Saturday Double Feature: Downsizing (2017) and…

Saturday! Double Feature time!

Okay, as always, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

If I’m honest, I’ll admit I’m not all that thrilled about the new Matt Damon flick Downsizing. I’m sure it has good intentions and all, but really, from what I’ve seen there;s just not enough beyond the visuals of little people in a big world to draw me in.

The problem is that though I’m sure the effects are impressive, they’re really nothing that hasn’t been done before. In the 60s there was the TV show Land of the Giants, an even before that, there was The Incredible Shrinking Man. And I’m sure there were plenty of films before that that explored the theme

Then, of course, in 1989 came this movie, starring the then-popular Rick Moranis.

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Downsizing? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

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Saturday Double Feature: The Greatest Showman (2017) and…

Hey, it’s Saturday, and that means the return of the Saturday Double Feature!

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

The Greatest Showman may just as well have been called The Greatest Bullsh!tter, because not only was P.T. Barnum a master of the art, but the movie is also completely full of it when it comes to Barnum’s life and business practices. Nonetheless, it does go a long way to showing once again why Hugh Jackman is one of our most muli-faceted and greatest living showmen today.

Of course, The Greatest Showman is not the first movie to be set at a circus, nor is it even the first to feature Barnum’s circus. In 1952 famed director Cecil B. DeMille brought the actual Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus to the big screen for the movie The Greatest Show on Earth. Starring Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Dorothy Lamour, and Gloria Grahame, the film also incorporated the real circus’ 1951 troupe with its complement of 1400 people, hundreds of animals, and 60 carloads of equipment and tents. The movie went on to win two Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Story, and was nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Director, and Best Film Editing. It also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture – Drama.

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with The Greatest Showman? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

Saturday Double Feature: Suicide Squad (2016) And…

ssp01Hey! It’s Saturday. That means it’s time to pair up another couple of films for a Saturday Double Feature.

I’m cheating a little bit this week, since today’s feature movie has already finished it’s theatrical run, but since it’s just come out on disk in the past few weeks, I’m declaring it recent enough to qualify.

One of last year’s most anticipated movies among genre fans, and also one of the biggest disappointments was Warner Brothers’ Suicide Squad. This was hopefully going to be the movie that, after the bleakness of both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman brought some light and fun to the DC comics movie universe. The cast looked good, the trailers gave some hope, and then…

And then the movie finally arrived.

Sigh…

No, it wasn’t as dark as its predecessors. As a matter of fact it had some pretty good moments. Instead it committed an even worse sin.

It was, overall, boring.

Yeah, I’m not sure how you take a premise like this and turn it into the kind of slog that we got (a problem that is not ameliorated in any way by the extended cut). Actually, I take that back, I do know how – you do what they did with this movie – instead of taking the Deadpool route and simply embracing the ridiculousness of the premise and going completely over the top with it, you try to fit it into the “real world” where it just doesn’t belong.

Anyway, here’s the trailer:

So in thinking about this movie and its premise – take a bunch of thieves, murderers, etc. and give them a chance to – perhaps not redeem themselves, but at least do some good and perhaps shorten their sentences, it occurred to me that there was one movie that would fit alongside Squad pretty well as part of a double bill – 1967’s World War II -set feature, The Dirty Dozen which starred Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Robert Webber, and Donald Sutherland as a team of criminally misfit soldiers sent on a mission from which few, if any of them, were expected to return.

Take a look:

Okay, so that’s my pick for a double feature pairing with Suicide Squad. What do you think? Got a better or different idea of something to go along with it? If so, let me know in the comments below or over on the DurnMoose Facebook page.

Saturday Double Feature: Arrival (2016) And…

arr01Yep, I’ve decided it’s time for the return of what used to be a regular feature here on the blog, the Saturday Double Feature.

The idea here is simple: take a movie that’s currently in theaters and pair it with one from the past to crate an interesting double bill. In the previous iteration of this feature I limited myself to movies that were 1980s or before for the back half of the bill, but this time around, considering the fact that it’s 2016 and even movies from the 90s are “ancient history” to so many of my younger readers, I think I’m going to be a little looser with that restriction. After all, even a movie like today’s, which came out in 1996 is twenty years old now. And when you take into account the fact that today’s second feature wasn’t even that well known when it first came out, well…

Okay, so let’s start with the current flick, Arrival. I haven’t had a chance to get to the theater to see the new Amy Adams-starring sci-fi film, but from the trailers and from what I’ve heard from friends who have, it looks like a solid, intelligent s-f movie.

The starting concept is simple: one day, alien ships suddenly appear in the skies over Earth, and Adams’ character Louise Banks, a linguist, is brought in to attempt to translate what appears to be attempted communications from the ships.

Let’s take a look at the trailer, shall we?

 

So what did I choose to pair Arrival with? Well, how about another alien first-contact movie with a very similar name?

That’s right, I’m talking about 1996’s The Arrival starring none other than Charile Sheen. Directed by David Twohy, better known for writing and directing Pitch Black and Vin Diesel’s other Riddick flicks, The Arrival begins with the interception of a signal from outer space by Sheen’s astronomer character Zane Zaminsky. When he attempts to follow up on and find out more about the signal, he finds out that there may be more involved than he at first thought.

To be honest, The Arrival is one of those movies that actually feels like it’s better than it really deserves to be, but in my estimation, it really should be better known and more seen than it is. Even most of my cult movie friends seem to have no idea that this film even exists, which is truly a shame, and I highly recommend it. A quick check at Amazon shows the Blu-ray selling there for just over $7.00, an it’s definitely worth checking out at that price.

Go ahead, give the trailer a look:

By the way, The Arrival did manage to spawn a sequel, 1998’s even-less-seen Arrival II (yeah, for some reason in most promotional material and onscreen the “The” was dropped from the title for the follow-up). Here’s the trailer for that:

Okay, so that’s my pick for a double (or even triple) feature pairing with Arrival. What do you think? Got a better or different idea of something to go along with it? If so, let me know in the comments below or over on the DurnMoose Facebook page.

Saturday Double Feature: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

So this week we get another retread/reboot of a once hugely popular series with the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and of course, the movie itself is, to put it lightly, no great shakes, but then all it really needs to sell itself is the name recognition, so I’m sure whether it truly stinks or not won’t matter because it’ll win the weekend, and that’s all the studios care about.

So, what to pair it with? Well, really, I’d considered running this one last week, paired with Guardians of the Galaxy (and the reason for that will be obvious to anyone who hung around for the post-credits scene), so it was fresh in my mind anyway, but it seems like a pretty good one to run with Turtles, too, since it also features an anthropomorphic animal and also really kind of sucks…

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

Saturday Double Feature: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

At this point, if you don’t know that this week’s big opening is Marvel’s latest offering Guardians of the Galaxy, well, at least I hope your cave is comfy.

And let’s be honest, there’s really only one choice to double feature this with (especially since the actual film turns out to be a lot more light-hearted and funnier then the trailer above might suggest):

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Guardians of the Galaxy? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

Saturday Double Feature: Sex Tape (2014) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

So what’s new in theaters this week? Well, looks like the big opener is going to be a cautionary tale designed to make anyone who isn’t already completely terrified of that new phenomenon known as “the cloud”. That’s right, I’m talking about Sex Tape.

So where do we go to look for a film to double feature with that one? Well, fortunately, Steven Soderburg‘s 1989 directorial debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape fits in right at the edge of our 1980’s cut-off, so why not go with that? (Geez, does anybody even know what a videotape is (or was) anymore?)

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Sex Tape? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!