The week in which I ended up doing the show alone for the second episode in a row and quickly covered HBO’s Westworld coming in the Fall, Disney’s latest films coming to Netflix beginning in September, John Carpenter exec producing the latest Halloween reboot with Blumhouse, Shia LaBeouf doing another performance art piece, Adam Sandler making an animated flick at STX, Starz moving original programming to Sundays, Microsoft’s trio of rumored Xbox consoles, and PCs shaped as backpacks for VR users. Plus, a review of my Oculus Rift demo experience, John Francis Daley/Jonathan Goldstein’s Game Night, and The Rock’s Chinese Die Hard flick, Skyscraper.
The week in which Nahneen Kula put out her first album, Steven is way too excited about Daredevil, The Wachowski Siblings are both transwomen now, The Russo Brothers are making a Chinese studio, Kevin Spacey leaves Relativity, Paramount drops The Little Prince, Amazon is adopting Hollywood norms, and the industry might be moving into the living room, while Ang Lee is set to debut his technical marvel (4K/3D/120FPS/HDR). Plus, Rio 2016 is going 8K, TV in VR, Amazon is becoming the new HSN, Harry Styles starring in the next Christopher Nolan flick, filmmaker relationships with the streaming giants, reactions to the new Spidey and Gordon, Where’s Waldo, Nick Cage, and Damien Chazelle’s musical getting an awards release.
Jan 31 2016 – The episode in which hype builds for The Birth of A Nation, The Academy’s possible move to digital screeners, Hamilton is coming to Los Angeles, ILM’s X LAB Holo-Cinema, Star Wars Episode IX is shooting on film, Fox making domestic noir/murder mystery projects, Kathryn Bigelow re-teaming with Mark Boal, Meg Ryan moving to the director’s chair, Taika Watiti/the future of Marvel, the Blade Runner sequel, more Sundance acquisitions, Apple joining the VR game (and Google taking a bigger leap), the secret mobile ticketing arms race, Hulu becoming a hipster heaven, global competitors to Netflix, the white Michael Jackson roadtrip TV movie, and the CW airing eSports in primetime.
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).
The episode in which we watch the Preacher trailer, Fox puts Neil Blomkamp’s Alien on pause, Ricky Gervais returns to the Golden Globes, Chi-raq gets a release date, some gender bender films, Blumhouse goes Periscope, Jimmy Fallon getting another theme park attraction, and Twitch expands to the creative spectrum. Plus, reviews for The Martian, Men in Black 2, Men in Black 3, Knock Knock, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened, Nightbreed, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, and Get Him to the Greek.