Podcast October 31 – Top Twenty Horror Films

We here at Interjections find ourselves in a transitional phase, searching for a reason to exist. As for now, regular contributor Jimmy joins founder Tristan in reading over IGN’s list of the top 100 horror films, a list they wrote earlier this month.

Jimmy and Tristan also clue us in on their own personal top five, delighting in this ghoulish celebration of pagan cinema. Join them for this exploration of the best of the best:

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Good Sports: The 2017 World Series

That’s right folks, it played out just like we all imagined at the beginning of the year: the Boston Red Sox are set to host the New York Mets in a re-match of the 1986 World Series. Wait, I was completely wrong? But how could that be? I should probably feign contempt at being abashedly deceived that my pick could end up wildly different than the actual outcome, right?

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers

We were plenty worried that this would be a dull World Series, and while the league and broadcasters would have loved a New York market team, it simply wasn’t meant to be. The Houston Astros outlasted the Yankees in order to win the best of seven in thrilling fashion – both teams won all their home games, culminating in a final 4-0 capper on Saturday in Houston. That brings them into a matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who’ve been waiting for their opponent since Thursday after knocking out the reigning champion Cubs.

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The first game will be a clash of titans, with Clayton Kershaw getting his first taste of World Series action on the Dodgers home mound. He’ll face down Dallas Keuchel, the rising star in his third year with the Astros. As a fan of pitching duels, this is maybe my most anticipated game of the season. I’ve also long been a fan of Kershaw and I’ve been waiting for him to get to this stage. Beyond tonight’s contest, Wednesday’s will be no slouch. Newly minted ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will take his turn against the other second-in-command Rich Hill. On the opposite side of the spectrum from Kershaw, this will be Verlander’s fourth World Series game as a starter. He pitched twice in his rookie season – losing tightly in a Detroit game 1 and letting the series slip away in St. Louis in game 5. He also got crushed in the first game of a sweep against San Francisco (for their second of their even-year bullshit run). Will he be able to exorcise those demons in Hollywood and find a way to put Houston back on top before coming back to Texas?

Once there, Yu Darvish will take over pitching duties for the Dodgers, but it’s unknown where Houston will go, for now. As for hitting, Los Angeles will see the return of Corey Seager to the lineup, although they don’t necessarily need his talented bat with the likes of Justin Turner and Chris Taylor, co-MVPs from their NLCS. Turner batted in 6 runs and had the memorable walk-off home run in game two against the Cubs, so exciting like Kirk Gibson’s in 1988 that he’s become a bit of a mascot for the team with his Tormund-style ginger locks cascading from his batting helmet.

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I’m certain we’ll see some firework heroics like that, or some clutch pitching from some hefty rotations. Houston has plenty to match up with the slick Dodger batters, with Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa leading the way. Many other pundits have posited that this will be a pitching Los Angeles against a batting Houston, but I can see quality players on both sides. This may be one of the most evenly matched Series in my lifetime, which should make for a very exciting competition.

While I’d be happy with either taking the crown, I’m going to call this as going the full way, with Los Angeles winning in 7.

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Music to Your Ears: Pink, St. Vincent, Robert Plant, and Stars

It’s been a strange week as it’s cooled down – baseball is winding down, hockey is warming up. I didn’t really feel like writing anything about basketball because, frankly, I’m no expert in the sport. I can’t definitively discuss what it takes to make it in the NBA. It also doesn’t really interest me, especially when you have super-teams forming left and right, forcing parity out of the window. What I do love to discuss is music, so I’m sticking to that:

St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION

Annie Clark has slowly metamorphized into one of the most artistically dynamic artists in pop music working today. Similarly to her contemporary – the enigmatic Sia Furler – the sound of St. Vincent has evolved from bare-bones romanticism to full-fledged grandiose. Discordant trumpets and embellished synths are her instrumental calling card, and in her previous two albums, 2011’s Strange Mercy and 2014’s self-titled effort, she used them to great success. Here she expands on that cacophony of sound, a synthetic symphony that doesn’t let up until the last drop beat. The most interesting thing here is how diabolically sinister the whole album feels. I talked a few weeks ago about The Mynabirds album Be Here Now, and how singer Laura Burhenn wrote it with the fresh American election hanging heavily on her mind. It’s certain St. Vincent has followed suit in that regard, among other intensely personal experiences that have influenced the stories within Masseduction. She’s turned out what could potentially be her greatest album, but I may need a few more listens before I decide – yet that’s obviously worth it.

Key Tracks: Young Lover / Happy Birthday, Johnny / Los Ageless

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Good Sports: That Championship Feeling!

Now that the Washington Nationals are pouting at home, contemplating why they’ve literally never been able to finish a playoff series, we can move past and ignore them, looking at the final four of Major League Baseball! Here are your Championship Series:

New York Yankees at Houston Astros

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Hey, we here at Interjections aren’t the happiest about the New York Yankees are in the championship series, but we’re not going to use that to temper our expectations for the upcoming matchup. We may be Mets or Phillies fans here, but there’s no bias here, I swear. Bearing that in mind, I really do think Houston has a better team….on paper. New York has the more potent lineup, with the gargantuan Aaron Judge leading the crowd. Despite acting like the complete opposite from his regular season self, the team comes and goes by him – if he steps up, the Bronx Bombers may find their new hero in Judge. If not, several batters have been helping out – most notably Didi Gregorius, who nearly single-handedly pushed the Yankees past the Indians in Wednesday’s deciding ALDS game. If the pitchers can figure themselves out, particularly Luis Severino, who had a forgettable wild-card game against Minnesota by letting two homers fly from Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario, putting them in a hole early. He bounced back in game four, holding the Indians to three runs. Tanaka performed much better than his regular season version, while Aroldis Chapman actually held onto a save in the game 5 victory. If their pitchers can actually keep it together, we’ll see what happens.

I do think the Houston rotation is one of the best in the remaining four – you have Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander and Charlie Morton, all shining against the Red Sox. There was a fear that Lance McCullers wasn’t fine enough to return to the group after getting hit by a comebacker in game 3, but I think if healthy he’ll fare much better, just to prove naysayers wrong. Jose Altuve is tied with Gregorius for the postseason home run lead, with 3, so there’s all likelihood this will be a sharpshooting affair. I think overall though, the pitchers can handle the lineup, and Houston will come out on top with crafty baserunning and home run stamina. I’m thinking it’s close though, and we’ll have a thriller in Texas with Houston winning in 7.

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers

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With a comeback for the ages, the Chicago Cubs stunned the Washington Nationals last night, winning their NLDS 3 games to 2. The Dodgers were a bit more alacritous, dispatching the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game sweep. With extra rest this week, the best pitcher in baseball will face off against those exhausted Cubbies, which should prove to be a blowout of sorts, unless Clayton Kershaw’s postseason struggles rear their ugly head once again. Annually, he’s one of the most surprisingly ineffective hurlers, but my feelings for tomorrow’s game lead me to believe he’ll redeem himself. If the Cubs have any longevity, they’re sure to face him again, which makes their situation even more dire. They’ll need clutch hits from players like Kyle Schwarber, mysteriously absent from much of the proceedings the past week. Leonys Martin and Javier Baez are struggling as well, though the slack has been picked up aggressively by Anthony Rizzo, who stands tall with 6 RBI. He and Kris Bryant should suit up admirably against their west-coast rivals.

This will be a re-match of last seasons NLCS, so expect recent history to haunt the Dodgers. While Kershaw ably shut down the Cubs in a matchup opposite Kyle Hendricks last time, Hendricks was nearly perfect in game six, combining with former closer Aroldis Chapman for a two-hit game. While Hendricks should show up as strong as he did last season, the worry here is the current bullpen. Wade Davis is quite a fine replacement for Chapman, but beyond him and Carl Edwards Jr, there is a lot of trepidation. Even Edwards and Davis were tagged for a run each in relief last night, so their health and rest will likely sway this series. On the Dodgers side, Kenta Maeda will need to play better than his regular season self, and Kenley Jansen is playing like never before. Rich Hill is still around, and really the only big addition is wunderkind Cody Bellinger. I’m calling this the best series of the postseason, and I’ve very intrigued to see where this goes. My guess is it finally goes Kershaw’s way and we get to see Los Angeles face-off against Houston. In a reversal of last season’s result, I’ll go with Los Angeles in 6.


Stay tuned early next week four basketball preview, and I’m sure within week we’ll know which of these four teams will be making history – Houston, so they can win a World Series for the first time after failing to win one in the National League, the Cubs to get back-to-back wins after not winning for a century, the Dodgers because Kershaw deserves to let this franchise win for the first time in 30 years, or the Yankees because God wanted 2017 to truly be the worst year?

Is Mr. Robot Still a Better Gotham Than Gotham?

Excuse me, I have a quick question: Have you got the time?

That’s how we left things on the precipice of the second season of USA’s breakout drama Mr. Robot, with new character Leon asking hackers Trenton and Mobley the paradoxical question. I’m here to ask if you’ve got the time to dive into yet another recap of the program, one that begs the question again: Is Mr. Robot still a better Gotham than Gotham? If you’re curious why we’re doing this here at the Interjections website, take a quick glance way back to last July, when I boastfully claimed that Mr. Robot might have a better origin story for a Batman-like figure than its actual Batman-based show.

Before we can check in on hacker genius Elliot and his fSociety friends, I want to briefly go over what’s been going on in that Bruce Wayne-wasting Gotham. Obviously, before you continue – I’ll be mentioning heavy SPOILERS for both shows. If you don’t want to be ruined for either, I would turn back now.

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Music to Your Ears – Wolf Parade, Cults and Marilyn Manson

Now that we’re heading into fall, hoping the unseasonable warmth evicts itself from our lives, let’s dive into what the music world has for us:

Cults – Offering

Cults literally saved my life in 2011. No, I didn’t fall in with the wrong crowd and discover how to be true to myself or any of that bullshit. The synthpop duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion formed earlier the year before in New York City subsequently dropped a bomb on my heart, in the form of their self-titled debut. Songs like “Go Outside,” “Oh My God” and especially “You Know What I Mean” broke me down and formed the person I would soon become, self-loathing and bittersweet rolled into a ball of complicated neuroses and overfeeling idosyncracies. Anyway, enough about me – the band helped me through a lot of personal distress and move on from it, empowered. So my hopes were real high on their second album, Static, which debuted in 2013. Obviously I would be a little let down after the first album had rapidly become one of my favorite all-time records, but Static was still more from the same band I’d fallen in love with, albeit a bit dull. The whole thing felt a bit rushed, and only one or two tracks still find themselves in my rotation. Now that some time has passed, the group is back with their latest, Offering. While it is again more of the same sound, the work is a linear piece, like one long song. Some may find that detrimental, and I expect to mostly want to listen to this in one sitting rather than include songs in playlists, I think it works well (and better than Static). Follin warbles further feelings such as “Drifting through the silence/ Searching for guarantees” and continues the hopeful nature of the previous two albums by claiming we all have the answers within us. For me, it’s a welcome relief to know they’ve continued to manage such affectations and maybe more fans will turn up to discover the fuzz-pop wonder within this cult of sound.

Key Tracks: Recovery / Natural State / Clear From Far Away

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Podcast October 9 – Batman and Harley Quinn, Hell or High Water and The Last Jedi Trailer

Like a certain Jedi character from the end of The Force Awakens, Cory has been missing for some time. In his stead, while we search the endless universe for his whereabouts (hoping he will some day do the right thing and return to save the galaxy), Jimmy has ably stepped up to discuss new movies and recent events.

This go-around, Tristan and Jimmy watched one of last year’s Best Picture nominees, Hell or High Water, a potboiler that stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as modern cowboys sticking it to the bank by heisting them to pay their loan back to the same bank, while sheriff Jeff Bridges attempts to track them through the Texas midlands.

They follow that up with a discussion on the most recent DC animated film, Batman and Harley Quinn, which features Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester returning to their ’90s animated roots as Batman and Nightwing, and co-stars Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory) as the titular clown queen who teams up with the pair to help stop her good friend Poison Ivy from doing the wrong thing and turning every living creature into plants.

Afterwards, they discuss some current events – like the weekend ouster of Harvey Weinstein from his own company after sexual harassment allegations actually worked to stop an offender from continuing to benefit from silence.

The final segment, the pair watch live the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer and analyze it just a bit too much…

Listen in below, and remember to comment responsibly!

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