We return to the land of Jewison just in time for the second coming of our Easter themed spectacular. Come for Steve’s song of an opening line, true to this dialogue absent 70s rock opera, stay for our discussion of my trip to Israel, why Superman is a better version of the Jesus story, and this film’s connection to Along Came Polly.
Winding up our remake series is the original Fox adaptation of last week’s Cronenberg masterpiece. Despite the Cinemascope, nice color, and general likeness between the two flicks, we found ourselves mostly unkind to this first outing starring Vincent Price. There’s a lot to be said about the power a remake can have and even more about the nature of sequels here, but this version is sadly, proof re-imaginings can be a good thing.
Mighty morphing tentpole franchises invade your ears this week as we open with Saban’s Power Rangers before I jump ship to Kong: Skull Island (45:55). I also give my first impressions of Rocket League’s Dropshot mode (53:35) and brag about my latest thrift store finds (57:47); while Steve caught Jeff Nichols’s Loving (59:03) and the forgotten Paul Walker thriller, Into the Blue (1:04:00).
The episode in which daylight savings just began so we are a day late, Ghost in the Shell is getting an awesome Japanese dub, we predict the futures of Blumhouse and Disney’s live-reactions, La La Land goes on a world tour, Ridley Scott wants more Xenomorph flicks, and Avatar 2 has been delayed yet again. I finally caught X-Men: Apocalypse, share my trip to the New Wave Bar, continue my descent into Lego Dimensions, and give a taste of PSVR 3D Blu-ray playback. Also, Camarada brings 3D recording to all Android devices, Oculus continues blurring VR’s future, IMDb’s F-rating for female projects, Time Warner expands its streaming to animation, our take on videogame adaptations, and the slate of 2017 blockbusters.
Everyone has that wacky relative, or literally insane friend who keeps things interesting. Well, what if Nora Ephron wrote and directed what Christmas in the company of an entire group of nuts would be like? Its a mixed bag to put it nicely, which is shocking given the skill of the filmmakers and cast on hand. I may have purchased a copy of this one for 25 cents, but a quarter might have been a little too much.
When going through a tough spot in life, movies that make you feel something are the best medicine. I knew I’d probably like this Best Picture winner, but I didn’t think I would be so enamored. There is so much here, its so lifelike, and seeing Nicholson and McClaine’s affair develop is pure bliss. I loved their characters so much I jokingly asked for a sequel during the episode, turns out they made one. Not sure that flick’s worth the time but this one is #IdBuyThatForADollar
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.