Apparently we have become the Neveldine/Taylor podcast, as this week, we take on yet another entry in their storied filmography, 2009’s futuristic sci-fi action flick GAMER. A natural extension of a brand that prides itself on video game aesthetics, we now have a film in which video games have literally come to life, with wealthy gamers controlling lower-class “actors” to enact their deepest desires, namely violence and sex. Gerard Butler works himself into the proceedings, as does a shockingly buff Michael C. Hall, but what proves most surprising is how preachy and didactic everything is here. What happened to the offensive dude bros we know and love?
As co-host Luke zooms off to the Toronto Film Festival, Steve calls on some friends–no, family–to take on 2006’s much-maligned action sequel THE FAST & THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, directed by Justin Lin. Lucas Black plays an American goober who is shipped to Tokyo and discovers the unique form of car racing known as drifting. But what happens when he locks heads with the Yakuza? And where the hell are Vin Diesel and Paul Walker? Wait, Han is here. We love Han. All is good.
On this week’s episode, we take on a film that helped to define what a summer blockbuster truly is, 1988’s action classic DIE HARD. Yes, we know this goes against everything this podcast stands for, but it’s the holiday season, and we’re in a giving mood. Plus, who thought it was a good idea to release a Christmas flick in July? So strap on in and prepare yourself for terrible Alan Rickman impressions, bloody foot fetishes, and lots of Twinkie talk.