With social dynamics shifting, movies moving further out of the cinema, and having conversations over the internet being more en vogue than ever, we felt a debt at the end of 2020 to say something again. The episode was supposed to be topical and on a film set within a similar plague, but Steven’s subtitle is more accurate than the title itself. Two years removed from eXistenZ, these are our “Reflections on Maintaining a Podcast and the Current State of Entertainment.”
The week in which I talk about going to a wedding and a finding a pet lizard, mourn two CBs and the many deaths to come, Netflix adds four more Adam Sandler movies, Brett Ratner vs Rotten Tomatoes, Bob Iger’s reign continues at Disney, Sony plots more Spidey, and George R.R. Martin is opening a movie studio. Plus, VR spotlight on the After Solitary documentary, Nomadic joins the VR exhibition industry, Oculus needs to change its stripes, MGM is making the jump to Snapchat, the impending shortened cinematic window, and Disney sits out a lot of things including usage of Mickey Mouse.
A running topic on the show, and in my life in general, is the battle between universal acclaim and general hatred. When so many people qualify a film as good, its close to impossible to have a dissenting opinion. However, when it comes to films such as Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, if everyone hates it, any critique is valid. Join us for this epitaph of a review where we share our conflicting views while trying to understand why this notoriously flopped so hard.