The delayed episode in which I ended up finishing things alone, where Trump is in the White House, Sundance is covered in snow, streamers make moves, Hellboy 3 might be coming, AMC Theaters continues its global dominance, Superbowl LI is streaming for free, and I review The London Heist, Black Mirror’s Playtest episode, my VR playtesting gig, and Damien Chazelle’s TCM block. Meanwhile, Steve talks Samurai Cop 2, Hell or High Water, The Magnificent 7 (2016), and Sony’s Passengers. Plus, The Terminator is returning to James Cameron, Legendary lost its CEO, Paramount gets into bed with China, things don’t look good for Sony (across TV, Film, and PSVR), Netflix seduced Jerry Seinfeld, and some VR things to close out the show.
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.
I didn’t exactly see the point in discussing this festival darling at greater length, but I think Steve was secretly hinting my recent romance might lead to an interesting discussion. He was right – join us for a no holds barred breakdown of how this fits in the Musical ouevre, our relationship with love, and ultimately just how splendid this picture is.
La La Land – both a nickname for Hollywood and the transcendental place couples live in when everything is perfect. In a world where everyone can be a celebrity, this third pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone reminds us why we go the movies in the first place. These star crossed lovers make Damien Chazelle’s landmark re-imagining of the movie musical sparkle in a time where song and dance are rarely coupled anymore. For so many reasons this has been sweeping the 2016 award season and it deserves all the money #IdBuyThatForADollar
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 week in which Nahneen Kula put out her first album, Steven is way too excited about Daredevil, The Wachowski Siblings are both transwomen now, The Russo Brothers are making a Chinese studio, Kevin Spacey leaves Relativity, Paramount drops The Little Prince, Amazon is adopting Hollywood norms, and the industry might be moving into the living room, while Ang Lee is set to debut his technical marvel (4K/3D/120FPS/HDR). Plus, Rio 2016 is going 8K, TV in VR, Amazon is becoming the new HSN, Harry Styles starring in the next Christopher Nolan flick, filmmaker relationships with the streaming giants, reactions to the new Spidey and Gordon, Where’s Waldo, Nick Cage, and Damien Chazelle’s musical getting an awards release.