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.
Anyone who has held a camera knows glass, heaven forbid mirrors, should be avoided at all costs, and yet this acclaimed piece of Hong Kong art cinema lives within the reflections and obscurities melted sand lends to our perception of the world. I go back and forth on the why’s, landing on the nostalgic framing structure Steve missed, for this painting come to life of an era and country that have since come to pass #IdBuyThatForADollar
The episode in which I list the many things reporting the news prevents me from doing, Cannes continues its crybaby wanderings, Netflix and Donald Trump are the villains the media prays for, Wanda’s reformation of Legendary and enhanced exhibition business, and the rise of vertical video. In bigger news (56:00), Austin man sues his date for texting during a movie, Hollywood a major hacking target and their lack of action, Google I/O updates including standalone VR and Daydream upgrades, and Zenimax becoming the VR equivalent of a patent troll. Plus, Venom, Resident Evil, Supernatural meets Scooby Doo, social VR hubs becoming industry standard (1:58:00), Ridley Scott’s TNT block, and Mamma Mia 2!
Following how grueling The Tribe’s abortion scene is, and my mentioning this film during its breakdown, I felt Mother’s Day was a natural fit for a film where another unwanted pregnancy is central to the story. However, like Catwoman before it, this Palme d’Or winner’s secret weapon isn’t the long takes, or atmosphere, but window into womanhood it offers #SilverDollar
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.
We sadly missed Chan Wook-Park’s latest offering in theaters, but thanks to the modern state of cinema, were gifted a free screening as part of our Amazon Prime memberships. There’s a lot to say about this darkly comedic, erotic thriller, especially as counter programming to our last episode, but what it comes down to is #IdBuyThatForADollar. Steve also rewatched the Disney Channel Original Movie, Phantom of the Megaplex (32:10) while I give my early impressions of Ready at Dawn’s Deformers (36:52) and Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to Be Special (43:21).
The episode in which two weeks have passed since our last recording and I have open with a horror story to explain why, we mourn Don Rickles and Charlie Murphy, MGM joins the vertical integration party, Cannes adds TV and VR content + a Palme D’or race filled with streaming titles, and my pitch to Universal for where Fast and the Furious goes next. Lots of news on upcoming projects, especially superheroes, Adam McKay, Tim Burton, and Labyrinth, how Amazon is funding its space exploration, and conversation on how our podcast makes film viewing seem like work. Plus, Facebook’s engulfing of Oculus, Netflix’s push for making Hollywood an actual movie town again, YouTube TV details/evolution of cord cutting, furthered marrying of media brands, and Jay-Z’s obnoxious battle for streaming exclusivity especially against Disney’s apparent lack of interest.
The week in which Obamacare is dying, LA continues to get sports teams, the circus will never come to town again, Amazon introduces its own Anime Prime Channel, Cannes is admitting TV (just as The Coen Brothers jump in), and Infinity War and DC get more enlisters. Meanwhile, I share my addiction to Games Done Quick, finally beat Resident Evil 6, and caught the first episode of Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events; while Steve saw the remake of The Blob, Scorcese’s Silence, and Patriot’s Day. Plus, TwitchCon, Sony Pictures’s CEO jumping to Snap Inc., Nintendo Switch, Youtube, George Lucas $1 Billion museum, and Starcade getting a “retro-boot.”
This week I decided to be a cheap jerk and make Steve catch Adam Sandler’s second Netflix exclusive, The Do-Over, as well as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Preacher pilot (22:15). Steve caught the natural header, X-Men: Apocalypse in 3D (32:45) and last year’s Cannes standout, The Lobster (42:12). Finally, I saw another comicbook pilot in Cinemax’s Outcast (54:49) and give my impressions of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (58:49).
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).