This is it! Mike and John's grand experiment comes to an end as they review the releases from the final weeks of 1994.
These halcyon days gave us the controversial comic gem Dumb and Dumber, the trainwreck disasterpiece Mixed Nuts, British import The Madness of King George, Robert Altman's Pret a Porter, and a bevvy of other films that wanted to be awards contenders...or were trying to get released with as little embarrassment as possible.
And they tease a little something extra coming soon!
Mike and John revisit the week in 1994 that unleashed Queen Margot (OK?), Disclosure (based on a book by Michael Crichton and directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore) and...Drop Zone (based on a fever dream, probably, starring Wesley Snipes and lots of parachutes)!
So which were they able to see? Which were they able to tolerate? Which had a zanier ending? Which prompted a serious social discussion, and which has Gary Busey? When will I stop asking questions???
You'll never know...unless you listen to RetroPerspective!
Mike and John tackle November with gusto, catching up with Thanksgiving week and finding just where their tastes diverge with films as diverse as The Santa Clause, Interview with the Vampire, The Professional, Star Trek Generations, Junior, Three Colors: Red, The Pagemaster, and a whole host of others as they enter the final leg of their re-examination of 1994.
Mike and John revisit the week in 1994 that gave us Double Dragon, Floundering, Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Oleanna, and the Kevin Costner award-bait vehicle The War.
They've redoubled their commitment in this closing stretch, as 1994 goes sideways in the aftermath of an October that saw more award winners than the months after, subverting expectations...which means that must be good.
John and Mike revisit the week in 1994 that gave us the socially-conscious Drop Squad, the historically-focused curiosity The Road to Wellville, the mysteriously difficult to find Silent Fall, the Disney release Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale, and the movie that made Deviln & Emmerich a Hollywood force to reckon with...
...Stargate starring Kurt Russell, James Spader, and John's fascination with Kurt Russell.
John and Mike are back and they're catching up on 1994, covering some exciting weeks which include Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, Shawshank Redemption, and whatever the hell else might've come out during that time.
We appreciate your patience as we worked to get the show back up and running! If you want to yell at Mike about it on Twitter or Letterboxd, look for him @mumbles3k. To blame John, seek @kesseljunkie.
But it's a massive, super-sized return to form, and this was worth the wait! We think. Thanks for listening!
John & Mike revisit a week that had a lot of stinkers, but they both watched the one that Rotten Tomatoes loved best: "What Happened Was..." written and directed by Tom Noonan. They both came really close to watching Rapa Nui, directed by Kevin Reynolds, but it didn't make the cut. The others...the others had single-digit positive aggregates on Rotten Tomatoes.
They also talk about urban legends having to do with legendary baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr. (not) beating up his good friend Kevin Costner, and John's determination to pay more attention to Rotten Tomatoes ratings for the rest of their visit through 1994.
John and Mike rewind to 1994 and visit the week that saw the release of Natural Born Killers, John Candy's last film Wagons East!, the heartfelt period drama Corrina, Corrina, Camp Nowhere, and The Advocate.
Did Mike and John agree on Natural Born Killers? Was Wagons East! a fitting tribute to John Candy's prodigious talent? Did anyone see Corrina, Corrina?
Answers to all this, and more, on the latest RetroPerspective.