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I have no recollection of the first film I saw in theatres. When I was two months old, my father passed over reruns of I Love Lucy in the middle of the night, only to lull me to sleep to Platoon. This might explain why heavy metal makes me drowsy now. According to my parents, the first movie they took me to see in theatres was Home Alone. I was two years old, and cried mercilessly every time Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were on screen. At the age of seven, my older brother, Derek, let me watch Natural Born Killers. He was eleven, and we were borrowing our Snow Bird grandparents’ Pay Per View box. Our mother wasn’t pleased when she finally found out about this earlier this year.
Whether by my own curiosity, naiveté, or fortitude (or any combination thereof), I managed to watch some illicit stuff at a very young age. »
- Ariel Fisher
NBC is moving forward on a small screen reboot of the 1985 cult comedy classic Real Genius, turning it into a single-camera sitcom.
The series will be a present-day reboot of the movie, set as a workplace comedy. The story will follow the relationship between a rock star-like genius, who was originally played by Val Kilmer, and one of his sheltered, very naive co-workers. Martha Coolidge directed the original, which opened in August of 1985 and grossed $13 million, before becoming a mainstay on VHS during the home video boom of the mid-80s.
Now the next question is, will Val Kilmer return in some capacity?
Real Genius was released August 7th, »
I'm probably too close to Real Genius to make an objective call as to whether it's a great movie or not, but damn do I love it. I often used to consider Val Kilmer's carefree but brilliant Chris Knight my spirit animal until I realized I was neither brilliant or carefree. Martha Coolidge's 1985 comedy also gave us the great characters of Lazlo (played by Jon Gries), Jordan (Michelle Meyrink) and even Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) not to mention two all-timer douchebag villains in William Atherton's Jerry Hathaway and Robert Prescott's Kent. I'm itching to watch that movie even as I type this. Will Adam Sandler's Happy Madison, Sony TV, 3 Arts and NBC be able to recapture that excitement? Hard to tell so far, but they're going to have to try because they're making Real Genius as a half-hour comedy. Hit the jump for more on the Real Genius TV Show. »
- Evan Dickson
3 items from 2014
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