We put a bow on 1990 with two holiday releases on Out of Touchstone: First up, Mike and Chad dissect the unnecessary sequel THREE MEN AND A LITTLE LADY, which once again features alpha males behaving badly, and this time there's no baby to bail them out. Then the hosts turn their attention to the fraudulent nuptials of GREEN CARD, director Peter Weir's charming but bland love story which brought Gerard Depardieu into the American movie landscape. Both of these films are labeled as comedies, but are they even funny? We didn't think so.
Road trip! 1990 rolls along into North Carolina on Out of Touchstone, bringing forth two underwhelming comedies with fantasy elements (or are they fantasies with comedic elements?). BETSY'S WEDDING is the first film to be discussed, as Mike and Chad admonish Italian stereotypes and question Molly Ringwald's post-adolescent acting career. Finally, the hosts look at MR. DESTINY, starring one of the most famous alums from their alma mater, Jim Belushi. While he can't quite carry the dramatic heft that the movie requires, the supporting roles from Linda Hamilton and Michael Caine are stellar.
The summer of 1990 has arrived on Out of Touchstone, as Mike and Chad look at two films featuring a variety of good guys out to fight crime. First up is the deplorable FIRE BIRDS, a feature-length Army recruitment video with some of the worst dialogue you'll ever hear - but it's got Tommy Lee Jones and he's always awesome. Finally, the hosts look at the comic-book adaptation DICK TRACY, Warren Beatty's worthy attempt to bring the famed detective to life on the big screen - and it's got Al Pacino and he's always awesome. Come for the Madonna songs, stay for "insane Nicolas Cage"!
The spring of 1990 continues on Out of Touchstone, as Mike and Chad discuss two movies for which they held low expectations and wound up being pleasantly surprised. The first is ERNEST GOES TO JAIL, as Jim Varney ("The Clown Prince of Touchstone") returns to the role of Ernest P. Worrell to get some of his biggest laughs in his most adult-oriented adventure. Finally, the hosts look at the sci-fi shenanigans of SPACED INVADERS, a movie that is overlooked and often misunderstood by the majority of viewers. Give these movies a chance and you might enjoy them both!
It's the biggest Out of Touchstone episode yet, as we come to one of the studio's biggest films, PRETTY WOMAN. From its humble beginning as a dark story centered on a drug-addicted prostitute to the glossy finished product with Pygmalion-esque touches courtesy of director Garry Marshall, the film inspired a lengthy discussion for Mike and Chad. In addition to their positives and negatives of the film itself, the co-hosts also look at the evolution of the script, the extensive list of people who turned down the lead roles, and the amazing soundtrack.
It's a new year and a new decade for Out of Touchstone, as we kick off 1990 with a star vehicle as well as a visionary director's artistic statement. First up is STELLA, a remake of the soapy melodrama starring the Queen of Touchstone, Bette Midler. The story has been told before and doesn't need to be told again. Finally, the hosts discuss WHERE THE HEART IS, John Boorman's ensemble film based on Shakespeare's "King Lear". It's a little-known gem, and it's always a pleasure to talk about Dabney Coleman and Christopher Plummer. Enjoy!
We've wrapped up the 1980's on Out of Touchstone, which gives Mike and Chad the chance to look back and scrutinize the films of 1989. After discussing the notable moments and most successful films of the year - both commercially and artistically - the guys hand out Ronnie Awards for their favorite achievements from Touchstone's releases.
We wrap up 1989 on Out of Touchstone by looking at two interesting but average films. First up, Mike and Chad do their best medical student impressions by dissecting GROSS ANATOMY, focusing on the underrated talent of both Christine Lahti and Matthew Modine. Then the guys head south to "the great state of Louisiana" for BLAZE, starring a mumbling Paul Newman, a naive Lolita Davidovich, and the man whom Chad has dubbed "The Prince of Touchstone".
1989 rolls along on Out of Touchstone, as two Toms return to the studio, giving both Mike and Chad multiple opportunities to mix up their names. First up, Tom Hanks learns the perils of dog ownership in TURNER & HOOCH, and the hosts learn that criminals are dumb. Then we come to the surprising drama AN INNOCENT MAN, featuring a stoic Tom Selleck and a wonderful F. Murray Abraham navigating the prison system. Oh, and we also learn that cops are dumb too.
The summer of 1989 brings two ensemble films beautifully shot on location...with severely mixed results. First up, Chad and Mike look at DISORGANIZED CRIME, in which a stellar cast is undermined by a very uneven script. But at least we get to see Al Bundy curse! Finally, we discuss one of the best films produced by Touchstone Pictures, the Oscar-winning DEAD POETS SOCIETY. Mike gets the chance to continually gush over the film, while Chad has to fight back his own cynicism. Seize the day!