Casting Could-Have-Beens (Cinema Week, Day 3)

The big point I made in yesterday’s post was about casting: Jodie Foster was just RIGHT as Clarice Starling. Sometimes casting goes right, sometimes it goes very wrong. Here’s ScreenRant with Casting Choices that Could Have Been:

I think a Stallone / Schwarzenegger Face/Off could have been brilliant. Released in 1997, Stallone came out with Cop Land that year (a vastly underrated gem) while Schwarzenegger scored a disaster with Batman and Robin. An alternate Face / Off could have rescued the year for both of them.

Movies That Made You Mad! (Cinema Week, Day 1)

In honor of the Oscars, it’s Cinema Week at The House of Geekery! All movies, all the time.

Let’s start with ten terrible movies that totally destroyed your hopes!

I was looking forward to most of those, and most of them let me down. In truth, though, it’s hard to argue with their #1 pick.

I had hopes for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crappy Sequel, hopes that were brutally dashed in record time. But my hopes had been tempered by a previous betrayal, by another George Lucas opus that seared my soul and taught me to never trust again.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

That movie was bad. It was ghastly. It was so legendarily awful that merely bad movies must bow before its truly epic terribleness.

In fact, it can be argued that Phantom Menace what made me the bitter, cynical cinemagoer I am today. THANKS GEORGE LUCAS FOR SCARRING ME FOR LIFE!

The Oscars in Effect!

It’s Oscar time, and Red Letter Media got some DEFINITE opinions about who should win and who likely will win.

As for me, the only Oscar I even slightly care about is for Best Supporting Actor. Sylvester Stallone should win, but I doubt he will.


Stallone is a vastly underrated talent. According to IMDB…

Sylvester Stallone [was] the third person to be nominated for both acting and writing in the same year, following Charles Chaplin for The Great Dictator and Orson Welles for Citizen Kane.

Rocky, the movie he was nominated for, and which he himself wrote, beat out All the President’s Men, Network, and Taxi Driver for Best Picture in 1977, all of which are certified classics. Since then, he has made movie after great movie, most of which were loved by audiences, if not critics or the Academy.

As an action movie star, he found a lot of popular success, but not respect. His performance in Creed might not have garnered him enough respect for the Academy to forgive him his success, but it was definitely worthy of an award anyway.