320 – The one about Phenomenon

Welcome to episode 320. Today, we watch “Phenomenon”!

An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

Join Scott, Randy, Dunaway, and Ibbott as they make pens move.

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22 thoughts on “320 – The one about Phenomenon

  1. Pingback: 320 – The one about Phenomenon - BRIAN DUNAWAY

  2. My favourite quaint small town feel-good movie is still Cookie’s Fortune from Robert Altman. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed. Great atmosphere, stellar cast, great story, expert direction.

  3. IT was interesting to hear unanimous praise for Robert Duvall from you guys when in the Days of Thunder episode Randy called him out for not being a good actor. Granted, his conclusion then was similar to what you guys arrive at in this episode: there are one trick pony actors whose one trick everybody likes and Duvall is one of them.
    I agree with Ibbott regarding Travolta’s acting capabilities. I think he needs a good director, otherwise he’s lost. Not unlike Nicholas Cage. They have great characters in them, they just need somebody to bring it out.

  4. I’m ere screaming in my head Return of the Incredible HULK ( Thor), Trial had Daredevil and Death was supposed to be She-Hulk, but instead they paired him with a Russian spy that he falls in love with, and its not a far stretch to make that Black Widow in your head, especially with their romance (hinted at) now.

    I LOVED Limitless, and yes that show was amazing. I will go with that as my answer.

  5. Maybe writing a screenplay that involves a character getting really, really smart all of a sudden is similar to writing one about the far-off future– your imagination limits you.

    We can extrapolate what it would feel like to be really, really strong, I think– just multiply your current strength by a lot, and there you go. But I’m not sure that a non-genius can accurately portray what it’s like to be a genius.

    Part of the reason so many of us believe in an afterlife may be because it’s literally impossible to imagine what it’s like to be dead. It’s interesting to think that sometimes it’s not the imagination, but constraints on imagination, that bring ideas into existence.

    • Very profound point there. I just saw “The Hunger” about vampires and impossibly old characters walking the earth. Only through David Bowie’s and Catherine Deneuve’s already surreal, alien-like personages could I begin to fathom what it’s like to be 3000 years old. Unfortunately their performances were constrained by the limits of the mediocre screenwriters in the final act so…

      • Oh yeah, vampires and other immortals are another really good example. Seemingly every time, a character that’s supposed to be 300, 700, 1,000 years old acts like he/she’s about 27, max.

        I haven’t seen The Hunger, though– will have to check it out.

  6. I love Open Range. Glad you mentioned it. One of my favorite modern Westerns.

    Of course, Lonesome Dove is Duvall’s best.

    And I know it is a cheesy movie, but Duvall is also great in Secondhand Lions.

    • I thought he was great in “Colors” (colors, colors, colors, colors I am a nightmare walkin, psychopath talkin, king of the jungle just a gangsta stalkin…)

      • BTW, check out the cast for “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993): Duvall, Gene Hackman, Wes Studi, Matt Damon (wha what?), Kevin “Roadhouse”, “Emergency”) Tighe, Jason Patric, Stephen McHattie (the Canadian Lance Henrickson). Directed by Walter Hill, written by John Millius. looks real good

  7. Here you go Scott…

    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) — Electrocuted while touching a computer = smarts
    Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (1972) — Chemistry experiment struck by lightning = invisiblity
    The Strongest Man in the World (1975) — Chemistry experiments mixed with vitamin cereal = strength

    • Hahahahaha!!! I don’t blame Scott confusing these early 70s Kurt Russell Disney movies.

  8. During the voice actor discussion, I screamed at my iPhone for like 10 minutes- “It’s Richard Kiley, Richard Kiley, Richard Kiley for chrissakes! Richard Kiley! RICHARD F***ING KILEY!!!” Travolta is mostly dreck if you look at his resume, and Randy picked a few, but check him out in Brian De Palma’s “Blow Up” from 1981. He is genuinely acting the shit out of it. He also did good work for De Palma in “Carrie” playing against type as a teenage douchebag.

    Film Sack Bingo: Scott mentioned Jurassic Park and forgot several names.

    • Hahaha yes same here. Hammond even makes a point of saying that it’s Richard Kiley in the movie dialogue.

  9. Heeeeeeeeeey.
    Im a home town doctor, and Im not……
    Well I guess I am. Move along 🙂

  10. Has there ever been a film where they reverse the trope – the main character suddenly becomes stupid rather than super intelligent? I feel like that might have been a better fit for Travolta.

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