“He didn't get out of the cock-a-doodie car!!!”
Rob Reiner could very easily get back to making films like he did in his heyday if he made another Stephen King adaptation. Seriously, “Stand By Me” and “Misery” are two of the best King adaptations we’ve seen on the silver screen. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we discuss the penultimate film in our King series, Reiner’s 1990 film “Misery.” We talk about the brilliant performance by Kathy Bates, someone who really deserved her Oscar, and what she brought to the role of Annie Wilkes. We also talk about the fantastic James Caan, playing against type with this subdued author character who is pretty much bedridden the duration of the film, as well as Richard Farnsworth and Frances Sternhagen, a brilliant pairing. We chat about the nature of fandom and what it means to a creator of works when they essentially turn their product over to the consumer. We discuss the fantastic cinematography by the great Barry Sonnenfeld, his last work as DP. We touch on the music by Marc Shaiman as well as the Liberace music and how well it works to enhance the environment. And we highlight some of the changes from novel to screen, comparing the internal world Caan’s character creates to help survive his ordeal versus the taut screenplay that William Goldman delivers, and how the changes don’t take away from the story but really streamline it for this other medium. It’s a gripping, tense, psychological, claustrophobic thriller and we have a great time talking about it. Check it out!
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- Misery — Stephen King