German, French, English, the entire world was involved in the war this film is centered around, but it takes a miracle to remind them we’re all the same. The supposedly true event at the heart of this is beautiful, I just wish more surrounding it was actualized. Moving from the horrors of the holiday to this humbling reminder of what makes us human, especially in the face of turmoil, is about as nutty life gets around Christmas (well, until next week that is…)
While everyone else is busy polishing off fruitcake, buying people presents, and doing their best to embody the holiday spirit, Steve thought we should visit the more sinister side of the yuletide season. We were lucky to have the spooktacular Brennan teach us about the slasher genre, while we marveled at this film’s place in it, and guide us on our first journey down Bob Clark’s lesser known Xmas miracle, which gives the best gift of all: fear #IdBuyThatForADollar
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.
This week we had a special engagement on the road for Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film. Plus Z for Zachariah (17:05), Brooklyn (22:40), The Big Short (33:50), Steve Jobs (40:00), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (46:05), Bridge of Spies (49:00), Spy (55:52), Creed (1:04:50), and The Peanuts Movie (1:11:25).
The episode in which the force awakens new box office records, Tarantino is pushed out of the Cinerama Dome, Dreamworks becomes Amblin Partners, Netflix streaming requires less bandwidth, Mad Max might get a black and white re-release, Terminator 2 is returning in 3D, Disneyland takes safety precautions, Sean Penn is Andrew Jackson on HBO, and Amazon renews three shows (including my darling Red Oaks).
The episode in which we speculate what The Hateful Eight announcement will be, review Amazon’s premium add-on subscription offerings, Netflix doubling original content in 2016, VR feeling closer than ever/my first impressions of Google Cardboard, Ang Lee returning to 3D filmmaking, The Rock making an 80s style buddy action comedy, Lionsgate possibly making prequels to The Hunger Games, Universal’s shared monster universe casting rumors, and Mr. Robot season 2 being helmed entirely by Sam Esmail.
The episode in which we discuss where huge franchises are going, Steven Soderbergh’s next project having interactive narrative paths, Tarantino recording movies on VHS, Taika Waititi being tapped to direct Thor: Ragnarok, Phil Lord and Chris Miller adapting Serial, the next wave of films being transported to the small screen, planes offering “free” movie streaming, and Amazon bullying Google and Apple to support Prime Instant Video. Plus we discuss The Iron Giant, Creep, Baghead, and Peter Jackson’s Braindead (aka Dead Alive).