The episode in which Steve’s roommates are celebrating our Independence Day, The Academy has opened its doors to diverse new talents, Lionsgate is buying Starz, MoviePass is playing with its subscription model, we speculate China’s role in the blockbusters to come, The Arrowverse might have just gotten a lot bigger, and the latest publicity stunt for Ghostbusters has me optimistic about Sony’s future. Plus, Jesus VR – The Story of Christ, The Olympics in VR, Tyrese joins Transformers 5, fun facts about Steven Spielberg, Apple’s patent for blocking camera usage, and more!
Last week my romance pick wasn’t quite my tempo, and this week Steve’s isn’t his. Perhaps we should start making selections for one another? For some reason, Ang Lee’s acclaimed Chinese martial arts/tragic love story, didn’t strike his fancy, but it leads to an interesting discussion on public perception of classics and the struggle of swimming against the tide of universal acclaim.
Given that #OscarsSoWhite is a thing, its important to remember not every black Best Picture winner is Driving Miss Daisy. We knew we had to see this one eventually, but 2015’s film politics just made it that more appealing.
The episode in which Steve tries to guess the Oscar winners, I give my critique of the ceremony/coverage, stunt performers are lobbying for their own category, #JusticeForFlint did well despite its counter programming, the FBI nabbed one of the screener pirates, we talk about the R-rated comic book movies, China might buy a stake in Paramount, and Netflix will start streaming in HDR. Plus I continue my fascination with VR, especially in terms of new developments (Facebook’s dynamic streaming/Google leveraging Project Tango), Ready Player One found its lead, Fox moves things around, we talk Sam Raimi because he is making World War III, Pacific Rim 2, we talk about Disney movies, Amazon is trying new things, and Netflix has found new talent.
The episode in which I share a fun exchange on the Sunset Strip, China’s stake in Universal is explained, Fandango buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster, The Academy is suing the company that makes the gift bags for nominees, the final physical medium might have been invented, and Apple being pressured by U.S. Government to create a backdoor in iOS. Plus, LG is joining Samsung in the mobile VR camera/headset game, two sports stalwarts sign up, we discuss when its language will be created, Amazon doubles down on Woody Allen, a bunch of news on sequels, I fear studios make black movie news in February because its Black History Month, and we talk about the mystery of J.J. Abrams projects.
The episode in which we used a hashtag in the title so we never have to talk about this again, China continues to take hold in Hollywood, Netflix crosses 75 million subscribers, HBO goes 100% streaming in Spain, Amazon and A24 buy up Sundance, Rob Cohen is making a natural disaster/heist flick, Greta Gerwig is trying the director’s chair, Labyrinth is getting a reboot, Tarantino universe tidbits, Star Wars Episode VIII moves to Christmas, Kevin Smith made a pot dispensary pilot, Judd Apatow gets another TV show, and I accidentally placed a cool Netflix sci-fi movie announcement at the end.
Coming off of Dancing With Wolves the previous week, Steve felt it was time to see Kevin Costner’s other classic released just the year before. This is a beautifully, haunting film. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.