Script 2 Script 6: Relic

As we first tackled something more lighthearted involving a museum in New York, it only seemed fitting that we go a bit morbid. In this episode we discuss Relic, adapted as The Relic.

Unlike our last show, the books starts off with a couple of kids getting lost in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Their end comes about not at the hands of a quick witted security guard who hasn’t been lobotomized but at the crushing jaws of a monster. The film changes this by moving to Chicago, forgivable, and having the two kids escape death, unforgivable.

We pity the movie on so many levels as they tried desperately to make an interesting horror movie. It’s full of practical effects, a monster that’s fairly memorable and kept hidden for much of the running time, and the characters weren’t pared down to badly. Where it suffers is the random and pointless diversions. The prime example being the lucky bullet carried by the detective and bestowed upon Margo.

While this ultimately spells another win for the novel, the movie remains entertaining enough. Fans of cheesy monster flicks will enjoy and laugh at the poorly aging CG along with the clunky dialogue.

Script 2 Script 5: Hideaways

Ah, the follies of youth. Fighting with siblings, complaining about chores and running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Wait, one of these things might be unlike the other and just doesn’t belong. Someone get one of those damned muppets in here to figure it out because I want answers and I want them yesterday.

This episode focuses on the novel “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” which was adapted into the, thankfully, succinctly titled “The Hideaways”. The book features a pair of siblings that decide to run away from home because they’re tired and want an adventure. The film adaptation features a couple of whiny brats who run away because someone pissed in their cereal.

If this were a modern day Pulitzer winner, the characters would have no names and they would learn very rough lessons at the hands of herpes ridden, chapped hobo hands in an alley. Instead, we’re treated to children surviving in New York on pocket change and hiding from security guards who were hired because they bring their own blinders to the job.

The novel is easily classified as superior and not just for the trimmings which must occur. It’s almost solely on the shoulders of the director who casts Ingrid Bergman as the dowager. Being as she was older but not nearly old enough to play the character, they slammed her face into spirit gum and then a latex mask of her own face. She’s also wearing the same wig Christopher Walken would don in Batman Returns and giving Don King future inspiration for a haircut.

Script 2 Script 4: 1984

In this episode we tackle a request by a fellow comrade, 1984. It is a glorious tale of Big Brother’s march forward towards victory. We will discuss the tragedy of Winston and Julia, two ember of the inner party who became corrupted by Goldstein’s philosophy and turned traitor.

How could a man, given glorious work within the Party, turn against it? It begins with his corruption of truth when he believes he is short of razor blades. He becomes convinced that there is a shortage because he has so few when the records clearly state that there was a surplus that year. The only answer then is that Winston is a wasteful man who tosses his luxuries away without thought. Continue reading “Script 2 Script 4: 1984”

Script 2 Script 3: Water Fight

In this episode we tackle the movie that was as fleeting as the fame of its star, Robert Pattinson. Of course we’re talking about the Twilight star’s attempt to throw off the chains of vampire typecasting and become a serious actor in Water for Elephants[2011]. He’s accompanied by Reese Witherspoon who’s character is younger than his while she’s a decade his senior. Also Christoph Waltz who plays an evil Nazi working in a circus. Continue reading “Script 2 Script 3: Water Fight”

Script 2 Script 1: New Beginings

Hosted by Tim and Vanessa
Welcome to a new series wherein Tim and Vanessa discuss one of the most complicated and annoying issues. No, not that. So like, complicated and annoying within pop culture. No, not social issues within media. Something a bit more nitpicky.

Fine, we’ll just tell you. We’re talking about the adaptations of books over to film. Our discussions won’t be nitpicking the specific details unless we feel it impacts the plot, message or if we feel it was just too damn lazy.

For our inaugural episode, we decided upon Stardust. There’s plenty of talk about the movie, the history of the book/comic and some of the more unfortunate implications. We still maintain that Tristran’s mother is the most dangerous black magic practitioner this side of the wall. Continue reading “Script 2 Script 1: New Beginings”