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?
Our month devoted to YA adaptations wraps up this week as we take on 2012’s coming-of-age dramedy THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. Logan Lerman stars as an anxiety-ridden teenager who learns to navigate the living hell that is high school with a little help from new friends Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. All of this angst inspires nostalgia in co-hosts Luke and Steve, who weren’t always quite so surly. So take a trip down memory lane with us. It’s not as scary as it sounds, we swear.