Its been a long time coming, that’s a truth I can handle, but good, goddamn was this an overdue view on my part. Some flicks are regarded as classics for a specific reason, and this one, down to the ancient plastering of “The End” over the closing moments lives up to that moniker #IdBuyThatForADollar
The episode in which The Academy begins fixing its accountability problem, Samsung makes a big splash with the Galaxy S8, Joss Whedon/Aaron Sorkin superhero rumors, Blumhouse may adapt Five Nights at Freddy’s, I share my breakthrough VR experience with Werewolves Within, Palmer Luckey has left Facebook/Oculus, Venice Film Festival fully embraces virtual reality. Plus the fake Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg script that floated around town, my continued vendetta against Lee Daniels’s Terms of Endearment remake/thoughts on remake culture, and the evolution of Amazon/Twitch programming, especially versus Netflix.
The week in which the show gets a complete overhaul, beginning with a new section where we keep tabs on past news items (Dreamworks Animation, James Wan/Aquaman, Yoga Hosers vs MPAA), Hulu (and maybe Youtube) are joining the OTT live TV game, Magic Mike Live is coming to Las Vegas, Batfleck is exec producing Justice League, Disney finally found their Young Han Solo, Universal adds another A-list monster to its universe, Lebron James is finally making a Space Jam sequel, and Kodak is giving film stock to kickstarter campaigns. Plus, the Oculus Rift is available at Best Buy, Max Landis has an idea for a fifth Scream movie, and Andrew Garfield is starring in the neo noir follow up to It Follows.
The episode in which I share a fun exchange on the Sunset Strip, China’s stake in Universal is explained, Fandango buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster, The Academy is suing the company that makes the gift bags for nominees, the final physical medium might have been invented, and Apple being pressured by U.S. Government to create a backdoor in iOS. Plus, LG is joining Samsung in the mobile VR camera/headset game, two sports stalwarts sign up, we discuss when its language will be created, Amazon doubles down on Woody Allen, a bunch of news on sequels, I fear studios make black movie news in February because its Black History Month, and we talk about the mystery of J.J. Abrams projects.
The episode in which Star Wars becomes the highest grossing domestic film of all time, Michael Bay returns to Transformers, Kevin Spacey becomes the chairman of Relativity, Kodak reintroduces Super 8, lots of new VR info, Aaron Sorkin is directing one of his scripts, Guillermo Del Toro might remake Fantastic Voyage, Netflix continues to make moves globally, M. Night is bringing Tales From the Crypt back, Max Landis making a detective show, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 shooting in 8K, Steve complains about IMAX image quality, plus 4K news from CES.
This week we had a special engagement on the road for Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film. Plus Z for Zachariah (17:05), Brooklyn (22:40), The Big Short (33:50), Steve Jobs (40:00), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (46:05), Bridge of Spies (49:00), Spy (55:52), Creed (1:04:50), and The Peanuts Movie (1:11:25).
The episode in which we mention some upcoming biopics, rumors for Apple’s latest event, Hulu finally giving you a way to remove adds, the importance of the commercial break, Force Friday, Sony’s bad luck, and if they can turn it around by finally making the great videogame adaptation.