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 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.
The episode in which daylight savings just began so we are a day late, Ghost in the Shell is getting an awesome Japanese dub, we predict the futures of Blumhouse and Disney’s live-reactions, La La Land goes on a world tour, Ridley Scott wants more Xenomorph flicks, and Avatar 2 has been delayed yet again. I finally caught X-Men: Apocalypse, share my trip to the New Wave Bar, continue my descent into Lego Dimensions, and give a taste of PSVR 3D Blu-ray playback. Also, Camarada brings 3D recording to all Android devices, Oculus continues blurring VR’s future, IMDb’s F-rating for female projects, Time Warner expands its streaming to animation, our take on videogame adaptations, and the slate of 2017 blockbusters.
The week in which we only cover politics via SNL and Shia LaBoeuf, gamers face more delays as E3 goes public, Jay and Silent Bob are getting rebooted, several big directors have new projects, and Star Wars is landing in two big ways. I saw The Lego Batman Movie when I wasn’t busy becoming obsessed with collecting Lego Dimensions or playing Day of the Tentacle Remastered, while Steve caught Vertigo in 70mm and VR treasure, The Lawnmower Man. Plus, Apple, Facebook, and Viacom switch up their TV approaches, Halloween is getting another reboot (but we are excited about it), Jack Nicholson is coming out of hiding, the Terms of Endearment black remake, changes The Academy should make, Oculus is shuddering its demo stations, and the advent of underwater VR.
The episode in which Batfleck leaves the director’s chair, Smodcast turns 10, I forget what week it is, IMDb is abandoning its message boards, directors move around, and The CW’s DC footprint is getting bigger. Steve caught 28 Days Later on 35mm, caught up on Train to Busan, and saw I’m Not Your Negro; while I saw Manchester by the Sea, The Edge of Seventeen, and NBC’s Powerless. Plus, the UC Berkeley violent protest against free speech, Zenimax successfully sued Oculus for stealing their resources, Sony’s Playstation VR gets brighter as Sony Pictures looms in uncertainty, Snapchat grows up, and how Vizio’s spying on you might shake up FCC standards again.
The week in which I share another story about my car getting in the way of recording an episode, Nintendo might be joining the VR game, I once again share my thoughts on the future of virtual reality, as well as telling about my screenings of Nerve and Demolition, while Steve spares me his reviews of Oscar contenders to talk H.G. Wells’s Things to Come.
In bigger news, Yahoo has been hacked once again this year, David Ayer is returning to direct DC’s Gotham City Sirens movie, we talk the possibility of Bright breaking streaming out from direct to DVD faire into the “New New Hollywood,” Fox and Facebook join the vertical integration party, Comcast makes a push for Enhanced Movie Extras on streaming, Twitch adds IRL live streaming, and the DoT sets the future for autonomous cars.
The episode in which Universal decides the F8 of a franchise, China might change the way videogame loot boxes work, retail is trying to keep Pokemon Go a thing, Will Ferrell is tackling eSports next, the next Cloverfield movie, Dunkirk’s 70mm teaser, Kodak’s reelfilm website, and the Transformers IMAX VR experience. Steve shares thoughts on Nocturnal Animals, The Fourth Man, and the Willard remake, while I talk Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR experience, and Final Fantasy XV in its multimedia entirety. In bigger news, Al Gore is hoping to return to the Oscars and Jimmy Kimmel is joining him, the Global Virtual Reality Association, the lessened worries of the impending merger between AT&T and Time Warner given the larger threat on hand, especially against Amazon’s attempt to kill retail as we know it.