Cena Elementary

The film adaptation of Ratchet and Clank opens on Friday.

Hitman [2]: Agent 47 made $81 million?

Need for Speed made $203 million?!

Resident Evil [5]: Retribution made $240 million. Not sure why the next RE film is "the final chapter."

Q: Rank the following 2016 film adaptations of video games by projected final domestic box office, from largest to smallest: Ratchet and Clank, Angry Birds, Warcraft, Assassin's Creed.

Jon: Hmm…
Jon: I don't know anyone who has played a Ratchet and Clank game, but it's animated.
Jon: Angry Birds seems past its sell-by date, but of the four, I think its name recognition is highest – and it's animated.
Jon: Warcraft feels like a bomb that fans of Warcraft will just torrent.
Jon: Assassin's Creed opens against Rogue One, but there is plenty of Christmastime box office money to go around. I mean, Daddy's Home made $240 million against The Force Awakens.
Jon: I'm gonna say… 1. Angry Birds, 2. Assassin's Creed, 3. Warcraft, 4. Ratchet and Clank.

Drew: 1. Assassin's Creed. Biggest star power and probably the most popular game franchise.
Drew: 2. Warcraft. People will see it just to see it, but I feel like more people know WoW.
Drew: 3. Angry Birds. Pretty irrelevant at this point, but idiot parents will take their horrible children to see it, probably, and it still has more name recognition than…
Drew: 4. Ratchet and Clank. The original came out when I was in college! (a.k.a. a long time ago).

Russell: 1. Angry Birds. Can't deny both adult and child appeal of the franchise. Animation boost. 90-minute runtime triples replay value. Josh Gad prints money.
Russell: 2. Warcraft. Old and new Warcraft fans alike will go regardless of how Avatar it seems to look in both plot/character design. Not sure if people outside of Blizzard fandom will attend. Orcs are not hobbits.
Russell: 3. Assassin's Creed. Fassbender hasn't opened a movie outside of X-Men franchise. Pretty convoluted story even for someone who has played all the games up 'til this last one. Director did that Macbeth adaptation that was good on mood but felt like nine hours while watching. Opens against Rogue One.
Russell: 4. Ratchet and Clank. Sony Animation is hit-or-miss. Not sure it has the same video game appeal of Angry Birds. Fact that I didn't know this was coming out this week says a lot. Can't cook.

Jon: You think Assassin's Creed will be lowest?
Steven: Yeah. Who is the assassin?
Jon: Michael Fassbender.
Steven: Nah, it won't do well.

I will revisit this post next Q1.

A bitter form of refuge

Previously on Adam Riff™:
I am chuffed to present Backwash, a podcast by Adam Robot and I.

Episode 15:

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1. The Vegas Episode

Yes, a whole episode on Las Vegas.

recorded on March 6, 2016


I was thinking today…

Not to play into the stereotype fact that Asian people like to gamble, but, when I was young, my favourite zone in Sonic 2 was Casino Night, my favourite character in Ranma ½: Hard Battle was Gambling King, and my favourite X-Man was Gambit.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

17. Tina singing "Just What I Needed" (Bob's Burgers, S06E14)

Honourable Mention

Stray Observations

  • RT: Watch Zeke's eyes drop to Tina's chest the moment he first appears in the episode (Bob's Burgers, S06E14)
  • "No one is gonna think you really hate kissing. Do people think Tony Danza is really the boss?"
    "I do… I mean, he's at least a boss…" (Bob's Burgers, S06E14)
  • Ring finger middle finger (The Last Man on Earth, S02E15)

(WWE Raw, 04-18-16)

  • Better Call Saul Season Grade: B
  • "I should've known Agent Wheelan was dirty. There were signs. He wore a V-neck once."
    "Bob! You did nothing?!"
    "It's my greatest regret." (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E23)
  • "Chocolate is the devil's carob."
    "And carob is Satan's raisin." (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E23)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season Grade: C+
  • "You're the only one I've been with after your father." (Empire, S02E14)

(Empire, S02E14)

(Archer, S07E04)

  • "Ashes to ashes, dust to side-chicks." (Lemonade)
  • RT: Beyoncé saw tree of life (Lemonade)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Baskets


Sometimes it snows in April

Chris Hemsworth?! The most famous brother?!

No pre-nup? Ponzi scheme?

I was gonna Idea a Fox News cruise, but several conservative cruises already exist. For example:

Of course it's a European river cruise through Axis countries. Of course.

Idea: A Ted cruise that stops at Trump… Ahh, forget it.

Del Shannon – "Runaway"

While waiting to pick up the kids at school today, I browsed humour writing assignments pinned to a wall and…


Oh. It's a play on Divergent.

They must swim in a pool of detergent? Continents shaped like detergent?


At age 22, Murphy was offered a job writing for the sitcom Seinfeld which was then little-known. He did not expect the show to be successful and chose to continue with music instead.

Idea: LCD Seinsystem – a novelty Twitter account that pairs stills of Seinfeld with LCD Soundsystem lyrics.

Or a band that plays dance-punk songs about nothing.

Gentleman's Sweep

Idea: Craps and Furious – Fast and Furious-themed craps. Dominic Toretto is all about family, and no table game is more communal than craps.

Fast and Furious 10 will reportedly be the final Fast and Furious film. Make two more Fast and Furious films so that every Fast and Furious film is represented in Fast and Furious craps.

Dom should not appear in Fast and Furious 12, so that craps rolls (2, 3, and 12) are the Fast and Furious films not starring Vin Diesel.

And, as Paul Walker exited in Furious 7, rolling a 7 ends a round.

Idea: The Fast and the Furious: Oculus Drift – a virtual reality experience.

Other Universal IP that lends itself well to VR: Jurassic Park, 50 Shades of Grey, The Purge.

I'll drive my car without the brakes


Did anyone at Mars point out that this is also the mix of, like, 30 other countries?

Idea: Skittles – Colour Blind Mix. Just red and green Skittles.

Idea: Black Skittles. Promote them with a parody of "Black Skinhead."

Four in the mornin', and I'm jonesin'
They say I'm obsessed, share with no one
I eat, like, 300, ebon colon
Gobs of Black Skittles, none are token

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

16. "Let's break into the FBI." (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E22)

Like the diner scene in Heat.

Honourable Mention

Stray Observations

(The Last Man on Earth, S02E14)

  • Lol at that cut to end credits (The Magicians, S01E13)
  • The Magicians Season Grade: D
  • "He appears to be rifling through Clown Boobies magazine." (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E22)
  • "Uhh, actually, that, that's my lint. My lint is oblong. My lint is blue." (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E22)
  • "I don't get it. Miranda could have had Blair Underwood, but she settles for Steve?" (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E22)
  • "Oh, Bob…" (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S03E22)
  • RT: "The latest The Grinder is so relentlessly meta and brilliant it may have shattered television comedy for generations" (The Grinder, S01E19)
  • "The woman, though. She was great."
    "I love her dry delivery."
    "Yeah, I want to see more of her." (The Grinder, S01E19)
  • "So, I got some feedback from some girls at school, and apparently, half of them don't even know who I am."
    "Well, my friends kept it pretty positive, mostly asking for more of some stuff, but nothing I can't deliver on."
    "Lizzie, you're forgettable. We know that now. So the question becomes 'what are we going to do about it?'" (The Grinder, S01E19)
  • ♫: The Builders and the Butchers – "Golden and Green" (Banshee, S04E03)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Baskets