Sunday, 8 April 2018

Ready Player One - Extended Play

As promised, here's my pop culture guide to Spielberg's uber fun adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel of same name.

I'm not saying this should be taken as gospel, but certainly kicks the ass of any skanky alternative you may have already viewed.

Ha ha ha!

Enjoy guys.

Film (and television)

The following are seen in Copper key race.

DeLorean (modded with Knight Rider KITT lights)
Interceptor (Mad Max)
Batmobile (1966 film and 60s series)
Kaneda's bike (Akira)
Plymouth Fury (Christine)
Chevrolet G20 (The A-Team)
Mach 5 (Speed Racer series)

Various vehicles from Death Race 2000, (not remake Death Race), are also on display.

Avatars

Robocop (1987)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014 reboot)
Cyclops (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad)
Jason Vorhees (Friday the 13th series)
Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Beetlejuice
Chucky (Child's Play)
Doc Brown (2015 outfit as worn at the end of Back to the Future and first segment of Part II)
Gremlins
Skeletons (Jason and the Argonauts 1963)
Ash (The Evil Dead)

Weapons

Aech fights with a EM-1 Railgun (Eraser).

At the Distracted Globe dance club, Art3mis uses a M41A pulse rifle (Aliens) and at some point, also wields a Lawgiver (either from terrible 1995 Stallone film Judge Dredd, or the far superior Dredd).

A Madball grenade makes Sorrento's MechaGodzilla go boom.

Miscellany

Parzival's empty gun holster looks suspiciously like Han Solo's equivalent and belt displays Thundercats logo.

King Kong and T. Rex (Jurassic Park) act as primary obstacles during race.

Zemeckis Cube (ref to BTTF director Robert Zemeckis and modelled on Rubik's Cube) rewinds time for 60 seconds.

Iron Giant uses his body as a bridge (much like Superman does in the 1978 film to allow a train to pass safely over him) and as metallic ally drowns in molten sea, departs with a Terminator 2 thumbs up.

Merlin's magical charm AnĂ¡l Nathrakh from John Boorman's Excalibur is uttered to control the Orb of Osuvox.

Fictitious movie marquee for Jack Slater III during race is a nod to Last Action Hero.

Halliday's Archives is based on high school library in The Breakfast Club.

Other pieces of celluloid reffed in dialogue include Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Bill & Ted, There's Something About Mary (Parzival's hairstyle), Superman (1978), Star Wars (Millennium Falcon), It's a Wonderful Life and The Dark Crystal.

Sorrento's avatar (complete with iconic hair curl) is a muscular version of Superman and also, Art3mis gives Parzival a Clark Kent disguise.

Keeping with DC, Joker and Harley Quinn join the party.

Aech's garage has miniature models of Galactica (Battlestar Galactica), Valley Forge (Silent Running) and the Sulaco (Aliens).

In lockup's background:

ED-209 (Robocop 1987), Thunderfighter (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century), EVA pod (2001: A Space Odyssey), Colonial Fighter (also of Battlestar Galactica), the Serenity (Firefly series) and Eagle 5 (Spaceballs).

Posters

Mad Max, 2019: After the Fall of New York, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Fly (1986).

Not strictly related, but electoral campaign to re-elect Mayor "Goldie" Wilson is yet another BTTF ref.

Video games

Avatars

Ryu, Blanka, Sagat and Chun-Li (Street Fighter series)
Morrigan (Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors)
Samus (Metroid)
Big Daddy (Bioshock)
Duke Nukem
Sonic
Freddy Krueger (debuted as guest character in 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot*)
Attikus, Miko and Benedict (Battleborn)
Batman (cape shy, so Arkham Knight)
Lara Croft (original guise)
Tracer (Overwatch)
Flying ostrich (Joust)
Battletoads
Commander Shepard (Mass Effect)
Sub-Zero and Raiden (Mortal Kombat)
Jill Valentine (Resident Evil 3)
Chris Redfield (Resident Evil 5)

*Due to having bladed glove for each hand.

Anybody who says otherwise is WRONG.

Weapons

Art3mis spawns Lancer Assault Rifle with chainsaw bayonet (Gears of War), Parzival uses a Quake railgun and Aech lets a MA5B Assault Rifle (Halo) do the talking.

This may well be unique to running time, but...

When I-R0k is shooting the Iron Giant, rifle has a skull mounted on the dangerous end.

I immediately associate that with Shadows of the Damned, namely Johnson transforming into the Big Boner.

Coincidence?

Miscellany

Pole Position car from 1982 arcade joins race starting line-up.

Shops sell merch for Street Fighter, Overwatch, Borderlands, Halo and Dungeons & Dragons.

Parzival executes a Hadouken and Flash Kick on Sorrento.

Both are famous special moves from Street Fighter.

Can't remember who, but a Super Mario Kart joke is said during van chase in real world.

Sorrento talks about playing Robotron (as in 2084) and Parzival chats to Art3mis about N64 classic GoldenEye 007, revealing his favourite character is Oddjob.

Sixers say the majority of Atari 2600 games are impossible to finish, with Adventure being an obvious exception.

For fun, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman are other examples.

Posters

The Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, Joust, Galaga '88 and Donkey Kong Jr.

Combinations

Here's a few that don't fit anywhere.

Art3mis disguises herself as Goro (Mortal Kombat) and pranks Parzival with chestburster arm puppet (Alien 1979).

Parzival detonates a Holy Hand Grenade.  Such weapons can be used in Worms, which in itself is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

That's it - I'm done.

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