The episode in which The Academy begins fixing its accountability problem, Samsung makes a big splash with the Galaxy S8, Joss Whedon/Aaron Sorkin superhero rumors, Blumhouse may adapt Five Nights at Freddy’s, I share my breakthrough VR experience with Werewolves Within, Palmer Luckey has left Facebook/Oculus, Venice Film Festival fully embraces virtual reality. Plus the fake Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg script that floated around town, my continued vendetta against Lee Daniels’s Terms of Endearment remake/thoughts on remake culture, and the evolution of Amazon/Twitch programming, especially versus Netflix.
Jan 31 2016 – The episode in which hype builds for The Birth of A Nation, The Academy’s possible move to digital screeners, Hamilton is coming to Los Angeles, ILM’s X LAB Holo-Cinema, Star Wars Episode IX is shooting on film, Fox making domestic noir/murder mystery projects, Kathryn Bigelow re-teaming with Mark Boal, Meg Ryan moving to the director’s chair, Taika Watiti/the future of Marvel, the Blade Runner sequel, more Sundance acquisitions, Apple joining the VR game (and Google taking a bigger leap), the secret mobile ticketing arms race, Hulu becoming a hipster heaven, global competitors to Netflix, the white Michael Jackson roadtrip TV movie, and the CW airing eSports in primetime.
Come for the “this movie saved my life” story teased in the intro, stay for the kickass, survival story featuring LIAM NEESON PUNCHING WOLVES – oh, and its actually really good too #IdBuyThatForADollar
This week we review Adam Sandler’s first streaming only title, Todd Haynes’s Carol, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, In the Heart of the Sea, Murder of a Cat, Tak3n, The Haunting (1999), While We’re Young, Laggies, The Fault in Our Stars, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Dumb and Dumber To, While You Were Sleeping, Comet, Up Close and Personal, and Transparent Season 2 (54:30).
This weeks selection was made by Steve for purely superficial and selfish reasons; however, despite my general disliking of epics, I found myself really surprised and engaged by this spectacle. It has a great message at its core about the holy land that shouldn’t be missed.