Console Consolations

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Ever been to your friend’s house and they’ve bought a new video game? They hype it up, put in the disc/cartridge and you two anxiously watch the spinning wheel of the loading screen. Then, before you can read the strategy guide, your friend apprehends the controller and begins their vicarious interactive derring-do solo. Remember how deflated you felt to be the passenger on the madcap ride? Basically, that’s how Hollywood hijacks and commandeers the viewing experience in regards to console game adaptations. Not to commit the same sin of shanghaiing the op-ed article but be my NPC on this examination of a few of the best and worst specimens.

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5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)- With diversity being a buzzword among the Hollywood executives today, Prince of Persia might be the prime example of how whitewashing can result in cataclysmic miscasting. Jake Gyllenhaal can play many roles on the Caucasian spectrum but a swarthy Persian  street urchin-cum-heir to the throne is not within that ethnic margin. Then he is flanked by posh English actors (Ben Kingsley, Toby Kebbell, Gemma Arterton) which might be a statement on the British imperialism and colonialism in the Middle East but I doubt the filmmakers are on the pundit level of Gore Vidal. Not to mention Mike Newell has positively no flair with the parkour action sequences of Dastan leaping from rooftop to rooftop.

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4. Max Payne (2008)- Mark Wahlberg was in a slump when this fiasco came out and if he continued to make films like this rightfully so. The game itself is a hard-boiled detective story with film noir elements. The movie attempts to capture that Phillip Marlowe-Elmore Leonard rhythm but flails by reducing the slow-motion into belabored John Woo tributes. And along with being at the coattails of trends, the film is desaturated with the monochrome of Sin City which utilized in a brilliantly vivid stylization. By contrast, Max Payne looked drab, dank and murky.

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3. Resident Evil (2002)- While the opening 20 minutes glisten at what George A. Romero could’ve done with the slow-burn suspense of Alice’s (Milla Jovovich) amnesia fugue state, the film quickly capsizes into schlocky nonsense. Hack director and spouse of the star, Paul W.S. Anderson, plagiarizes pages from the Matrix playbook with bullet-time slow-motion acrobatics (the vivisecting-ray scene is particularly moronic). It’s also oddly cruel for Alice to pummel a suffering canine which is rabid from the T-virus.

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2. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)- Surely the film’s CGI is dated by today’s lofty standards (Alec Baldwin’s character is a less photorealistic, cleft-chinned rendition of Ben Affleck) but it was a visual pioneer in the early 2000’s. To streamline the ethos of Final Fantasy into a coherent narrative is no small feat and the rendering farm has yielded some breathtaking visions of a post-apocalyptic landscape. The uncanny-valley effect might wither the human characters but it will remain a milestone in the segue to a special-effects-driven cinema.

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  1. Silent Hill (2006)- Without a shadow of a doubt, Silent Hill is the prominent apex of the adaptations. Christophe Gans clearly deciphers the appeal of the Konami game – an oppressively spine-tingling atmosphere patterned after Centralia with ash and fog engulfing the desolate town of Silent Hill. Survival horror is about isolation and Gans crafts an infernal milieu of Clive Barker oddities (the triangle menaces could be retrofitted to be Cenobites). Some of the images are quite haunting to the subconscious long after the credits roll (the cinder-like skin of the child).

Podcast March 16 – The 15:17 to Paris and The Hurricane Heist

It’s been a sleight week here at the Interjections podcast – between the March doldrums wedged between massive Marvel releases and our fearless hosts being stuck at work or waiting for their MoviePass to arrive, there was nothing much to catch up on.

This week Cory still managed to take in two recent flicks – the Clint Eastwood snoozefest The 15:17 to Paris and the rollicking disaster The Hurricane Heist.

Tristan made a mistake by hacking off a piece of his Arnold Schwarzenegger checklist with the bodybuilder turned actor turned governor starring in his first “role” in Hercules in New York.

Check it out below as the pair pad for time and discuss the new Harry Potter trailer, among other semi-current events:

Podcast March 10 – Thoroughbreds, Game Night and Into the Night

The highlight of the week was a hidden gem starring Jeff Goldlbum and Michelle Pfeiffer, from way back in 1985: John Landis’ comedy thriller Into the Night.

As for new films, Cory caught up to Tristan and the pair discuss the recent hit comedy Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. Tristan also opines on the strangely evocative new thriller Thoroughbreds, starring Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Tristan also chimes in with takes on recent films like Mudbound (Mississippi delta drama) from last year and Anomalisa, the Charlie Kaufman stop-motion romance from 2015.

Tune in below to hear all that and more, and remember to comment responsibly!


2018 Edgar Award Winners!

The word is in, and the word is winners! This, as in the winners of the 2018 Edgar Awards!

The major winner is Jordan Peele’s horror allegory Get Out, which takes home the big award, Best Picture. It also managed to get Best Horror, naturally, but those two wins make it one of the sparsest winners since 2001, when Vanilla Sky won Best Picture and only Best Picture.

We’ve nearly tied a record this year, as Blade Runner 2049 has emerged as the second biggest winner in a single year, nabbing eight – Best Supporting Actress in a Drama/Fantasy (Mackenzie Davis), Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins with his 4th win), Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Poster and the Lorenzo Music Award (which is picked randomly by the Edgars committee). Previously, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won nine times in 2003. No other film has won more than six.


Four films managed to win four awards:

Dunkirk – Best Director for Drama/Fantasy (Christopher Nolan-his first win in five nominations), Best Drama, Best Biographical/Historical and Best Sound
Logan – Best Actor in Drama/Fantasy (Hugh Jackman-his first win in five nominations), Best Supporting Actor in Drama/Fantasy (Patrick Stewart), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Trailer
The Shape of Water – Best Actress in Drama/Fantasy (Sally Hawkins), Best Romance, Best Original Screenplay and Best Makeup
Baby Driver – Best Director of Comedy/Animated (Edgar Wright-his second win after Hot Fuzz), Best Soundtrack, Best Editing and Best Stunts

The Disaster Artist picked up two awards for Best Comedy and Best Actor (James Franco), while the other comedy acting winners included Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Ray Romano (The Big Sick) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya).


The indie categories split between four winners – The Florida Project (Willem Dafoe), Ingrid Goes West (Aubrey Plaza), Mudbound (Mary J. Blige) and Call Me by Your Name (Michael Stuhlbarg). The last of those four also won Best Indie itself.

Featured awards include the Robin Williams Memorial Award, with this year’s recipient being Bill Paxton; the Richard Harris Lifetime Achievement Award was rewarded to Hayao Miyazaki; and the Hall of Fame inductees are Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and It Happened One Night.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Picture-Get Out

Best Drama-Dunkirk
Best Director of a Drama/Fantasy-Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Best Actor in a Drama/Fantasy-Hugh Jackman, Logan
Best Actress in a Drama/Fantasy-Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama/Fantasy-Patrick Stewart, Logan
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama/Fantasy-Mackenzie Davis, Blade Runner 2049

Best Comedy-The Disaster Artist
Best Director of a Comedy-Edgar Wright, Baby Driver
Best Actor in a Comedy-James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Actress in a Comedy-Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy-Ray Romano, The Big Sick
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy-Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best Animated Film-Coco
Best Voice Acting-Michael Cera, The Lego Batman Movie
Best Foreign Film-It’s Only the End of the World, Canada
Best Documentary-Jane
Best Streaming Film-The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Worst Film-The Emoji Movie

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy-Blade Runner 2049
Best Horror-Get Out
Best Action/Adventure-Thor: Ragnarok
Best Crime/Thriller-Wind River
Best Biographical/Historical-Dunkirk
Best Romance-The Shape of Water
Best Western-Wind River

Best Indie-Call Me by Your Name
Best Indie Director-Ben & Joshua Safdie, Good Time
Best Indie Actor-Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Indie Actress-Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West
Best Indie Supporting Actor-Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me by Your Name
Best Indie Supporting Actress-Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Best Adapted Screenplay-Logan
Best Original Screenplay-The Shape of Water
Best Soundtrack-Baby Driver
Best Song-“Come Alive”, The Greatest Showman
Best Cinematography-Blade Runner 2049
Best Visual Effects-Blade Runner 2049
Best Art Direction-Blade Runner 2049
Best Editing-Baby Driver
Best Sound-Dunkirk
Best Stunts-Baby Driver
Best Costumes-Blade Runner 2049
Best Makeup-The Shape of Water

Best Trailer-Logan
Best Poster-Blade Runner 2049
Best Cameo-Frank Oz, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Robin Williams Memorial Award-Bill Paxton
Richard Harris Lifetime Achievement Award-Hayao Miyazaki
Lorenzo Music Award-Blade Runner 2049
Hall of Fame-Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, It Happened One Night


Thanks again to everyone who voted this year, and we all look forward to a wonderful 2018! See you next awards season!

Podcast March 3rd – Red Sparrow, Death Wish and Death of Stalin

Cory invited Tristan over for a weekend of misery and mayhem, at least in the cinematic realm.

Bruce Willis makes his grand re-emergence to the big screen with an Eli Roth helmed remake of Death Wish. Jennifer Lawrence tries her hand at a Russian agent with the Francis Lawrence spy thriller Red Sparrow.

Duncan Jones brings his talents to Netflix along with stars Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd in the futuristic crime drama Mute. Jeffrey Tambor and Steve Buscemi get into some trouble in the historical comedy The Death of Stalin.

All this and more in this week’s edition of the Interjections podcast, below:

We hope you enjoy, and remember to comment…responsibly.

Podcast Feb 23 – Annihilation, Looking Glass and Tragedy Girls

This week, Cory and Tristan self-destructed after seeing what the Shimmer is all about, taking in an early screening of Alex Garland’s latest sci-fi classic Annihilation – starring Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a research team sent into a treacherous jungle environment suddenly encroaching on our Florida wetlands like a bubble waiting to burst.

Cory tortures himself again with another Nicolas Cage film (his third release in less than two months!) with thriller Looking Glass. Robin Tunney is along for the ride as Cage’s wife, while the pair attempt to evade a dangerous secret brewing within their newly-purchased motel.

Tristan re-lives his high school glory days by catching up on last year’s late horror comedy Tragedy Girls, starring Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) as malevolent teenage serial killer fan girls who run a horror-themed social media site.

Join them as they tackle the final few releases of February! Don’t forget to comment below:

Podcast Feb 16 – Black Panther

That’s right, the time has come for the new king. A new superhero to take the reins of Marvel and launch it into a new era. Well, to have a new movie, at least, for now.

Cory and Tristan met up last night to take in the latest edition in the massively popular Marvel universe, Black Panther. This was Tristan’s most anticipated film of 2018, and a chance to prove to executives that a film truly representing Africa is a great idea.

Did our pair like the film? You’ll have to listen in as they discuss the regal warrior’s true debut, alongside reviews of recent releases 12 Strong and Fifty Shades Freed. Tristan also continues catching up with last summer’s Good Time.

Will Jimmy cameo or not? Listen below, and don’t forget to comment responsibly:


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