Digital Noise Ep 140: The Weiner’s in the Microwave

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Joe and Chris get back to their more traditional antics as they discuss a heapin’ helpin’ of home release movies this week. Although there’s no TV reviews, per say (check the last TWO Digital Noise eps that came out last week for that), our giveaway of the really fun show Lucifer should bring this all full circle.

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6 thoughts on “Digital Noise Ep 140: The Weiner’s in the Microwave”

  1. Since I saw the documentary about Cannon Films, “Electric Boogaloo”, I’ve been wanting to pick up all the classic Cannon flicks, so I am going to try and pick up the American Ninja flicks.

    Chris is thinking of “Enter the Ninja” (avoid) and “Revenge of the Ninja” (classic must-see), and both were re-released by Shout Factory a few years ago… in fact, “Revenge of the Ninja” was reviewed on Digital Noise by Salisbury and that guy who loved the “Man From UNCLE” movie.

  2. Speaking as the sort of fan who can recite everything about the Ratchet & Clank series by heart, has completed all the games many times… man, was the movie disappointing. It’s literally a playlist of the cutscenes from the PS4 remake, and not even of all of them. The remake already was a weaker redo of the story of the first game, cutting out a lot of the problems that the titular characters had with each other, and slicing even more out of it made for a pretty limp film.

    At least it had two moments I legit laughed at, one being the airlock funeral. Can’t say it was awful, but even as a major fan of the games, I’ll probably forget that the movie exists.

  3. Chris, re: The Night Manager. Decent, but not excellent. If you are a reasonably deep John Le Carre fan (as I am) it will probably disappoint, as it doesn’t dig deep enough into the hero’s (Hiddleston) conflicted moral code and emotional wandering. Winds up too neat for a ‘real’ Le Carre story, which should leave you feeling a little dirty. Hugh Laurie, however, is great as a Caribbean scenery-chewing Etonian arms dealer. Worth the watch, but not a MUST.

    1. Respectful rebuttal. The Night Manager = Awesome. As a guy who hasn’t read a lot of Le Carre, I still feel that it manages to keep the heart of his writing style while sustaining a ‘thinking man’s spy movie’ tone that is accessible to a wide audience. Pretty much what Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy attempted to do, but was too dry and condensed to flesh out. And I personally liked the changed ending because it makes sense in what the show wants to accomplish and it might have been unsatisfying to make the outcome of the core themes ambiguous. It’s also a great vehicle for the actors, particularly Hiddleston, Laurie and especially Olivia Coleman (playing a role written as a man in the novel). If anything, it’s sometimes so slow a burn that you’re not sure where it’s going during the middle episodes, but it finds its footing near the end stretch.

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