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 week in which we welcome the show into the year 2017, mourn the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, talk Everything is Terrible’s Jerry Maguire pop up rental shop, lament the latest IMAX delay, praise NBC making a puppet contestant show, and the chronicle the continued rise of Snapchat. Steve shares his impressions of Batman: Arkham VR, The Jungle Book, and Mad Max: Fury Road’s Black & Chrome edition while I talk Rogue One, Sausage Party, and Run The Jewels 3. Plus, Damien Chazelle is reteaming with Ryan Gosling on a Neil Armstrong biopic, China (via Alibaba) continues to attempt to take over the entertainment world, and Amazon moves closer to VR as the tech world promises early adopters won’t get left behind.
The episode in which I finally have someone on that knows what VR is so I begin by asking him lots of things about working in the new medium, SanDisk created a 1TB SD card, Palmer Luckey has a fall from grace, Dalian Wanda is teaming with Sony on their tentpoles, music streaming is equally as profitable as sales now, AT&T’s DirecTV net neutrality no-no’s, Pokemon GO and Snapchat’s role in AR’s adoption, and the future of advertising/marketing in the VR age. Plus, Dawson’s Creek, VCRs, lactose intolerance, virtual reality’s lack of content & governance, parents not understanding the dangers of early VR exposure, VR gambling coming to casinos, and almost no film conversation at all.
The episode in which Star Wars becomes the highest grossing domestic film of all time, Michael Bay returns to Transformers, Kevin Spacey becomes the chairman of Relativity, Kodak reintroduces Super 8, lots of new VR info, Aaron Sorkin is directing one of his scripts, Guillermo Del Toro might remake Fantastic Voyage, Netflix continues to make moves globally, M. Night is bringing Tales From the Crypt back, Max Landis making a detective show, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 shooting in 8K, Steve complains about IMAX image quality, plus 4K news from CES.
The episode in which David joins us to chat about Amazon’s confusing Chi-Raq release strategy, George Lucas selling Star Wars to white slavers, CBS shutting down a Star Trek fan film, details on Christopher Nolan’s next film, the possible rise of 70mm, The CW’s DC Film Universe special, Joss Whedon moving on from Marvel, the future of 007, the possible return of NC-17/AO ratings. Plus our predictions for the tech to come at CES and dialogue about VR porn.