Mike and John's adventure through 1994 continues! This week their choices were Woyzeck, Deadfall, 8 Seconds, Savage Nights, and Sugar Hill. Which struck a chord, and which one is now legendarily ensconced as the most over-the-top Nicolas Cage performance they've ever seen? Spoliers: You've got to hear them talk about Deadfall.
But there are some worth observances about other fare as well, from how much bull is in 8 Seconds to how Wesley Snipes traveled from New Jack City to Sugar Hill.
Mike and John continue their tour through 1994 with a week celebrating the release of William Friedkin's Blue Chips, Steven Seagal's On Deadly Ground, and Gen-X darling Reality Bites.
1994 continued distinguishing itself with its diversity of movie options, as audiences were able to decide between a movie criticizing the University athletics system that feeds the NBA, Steven Seagal becoming the savior of Alaska by battling Michael Caine (?!), and a romantic comedy tailored for the kids of "today" as they were 25 years ago.
Mike and John continue their review of 1994 with the week of film releases from the week ending February 11. Audiences in the mood for something new had to decide between Twogether, My Girl 2, Blank Check, or The Getaway...or all four!
For it is terribly difficult to decide between a starring vehicle for Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, something directed by John Cassevetes, a sequel to a charming surprise hit about childhood, or grist for the Disney mill.
Mike and John continue their review of 1994 with the week of film releases from the week ending February 4. Among the contenders that week was "My Father, the Hero," which was supposed to launch the American career of Gerard Depardieu with much fanfare...except it released against the unstoppable freight train of Jim Carrey in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective."
The week also included "Silent Tongue," River Phoenix's last released screen appearance, "I'll Do Anything" with Nick Nolte, Italian film "Fiorile," and "Romeo is Bleeding" with Gary Oldman.
Mike and John examine the 1994 film "Blink" and the supporting evidence it provides for the 1990s being held in sway by what they call "The Eszterhas Effect." Along the way, they share some fun stories from their own memories of 1994, the omnipresence of the Irish influence on the broader culture, and trade a few observations about the film's larger authenticity.
They also ask the questions, "Is January almost over?" and "Are 1994 films getting better?" Then they present the larger slate of films on the docket for next week!
Join them on their continuing, fun journey exploring 25 Years Ago on Film!
Mike and John look at the forgotten 1994 Richard Gere drama, Intersection. Also starring Sharon Stone, Martin Landau, and Lolita Davidovitch, the RetroPerspective team discusses what the film says about the time in which it was made.
They also discuss the predominance of this formula for romantic dramas in the 1990s, and what it might have been telling us about the psyche of Hollywood.
1994, Week 2: Mike & John discuss Body Snatchers at 25 years later, determining what worked and what didn't, the emotional ethics of using children as an emotional cheat in a horror picture...and then start discussing video releases of Star Wars that were being released around the same time.
They share the only choice open for next week as well: Intersection, starring Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Lolita Davidovitch, and Martin Landau!
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