195: SFFCH – The Shadow [1994]

195 The Shadow

Imagine a movie that is like Batman meets Dick Tracy meets Big Trouble in Little China. Now imagine that it is (somehow) boring and makes no sense. Well that’s The Shadow from 1994, a movie that seems to epitomize the phrase ‘style over substance’. Not even Ian Mckellen and Tim Curry (Tim Curry, people!) can lend this enough legitimacy. Up for discussion this time: Russell Mulcahy’s glass smashing obsession, that very distracting nose, suspending your bombs in the air needlessly and the unexpectedly sordid past of Max Wright.

Dir: Russell Mulcahy
Wri: David Koepp, Walter B. Gibson [Creator]
Cine: Stephen H. Burum
Edi: Peter Holness, Beth Jochem Besterveld
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
Prod: Bregman/Baer Productions, Universal Pictures
Cast: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry
[Ep. 195, Rec, 02/2018]

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160: SFFCH – Jack and Sarah

160 Jack and Sarah

It’s just Rich and Ant this week getting all broody and romantic over British ‘comedy-drama’ (don’t call it a Romantic Comedy) Jack and Sarah from 1995. Ant remembers this being a big deal when it first came out back in the Brit Rom-Com explosion of the 90’s, but no-one else seems to recall. Perhaps we will discover why in our discussion about floppy-haired posh blokes with the surname Grant, jarring spousal deaths, Judi Dench being upstaged, Ian McKellen playing drunk wonderfully and blandness blandness blandness.

[Ep. 160, Rec 04/2017]