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Podcast July 7 – The Beguiled, The Little Hours and Okja

After we all collectively celebrated the 241st birthday of our crumbling country, a handful of cinephiles convened on cinemas nationwide to see a film that showcased a time when the people of America were actually split apart.

We at Interjections saw The Beguiled, a remake of the Clint Eastwood Southern gothic film from 1971. Sofia Coppola guides this version with a steady hand, reimagining Colin Farrell in the role of the wounded Union soldier finds himself in a woman’s boarding school run by Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. Elle Fanning contributes with another patent crazy vixen role.

Our special guest Kris joins Cory in his review of Cars 3 – waxing poetic about the majestic Pixar franchise as a whole. Here Lightning McQueen faces the most difficult challenge of his life – old age. Will Mater muck up the proceedings? Probably.

Speaking of old age, Tristan took in another recent indie film, the Jeff Baena helmed adaptation of The Decameron, The Little Hours, starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci as conflicted nuns living in a convent run by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon. Dave Franco pulls his best Colin Farrell impression and hides in the convent as their gardener when he gets in trouble with his serf (Nick Offerman).

Kris brings us both a review of the Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler comedy The House, which has an amazing premise where the pair, finding themselves struggling to pay their daughter’s college tuition, naturally decide to open an underground casino in their basement. Will this redeem the surprisingly unfunny 2017 slate of comedies?

She also brings an overall review of the recent smash hit from Hulu, The Handmaid’s Tale, where Elisabeth Moss must discover what a woman’s true purpose is under the evil regime of Joseph Fiennes and other corrupt men.

Finally, Cory finishes off the week with the latest Netflix oddity – Bong Hoon-jo’s Okja, where Tilda Swinton pulls double-duty yet again as an evil capitalist attempting to turn a human-crafted giant pig into her newest bacon supply. ET be damned, the South Koreans really know how to tug at the heartstrings!

All this and some trailers, if you click on Aubrey Plaza below:

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Podcast June 30 – Baby Driver, GLOW and Spider-Man: Homecoming

So you thought we were a little light the last two weeks, did you? You were hoping for more content in the Interjections podcast? Well, buddy, we’ve got some relief for you, in the form of eleven new films and television shows. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Baby Driver – the lengthily developed heist film from Edgar Wright stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as a tinnitis-inflicted getaway driver who wrestles with morals and feelings amidst a catalogue of sketchy characters including Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eisa Gonzalez, Jon Bernthal and Flea. He’ll aim to survive and get to his new favorite waitress Lily James.
  • G.L.O.W. – Alison Brie follows Community alum Gillian Jacobs to Netflix with this semi-historical look at a strangely progressive time in wrestling’s history, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, an outlier cable show that premiered in the early 1980s. Marc Maron is the director of the outfit, and he and Brie must figure out how to get their gang of misfits into action.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming – Cory managed to sneak in a preview of next week’s massive Marvel blockbuster that sees Tom Holland take over everyone’s friendly neighborhood web-slinger. Here he’s under the guidance of OG Marvel elite Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) as the kid must handle double duty as a superhero and a regular teen, avoiding supervillian Vulture (Michael Keaton).
  • Transformers: The Last Knight – Somehow someone greenlight a fifth Transformers film, and not only are Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg back, but Stanley Tucci shills by playing a drunk Merlin. Anthony Hopkins joins other actors like John Turturro, Jon Voight, Ken Jeong, Frances McDormand, Alan Tudyk, Jerrod Carmichael and Bernie Mac in embarassing himself by participating in this debacle.
  • The Belko Experiment – Earlier in the year, John C. McGinley, Tony Goldwyn and Michael Rooker were sent down to Columbia to participate in a Battle Royale style corporate free-for-all. Cory caught up with this one.
  • Wilson – Woody Harrelson shines in this indie adaptation of Daniel Clowe’s graphic novel, yet another story about a disaffected man-child that can’t adjust to real life, much like Clowes’ other work Ghost World and Art School Confidential.
  • The Neverending Story – Tristan at long last viewed this cult classic children’s fable that sees a young boy immersed in the strange world of Fantasia, where Bastian (Noah Hathaway) must save the world from a mysterious dark force overtaking the horizon. Dog-like dragon Falcor aids him as he traverses the land filled with sadness swamps and wolf-vampires.
  • 47 Meters Down – Mandy Moore rides on the slim coattails of last summer’s The Shallows by facing down a shark underwater.
  • Rough Night – The lady version of Very Bad Things finds a bachelorette party gone awry populated by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer, Zoe Kravitz and Jillian Bell.
  • Gifted – Chris Evans attempts to schmaltz up his image by taking on the role by mentoring a brilliant nephew who ends up in a nasty custody battle.
  • The Bad Batch – Ana Lily Aminpour’s sophomore film focuses on a strange apocalyptic landscape that former model Suki Waterhouse attempts to traverse, though she runs afoul of many an odd character, including Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves.

All this and a ton of trailers below! Remember to comment responsibly:

Podcast June 2 – Wonder Woman, War Machine and Pirates 5

Summer is in full swing here at the Interjections podcast, and we’re rolling right along with a few new flicks:

  • Gal Gadot appears in the first solo Wonder Woman film ever, as she discovers that war surrounds her Mediterranean island enclave and must defeat Ares in order to restore balance to the DC universe.
  • Brad Pitt lowers himself into Netflix with the pseudo-biopic parody of General Stanley McCrystal’s time as leader of American forces in Afghanistan with War Machine.
  • Johnny Depp lowers himself back into that bank vault full of gold coins as he fails to recapture the magic of Jack Sparrow with a fifth(!) Pirates movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Will Will Turner turn up? Or did this franchise clearly take a Swann dive?
  • Cory also gives us his thoughts on the new limited Twin Peaks series, without even seeing the original!
  • Tristan continues his New York series on classic films with Spike Lee’s opus Do the Right Thing, showcasing racial injustices in Brooklyn in the 1980s – a still timely message for us all.

Tune in below to hear all this and some new trailers. Remember to comment responsibly!

Twin Peaks: The Return (Episode 1)

I must confess to the fact that I’m a Twin Peaks newcomer. I haven’t seen any of the previous episodes but I’ve been recapped on the Laura Palmer murder mystery and the ensuing oddities from friends. Having said that, I’m still a devout fan of David Lynch’s oeuvre of idiosyncratic surrealism (The Elephant Man, Dune and Blue Velvet being my personal choices for his magnum opuses).

Lynch’s collaborations with Kyle MacLachlan have been a tremendously fruitful marriage of actor and director. Kyle seems to be readily incorporated into Lynch’s brand of bucolic madness. In the intervening 25 years, Agent Dale Cooper has a nefarious doppelganger: a tanned weekend warrior with a mullet and pitch-black irises. Quite the stark contrast to his well-groomed, fastidious image during his stay in Twin Peaks.

Much like his other excursions into dream logic, the dialogue is serpentine with quotable nonsequitirs such as when Dale advises a lodging employee to hire another bouncer, she cryptically replies “It’s a world of truck drivers.” Along with that, the 217-member cast includes a cornucopia of celebrity walk-ons (Ashley Judd, Jane Adams, Matthew Lillard, etc.) and loopy characters (the absentminded neighbor is my favorite).

Lynch can be oblique but he doesn’t alienate the audience with pretentiousness. Within a reconnoitered building, a man is garrisoning a “top-secret” project which is a glass box that seemingly hypnotizes the people around it. How it correlates to the overarching story is still an enigma but when the guard states that his colleague once saw something materialize inside the box, we are anxiously awaiting a phantasmagorical glimpse ourselves.

Emboldened by a slot on Showtime, the show isn’t bound by network censors and therefore, a highly charged, carnal sex scene can occur before a EVP-esque poltergeist can collide through the booth and savagely slaughter the copulating couple. It’s a genuinely scary set piece. Cooper is largely missing from the premiere episode but the plot now pivots on gravitating Cooper back to the wilderness.

The latest incarnation of Twin Peaks is an unassailable success. It proceeds to ferry us back to the land of Lynch’s gonzo imagination and terrifying quirkiness (the deputy chief gains information from messages from a log). To some, it might be a wave of nonsense or a shaggy dog story with no coherent ending. To me and those who grew up on the show, its puzzling structure is chief among its pleasures.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Podcast May 26th – Alien: Covenant, Baywatch and Twin Peaks

Cory and Tristan are back in a big way, much like a certain television series that hasn’t been around since they were still innocent children. That’s right, Sunday saw the highly anticipated return of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s mystery opus that brought to television an entirely new genre of small-town murder fantasies. Lynch literally changed the game, and here he has new episodes finally to either answer the questions left behind in 1992, or just fuck around with our heads for a few more episodes. Either way, it’s a damn fine way to spend some time.

A very bad way to spend some time would be to see the film adaptation of Baywatch, according to Cory. Dive in to our podcast to find out why, like the recent adaptation of CHiPs, this film was a horrible mistake.

Speaking of horrible mistakes, a lot of space-faring journeyman make them along the way to a new colony planet in Alien: Covenant, but you probably already would have guessed that from it…being an Alien movie. The disposable crew this time includes Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Billy Crudup. Michael Fassbender, of course, returns as the Lawrence of Arabia-lite android David.

Finally, Tristan brings us one of the many unsung films from late 2016, lost in the glut of Oscar races – Christine – a little film that tells the story of oddball reporter Christine Chubbuck as she navigates changing methods in the news world of Sarasota, Florida.

Grab some cherry pie and coffee, sit down, and listen in below:

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Review: Rick & Morty (Season 3, Episode 1)

In what might be the most brilliant piece of counterprogramming for April Fool’s Day, Adult Swim jolted the burgeoning cult of Rick and Morty fans by continuously streaming the season 3 premiere on their website until the stroke of midnight on April 1st. Personally, I had to watch the episode several times because lag caused me to watch piecemeal. What this means is they didn’t anticipate the amount of traffic they’ve received upon the announcement; a testament to the show’s widening audience.

As for the show itself, it’s been over a year since we saw Rick imprisoned in an intergalactic jail for his assorted crimes. Unlike most animated shows which treat continuity rather arbitrarily, Rick and Morty prides itself on not ignoring the consequences of its cliffhangers. The Federation has colonized Earth and Rick is being interrogated by an agent (guest star Nathan Fillion) for his interdimensional secrets.

The funniest part of Fillion’s role is when Rick transferring his consciousness into the agent’s brain and Fillion flaunts a hilarious Rick impersonation (complete with the burps, arrogance and slurred speech pattern). Dan Harmon’s world is not hermetically sealed from pop culture references either with allusions to David Cronenberg and the Hunger Games.

The time paradoxes are surprisingly well-crafted for a comedy show. When one Rick visits another doppelganger to persuade him to devise the portal technology, he flippantly jokes about how his influence on concocting the travel system means the current Rick isn’t the actual creator of it. Pretty cerebral material for what was preceded by a smorgasbord of flatulence gags.

Morty is still the fly in Rick’s ointment as he is constantly sabotaging Rick’s forethought with his irate behavior. During a standoff with Summer and a member of Seal Team Rick, Morty’s interference inadvertently yields a positive result unbeknownst to him. Morty’s role as the albatross around Rick’s neck is still highly amusing.

In the episode’s final moments, the show promises another contortion on nuclear-family bliss when Beth announces she is divorcing Jerry after Jerry issues an ultimatum between him and her father. It might be an example of misdirection but Justin Roiland and Harmon hardly believe in half-measures. They also lampoon the staple of having season-long character arcs with Rick exclaiming that his arc is a search for Szechuan McNugget dipping sauce.

It’s been reported that Roiland and Harmon are having creative differences over the 14-episode run of Season 3 which catalyzed the interminable wait before the official premiere this summer. If they can maintain this level of off-kilter invention and anti-humor, Rick and Morty is displaying no signs of not getting to that Season 9 condiment revelation.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Podcast March 31 – Ghost in the Shell, Life and CHiPs

The visually arresting live-action adaptation of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell burst on to cinema screens this weekend, and Cory and Tristan are here to tell you if it holds up to the original.

Cory also caught up with some of last week’s films including the unpredictable sci-fi thriller Life, as well as the preposterous adaptation of classic television CHiPs.

Tristan joined Cory by seeing last week’s blockbuster update of ’90s kids action show Power Rangers. He also saw the last new show of the season, Jenna Elfman’s Imaginary Mary.

All this and plenty of trailers and news, below:

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