Dec 28, 2020
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are pissing off L.A. tough guys, disposing of bodies, and maybe starring in a big-time Hollywood movie with the 2005 Shane Black film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
We all want to be in the pictures, right? I mean, who out there doesn’t? Imagine seeing your name up in lights and having crowds of adoring fans around you, asking for your autograph. You could find yourself in front of a camera lens and acting opposite a legend of the biz. You could be up there with Bogart, Garland, and all the rest. Show me someone that isn’t attracted to that sort of life and I’ll show you someone who’s lying.
I mean, The Kinks even made a song about it, yeah? Celluloid Heroes. Even rock stars are singing about it. Erm, wait… That one had a pretty sad message, I think. How did it go?
“You can see all the stars as you walk along Hollywood
Some that you recognize. Some that you’ve hardly even heard of.
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame.
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.”
Okay, maybe we shouldn’t aspire to put ourselves through that sort of near-definite torment. Sure, it would be cool to be flown out to L.A., hobnob with all the good-looking, Southern California people, and be put up in a fancy hotel for a while. Maybe you’ll even be shown around by a private investigator named “Gay Perry.” He might even look vaguely like Val Kilmer. Wouldn’t that be swell?
It happened to Robert Downey, Jr.’s character in this film. Harry had a pretty good thing going on. Pretty good, that is, until he lost a finger and had his balls zapped with what amounted to a car battery. Look, you win some and you lose some. At least he got to reconnect with an impetuous and knockout dame. Things ended up going pretty well for him, all things considered.
Still, though, he also got shot in the chest. That’s not too great. Nobody wants to end up in the hospital because they need to have a bullet removed from their body.
Look, all we’re saying is this movie is really well-done. The writing is the sort of Shane Black perfection you’ve come to expect from him, there’s masterful acting happening, and the story is just so damn fun. It’s a modern telling of the hard-boiled detective novels everyone should indulge in at least once in their lives. They’re fun as hell. They make life more enjoyable, like this movie does. Makes you wonder, Maybe dreaming of being a Hollywood movie star isn’t so bad? I mean, The Kinks also sang,
“I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes.
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain,
And celluloid heroes never really die.”
That ain’t too bad.
(Recorded on November 09, 2020)
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(The always great Corridor Digital guys made Home Alone R-rated and it is gruesome and amazing.)