The episode where we try our best to sound energetic, but two years is finally catching up with us, Black Panther comes while a Batman goes, LA unveils an Alamo Drafthouse and a new Xbox, Bethesda and Apple fully embrace VR/AR, and SiriusXM teams up with Pandora. Plus, the continued boycott of Netflix in theaters, more Dark Universe monsters, Sony making family friendly streaming edits, selling a Plame d’Or to finance a movie, and Amazon/Oculus becoming available to all.
Despite its top billing, Macon Blair’s Melanie Lynskey/Elijah Wood staring Netflix exclusive isn’t the big review this episode, that honor is split between my solo outings with Playstation VR’s Farpoint + Aim Controller (14:57) and Master of None season two (24:15). Meanwhile, Steve missed another chance at catching GotG Vol. 2 in 3D and settled on anime darling, Your Name (31:43) and I close with praise for film podcast 80s All Over (38:27).
After the Star Wars Holiday Special, Robocop 3, Freddy Got Fingered, and Yoga Hosers, we’ve built up a good amount of reviews for bad movies. Usually its because one of us is sadistic and feels like making the other endure the pain of an awful film, but every once in a while the internet is wrong and we find a new favorite (here’s looking at you, Catwoman). Join us to find which side of the bad quality coin this falls on: guilty pleasure or guilty of viewing.
The episode in which North Carolina is cut off from porn, AMC Theaters let the internet scare them away from making smartphone friendly auditoriums, Fandango is changing the ticketing game, Avatar is now getting 4 sequels, Mark Rylance is Steven Spielberg’s new favorite actor, Pokemon might get the live action treatment, and the Loch Ness Monster was found. Plus, we dedicate a section just to superhero news (#Batfleck), speculate about Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Sony’s Emoji movie doesn’t sound horrible, Star Trek Beyond in Barco Escape, another Fahrenheit 451 adaptation, and the return of Warren Beatty.
This week I caught Todd Haynes’s Carol, we both had new experiences with Claude Rains as The Invisible Man (08:40), Steve caught Fritz Lang’s Fury (24:12) + Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (27:25) at the Alamo Drafthouse, and I rewatched one of my favorite movies of 2015, Magic Mike XXL (37:35).
The episode in which I complain about Chi-Raq not being on Amazon Prime yet, Mad Max is an awards contender, Star Wars continues to be talked about, Google is creating a streaming library, Dave Chappelle cracks down on phone usage at shows, Max Landis is Lex Luthor, The Duplass Brothers are writing a book of essays, Trainspotting 2 is official, Peter Jackson might be doing Doctor Who, Samurai Jack is returning, DirecTV will broadcast live 4K content, and Nokia’s Ozo VR camera hits the big leagues.