Friday, August 22, 2014

Podcast: The Fly II (1989)

The sequel everyone in 1989 had been demanding (it actually knocked Rain Man off the top of the box office charts), it's The Fly II! Featuring... one guy from the previous film, and some video footage of Jeff Goldblum as the Fly on VHS.

When Geena Davis's character from the original film dies in childbirth, evil businessman/science enthusiast Anton Bartok (Lee Richardson), has the baby raised in a lab, where he grows at super speed into the brilliant but somewhat awkward Eric Stoltz. Bartok hires Stoltz to continue his father's work into matter transporters, which he quickly uses to impress Beth Logan (Daphne Zuniga of Spaceballs) by failing to transport her cactus. As their romance blossoms, and Stoltz closes in on re-creating his father's work, he makes a startling discovery about a web of lies Bartok has told him.

Some Notes:
  • Was Eric Stoltz's audition just a Blockbuster rental of Mask? Is this same casting process the reason Zoe Saldana keeps getting cast as different colors?
  • The only actor to actually appear in both this and the original Fly is John Getz, star of Blood Simple.
  • The Scientific Method: First phone, then cactus.
  • Available on Netflix Instant.

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