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Out of Touchstone

Mar 2021

Episode 34 - Saviors and Sassy Women

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.

Feb 2021

Episode 33 - Doors and Sardines

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.

Feb 2021

Episode 32 - 1991: The Year in Review

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. 

Jan 2021

Episode 31 - Welcome to the Family

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!

Jan 2021

Episode 30 - World Gone Strange

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.

Dec 2020

Episode 29 - Getting Serious

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...

Nov 2020

Episode 28 - Doctors and Patience

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.

Nov 2020

Episode 27 - Malls and Mobsters

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.

Nov 2020

Episode 26 - 1990: The Year in Review

It's the first year of a new decade, and Mike and Chad look back and give their picks for the highlights from Touchstone's 1990 slate of films.  Two blockbusters commanded most of the attention of the year, but lesser known and underappreciated gems also get their due on this episode.  Plus, the hosts get another chance to remind you to NOT watch FIRE BIRDS!

Oct 2020

Episode 25 - Marriages of Inconvenience

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.

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