BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) and Re-Establishing

We continue the franchise with the next Zemeckis installment, and it’s a divisive one! We talk American politics (inevitably), Spaghetti westerns (less inevitably), and how this is an interesting re-establishing of the first film.


This Week’s Watching
KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017): Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
IRON FIST (2017): Scott Buck, Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick
Recommendations
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1995): Rob Reiner, Michael Douglas, Annette Bening
PIRANHA 3D (2010): Alexandre Aja, Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott
THE FACULTY (1998): Robert Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Clea Duvall
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (1988): Robert Zemeckis, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd
Footnotes
Firstly, Sam mentions the Marx brothers when we discuss the opening diner scene; this, as the URL suggests, is a fairly comprehensive resource! http://www.marx-brothers.org. Here’s a summary of the ‘Dollars’ trilogy, for those unfamiliar with Biff’s favourite film: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollars_Trilogy. Back on BTTF territory, here’s an article we really should have linked to last week: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/10/back-to-the-future-facts-about-trilogy-future-day-eric-stoltz-video-trivia-marty-mcfly-spielberg-zemeckis. Finally, here are a couple of vindications of Sam’s half-remembered Zemeckis—Spielberg connection: http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Steven_Spielberg (see? he was an EP!) and http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/back-to-the-future-wouldnt-have-been-the-same-without-spielberg. (There are, sadly, no vindications of his theory that Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom are secretly the same person.)