All the films presented here will have as a common denominator, a link to video games. Be it a mere adaptation, or a film which reflects on the video game media. Men, women, children: welcome to Crossed.Crossed is a French Web Video series hosted by Karim Debbache, that ran from February 2013 to April 2014. The topic is simple: films that are either adapted from video games, or are about video games. They can be old or not so old, bad, good or okay, but Karim has a lot of things to say on every one of them, and only 10-15 minutes to say them. While the tone is humoristic and often sarcastic, it is usually peppered with detailed analyses of what did and did not work in said film, as well as comments on its (or its director's) history, or on cinematic techniques in general.Little sketches often intervene, featuring his two sidekicks Gilles Stella (the show's image and sound manager) and Jérémy Morvan, or Kamel Debbiche, a double of him from an Alternate Universe. The show is pretty fast-paced, and often draws its humour from it.The show's run wasn't very long, as Karim hadn't planned on making more than 25-30 episodes, to avoid a situation where he would have always been repeating the same things after a while. However, in January of 2016, Karim and his friends started a new show, Chroma, that can be considered a Spiritual Successor to Crossed minus the video game topic, with longer episodes and the analytical aspect pushed further.If you're curious but don't speak French, here's the first episode subtitled in English.
Movies reviewed in Crossed:
- Super Mario Bros.
- Gamer (a French film, not this one)
- Silent Hill
- The King of Kong
- House of the Dead
- The Last Starfighter
- Max Payne
- Stay Alive
- Future Cops
- Alone in the Dark
- Double Dragon
- Street Fighter
- The film adaptation of Postal 2
- The Lawnmower Man — known as Le Cobaye ("the Guinea Pig") in France
- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
- Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
- Resident Evil
- DOA: Dead or Alive
- The other Gamer movie ("Ultimate Game" in France)
- Ra.One ("Voltage" in France)
- The Wizard
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Movies reviewed in Chroma
- Troll 2What is a (bad/good) film?
- Rollerball (the 2002 remake)
- Highlander II: The QuickeningA fictional film has a diegesis.
- SignsFilms are screens. And we are the projectors.
- Paranormal ActivityA good film is a film that uses pertinently the tools specific to the moving pictures medium.
Tropes found in Crossed
- Acceptable Targets: In-universe, Uwe Boll seems to be a target of choice, as Karim already ripped four of his movies − with good reasons, mind you. Lampshaded in the Resident Evil review:
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: He mentions it very-briefly during his hyper-fast enumeration of the graveyard fight scene's flaws in House of the Dead (where the Asian girl uses her martial art skills), noting this trope is actually awfully racist.
- Antagonist Title: In the Ra.One episode, he mentions that the original title is the name of the movie's villain. But it has been changed in the French version, which is known as "Voltage" in France (which is the altered name of the hero).
- Audience Surrogate: The other Karim often plays this role.
- Brick Joke:
- At the beginning of the French Gamer, Karim notes that the director Patrick Lévy changed his name to "Zak Fishman" for this film, and wonders if he should take a cool sounding English name himself. The end credits of the episode feature him as "Superman Rockfeller".
- At the start of his The Lawnmower Man review, Karim's double mentions that he always thought control over wood would be a better superpower than Magnetism Manipulation. At the end of the review Karim throws a tree at his double, admitting that it is useful.
- The Cameo:
- The episode focused on the Doom movie contains a scene involving Antoine Daniel.
- Karim and Gilles appear as Infogrames developers in the Joueur du Grenier episode about bad Disney games. Karim (without the other team members) also appear in other episodes (as the bomb seller in the Papy Grenier about the Zelda franchise, as Tintin in the bad DC Comics adaptations episode, and as himself in the bad fighting games episode). Note that Karim is one of the Joueur du Grenier writers since 2013.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Karim once warns his other self that if he insults him once more, he will turn him into Jeremy Morvan eating a sandwich. It's not an empty threat either.
- Curse Cut Short: In the Brainscan review, when Karim is talking to himself:
- Karim: So the whole time, I was rooting for the cops!
Karim: That's funny!
Karim: Why is that?
Karim: Well because you're an ara-
- Designated Hero: In-Universe, Karim explains in the Brainscan review that he views the main protagonist as a teen Jerkass deprived of any redeemed quality, partially explaining why he despises this movie.
- Excuse Plot: While a few of the movies reviewed have this, Karim notes that Mortal Kombat: Annihilation goes beyond that point by not having a plot at all and being basically just a succession of random fights.
- Filk Song: Gilles' "Attention Dino Danger" ("Beware Dino Danger") in the WarGames episode.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Some of the latest episodes have a long subliminal message that appears for a split-second and is always hilarious to read if you pause at the right moment.
- In-Name-Only: A few of the adaptations he reviews, obviously (beginning with Super Mario Bros.), but this is usually not his main complaint − but rather the fact that these films still try to throw winks and references to the original game despite having little connection to them. He actually liked The Spirits Within for not trying to do that.
- Jump Scare: In the Resident Evil episode, Karim complains that the horrific part of the movie is so bad that the moviemaker added this trope everywhere. The episode features a couple of parodic Jump Scares with a smiling Jérémy appearing while quietly saying "Booh".
- Loads and Loads of Characters: It's part of what makes Street Fighter unwatchable to him − too many characters are there just for the sake of Pandering to the Base, and we don't care about any of them. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is even worse in that regard.
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: In the Street Fighter episode, he says that about half of the characters are useless and only there for Pandering to the Base. He then adds that he could make movies himself with this recipe, then shows a short (barely) animated sequence featuring Son Goku, Slash, Totoro, Batman, Freddy Krueger, and ET, hanging out in the street before being arrested by Harry Callahan.
- Musicalis Interruptus: The music often stops in the middle of an explanation of the movie's plot, just the time for Karim to insert a sarcastic remark, before starting again.
- Name's the Same: In-Universe, he spends the first 2 minutes of the Resident Evil review praising the filmography of Paul Thomas Anderson, a director he loves, and feigning surprise at the poor quality of today's film. Until the other Karim points out that said film was directed by Paul WS Anderson, which filmography is far less stellar. At the end of the review, he confuses him with yet another director, Wes Anderson.
- N-Word Privileges: In the Brainscan review, Karim (the other one) calls Karim (well, himself… whatever) a "bougnoule", which is a derogatory term for people of Arabic descent in France.
- Plagiarism: In the middle of the Ra.One review, he notices that the movie is a Terminator 2: Judgment Day rip off and then stops the plot's summary, only stating that doing so would only spoils the latter movies for the couple of watchers who might not have seen it.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: The late part of the Doom episode has Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre as a musical background.
- Running Gag
Karim: When suddenly…
- In the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation review:
Karim: Brawl, yes, but [laconic description of the fight]
- Gilles is a big fan of Jurassic Park, and will bring it up at every opportunity. Karim too in a lesser way, but oftenly bringing how many years after it X movie with bad CGI was released.
- Karim calls special forces in movies "lones" since the review of Alone in the Dark and him sarcastically explaining to his French audience that the film is true to his title since "alone in the dark" means in French "lot of cops fighting monsters".
- Seinfeld Is Unfunny: While he admits that the faces in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within often go in the Uncanny Valley, he still wants to remind us that the movie was technically way ahead of its time.
- So Bad, It's Good: What he thinks of Future Cops and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. At the end of the latter's review, he even throws a long monologue about what these kind of films can bring to us.
- Sophisticated as Hell: While he usually keeps a polished speech, he's not above dropping an Precision F-Strike here and there.
- Spoiler: The reviews usually have a summary of the whole plot, including the ending. When this is a film about videogame which has a twist ending, he precedes said spoiler by a warning screen advising the viewer to stop the video here if they want to watch the movie and discover the ending by themselves.
- Averted in the Ra.One episode. He stopped the plot's summary in the middle of the review after stating that the movie was basically a Terminator 2: Judgment Day rip off, and that describing it any longer would just spoil the latter movie.
- Talking to Themself: Karim does it regularly.
- Take That: Played for Laughs in the quick summary of the first Mortal Kombat movie.
- Toilet Humor: Mocked in the review of House of the Dead, where he cheers with his friends at each element of the sacred trinity − a puke joke, a pee joke, and a crap joke.
- WTH, Casting Agency?:
- In-Universe, during the Alone in the Dark review, it is how Karim reacts to Tara Reid being the archaeologist Aline Cedrac.
- This is also how he reacted to Christophe Lambert not reprising his role as Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Because Lambert was working on Beowulf, probably the worst film of his career.
- You Keep Using That Word: In the DOA: Dead or Alive film, Karim points out that the characters constantly use "shinobi" with the meaning of "traitor", while it is in fact just a synonym of "Ninja".
Tropes found in Chroma
- Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Invoked for Signs, where Karim and Kamel are indentical in everything… except their opinion about the film. Karim thinks the film fails because he forcefully passes plot devices as "divine signals", which can fool the characters but not the viewers. Kamel points out that nothing in the film actually proves that the aliens are hostile, and that the characters who perceive divine signals might just as well be completely wrong − but the viewer is still led into adopting their point of view.
- Dull Surprise: Discussed in the Signs review, which seems to be a contest of who can act the less. Not the worst, just… the less.Karim: "...Yes? Ah, sorry, it seems Mel Gibson has crashed. Can someone reboot him? Quick, he's starting to have flashbacks!"
- Name's the Same: The Troll 2 review starts with a mention of Casa 5, from the same director, and a long and confusing list of films that have similar names and serial numbers without being related to each other. He later notes that Troll 2 isn't a sequel to Troll either. And then the list continues.