’ve got a hot one this week. It’s actually so hot, we couldn’t legally give you the whole episode at one time. So this week we are bringing to you part 1 of Jerry Maguire. After doing our usual intro, we got off on celebrating Tom Cruise’s entire catalog. The episode completely got away from us in the best possible way, so enjoy. As you may imagine, we really enjoyed this movie. It’s somehow way more than the sum of its parts. It’s Renee Zellwegger’s first big movie. Bonnie Hunt fills in as the skeptical sister with her usual zest, and Jonathan Lipniki makes is grand opening and grand closing here. The movie really has it all. Oh, and Cuba Gooding Jr. does some stuff that may or may not have ended in him getting an Oscar. Thanks for listening everyone! Our downloads keep on growing every month and that’s all because you continue to spread the word about the pod. Also, shout out to all of our new PodCoin listeners. Your homework this week is to tell three more of your friends to check it out. If you have a free moment, go on iTunes and leave us a rating, that also helps spread the word. If you want to chat with us, we are all over twitter and instagram @recastingpod. You can also email us at email@example.com. DON’T FORGET PHILLY PODCAST FESTIVAL! JULY 27TH, 6:30 AT TATTOOED MOM ON SOUTH STREET! It’s going to be so much fun. We’re going to be hanging out all day and once we’re up we’re going to be recasting Independence Day. You’ve got plenty of forewarning so start getting your picks ready because we’re going to be heading into the crowd to get some of your picks.
113 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
TRC: TMRT Part 8: Movie Conspiracies
Oh boy, we have a fun topic this week. We are talking movie conspiracies. This episode contains conspiracies about movies, in movies and by movie people. This was a fun one to record but there were so many that we didn't get too in depth about any of them. Consider this a primer for episodes in the future where we take one or two of the topics discussed on this episode and go deep. But this week we just review nearly 2 dozen different conspiracies around movies. This is always a fun topic to discuss but if you are not careful, you could lose half a day following the internet rabbit hole into these theories. Which I have done, on more than one occasion. I find the batshit crazy things that people think fascinating. Seeing it through the Hollywood lens was really fun. The things that people believe and the connections they make are frightening. I love movies, even to the point of obsession sometimes but I never have thought of connecting a movie to a real life event or tying multiple movies together in some strange universe. Maybe I don't have enough time on my hands. Welcome to all of the new listeners. We have seen a significant uptick in the past month and we greatly appreciate you being here. Also, for all of you podcast addicts, don't forget to check out Podcoin. It's the podcast app that pays you to listen. In my opinion, the coolest feature is that you can donate your earnings to charity. So get out there and listen for the good of others. If you ever want to reach out with picks or suggestions for the show you can find us at therecastingcouch.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or @recastingpod on Twitter and Instagram. So, get out the tin foil, make a hat and enjoy the show.
144 minutes | Jun 25, 2019
TRC: Ep. 97 Major League
Sometimes, you’ve got to stop fucking around with the curveball, and just give em the heater. Well that’s what we’ve got for you this week. Major League is the movie that we’ve recast this week. This screwball comedy about a group of outcasts striving to win the pennant with the hapless Cleveland Indians is an absolute joy to watch. The huge ensemble cast (that took us forever to get through) is led by Tom Berenger as Jake Taylor, the has-been catcher with balky knees, whose hoping his return to the majors is enough to rekindle his lost relationship with Lynn (Rene Russo). The rest of the rag-tag team is rounded out by Charlie Sheen as the bad-boy closing pitcher with a million-dollar arm, and ten cent corneas. Dennis Haysbert as the voodoo priest who can’t hit a curveball, Corben Bernsen as the prima-donna with no heart, and Wesley Snipes as a fast-talking, fast-running (and not much else) new guy. They are anchored by the incomparable Coach Lou Brown (James Gammon), and they plan on ruining the new owner’s attempt to get them to fail their way out of their stadium contract and move the team to Miami. This is just a fun freaking movie. We were supposed to recast a different movie, but I saw this on streaming, and I knew we just had to audible and choose it. It’s a perfect spring/summer movie to get you amped up to go outside and enjoy America’s Pastime. Mike, who is not a fan of this movie, even enjoyed the rewatch and I finally think I may have turned him on it. The recasting runs a bit long because there are just so many damn characters, but we end up with a pretty decent cast. As always, we appreciate everyone listening and helping spread the word about the show. Our numbers have been steadily climbing and we want to keep that trend up, so please tell a friend, co-worker, family member, or anyone else who you think would be interested in hearing about Ackmans both large and small. Find us online @recastingpod, or email us at email@example.com. Be sure to mark your calendars for Philly Pod Fest. We’ll be doing a live show at Tattooed Mom on South Street, so go to the Philly Pod Fest website for more details.
149 minutes | Jun 19, 2019
TRC: Ep. 96 Scream
Hello TRC fans, we are back with a new episode. This week, we are joined by our friend from the Medium Popcorn podcast, comedian and podcaster Brandon Collins as we recast the 1996 horror classic: Scream. This cast is just packed. Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowen, Courtney Cox, David Arquette and the list goes on. The original casting was just about perfect, although Mike take issue with one cast member in particular. Our guest, who picked this movie, explains the special impact this movie had on his life and shows off a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of the movie and the fun facts that surround it. All in all, we really liked this movie. It felt like the convergence of the right people, with the right script and right director at the right time. Surprisingly, it really holds up. That being said, I think that we put together a fun cast that I would pay to see try this movie. Thanks for listening everyone. Our numbers are showing that you all are doing your jobs and telling friends, but it’s not over yet! We need you to keep spreading the word, and we’ll keep delivering this A+++ content (no guarantees). Mark your calendars now because we are doing our first live podcast for Philly Pod Fest on July 27th at Tattooed Mom on South Street. Admission is free, and we’re super excited for it, and we’re expecting a pretty packed house. So come out and support all of the podcasts (but mostly ours), and get some cheap drinks. Here’s a pro tip, when you are at Tattooed Mom, ask for a “Mom Chip” and if you show that chip when you order a drink, you’ll get $1 off. If you have any questions about the fest, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out to us on twitter @recastingpod. See ya next week!
142 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
TRC: Ep. 95 Limitless
This week we recast Limitless. We had mixed feelings about this one. It feels like it could have been more fun. Other than DiNero phoning it in, the rest of the performances are passable but the story just doesn't add up. Bradley Cooper, who is Mr. Likeable, was not likeable at all in this movie. The part was just poorly written. There are no sympathetic characters for the audience to relate to. There is no one to root for. Ultimately, we thought that this was a good concept, wasted. We explore some ideas on how to improve the story but a lot of the issues are things that needed to be removed, not added. The tone of the movie was just off. We still had fun talking about it. Don't for get to subscribe, rate and review wherever you are listening. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @RecastingPod. Help us get to 2000 followers. #Lebowski2000
150 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
TRC: Ep. 94 Consantine
In 2005, there was a movie that came along that changed everything we thought we knew about comic book movies. That film was Batman Begins...and Sin City...and V for Vendetta...and Fantastic Four...and CONSTANTINE! Based on the Hellblazer comic from DC, John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is some sort of exorcist that is loosely tied to the church who acts as a mercenary in the invisible fight between good and evil. Although the lines between good and evil may not be as solid as you thought… Ultimately, this was a pretty fun movie to rewatch. Keanu plays his lovable, flawed, down-on-his-luck hero oh so well. I’m not historically a Rachel Weisz fan, but she does a fine job as Angela/Isabel Dodson, a cop who is using John to get to the bottom of her twin sister’s murder/suicide. Shia LeBoeuf does a great job as the quintessential sidekick. Tilda Swinton plays Gabriel, the half-angel that is looking to bring an end to the war, one way or another. Gavin Rossdale surprisingly steals the show as Balthazar the half-demon who is trying to facilitate the invasion of earth by the son of Satan. Now, we don’t meet the son of Satan, but we do meet the Prince of Darkness himself, played by none other that Peter Stormare. Add to that some fun characters played by Djimon Hounsou and Pruitt Taylor Vince, and this movie has all of the ingredients for a solid film, and it gets there. But just barely. I don’t know what could have been done differently, but this ended up being a C+, when it could have been an A. Our twitter has been blowing up, so check us out @recastingpod (same for insta, and our email email@example.com). Keep chatting us up, keep sending us your picks, keep suggesting movies for us to recast and be sure to get your friends to follow, because we are gaining speed towards our Big #Lebowski2000 countdown. You get us to 2000 twitter followers, and we’ll give you a White-Russian soaked deep dive on one of the greatest comedies of all time. See you next week. Link to IMDB Link to Amazon
164 minutes | May 29, 2019
TRC: Ep. 93 Ronin
Ronin. Ronin, Ronin, Ronin… How we had such high expectations for rewatching this car chase/heist movie. This movie nowhere near achieves the sum of its parts. The parts are impressive. A lot of people who are great in a lot of things. Many we’ve even fawned over before, but not this time. There is zero chemistry between anyone in this movie except for Robert DeNiro and the always fun Jean Reno. There is a forced romance angle with Bobby D and Natascha McElhone who has a quiet disconnect the entire movie. Sean Bean is okay, I guess, although he isn’t given a ton to work with. His character was really poorly conceptualized, or perhaps not developed enough to make his storyline make any sense at all. Stellan Skarsgård mails it in, Jonathan Pryce is woefully miscast as an IRA terrorist, although Michael Lonsdale chews some nice scenery as Jean Pierre, it’s just too little too late at that point.. The whole thing just didn’t work, and it’s too bad. In addition to the forced romance angle, the whole Ronin story didn’t even really apply to the movie itself, and even the car chase scenes ,that it’s known for, fell flat. So, naturally Mike and I do what we always do when faced with a movie that we really didn’t like all that much. We roast the hell out of it. Lots of laughs in this episode, so make sure you check it out. You all are the absolute best, thank you for listening! We’ve gotten a really nice upswing in listeners and interactions on social media (@recastingpod wherever it matters), and it’s all because you are spreading the word about the show. We also have an exciting announcement, we have just been booked for the Philadelphia Podcast Festival! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 27th at Tattooed Mom on South Street in Philly. We’ve been dying to do a live pod, and this is going to be an epic one, so make sure you come out! It’s 100% free, and Tattooed Mom is a killer spot with reasonably priced drinks. Make sure you come see us after the show, we’d love to bullshit with you. See you then!
150 minutes | May 21, 2019
TRC: Ep. 92 The Fifth Element
This week we bring you The Fifth Element. This is just a fun sci-fi movie that still holds up. One of Chris' favorites, we explore a new cast. From Google: In the 23rd century, a New York City cabbie, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the world in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to combine with the other four to keep the approaching Great Evil from destroying the world. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and zany broadcaster Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity. This movie was really fun to recast. Not that this movie needs any changes but that's why were here so you get a new cast. By the way, keep upthe good work. We have seen an increase in interest in the podcast and we can only blame that on our fans. Keep spreading the word and playing the game. You can reach us on Twitter on @RecastingPod, at our website, TheRecastingCouch.com or email us at RecastingPod@gmail.com
143 minutes | May 14, 2019
TRC: Ep. 91 The Running Man
This week’s recast is The Running Man. To quote wikipedia, this 1987 science fiction action film, “...is very loosely based on the 1982 novel of the same title written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.” It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards, a soldier who is made the fall guy for a government sanctioned massacre. Maria Conchita Alonso does some damage in her breakout role as Amber Mendez, while the rest of this movie is packed with a whole lot of 80’s nostalgia, including Jim Brown, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Richard Dawson Richard Dawsoning all over this movie. To be honest, we recorded this two weeks ago, and I don’t remember much about what we said, but I do remember laughing our balls off, so I guarantee this one is going to be a good time. I do remember a minimal amount of Arnold impressions, so… you’re welcome. This movie just kicks ass and is classic 80’s cheese. As always, we love each and everyone one of you. We want to spread that love far and wide, so tell people to download the show so we can just spray all of our love all over them. Ok….that got weird there for a moment. Anyway, we’ve recently hit a huge all-time download milestone, and I honestly never would have guessed we would have ever gotten this far. Although that’s mostly because I don’t think either Mike or I thought we could go this long without grabbing each other’s throats. We’re looking for some ideas for something special for our 100th recast, so hit us up on Twitter @recastingpod, also on instagram @recastingpod, or email us a firstname.lastname@example.org. If you really, really, REALLLLLY want to help us out, then make sure you tell friends about the show and leave us a killer rating on whatever platform you download podcasts. It helps bump us up in the suggestion lists, so more people can find the show, and satisfies our fragile, little egos when the numbers go up. I feel like I may have said too much… I’m going to mercifully end this now. Until next week. Chris Link to IMDB Link to Amazon
131 minutes | May 7, 2019
TRC: Ep. 90 GPCC Marvel's End Game Panel
This week, it’s MARVEL, MARVEL, MARVEL! (now go back and read that in a Jan Brady voice) Time Stamps: Intro : 00:00:00 Avengers End Game Discussion: 00:07:52 GPCC Marvel Panel: 01:12:26 We gave you all a week, but we are spoiling the shit out of #avengersendgame, starting now. (I mean it, like right now. I’m spoiling stuff in the rest of this post). We’re doing a deep dive; reactions, revelations, libations, it’s a blast. After the Endgame talk we have a recording of the Marvel Panel at the Philly Comic Con where Mike discussed the most recent Marvel movies and previews Edn Game with @realawesomepod, @tellest and @BlacklistedPod The vision that they’ve had and have been able to execute over the last 11 years is a monumental feat that basically begins and… now ends with Robert Downey Jr. They did a good job setting up the future (although, there are some really vulnerable points that they can fuck up and ruin it). I don’t really know how else they could have done it, yet at the same time, I would never think to end it that way. That may be the ultimate compliment, to be honest. If you want to argue with our Marvel takes (because, if you don’t, do you even nerd, bro?) then join us on Twitter. You can find us @recastingpod. Same on insta, email@example.com to suggest movies for us to recast, send us feedback, mailbag questions, piping hot takes that you are afraid to reveal in public that we will absolutely, anonymously announce on the show with glee and tear apart accordingly. You know we always appreciate people listening to the pod, and this week is no different. All we ask is that if you enjoy the pod and tell some friends (10,000 friends seems like a totally reasonable, totally arbitrary number…). Leaving us high ratings on iTunes or your podcasting app of choice also helps spread the word.
93 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
TRC: Ep. 89 GPCC Movie Fixers Panel
Welcome back to the Recasting Couch everyone! We want to apologize for skipping last week, but I had an emergency work trip and Mike had 30 people coming over for Easter weekend, so unfortunately real life once again rears its ugly head. This week we have the audio from the Movie Fixers panel Mike was on at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con. It was the very first panel as soon as the doors opened, so it was sparsely attended, but the conversations were fun and funny. First, we want to thank Kevin Gallagher (@thatnerdykev) from the @realawesomepod, who I met at the Philly Podcast Festival (stay tuned for possible news about that…) a couple years ago and invited us on the panel. Mike was also joined by Michael DeAngelo, author of the @tellest book series. However, before the panel we discuss some recent movie news, but we avoid any Avengers: Endgame spoilers, but only because we are going to spoil the shit out of it next week. You have 7 days to see the movie before we do a deep, deep dive. We talk about the lukewarm Godzilla and Gemini Man trailers before Avengers. At the time we were recording, John Singleton had only had a stroke and was still in the hospital. As of this post, he has since passed. We wanted to talk about his work and how influential he was on our generation specifically (plus I stan for Baby Boy). He single handedly spoke for a hugely underrepresented minority in a pivotal moment in our country’s history. RIP to a legend. Thanks for listening, everyone! Do yourself a favor and follow us on Twitter! (@recastingpod) Or email us firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to suggest any movies for us to recast or any topics you want us to discuss. Better yet, go on iTunes or wherever you listen to our pod and give us a 5 star rating! You have no idea how much that helps us. It also bumps us up in the suggestion algorithm so more people can discover the pod and we show up higher in the search engines so more people can discover the pod, and TELL FRIENDS SO MORE PEOPLE CAN DISCOVER THE POD!
96 minutes | Apr 16, 2019
TRC: Ep. 88 Great Philly Comic Con Recap
This week we get Mike's reaction to doing his first panel at Philly Comic Con with @RealAwesomePod's @ThatNerdyKev and Mike Deangelo. We also get a short interview with Recasting Couch favorite, mother fuckin' @TheJakeBusey #GPCC2019 #PodernFamily
162 minutes | Apr 9, 2019
TRC: Ep. 87 Blade
In anticipation of Mike’s first ever panel at Philadelphia Comic Con (coincidentally it’s also the first panel of the Con. Go HERE for details and tickets), we decided to chop up the movie Blade. Gotdamn is this a fun movie. Although I’m not sure either of us would call it good. The unfortunate pre-Matrix CGI leap really handicapped this movie, and it’s too bad because the rest of it, from the script to the acting really holds up well. Wesley Snipes was born to play Blade, and probably still could to this day (also follow him on Twitter, because he’s awesome). Stephen Dorff turns in what is easily his best performance as Deacon Frost. Kris Kristofferson brings it as the badass old guy, Whistler. Relative unknown N’Bushe Wright handles her business as Karen, and Donal Logue is forever the loveable flunky. Even with all of this, the movie is better than the sum of its parts. However, the CGI really is that bad. This episode gets really inside. There was so much good information about the movie’s production and the comic book, that will fill you with more Blade knowledge than you ever wanted. We talk about an unnecessary Pearl, we talk about how there is no substance on earth that can make blood explode, and we share a few ha-ha’s along the way. Thanks for checking the podcast out! If you like what you hear, leave us a 5 star rating on whatever platform you listen to pods, that’s how the show grow’s its audience. Play the recasting game along with us on Twitter (@recastingpod), Instagram (um...also @recastingpod), or send us an email with any movies you want us to recast in the future at email@example.com. Also, if you are at the Con, go up to Mike and tell him how wrong he is about everything, and how much better you like my picks. You know, the truth. Catch you all next week! Chris
183 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
TRC: Ep. 86 In & Out (Feat. Comedian Ricky Glore)
This (last?) week’s episode is (was?) Glore-ious. Get it? Oh man, I’m doing way too much here. Either way it was rad. We had the very funny Ricky Glore (@rickyglore) on the show to talk about the movie In & Out. Kevin Kline does some very Kevin Kline things, and absolutely crushes his role as Howard Brackett, a flamboyant English teacher in a high school in Anytown, USA (actually the fictional town of Greenleaf, Indiana), whose former pupil Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon) outs him as a gay man to the surprise of the entire community, including Howard himself. Tom Selleck also stops by to drop a surprisingly good performance as Peter Malloy, a sleazy, TMZ/Inside Edition, Hollywood gossip leach who eventually convinces Howard that he’s actually gay. Not that it took that much convincing because Howard is definitely gay. The ensemble cast is rounded out by Joan Cusack, who just nails it as Howard’s frustrated beard bride-to-be. Debbie Reynolds, Wilfred Brimley, and Bob Newhart are just a few of the others that help create this great community that is reacting to this “earth shattering news” (for 1997). During the show, we ponder just how well this movie holds up from a contemporary standpoint. Ricky gives us his perspective, and that of his brother that has been out of the closet for some time. Ultimately, we feel like this is certainly a positive portrayal of gay people and gay culture, but that’s where it ends. Unfortunately, it was perhaps too early in the gay rights movement to allow for a more sexualized version of Howard to emerge, because the only thing they focus on in this movie is his lifestyle. We aren’t exactly begging for a graphic sex scene, but it takes more than just a fondness for Streisand and pressed clothes to determine one’s sexuality. However, that is apparently a decision the writer specifically made in order to gently ease the larger public into the gay culture, and farbeit from us to challenge the decision, given the success of the movie, and its place in popular culture at the time. Thanks again for listening. We’ve got some fun stuff in the very near future. If you are going to be at Philadelphia Comic Con Friday, April 12th, check out Mike on the 1:00 panel for improving movies. If you are a die-hard TRC listener, then you may be familiar with the subject matter. If you get a chance, leave us a 5-star rating on your podcast app of choice. This helps spread the word so more people can discover the show and join the recasting craze. If you want to chat about recasting or movies in general, find us on twitter @recastingpod . If you have any movies you’d like us to recast or any mailbag questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You all are the friggin’ best. Stay gold Pony Boy.
158 minutes | Mar 26, 2019
TRC: Ep. 85 Snake Eyes
This must be your lucky day, because you’ve just rolled Snake Eyes. Believe it or not, this is better than the actual dialogue in the 1998 pulp, noir, cheesefest that is one of the Cage-iest of Nicolas Cage movies that there is. Brian De Palma directed and wrote the film, although it would have benefited from maybe another 17 writers being brought in. But for how flimsy the script was, the direction was actually pretty good, and ultimately this was a very enjoyable rewatch. It’s famous for its long intricate tracking shots, the first of which is known as one of the best in film history (even if the rest of the movie doesn’t hold up to the lofty expectations the opening sets). The problem is the imagery is not exactly subtle. White is for the Angel, Red is for the Devil, literal blood money, etc. Not to mention, there’s a long closing scene that ended up on the cutting room floor, but was still referenced several times throughout the movie. The acting is pretty good here. Gary Sinise has a nice speech at the end. Carla Gugino does a good job riding the line between determined whistleblower and damsel in distress. Kevin Dunn, Mike Starr, Michael Rispoli, and a TRC favorite Luis Guzman put in top notch That Guy performances, which help really pull this movie together. The flaws are glaring, but if you can get by them, this movie is just fun. Thanks for tuning in, everyone! Twitter is really starting to pop off, so find us there @recastingpod. We’re slowly growing our Instagram feed, so get in now on the ground floor, also @recastingpod. If you have a movie you’d like us to recast, or if you want to give us any feedback, email us at email@example.com. Our numbers have been rising steadily and it’s because you all are spreading the word, so tell a friend and leave us a 5 star rating to help us grow the show. See you next week!
116 minutes | Mar 18, 2019
The Recasting Couch: Ep. 84 SLC Punk
Ah, my metaphorical mohawk is spikey and brutal right now. SLC Punk reignited the Rude Boy in me and I am ready to fucking rock. I’m want to tattoo middle fingers on my face and tell the whole world to kiss my ass. Of course, I definitely won’t do that because I’ve completely Bought In. But I feel it deep down in my poser soul. SLC Punk is a 1998 indy film written and directed by James Merendino and starring actors who would go on to bigger things (Matthew Lillard, Devon Sawa, Jason Segal, Christopher McDonald), as well as ones that will live forever in these singular roles (Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Til Schweiger). Honestly, these one-off actors make this movie feel more real. Like they are real people who existed within this niche scene. Needless to say, the soundtrack for this movie kicks all kinds of ass. Make sure you download the episode now, because if we’re ever going to get sued, it’s this one. But fuck it, that’s what being punk rock is all about. Fuck the man, fuck the system, fuck conformity, fuck the government. Once you come off of your anarchist high, hit us up on twitter @recastingpod and tell us what classic punk songs I should have played instead of the ones I did. Leave us a 5 star rating on any app you download our show for no other reason than we told you to, but also because this show is awesome. Finally, we may be anarchists, but we want to make sure your voice is heard, so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any movies you want us to recast or guests you want us to try to get on the show. We’ve got some fun stuff planned for the near future. Snoogans, Chris
149 minutes | Mar 12, 2019
The Recasting Couch: Ep. 83 Gattaca
Gattaca is the movie that we recast this week, and hold on to your butts. This episode has no business being as funny as it is. We don’t know where it came from, and if we recorded this episode 50 times we couldn’t replicate this. It’s a hell of a way to celebrate getting both of us back in the studio. Now in full disclosure, I thought this was a completely different movie. Turns out, neither of us has seen this movie before. This is the kind of quality, in depth, research and preparation that you all have come to expect from this very professional podcast. Gattaca stars Ethan Hawke, and honestly, it’s kinda annoying to hear Mike go on and on about how much of a fan he is. It gets a little weird. He starts profusely thanking me for showing him an Ethan Hawke movie that he had never seen before. Frankly, I wasn’t prepared for his reaction. Uma Thurman fulfills all of the requirements for this role, but doesn’t really sell as “human” and imperfect as the character is supposed to be. We get interesting performances by Gore Vidal (yes, THAT Gore Vidal), Elias Koteas, and Xander Berkeley, who apparently I appreciated much more than Mike. Xander crushes this, and I will not hear arguments to the contrary. Although, some of the only real heart in this movie comes from the incomparable Ernest Borgnine, who nails his turn as the janitor boss who recognizes Hawke’s character’s fraud, but knows that he was a genetically deficient guy who has beat all of the odds and keeps his freaking trap shut when he realizes Hawke has infiltrated his employer to get on the launch crew for the trip to Titan. This is way more fun than it has any business period. If you enjoy this podcast, spread the word! Tell 3 friends about the show this week. Go ahead. We’ll wait…. Once you return, leave us 5 star ratings on whatever podcast app you use, and if you are even a fraction as opinionated as we are, go on twitter and yell at us @recastingpod, or send us an email at email@example.com. You all are the fucking best. We’ve been having so much fun talking movie bullshit and debating your picks. Please give us more to distract us from our day jobs. Love you. Bye. Chris