The episode in which two weeks have passed since our last recording and I have open with a horror story to explain why, we mourn Don Rickles and Charlie Murphy, MGM joins the vertical integration party, Cannes adds TV and VR content + a Palme D’or race filled with streaming titles, and my pitch to Universal for where Fast and the Furious goes next. Lots of news on upcoming projects, especially superheroes, Adam McKay, Tim Burton, and Labyrinth, how Amazon is funding its space exploration, and conversation on how our podcast makes film viewing seem like work. Plus, Facebook’s engulfing of Oculus, Netflix’s push for making Hollywood an actual movie town again, YouTube TV details/evolution of cord cutting, furthered marrying of media brands, and Jay-Z’s obnoxious battle for streaming exclusivity especially against Disney’s apparent lack of interest.
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.
After giving the many films we’d each seen much thought, Steve and I finally wrote down our best of the year lists. We start the show off with our honorable mentions (00:46), move into some fun awards (08:16), then get to the main event, our top 10 (33:49).
This episode was our last chance to stuff things in before doing our Best of 2015 show. We start off with 2016’s first big movie, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, then move into Bryon playing catch up: Victoria (10:01), Sicario (13:19), Wild Tales (18:42), The Big Short (22:21), The Danish Girl (25:19), Crimson Peak (35:18), The Intern (40:56), Spotlight (45:58), The Lobster (54:18), and The Gift (58:45). Finally we close with Steve rewatching The Walk at home in 3D (1:05:41).
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).