We close out our month of That Wasn’t The F**king Plan with the best movie out of the four we talked about, although that’s not saying much: The Emperor’s New Groove. It’s a strange film in the Disney archive, fraught with all kinds of production drama. We talk a bit about what the original plan was, and then try to figure out where things went wrong. We also note how the film has a great third act and how Kronk probably should have been the star considering how much of the movie he stole from everyone else.
This also marks the end of Behind the Hype for 2020. We’ll be back a little bit later in the new year with more zany retrospectives that challenge how we think about films and the filmmakers who work on them.
This week we talk about a film that no one really saw: Matinee, starring John Goodman as a William Castle / Alfred Hitchcock hybrid who brings his B-movie “Mant!” to a small theater in Key West, Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. What ensues is a fun, if a bit subdued, romp through B-movie nostalgia featuring the usual Dante players as well as a fun performance from Cathy Moriarty – who you may or may not know as the villain from Casper (1995). There’s also a greaser who writes poetry who terrorizes the protagonists dressed up as an ant, and Goodman’s monologue about the “first monster movie” provides a wonderful thesis for the film.