Tue, 10 March 2015
Erin and Paul review two films about game shows—one cerebral, one physical, both of them rigged. First: QUIZ SHOW, Robert Redford's 1994 film about the quiz-show scandal of the 1950s, starring Ralph Fiennes as Charles Van Doren, whose string of victories on the program TWENTY-ONE turned out to have been engineered by the show's producers feeding him the answers; then, THE RUNNING MAN, the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, set in a totalitarian future where the most popular show on television is a ruthless AMERICAN GLADIATORS-style competition in which convicted criminals must fight for their lives against outlandishly costumed trained killers. Soundproof isolation booths, or frictionless underground transport tubes: which will prevail?
Plus our quick takes on CHAPPIE, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.