When I revisited Toy Story a few weeks ago, I felt removed from the experience. It was less like watching a movie and more like watching my memories of the movie, as if the film was now a fixed object in the past. I suppose it speaks to the greatness of Toy Story 2 that revisiting this one didn't feel like that at all. This one crackles with a wit and warmth that bursts off the screen; you can just feel the entire crew firing on all cylinders.
When I was younger, I didn't like Westerns, so I missed Maverick (both the movie and the original show) as a kid. Later, I meant to see it, but for some reason never got around to it, even in the days after Richard Donner passed. When I finally got around to watching it, I found myself struggling to find my footing.
A small part of the problem was Mel: I admit that I find it much easier to revisit him…
Audio commentary by director Robert Bierman and actor Nicolas Cage.
90 minutes of Bierman and Cage giggling in awe and confusion at what a ridiculous, ludicrous, insane movie they were able to get away with making, and it is glorious. Essential companion viewing to the film itself.