March 18, 2015

Raising Arizona

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Ah, the Coen brothers...Talk about some great movie makers! And when you talk about them, you can't help but bring up this week's movie, Raising Arizona. A classic!

That's right, the guys sat down and took a look at one of the many genius films of the Coens, starring Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Trey Wilson, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand and the disturbingly hairy Randall "Tex" Cobb.

As Nipper, the RCA dog.
It's the story of H.I. (Cage), a recidivist criminal, and Ed (Hunter) a police officer, who meet and court over several several of H.I.'s arrests. (She works as the police photographer, taking mugshots.) Once they marry, Ed, who is unable to conceive, decides she wants a child, and H.I. concocts a plan to get her one.

Enter Nathan Arizona (Wilson), unpainted furniture mogul, and his wife Dot (McDormand). Dot believed that she was also unable to conceive, and began taking fertility drugs which, according to Nathan, did, in fact, work "with a vengeance." They had quintuplets. H.I., believing the Arizonas had "more than they could handle," decides to take one of the babies for him and Ed to raise as their own, building their own happy family.

Can't you just feel the happiness radiating off of them?
Along the way, they run into a few stumbling blocks: A boss that wants H.I. and Ed to "swing", a "finder" who may or may not be human (more on this in a moment), and two escaped cons that H.I. met during one of his many trips to prison.

Goodman's character is clearly the brains of the operation.
Larry is deeply amused by the running joke about counting, and rightly so. It just gets funnier and funnier, even when the people doing the counting are off-screen.

Jake believes there is a deeper story here, and a serious discussion interrupts a much more humorous one about how awful most of the children in this movie are.

Dramatic reenactment of the guys discussing the finer points of drama in movies.
Derek is upset by some of the few special effects in the movie (at least until Jake offers his theories about them). He's also deeply troubled by the hairstyle choices made for this movie. Especially those of Nicholas Cage, a man known for questionable hair choices.

Along the way, there's also news in The Lobby, Coming Soon, Larry's List, Jake's newly christened "Hollywood Purgatory" segment, the obligatory Nicholas Cage impressions, and a new game from Jake!

So download this week's show and give it a listen! And don't forget to comment and let us know what you think!