This week I tried something different, I didn’t watch our selection. Coming out of my whirlwind romance made me reluctant sure, but the last time I viewed this Best Picture winner was with my late grandfather, Barry, and I wasn’t quite ready for a revisit. Instead of technical details I share my recollections from having been in a production at the onset of high school #IdBuyThatForADollar
Topicality is a funny thing in that what is special for a given moment doesn’t always retain its luster. This pick, Steve’s second consecutive selection from Peter Medak, in particular is strange for a non-British audience. Its a quirky, black comedy about politics, but its length and run-on jokes make it hard to recommend. This is one of the few moments where we sacrificed our time so you don’t have to – enjoy!
The week in which Netflix continues to challenge the theatrical release model, Ryan Kavanugh is looking to sell Relativity, Wang Jialin is stopping by Hollywood to scour the town, Alibaba is teaming with Amblin Partners, Yahoo assisted the NSA in scanning all their emails in real time, Samsung is ceasing production of the Note 7, and the latest from Google and Oculus’s press conferences. Plus, Amazon is adapting a podcast for Prime, pricing details for Turner’s Filmstruck streamer, the Suicide Squad Extended Cut, the Gears of War adaptation, more movies that don’t need to be on TV, and The Simpsons in VR.
The episode in which Steve returns from vacation, we talk about delays (notably of our Patreon’s launch), The Birdman/Revenant team is returning for a VR experience, Disney is trapping Jon Favreau in the “live-reaction” genre, Elon Musk shares his Mars colonization plans, California is going to prohibit IMDb from sharing actors’ ages, Amazon ushers in a new era of internet services by introducing Twitch Prime, and USB Type-C is readying to kill the headphone jack. Plus, PSVR exclusivity windows, Twitter is up for sale, more VR rollercoasters, Rogue One’s composer shuffle, the Stephen King shared universe, Netflix’s content shelf life, and the VR applications of YouTube Go.
Our second year of this show coincidentally begins with yet another film by Fred Zinnemann – the pair being the only works of his I’ve seen. High Noon is a story about time while this one is a story for all times! If the rest are as good as these two, I’m going to need a bigger wallet #IdBuyThatForADollar
The week in which my guest had a recording snafu and only my audio survived, I share my experiences from GameStop Expo and Long Beach Comic Con, pimp our episode on Victoria since High Noon is getting a remake, Rogue One has lost its composer 3 months before release, Spike Lee is adapting She’s Gotta Have It for Netflix, Facebook being integrated into Oculus has us scared, Twitter is embracing its media platform while reinvigorating itself, and eSports are coming to a university near you. Plus, Batman Day, Margot Robbie’s WB contract, a Stan Lee movie, dark reboots of lesser heroes, Fury Road: Black & Chrome, and more!
To celebrate an entire year of paying off our cinematic debts, Steve thought it would be cute to pick another Western. It was a great idea; however, this one doesn’t come close to our initial selection. Join us for a dismantling of a Best Picture nominee many have called “The Greatest Classic Western of all Time.”