Having done the UK proud and Canadian manga fans one better, what has Edgar Wright brought to musically inclined getaway drivers of the South? #SilverDollar – I also played plenty of rhythm games in our month long absence headlined by DJ Hero (27:46), went to the cinema for Captain Underpants (31:47) and Transformers: The Last Knight (34:30) in 3D, and stayed home for Adam Sandler’s The Cobbler (43:17). Meanwhile, Steve caught Cars 3 also in three dimensions (52:03), Collateral Beauty (55:10), and The Girl on the Train (59:37), before I close with my many Goodwill finds featuring an ad for the org (1:03:42).
We’ve been nice overall when it comes to sharing our opinions of Adam Sandler’s recent offerings, not seeing the point in beating a dying horse, but after two hiccups on Netflix, Happy Madison has finally delivered something totally likeable. When that conversation trails off we split hairs over the Thor Ragnarok trailer (27:16) before doing a live reaction to the Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal (33:51), followed by my showstopping Goodwill movie haul (37:46) and impressions of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN (44:17). Finally Steve caught Poltergeist in 70mm (48:58) and Gods of Egypt (51:24), while I saw The Accountant (55:29) and a double bill of We Are the Best and Los Punks (59:23).
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.
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!
There are certain films out there that escape convention, or defy description, and despite our best attempts across an hour of conversation here, Lars von Trier’s divisive Palme d’Or winning “anti-musical” is one of them. Through its method of filmmaking, stylistic choices, and overall mood, as bleak as it may be, Trier creates a raw document and testament to the power of music and its escapist qualities from even the most tragic parts of life #IdBuyThatForADollar
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.
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 hopefully share details about my doomed romance for the last time, Tinder goes trans friendly, Domino’s does drone delivery in New Zealand, and Steve caught Terrence Malick’s A Voyage of Time and Brainscan, while I finally checked out Westworld’s pilot and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival. Also, Google and Facebook crack down on fake news ads, the possible end of the Electoral College, China continues its foothold in the movie industry, Marvel moves Inhumans to the small screen, the curious case of Watch Dogs 2, and a fun closing conversation about the future of VR, gaming, and 8K.
We begin with the latest experiment in Kevin Smith’s post “I don’t give a fuck,” weed fueled leg of his career – the famous daughter starring, teen scream, Yoga Hosers. Then I gush over Wes Craven’s underrated New Nightmare (38:09), Steve tries to make you gasp with Don’t Breathe (46:29) and The Time Machine (49:26), then I give a freeze frame of Demolition Man (54:49) and House of 1000 Corpses (56:09). Finally I quickly scoop Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1’s betas (1:04:18) before sharing the latest sonic stylings of Frank Ocean and Vince Staples (1:07:09).
We begin with David Ayer’s new, Snyder-less approach to the DC Extended Universe before diving into BvS (57:30) for a third, and final, time on the show, and close with a tease for the guest spot I made on Tyler’s show for The Killing Joke (01:48:00). Also, given that critics unanimously despise both these films I felt it necessary to rehash my gripes with the Rotten Tomatoes system and the clusterfuck which is contemporary film criticism (46:10).