The week in which I stumble out of the gate but still implore everyone to visit LACMA’s Guillermo Del Toro exhibit, Black Panther has new big talent, Amazon launched Video Direct, making them a Youtube competitor, the A to Z store is rumored to offer its own food items to Prime members, We Do It Together is making a female centered short film collection, the scary trend of people live streaming sad shit, Warner Bros makes Godzilla moves as Gareth Edwards moves on, The Russo Bros are making a Chinese superhero movie, Wentworth Miller is going to be a recurring character across the Arrowverse, and Disney Infinity is no more as The House of Mouse has ceased all videogame development.
The week in which Nahneen Kula put out her first album, Steven is way too excited about Daredevil, The Wachowski Siblings are both transwomen now, The Russo Brothers are making a Chinese studio, Kevin Spacey leaves Relativity, Paramount drops The Little Prince, Amazon is adopting Hollywood norms, and the industry might be moving into the living room, while Ang Lee is set to debut his technical marvel (4K/3D/120FPS/HDR). Plus, Rio 2016 is going 8K, TV in VR, Amazon is becoming the new HSN, Harry Styles starring in the next Christopher Nolan flick, filmmaker relationships with the streaming giants, reactions to the new Spidey and Gordon, Where’s Waldo, Nick Cage, and Damien Chazelle’s musical getting an awards release.
The episode in which Steve tries to guess the Oscar winners, I give my critique of the ceremony/coverage, stunt performers are lobbying for their own category, #JusticeForFlint did well despite its counter programming, the FBI nabbed one of the screener pirates, we talk about the R-rated comic book movies, China might buy a stake in Paramount, and Netflix will start streaming in HDR. Plus I continue my fascination with VR, especially in terms of new developments (Facebook’s dynamic streaming/Google leveraging Project Tango), Ready Player One found its lead, Fox moves things around, we talk Sam Raimi because he is making World War III, Pacific Rim 2, we talk about Disney movies, Amazon is trying new things, and Netflix has found new talent.
This week Steve caught The Witch (aka “the best horror flick of 2016”) while I binged on Netflix’s Love (5:08) and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo (10:40). Plus I watched the pilot for HBO’s Animals (19:04) and Steve saw Candyman (22:15) and Bloodstream (30:25).
Jan 31 2016 – The episode in which hype builds for The Birth of A Nation, The Academy’s possible move to digital screeners, Hamilton is coming to Los Angeles, ILM’s X LAB Holo-Cinema, Star Wars Episode IX is shooting on film, Fox making domestic noir/murder mystery projects, Kathryn Bigelow re-teaming with Mark Boal, Meg Ryan moving to the director’s chair, Taika Watiti/the future of Marvel, the Blade Runner sequel, more Sundance acquisitions, Apple joining the VR game (and Google taking a bigger leap), the secret mobile ticketing arms race, Hulu becoming a hipster heaven, global competitors to Netflix, the white Michael Jackson roadtrip TV movie, and the CW airing eSports in primetime.
The episode in which we used a hashtag in the title so we never have to talk about this again, China continues to take hold in Hollywood, Netflix crosses 75 million subscribers, HBO goes 100% streaming in Spain, Amazon and A24 buy up Sundance, Rob Cohen is making a natural disaster/heist flick, Greta Gerwig is trying the director’s chair, Labyrinth is getting a reboot, Tarantino universe tidbits, Star Wars Episode VIII moves to Christmas, Kevin Smith made a pot dispensary pilot, Judd Apatow gets another TV show, and I accidentally placed a cool Netflix sci-fi movie announcement at the end.
The week we mutually review an all time high four films together: Anomalisa (0:03:36), The Revenant (0:14:25), Slow West (0:32:28), and Mississippi Grind (0:39:41). Also on the docket are The Voices (0:50:49), Dances With Wolves (0:56:18), The Good Dinosaur – again, because I finally saw it (1:16:26), and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1:31:21).