For this week’s Movies that Matter we have a wonderful duo, Bud Smith and Brian Alan Ellis. If you haven’t heard of them, you should probably get to a fucking library.
MOVIES DISCUSSED: Silver Bullet, Lucas, My Cousin Vinny, Ghostbusters
BUD SMITH: My favorite movie when I was a little kid was Silver Bullet because I liked the werewolf stuff. My brother loved that movie too because he wanted to have me break both his legs so our parents would buy him an electric wheelchair.
BRIAN ALAN ELLIS: I don’t think I’ve watched Silver Bullet all the way through. I think I got it confused with that other Corey Haim movie, Lucas. Like, I thought the Lucas character got paralyzed in the football game at the end and the story picked up where he was now in a wheelchair and was suddenly being chased by werewolves.
SMITH: Lucas 2: Silver Bullet is great and does have werewolves, and then Lucas 3: Rudy is a beautiful closer because Lucas overcomes his handicap (and the werewolves) and plans for that Notre Dame one-down. I also loved My Cousin Vinny, like a lot.
ELLIS: I like the part in My Cousin Vinny when Joe Pesci shoots the busboy and everybody’s all. “Why’d you do that, you crazy motherfucker,” and Pesci is all whatever about it, so they kill him and dump his body in some cornfield. Pretty heavy. By the way, I never saw My Cousin Vinny.
SMITH: My Cousin Vinny is this movie with Marissa Tomei in it and some courtroom stuff that is moot. Marisa Tomei in that movie was why I stayed living on the east coast. My plan as a little kid had been to relocate to Jupiter. Marissa Tomei kept me here.
ELLIS: My favorite movie as a kid was Ghostbusters. My mom sewed me a Ghostbusters jumpsuit for Halloween, and I wore it to school the whole year. It was badass.
SMITH: What character?
ELLIS: I don’t think I was a particular character. Just some fat kid who decided to be a ghostbuster.
SMITH: Oh, like if they hired a fat kid and had him shoot atomic laser beam rays. To fight the undead. That’s a bad plan for them. I got the ectoplasm for Christmas and it was purple and I smeared it on all the walls of my room.
ELLIS: That shit was fire. Also, I just remembered, this other kid dressed like a ghostbuster that Halloween and I was jealous ’cause he had like an actual toy proton pack and my shit was just cardboard and tinfoil.
SMITH: The real proton pack kids are going to hell first. That’s my only Christian sentiment. Spoiled little rich real proton pack bitches.
MOVIES DISCUSSED: The Crow, The Wedding Singer, A Clockwork Orange, Toy Story 4, Irreversible, Requiem for a Dream
BRIAN ALAN ELLIS: Do you remember the first movie you ever took a date to?
BUD SMITH: I took a date to The Crow. She said it was pretty weird and dark but then she said that her mom and dad had their first date at A Clockwork Orange and that they were making out until the rape scene. You never know with movies. Like even Toy Story 4 could be viciously harrowing.
ELLIS: That’s like taking a date to see Irreversible, or Requiem for a Dream. Brutal. The Crow had a nice moral center, at least. I saw The Wedding Singer with my first girlfriend. She loved it. She was like a goth/riot grrl-type and was way into the ’80s. She loved Billy Idol, and Bauhaus. I listened to Rancid so the movie obviously wasn’t punk enough for me at the time, but I’ve grown to appreciate it.
SMITH: How do you feel about Rancid now, though? I dated a girl early on who loved SKA. That was a tough one.
ELLIS: I was totally into SKA. Actually, the first time I made out with a girl was at, like, a Toasters show. I think I even wore a tie. It was pretty bad.
SMITH: What was the appeal? The plaid pants? The horns? The Doc Martins?