90s Style — Episode 10 (Tagline trivia, Showgirls, My friend in Paris)

After revealing that nobody could discern the theme from Episode 09, Patrick played some tunes out of Venice, Italy and Venice Beach, United States, before testing listeners with a round of 1990s Film Tagline Trivia:

Taglines had their golden era during the 1980s but they dragged into the 90s with some blood still pulsing. Here are 10 taglines from 10 films from the decade — some more well known than others — can you name the film these phrases were promoting on posters, trailers and other errant marketing collateral? Leave a comment below with your responses:

  1. Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe. 
  2. To enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman.
  3. Small town. Big crime. Dead cold.
  4. An adventure 65 million years in the making.
  5. He’s up past his bedtime in the city that never sleeps.
  6. Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?
  7. Hang on for the comedy that goes to infinity and beyond!
  8. The mission is a man.
  9. Discover the past, live the present, fight the future.
  10. 10. Drink From Me And Live Forever.

Patrick then played some tracks bookending the decade, including one by an Aussie act that is experiencing a new lease on his relevance, media coverage wise. Patrick then riffed at some length about the film Showgirls:

Last Friday I went to the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne to see the 1995 soft-core moralty tale Showgirls. A multiple Razzie winner and a film often cited as the worst film of all time, Showgirls is simply a masterpiece of 1990s unintentional self-parody. Starring Elizabeth Berkeley from Saved By The Bell and Kyle MacLachlan from Twin Peaks, Showgirls is the story of a 22-year-old former prostitute who moves to Las Vegas to pursue her dubious dream of being a topless dancer. At no point during this film did I believe an actor on screen was not completely coked out of their mind and in one scene Berkeley’s character — Nomi Malone (“My family’s Italian”) — hoovers up a mound of blow from a pile comparable to the amount of salt in the ocean. One of Showgirls’ standout idiosyncracies is that whenever two characters are talking, regardless of their sex or sexuality, you always feel that they are about to kiss, no matter when this interaction is taking place, and several times the characters do launch into a mouth lock for no discernible reason. In addition to Nomi, who has sex like an epileptic paraplegic trying to commit suicide by swallowing their Adam’s apple, there are also colourful characters like Cristal Connors, the star of the supposedly upmarket girlie show, who is hellbent on destroying Nomi; her boyfriend Zack who plies them with cocaine to bed them; Tony Moss, the show’s director who delights in telling the young ladies they need to ice up their nipples before each performance; and Al Torres, pimp at the lowrent lapdance bar Cheetah’s, who, upon visiting the now trumped up Nomi, herself an alum of Cheetah’s, delivers the immortal line: “It must be weird, not having anybody come on you.” The only character with the tiniest sliver of moral fibre is Nomi’s Good Samaritan roommate Molly. At the start of the film, Molly takes Nomi in to her home and helps her get on her feet, sets up job interviews for her and advises her against gallivanting with Bad Men. Molly is there for Nomi the whole film through and she is punished for these acts of kindness by being subjected to one of the most brutal gang rapes that has ever been put on film.

Even before Showgirls opened it was already destined for the critical and commercial abyss. Here’s what one person said shortly after the premiere:

“I was absolutely gobsmacked. I said, “This is horrible. Horrible!” And it’s a very slow, sinking feeling when you’re watching the movie, and the first scene comes out, and you’re like, “Oh, that’s a really bad scene.” But you say, “Well, that’s okay, the next one’ll be better.” And you somehow try to convince yourself that it’s going to get better… and it just gets worse. And I was like, “Wow. That was crazy.” I mean, I really didn’t see that coming. So at that point, I distanced myself from the movie. Now, of course, it has a whole other life as a sort of inadvertent… satire. No, “satire” isn’t the right word. But it’s inadvertently funny. So it’s found its place. It provides entertainment, though not in the way I think it was originally intended. It was just… maybe the wrong material with the wrong director and the wrong cast.”

And who provided this withering analysis? None other than Kyle MacLachlan, the lead actor!

And Kyle is spot on — Showgirls is now an eminently watching parody of itself, the classic so bad it’s good retrocool film — I had a wonderful time watching it on the big screen, though I was worried I would catch an STI sitting so close to the front, and I encourage 90s film buffs to check out some of the other screenings coming up in the next few months.

Patrick then included some info on upcoming 90s specials at the Orpheum:

  • 54 on Friday 6 November 2015.
  • The Fifth Element & Leon: The Professional on Sunday 15 November 2015.
  • Home Alone (& Die Hard) on Sunday 13 December 2015.
  • Sleepless in Seattle (& When Harry Met Sally) on Sunday 14 February 2015 (Valentine’s Day).

Into the diary Patrick delved! But, strangely, only two songs were piquing his interest this week in 1999 — surely he wasn’t studying for his HSC maths exam?

Only two songs! You have a 50/50 shot guessing which one Patrick played in full.
Only two songs! You have a 50/50 shot guessing which one Patrick played in full.

Patrick closed the show by saying hello to a new listener in Paris, wishing several friends a happy birthday and shouting out to all the MiniDisc owners out there.

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