Still Watching the Skies: Episode 42 “Innerspace”
Cody, Robert, and Nat take a trip to the innermost regions of a man with 1987’s INNERSPACE. It’s a film from Joe Dante near the apex of his career with Steven Spielberg as a producing partner and several stars in the cast.
Joe Dante was riding high in the 1980s after the success of GREMLINS. With that clout he got to make a film inspired by FANTASTIC VOYAGE featuring miniaturized Dennis Quaid trapped inside the body of Martin Short with both of them working together to thwart an industrial espionage group led by Kevin McCarthy. It’s a silly premise, and Dante goes all out on the cartoonishness. It’s a Warner Bros. picture, which is fitting being the home of Bugs Bunny.
INNERSPACE disappointed in its original theatrical release, but found an audience on home video. We discuss if it holds up to the test of time. And, in particular, we talk about the subtext of the story at the middle. Is this some sort of JULES AND JIM style of three way romance? And, if so, what does it mean?
If that’s not enough, we discuss our top 10 films of the year. And, because it’s inevitable, we break into a talk about STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
Time tracks are below.
Intro and INNERSPACE Discussion 0:00 to 43:20
Top 10 Films of 2017 Discussion 43:20 to 1:10:54
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Discussion 1:10:54 to 1:24:49
Next Month’s Film and Outro 1:24:49 to End
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Next month, we return to the 1950s for an undersea adventure with Walt Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. We won’t be making this journey alone as we’ll be joined by Andy DiGenova of Dis-Order: Every Disney Film. We hope you’ll join us.