Dick Tracy is a peculiar beast – a comic book adaptation and an art film, a promotional tie-in machine and slice of auteur cinema. Everything Warren Beatty, the biggest movie star on the planet at the time, does here from a stylistic standpoint is fascinating, its just a shame its wasted on a generic story.
The week in which we share our Thanksgiving/Black Friday events, Legendary snatched Dune rights, I rewatched Step Up because its sixth installment is going to be Chinese, Steve caught Arrival, Somewhere in Time, and The Lunchbox (one of my faves of 2014), Amazon might be getting into the live sports game, our roadmap for the end of cable, and Dave Chappelle joins Chris Rock for big Netflix dollars. Plus, Tesla is going to power an entire island with clean energy, Alt-right douchebags becoming nazis, a Dick Cheney biopic, Deadpool 2 and comedy sequels being lazy, and Snowpiercer becoming a TNT show.
This week I tried something different, I didn’t watch our selection. Coming out of my whirlwind romance made me reluctant sure, but the last time I viewed this Best Picture winner was with my late grandfather, Barry, and I wasn’t quite ready for a revisit. Instead of technical details I share my recollections from having been in a production at the onset of high school #IdBuyThatForADollar
The week in which I hopefully share details about my doomed romance for the last time, Tinder goes trans friendly, Domino’s does drone delivery in New Zealand, and Steve caught Terrence Malick’s A Voyage of Time and Brainscan, while I finally checked out Westworld’s pilot and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival. Also, Google and Facebook crack down on fake news ads, the possible end of the Electoral College, China continues its foothold in the movie industry, Marvel moves Inhumans to the small screen, the curious case of Watch Dogs 2, and a fun closing conversation about the future of VR, gaming, and 8K.
Remember those teen films from your childhood you couldn’t seem to get enough of? Just the title on the TV guide would get you excited. It didn’t matter where you tuned in, just being in the presence of the characters made you feel a certain way. Well, despite how awesome the journey is here, this sadly is one of those films, but one however, that lost its luster along the nostalgia highway.
The episode in which Tyler joins us for Penny Thoughts on Westworld, Faults, and the new Childish Gambino; Steve shares about Hacksaw Ridge, Warcraft, and Zootopia, and I talk Titanfall 2 and The Flash. Plus, I bring up Election Day, IMDb suing California for its anti-agism attack on birthdays, the future of crowd sourcing in the face of the latest Uber scandal, Max Landis is rumored to be remaking one of his father’s films, the state of Nintendo, Playstation Vue and an outline of OTT services to come, then we close with an exciting quartet of VR news including tetherless options for Vive and editing within an HMD.
Topicality is a funny thing in that what is special for a given moment doesn’t always retain its luster. This pick, Steve’s second consecutive selection from Peter Medak, in particular is strange for a non-British audience. Its a quirky, black comedy about politics, but its length and run-on jokes make it hard to recommend. This is one of the few moments where we sacrificed our time so you don’t have to – enjoy!