We've got characters pushed to their limits on this episode of Out of Touchstone, highlighted by one of the most notorious flops in Touchstone's history: THE GUN IN BETTY LOU'S HANDBAG. While Penelope Ann Miller was great in the lead role, both Mike and Chad felt the script left a lot to be desired. The hosts also look at the stressful predicaments in Disney's HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KID and the oppression featured in SARAFINA! from Hollywood Pictures, comparing the plight of each film's protagonist to the turmoil facing Betty Lou.
It's all about "kid power" for this episode of Out of Touchstone, as we focus on the 1992 films released by Disney aimed at young viewers. First up, Chad and Mike dissect Touchstone's 3 NINJAS, and lament about how they both feel that they missed out by not seeing the film when they were younger. From there, the hosts look at three other releases geared toward a youthful crowd - Disney's NEWSIES and THE MIGHTY DUCKS, and ENCINO MAN from Hollywood Pictures - to see how they stack up against the ninjas from Touchstone. We've got Stoney, Tum Tum and bad guys named Snyder on a fun-filled episode!
We roll into the first half of 1992 on Out of Touchstone by looking at films featuring proactive leads being dropped into unfamiliar surroudings and inspring those around them. First up, the hosts dissect the wildly successful star vehicle, SISTER ACT, and focus on the merits of Whoopi Goldberg's ability to carry both a film and a tune. Though Chad and Mike have different views on the film, they both agree that the supporting cast is quite strong. Finally, the guys compare the themes of two other Hollywood Pictures - MEDICINE MAN and STRAIGHT TALK - to see how they relate to the strength of Touchstone's biggest hit of 1992.
A new year of films brings a new format to our podcast, as we kick off 1992 by dissecting only one Touchstone film, the stage adaptation NOISES OFF. Mike and Chad discuss their favorite moments and performances from the ensemble comedy, highlighting the terrific work done by the late Christopher Reeve and John Ritter. In the second half of the show, the hosts briefly look at two other movies released near the same time from Hollywood Pictures - BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY and PASSED AWAY - to see how all three films fit within the Disney development slate as well as the box office charts of the season.
Another year has come and gone, which gives Mike and Chad a chance to pick their favorite films and performances from the 1991 Touchstone films. The year provided several surprises from the studio - both good and bad - but two gangster films seems to shine the brightest. We say goodbye to Ernest P. Worrell and "The Queen of Touchstone", but also look forward to a new era that sees increased production under the Hollywood Pictures banner. Finally, the hosts also discuss the infamous "Katzenberg Memo" that made an immediate impact on Disney's future plans for success within their film division.
We bring 1991 to a close on this episode of Out of Touchstone, with two films featuring families adding new members. First up, the hosts discuss BILLY BATHGATE, the organized crime thriller starring Dustin Hoffman and a young Nicole Kidman. Both Mike and Chad agree that the acting and storytelling are superb, and wonder why this wasn't a bigger hit. Finally, we wrap up the year with the remake of FATHER OF THE BRIDE, as Steve Martin attempts to fill Spencer Tracy's shoes as a man reluctant to watch his daughter grow up. The movie has issues but also has a heart to it. So long to another year of Touchstone films!
Touchstone ventures back into the thriller genre, and says goodbye to a beloved character on this episode of Out of Touchstone. Known for her “bubbly” persona in a comedy-filled career, Goldie Hawn plays against type and headlines our first film, DECEIVED. The thriller also features the late John Heard as Hawn’s husband, who may or may not have a shadowy past that threatens their marriage. The hosts agree that the film has some genuine suspense, but also a very ridiculous conclusion. Lastly, we bid farewell to Jim Varney in ERNEST SCARED STUPID, his final Ernest P. Worrell film for the studio. While Mike and Chad both enjoyed the previous Ernest outing and the charm of the character itself, the franchise ultimately leaves Disney on a very low note with this Halloween dud.
The fall of 1991 sees Disney venturing into serious issues with two intriguing films on this episode of Out of Touchstone. First comes TRUE IDENTITY, an exploration of race and society wrapped in a screwball comedy package. The tone is uneven but Lenny Henry is a joy to watch. Finally, the co-hosts have wildly different opinions on PARADISE, a Southern-based melodrama starring real-life married couple Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Chad was moved by the drama while Mike was a little bored, though both were impressed by the performance from a very young Thora Birch. Simply put, these are two movies that more people should see...
We continue into 1991 on Out of Touchstone, using surgical precision to dissect two medical-themed films. First comes the zany comedy WHAT ABOUT BOB?, which presented some serious issues for Mike as he wasn't quite ready to laugh at mental illness, though Chad felt it was harmless. But the guys were in agreement on THE DOCTOR, an underrated gem featuring outstanding performances from a trio of talented leads. All in all, Disney came up with a solid prescription for success with these two features.
1991 has arrived on Out of Touchstone, bringing both satire and farce in the year's first two films. We start with the final film from the "Queen of Touchstone", Bette Midler, as she stars opposite the legendary Woody Allen in SCENES FROM A MALL. Both of the co-hosts love a nice trip to the mall, but not this cinematic look into marital unhappiness. And then there is Sylvester Stallone doing comedy in the delightfully underrated OSCAR. Mike and Chad can't say enough good things about the film, and also use the opportunity to tell their riveting stories of meeting director John Landis.