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Out of Touchstone

16
Mar 2020

Episode 10 - Huge Business

We've got a couple of hits on our hands as we reach the summer of 1988 on Out of Touchstone. First up, we get two sets of Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in BIG BUSINESS, along with an excellent dose of Edward Herrmann and Fred Ward. Then, we wrap up with the groundbreaking WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, and try to tackle as much trivia for the film as possible (hint: there's a LOT). It's a HUGE jam-packed episode!!

2
Mar 2020

Episode 09 - Keep Austin Weird

We now come to 1988 on Out of Touchstone, as the studio unveils their first two thrillers: SHOOT TO KILL, featuring the return to the silver screen of the legendary Sidney Poitier; and D.O.A., the remake of a film noir classic starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. Killers are on the loose!!

17
Feb 2020

Episode 08 - Too Many Alpha Males

We've come to the end of 1987 on Out of Touchstone, giving Mike and Chad the chance to reflect on a very successful year for the studio.  But before conducting their "Year in Review", the guys dissect the final two films of the year: THREE MEN AND A BABY, which features multiple climaxes and a bizarre drug-related subplot; and GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM, with a tour de force performance from Robin Williams.  A terrific year ends in fine form!

3
Feb 2020

Episode 07 - High Fives and Pratfalls

We're almost to the end of 1987 on Out of Touchstone, as Mike and Chad speak lovingly about one of their favorite films of all time...and one that should never be spoken of again. CAN'T BUY ME LOVE begins the conversation, with the hosts raving about how the film is almost perfect in every way. Then they talk about HELLO AGAIN, which signaled the immediate downturn of Shelley Long's film career. One of these films is not like the other...

20
Jan 2020

Episode 06 - Who Blows Off Elisabeth Shue?

The summer of 1987 rolls along on Out of Touchstone, as Mike and Chad focus on two fun comedies from one of the best years of cinema.  First up is ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, a classic in the teen comedy genre with a winning performance by the wonderful Elisabeth Shue.  But does the film spend too much time highlighting the negative aspects of a big city?  The episode wraps up with STAKEOUT, as the hosts discuss the film's ability to blend comedy with suspense while showcasing (or mocking) the trivial aspects of police work.

6
Jan 2020

Episode 05 - Adults Behaving Like Children

Several actors return to the Disney family on this episode of Out of Touchstone, which focuses on the first half of 1987. The discussion begins with OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, and whether Shelley Long or Bette Midler truly deserved top billing. Next, the guys scrutinize the childish antics of salesmen in TIN MEN, and highlight how Barbara Hershey stands out amongst a couple of Hollywood heavyweights. Finally against their better judgment, Mike and Chad delve into the comedic stylings of Ernest P. Worrell and his cinematic debut, ERNEST GOES TO CAMP.

16
Dec 2019

Episode 04 - They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To

We wrap up 1986 on Out of Touchstone, focusing on three acting legends and one rising star. TOUGH GUYS is the first film to be discussed, as Mike and Chad look at the timeless nature of screen icons Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, while debating the culture shock of the 1980's. Martin Scorsese's THE COLOR OF THE MONEY comes next, as Paul Newman grooms a young Tom Cruise on the ways of the world (and pool hustling). The hosts also look at the year-end box office charts for 1986, then select their favorite - and least favorite - Touchstone film released during the label's first three years of existence.

2
Dec 2019

Episode 03 - Midler Mania

We've reached 1986 on Out of Touchstone, which features a pair of films starring Judge Reinhold, as well as two from the "First Lady of Touchstone", Bette Midler. DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS begins the discussion, as Mike and Chad explore the career resurrections of both Midler and Richard Dreyfuss, and ask whether anyone really needs to see a naked Nick Nolte. All Rise! The honorable Judge Reinhold takes court as the guys dissect the off-beat romantic comedy cleverly titled...OFF BEAT. Finally, the esteemed Judge joins Helen Slater as they kidnap our beloved Bette, in order to extract a ransom from her despicable husband Danny DeVito in RUTHLESS PEOPLE. It's "Midler Mania", aka "Here Come the Judge"!

18
Nov 2019

Episode 02 - Dinosaurs Galore

The second episode of Out of Touchstone brings Mike and Chad to 1985, where they discuss the two films released by Touchstone Pictures that year. BABY: SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND is up first, where William Katt and Sean Young search the jungle for a mythical dinosaur, and Chad does his best to explain cryptozoology. Finally, Mike defends his love for MY SCIENCE PROJECT, the goofy sci-fi film that features a group of high school students opening up a portal to another dimension (leading to more dinosaurs).

4
Nov 2019

Episode 01 - Mermaid Foreclosure

In the debut episode of Out of Touchstone, hosts Mike DeKalb and Chad Smart discuss the creation of Touchstone Pictures, before diving into the first two films released by the label. First up, Ron Howard directs Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah in the romantic comedy SPLASH, followed by Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard starring in the Midwestern drama COUNTRY.

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