Dollar Reviews

Dollar Reviews 037: The Handmaiden

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).

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Two Cents

Two Cents 091: Fast and Jurassic Monsters

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.

Debt to Cinema

Debt to Cinema 045: This Film is Not Yet Rated

Documentaries are a fickle mistress. They’re important during the time of their release, but seldomly retain the appeal which made them hot way back when. Case in point is this largely unseen investigation into the philosophical makeup of the Motion Picture Association of America. For a contemporary viewer such as I, it informed my immediate outlook of cinema at an impressionable age, but what about Steve? Listen to discover what he thinks of Kirby Dick’s exploration a decade removed from its release in the age of streaming VOD.