The episode in which we get off to a slow start, Google acquires VR gurus Owlchemy Labs, Amazon introduces the Echo Show and Prime Live Events, Wanda’s Legendary loses another figurehead, and Amazon Prime Video has landed 40 SXSW selections. In bigger news, Cannes changes their criteria for festival selections after streaming titles have joined the Palme d’Or race and Microsoft unveils their “mixed reality” controllers. Plus, the need for VR standards, vertical cinema, contemporary films’ monochromatic agenda, Tupac movies, Donald Glover’s animated FXX Deadpool show, classical film theory, and Judge Dredd.
The week in which CES and the Golden Globes take over, IMAX begins rolling out its VR business at the perfect time, Terrence Malick’s next is going to SXSW, and big news about Aquaman and Kevin Smith. I review The Bronze, Train to Busan, Now You See Me 2, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed; while Steve shares thoughts Bitter Rice, Nerve, and A Monster Calls. Plus, the internet of things to come (featuring digital assistants), our continued views on technology and millennials, Intel’s continued VR push including hand tracking and “merged reality,” HTC’s Vive Tracker and subscription model, Linden Lab’s Sansar, Jason Segel, and George Clooney’s return to TV.
The episode in which I was lucky Brennan from Scream 101 Podcast joined me because Steve fell asleep before recording, HBO isn’t sending Game of Thrones screeners out anymore, the 21 Jump Street/Men in Black flick is still a thing, Sony is making a standalone Venom franchise, I talk cool additions to the Amazon Echo line (and Brennan has first hand experiences), and Universal Japan is making a Nintendo Land. Plus, VR is coming to Six Flags and McDonalds, I do my Michael Keaton impression, MAX LANDIS, a WWE sequel to Surf’s Up, and the continuing adventures of Steven Soderbergh’s “retirement.”