The episode in which we get off to a slow start, Google acquires VR gurus Owlchemy Labs, Amazon introduces the Echo Show and Prime Live Events, Wanda’s Legendary loses another figurehead, and Amazon Prime Video has landed 40 SXSW selections. In bigger news, Cannes changes their criteria for festival selections after streaming titles have joined the Palme d’Or race and Microsoft unveils their “mixed reality” controllers. Plus, the need for VR standards, vertical cinema, contemporary films’ monochromatic agenda, Tupac movies, Donald Glover’s animated FXX Deadpool show, classical film theory, and Judge Dredd.
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.
I picked this film for sad reasons, but its such a fun adventure that even my darkest thoughts couldn’t keep me down. This gem of Australian cinema celebrates life, even when its a drag, and I couldn’t think of a better way to eulogize my grandfather than with a piece of cinema countless people probably remember him by.
This week I caught Todd Haynes’s Carol, we both had new experiences with Claude Rains as The Invisible Man (08:40), Steve caught Fritz Lang’s Fury (24:12) + Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (27:25) at the Alamo Drafthouse, and I rewatched one of my favorite movies of 2015, Magic Mike XXL (37:35).
After giving the many films we’d each seen much thought, Steve and I finally wrote down our best of the year lists. We start the show off with our honorable mentions (00:46), move into some fun awards (08:16), then get to the main event, our top 10 (33:49).
I convinced Steve to put the female targeted, erotic dance sequel no one thought they wanted on his watchlist and we found ourselves in a discussion about the female gaze and stripping the social stigma men have against it. Get your dollars ready because we’re gonna make it rain!