We've completed another year on Out of Touchstone, so we thought it would be fun to look back on the films that came out in 1988, starting with a rundown of the Top 10 at the box office and that year's Academy Award nominees. We follow that up with some recognition of our own - the Ronnie Awards - which sees us highlight our favorite films and performances from Touchstone's 1988 slate.
1988 comes to a close on Out of Touchstone, giving us another look at two of the studio's popular performers. First up is ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS, as the ever-charming Ernest P. Worrell helps to find the new Santa - but is his help even required? Then we discuss "The Queen of Touchstone", Bette Midler, as she and Barbara Hershey try to hold it together amidst the melodrama of BEACHES. Meanwhile, Chad tries to forget the TV-movie remake ever existed and Mike wishes he could just listen to the soundtrack instead.
The fall of 1988 brings royalty to Out of Touchstone, as we begin with the fantasy-comedy HEARTBREAK HOTEL, the fable about a teenager who kidnaps Elvis Presley - listen as Chad and Mike try to steer the conversation away from another famous rocker mentioned throughout this movie. From there, the guys discuss the family custody drama THE GOOD MOTHER, including location shooting in Boston as well as Liam Neeson's connection to several other actors in the Touchstone family. Thank you, thank you very much...
The summer of 1988 rolls along on Out of Touchstone, as we discuss two of the studio's mediocre films. We start with COCKTAIL, as Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown gives us a glimpse into the briefly-popular practice of "flair bartending", and avoid maturity at all costs. Finally, we dig into THE RESCUE, as a group of imprisoned soldiers sit patiently while their teenage children attempt to save the day. The movies may not have been great, but the discussion sure was...
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!!
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!!
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!
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...
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.
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.