The week in which China’s Wanda Group continues its attempt to take over the cinematic world, Javier Barden might be Universal’s Frankenstein, unapproved password sharing is a federal crime, Warner Bros got in trouble from the FTC for YouTube payola, Google paying music publishers over $3 Billion for copyright claims, and ABC/Fox taking huge steps for the cordcutting generation. Plus, Lionsgate isn’t done making Saw films, Star Wars VR projects, VR headset exclusivity featuring Samsung, Flixtapes, and Nintendo turning a new leaf.
Despite telling ourselves, and each other, that we wouldn’t see Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, we caught the she-make anyway. Also, Steve saw 1988’s Uninvited (34:28), I trounced around Goodwill and started The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (39:50), terrified myself with Scare PewDiePie (41:36), and listened to the new Avalanches (43:40) and Blood Orange (46:05) albums. Finally Steve caught Tickled (47:32) which leads into a great conversation about documentary filmmaking.
The episode in which Amazon begins offering podcast content through Audible, weird tales related to Pokemon Go’s insane popularity, the Counter Strike: GO YouTube betting scandal, and Sulu is now a gay Star Trek character (which segues into a conversation about remakes). Plus, a fun convo about screen resolution and consumer apathy, Warner Bros siding with Netflix for TV and Amazon for movies, and The Russo Bros adapting The Warriors for Hulu.
The week in which I ended up doing the show alone for the second episode in a row and quickly covered HBO’s Westworld coming in the Fall, Disney’s latest films coming to Netflix beginning in September, John Carpenter exec producing the latest Halloween reboot with Blumhouse, Shia LaBeouf doing another performance art piece, Adam Sandler making an animated flick at STX, Starz moving original programming to Sundays, Microsoft’s trio of rumored Xbox consoles, and PCs shaped as backpacks for VR users. Plus, a review of my Oculus Rift demo experience, John Francis Daley/Jonathan Goldstein’s Game Night, and The Rock’s Chinese Die Hard flick, Skyscraper.
This week we finally live up to our intro and give you reviews for a wide amount of media beginning with Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Then we head to Zootopia (31:45), Sing Street again (35:40), take a look at Drake’s Views (42:40), and impressions of Blizzard’s Overwatch Beta (44:38). Finally Steve tells me about his screening of Dolemite (46:41) and I reminisce about the days of switching channels on cable and watching whatever they programmed.
This under the radar, music double feature episode begins with Jeremy Saulnier’s punks vs nazis thriller, Green Room (03:29), then gets a much needed dose of sunshine from John Carney’s 80s musical sendup, Sing Street (22:13). Plus Steve re-watched The Little Prince (32:28) and I caught Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book in 3D (32:55) which leads to fun convo about the state of CGI (40:03).
Steve and I caught two massively different indie flicks from auteurs miles apart for your listening pleasure this week. The first of which is a throwback to what made Richard Linklater famous, while the second is another step down the rabbit hole for Terrence Malick (16:30). Plus Steve gives his take on Too Late (28:37), Hush (34:43), and Eye in the Sky (37:57) while I dish on Supergirl’s crossover with The Flash (41:50).
I caught a midnight screening and a guest host to get this episode out to you Friday morning because I was so excited. You’d probably hear it in my voice if this was a Batman, Superman, or Trinity film, but instead we got DC’s gritty, intellectual Iron Man 2.