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 episode in which my car gets broken into again, The Muppets are playing Outside Lands, Seth Rogen is adapting another comic book for TV, Warners has decided in favor of more DC instead of risks, Marvel is going to Freeform and Sony, while not staying true to itself, reactions to Rogue One’s first trailer, Starz joins the OTT train, and 4K UHD Blu-rays are becoming a clearer picture. Plus, sports broadcasting on Twitter and Yahoo/the latter being acquired, VR being used for real world applications, Pharrell is producing Hidden Figures, Charlize Theron re-teaming with past directors, and Caitlyn Jenner appearing on Transparent.
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.
We’ve got the word on the Merc With a Mouth in this episode, plus Steve shares what its like to go to the Alamo Drafthouse once again. I was so hooked on CW’s The Flash that I didn’t even watch anything else this week, so I hope you like hearing about superheroes.
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.
The week we mutually review an all time high four films together: Anomalisa (0:03:36), The Revenant (0:14:25), Slow West (0:32:28), and Mississippi Grind (0:39:41). Also on the docket are The Voices (0:50:49), Dances With Wolves (0:56:18), The Good Dinosaur – again, because I finally saw it (1:16:26), and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1:31:21).
People love to bash Hollywood for adapting other media and remaking their own products, so its great Ryan Reynolds stars in this original sci-fi thriller.