The episode where I flesh out a future Dollar Reviews podcast during a mock Patreon ad break for Fleshlight (1:11:07), Joss Whedon takes over Justice League duties after a tragedy in the Snyder family, I get alarmed by the shelf life of disasters in the face of Disney escapism, Sony goes down Uncharted territory with Tom Holland and Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Universal unveils its Dark Universe. Plus, Amazon + Steven Soderbergh, VR porn (for the umpteenth time), the future of festival ticketing, and creating movies via breakout tweets.
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!
We begin with the hippie starring, hipster targeted, family road trip, philosophical drama, Captain Fantastic before I move onto actual superhero fare Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (28:36) and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Unbreakable (46:34). Next, I share my PSVR experiences with Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (55:38) and puzzler Statik (57:53). Meanwhile Steve caught James Ponsoldt’s The Circle (1:01:13), Free Fire (1:20:00), and The Accountant (1:21:34). Finally, I share the TV I’ve been watching lately and my best Goodwill find to date: the $3 recliner (1:24:57).
Always a fan of seeing the worser things in cinema, I’d been meaning to get around to this culturally aborted Lucasfilm/Marvel bomb. As a fan of Waterworld, or better yet, Bio-Dome, how bad could it be? The premise and talent makeup sound quacktastic, but this bizarre, 1980s failure, despite bright moments, is far from being a campy romp.
We begin with David Ayer’s new, Snyder-less approach to the DC Extended Universe before diving into BvS (57:30) for a third, and final, time on the show, and close with a tease for the guest spot I made on Tyler’s show for The Killing Joke (01:48:00). Also, given that critics unanimously despise both these films I felt it necessary to rehash my gripes with the Rotten Tomatoes system and the clusterfuck which is contemporary film criticism (46:10).
The episode in which I share a fun exchange on the Sunset Strip, China’s stake in Universal is explained, Fandango buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster, The Academy is suing the company that makes the gift bags for nominees, the final physical medium might have been invented, and Apple being pressured by U.S. Government to create a backdoor in iOS. Plus, LG is joining Samsung in the mobile VR camera/headset game, two sports stalwarts sign up, we discuss when its language will be created, Amazon doubles down on Woody Allen, a bunch of news on sequels, I fear studios make black movie news in February because its Black History Month, and we talk about the mystery of J.J. Abrams projects.
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.