Last night after posting the first of a series of 26, it occurred to me that this challenge could be tremendous fun. I mean really, the possibilities are endless. An entire alphabet to go through? That's a minimum of 26 totally awesome topics. I'm excited about this. So here we go with today's letter:
B is for Brendan Fraser
Seriously, I love this guy. He's so versatile. He's been a sweet Jewish boy, king of the jungle, super-talented pitcher, cowboy/mummy hunter, on and on it goes. I've never seen him play a role I didn't like. My favorites, though, are the following:
Elliot Richards (Fraser) is a doormat for everyone. He tries so hard to fit in, but nobody likes him. He's the guy that when he walks into a room everyone turns their back to him and hopes he didn't see them. Yeah, that guy. He's hopelessly in love with a coworker, Allison, who doesn't even know he exists. After failing to strike up a conversation with her in a bar, he says he'd sell his soul to be with her. Enter the devil (Elizabeth Hurley).
She offers Elliot seven wishes in exchange for his soul. Each time he makes a wish to get with Alison, the devil somehow messes it up. The ways his wishes are screwed up are hilarious, and Fraser is great at portraying each of the different personas that go along with his wishes. As Elliot gets more and more frustrated with the devil, he gets funnier and funnier. Love him!
Blast from the Past
In the 1960s, inventor Calvin Weber (Christopher Walken) and his pregnant wife Helen (Sissy Spacek) are locked in their bomb shelter after a plane crashes on top of it. Thinking there's been a war up on the ground, the Webers remain underground for thirty years. Their son, Adam (Fraser), grows up in the shelter, being taught everything he needs to know by his dad. On Adam's thirtieth birthday, Calvin has a heart attack. The Webers are running low on supplies, so Adam has to go up to the surface to find some.
When he gets to the top, he meets rude, sarcastic Eve (Alicia Silverstone) and begs for her help. She agrees to help him, and together they start searching for the supplies needed in the bomb shelter. Eve doesn't quite know how to take Adam, with his proper English, manners and knowledge. Adam becomes smitten with Eve, and although she fights it, she starts falling for him, too.
It's hilarious watching Adam try to adapt to this new and interesting world. While in the bomb shelter Adam had never seen color television, spoken on a telephone, ridden in a car, etc. It's all new to him, and he gets SO excited over everything. Fraser plays this naive, honest guy perfectly, and Silverstone is just freakin' adorable. As usual. Walken and Spacek are funny, too. They have great dialogue.
This is one of my most favorite movies of all time!
Librarian Evy is fascinated with Egyptian history, and decides to go see the ancient city of Hamunaptra. She enlists the help of American Rick O'Connell, who has to help her after she saved his life. He had been to the city once before while in the service. They have trouble from the beginning, because Evy has a key, although she doesn't know it is a key - and everybody wants it. The key goes to the Book of the Dead, and once they get to Hamunaptra, they soon learn why you shouldn't open the book.
A dig is going on in the city, and when a few American treasure hunters open a tomb, an evil curse descends on everyone. It is the curse that had been placed on the priest Imhotep. Now the evil scary mummy guy has come back to life and wants to suck the life out of everyone and take Evy to be the reincarnation of his dead lover. Luckily for Evy, Rick's there to save the day. It's going to take him a while, though. After all, you can't beat a thousand-year old evil mummy in one day. Where's the fun in that?
Today's episode has been brought to you by the letter B.