Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Only now does it occur to me... HAIL, CAESAR!

Only now does it occur to me... that the Coen Brothers must be closet HIGHLANDER fans. Why else would they cast Clancy "The Kurgan" Brown:

and Christopher "Connor 'The Highlander' MacLeod" Lambert:

in the same film? (aside from the fact that they're both great, and wield a mean broadsword).  With Sean Connery retired, I suppose my only complaint is that Michael Ironside didn't make the cut.

Regardless, this film does not in fact revolve around HIGHLANDER sequel/prequel fan-fictions, though from the standpoint of a character-actor fan, it has much to offer. Amid the pastiche of Busby Berkeley and Vincente Minnelli-style musical numbers, there are wonderful bits by Robert Picardo as a finicky, test audience rabbi:

Fisher Stevens (who really knows how to make an entrance) as a furtive, blacklisted screenwriter:

Tilda Swinton in dual roles as twin-sister gossip columnists:

and Dolph Lundgren as the silhouette of a Russian submarine captain:

(since it's the 1950s,  I can't tell if he's Ivan Drago's father, or the father of his henchman from A VIEW TO A KILL). 

Sure, it's no BARTON FINK, but I enjoyed it.

4 comments:

gweeps said...

Tangentially related, I recently watched Michael Ironside in a great Ray Bradbury Theater episode called The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl.

Sean Gill said...

Gweeps,

Awesome––I've been meaning to check that out for a while. How is it?

gweeps said...

It's both tense and comical. Gets you thinking.

And it's on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2uoqfM4bRg

Sean Gill said...

Gweeps,

Nice, I'll watch it one of these days!