Category Archives: Television

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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Podcast March 17 – Personal Shopper and I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Erin go bragh, fellow moviegoers! On this magical Irish holiday, Cory and Tristan are joined by Jimmy as they discuss Macon Blair’s directorial debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, an appropriately violent Netflix venture for this week.

Tristan also chimes in with reviews of new NBC comedy Trial & Error, starring John Lithgow as an accused wife-killer. Tristan also saw the new French film Personal Shopper, reuniting director Olivier Assayas with his Clouds of Sils Maria actress Kristen Stewart – where she plays a rich woman’s personal shopper haunted by the death of her brother.

Several new trailers highlight the back half of the podcast, so if you’re into that sort of thing, take a look below – and remember, comment responsibly…especially if you’re celebrating St. Pat’s!

Podcast Feb 24 – Get Out, A Cure for Wellness and Fist Fight

The big news of the week is that there are not one, but two marvelous thrillers that have graced cinema screens in early 2017. M. Night Shyamalan wowed audiences in January with his big return to form – Split – and when word that Jordan Peele’s directorial debut was actually even better, many of us were in disbelief. Lucky for moviegoers, it’s a wonderful premiere, one ripe with satire and scares alike. Cory and Tristan start off this week’s reviews with their take on Get Out.

Cory managed to see a number of new and recent films, including the big release of last week – A Cure for Wellness – that finds Dane DeHaan facing the horrors of an Alpine retreat. He also saw this week’s two other wide releases – the delayed banal thriller Collide, featuring Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult on the run, and the unnecessary comedy Fist Fight – which wastes talent from the likes of everyone from Charlie Day to Tracy Morgan.

The pair also saw fit to take in the newest shows on the HBO network, including Pete Holmes comedy Crashing and mini-series mystery Big Little Lies, rife with an all-star cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott and Alexander Skarsgard.

Finally, Tristan chimes in with his thoughts on one of the last Oscar nominees he’d yet to see – Jackie – featuring a riveting portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy by Natalie Portman. This also features a chance to vote yourself for our own awards, The Edgars. Vote below by tomorrow to have your voice heard:

The 2017 Edgar Awards!

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Tune in below to hear about all this and more, and don’t forget to comment responsibly!