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Episode #139: The Doors

Listen to Episode 139 of the Podcast here while you enjoy the show notes.

SUMMARY - The Doors chronicles the life of Jim Morrison (played by Val Kilmer). As a young college student, he started his band The Doors and they saw a meteoric rise in popularity. Along with the fame came plenty of public controversies and private turmoil in his relationships.

Screenplay by Randall Jahnson and Oliver Stone; Directed by Oliver Stone; and released on March 1,1991.


The movie seems like it's a weird fan fiction piece that bounces around to various key moments in Morrison's life.

Even though the movie is called "The Doors" the band is sidelined even if they are present

The music even ends up being secondary to the drama of everything

Of course you need a lot of cameos to distract things even further

Jim is presented as a tortured artist but also never shows any real positive personality traits

and at times is a monster of a human being

Anyway, other people do exist in this movie and Meg Ryan gets to break away from her comedy roles pretty well.

We just wish the story was more in line with the acting.

Awards Talk: The only one was an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Male Performance


This week we don't have any true crime but we do have a death to report

On this day, Edwin Land, Creator of the Polaroid passed away

Moving on to TV, here's what you may have been watching on March 1, 1991

We focus on another unknown to us show called Story Behind the Story that covered a literary hoax that happened in the 1960s


Nikki 1-5 star scale - 2 out of 5

Jon 0-4 star scale - 1 out of 4

Would you watch it again? - Neither of us have any interest in watching it again. It was already ingrained in Nikki's memory from childhood. As a biopic, this one feels like a straight-up failure to us that did not act like a celebration of the band or their music and certainly didn't show any worthwhile qualities of Morrison.

If you want to watch The Doors, as of this recording in November 2023, it’s available on Prime, Paramount+, Fubo, Digital Rental, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.


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