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).
The episode in which we find a new sense of purpose since we now have a Patreon supporter (!!!), Annapurna continues to make groundbreaking moves, Universal is adapting Gears of War, Hellboy is getting a reboot, and HBO is leaving Amazon Prime while working on Game of Thrones spinoffs. In bigger news (00:42:00), Charter joins Comcast in the quest for full communication exposure (via wireless), Hulu with Live TV is finally a thing, YouTube is making free shows with big stars, Twitter lands a plethora of live content, and what this all means in our evolving digital landscape. Plus, cheap beer, a Danny DeVito/Jeff Goldblum Amazon comedy, physical vs digital media collections, and Oculus takes one further step away from VR dominance (1:40:00).
The week in which I talk about going to a wedding and a finding a pet lizard, mourn two CBs and the many deaths to come, Netflix adds four more Adam Sandler movies, Brett Ratner vs Rotten Tomatoes, Bob Iger’s reign continues at Disney, Sony plots more Spidey, and George R.R. Martin is opening a movie studio. Plus, VR spotlight on the After Solitary documentary, Nomadic joins the VR exhibition industry, Oculus needs to change its stripes, MGM is making the jump to Snapchat, the impending shortened cinematic window, and Disney sits out a lot of things including usage of Mickey Mouse.
The episode in which I try to keep this show alive by dumping Penny Thoughts back onto Dollar Reviews (and doing that weekly again via streaming titles), I make my first retractions, Superman joins Mission: Impossible, Fandango takes aim at Mondo, and Sony says goodbye to the PS3/hello again to VR as more join the fray. Steve caught up on The Edge of Seventeen, Raw, and 2014’s Beauty and the Beast; while I was enamored by Kedi, pumped out Drake’s More Life, experienced Step Up 3D within PSVR, and finally beat Sly Cooper. More importantly, Sony is making a Venom movie, Warner Bros is rebooting The Matrix, Fox is remaking The Fly, and Netflix is re-sharting pan and scan.
With the Oscars just happening and award season finally coming to a close, Steve thought it would be the perfect time for both of us to watch the first film to win Best Picture. That’s not an entirely accurate description of 1927’s Wings, the silent epic which clung to the majestic camera work afforded to films mid out sound, at the precipice of talkies, but it might be just enough to get you to tune in #IdBuyThatForADollar
The episode in which our hero from Bulworth and Dick Tracy finds himself in a sticky situation, the passing of Bill Paxton, the state of Playstation VR, Hellboy, Nightwing, and Devon Sawa?! Steve caught the apparently similar Get Out and A Cure for Wellness, while I have had HEALTH’s Disco 3 on repeat while exploring Thumper (PSVR). Plus, Netflix looking very Bright (so we try to calculate its money pool), 5G tests are coming this year, and VR in space!
The week in which we only cover politics via SNL and Shia LaBoeuf, gamers face more delays as E3 goes public, Jay and Silent Bob are getting rebooted, several big directors have new projects, and Star Wars is landing in two big ways. I saw The Lego Batman Movie when I wasn’t busy becoming obsessed with collecting Lego Dimensions or playing Day of the Tentacle Remastered, while Steve caught Vertigo in 70mm and VR treasure, The Lawnmower Man. Plus, Apple, Facebook, and Viacom switch up their TV approaches, Halloween is getting another reboot (but we are excited about it), Jack Nicholson is coming out of hiding, the Terms of Endearment black remake, changes The Academy should make, Oculus is shuddering its demo stations, and the advent of underwater VR.
The episode in which Batfleck leaves the director’s chair, Smodcast turns 10, I forget what week it is, IMDb is abandoning its message boards, directors move around, and The CW’s DC footprint is getting bigger. Steve caught 28 Days Later on 35mm, caught up on Train to Busan, and saw I’m Not Your Negro; while I saw Manchester by the Sea, The Edge of Seventeen, and NBC’s Powerless. Plus, the UC Berkeley violent protest against free speech, Zenimax successfully sued Oculus for stealing their resources, Sony’s Playstation VR gets brighter as Sony Pictures looms in uncertainty, Snapchat grows up, and how Vizio’s spying on you might shake up FCC standards again.
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.