The episode in which we celebrate crossing the one year mark with Tyler and Luis, mourn Anton Yelchin’s untimely passing, cover the next Indiana Jones and Spielberg’s nonstop production calendar, rumors of The Rock being cast in his fourth franchise at Universal, the stellar additions to Spiderman: Homecoming, and Sony’s rumored plans for its new franchise. Plus, I share my experience with Playstation VR, Oculus attempts to get out of hot water, E3 coverage, Paramount’s rules for Star Trek fan films post-Axanar, Hotel Transylvania 3, Step Up coming to YouTube Red, Monopoly: The Musical, and much more!
The week in which the show gets a complete overhaul, beginning with a new section where we keep tabs on past news items (Dreamworks Animation, James Wan/Aquaman, Yoga Hosers vs MPAA), Hulu (and maybe Youtube) are joining the OTT live TV game, Magic Mike Live is coming to Las Vegas, Batfleck is exec producing Justice League, Disney finally found their Young Han Solo, Universal adds another A-list monster to its universe, Lebron James is finally making a Space Jam sequel, and Kodak is giving film stock to kickstarter campaigns. Plus, the Oculus Rift is available at Best Buy, Max Landis has an idea for a fifth Scream movie, and Andrew Garfield is starring in the neo noir follow up to It Follows.
The episode in which Citizen Kane turns 75, Comcast acquires Dreamworks Animation, Warner Bros invests in China, Turner is joining the streaming game with Filmstruck, Fox isn’t doing a panel at Comic Con, Netflix believes in The Punisher, The Flash movie has lost its director, Snapchat is covering the Olympics and trying to making voting hip, Apple posts their first loss in 13 years, and a Michigan cop becomes an internet of things creeper. Plus, we talk Nintendo’s confusing business practices, Disney bets on Nokia for VR, Terrence Malick has another movie coming out this year, and Jamie Foxx might be in an R-rated muppet whodunit.
The episode in which North Carolina is cut off from porn, AMC Theaters let the internet scare them away from making smartphone friendly auditoriums, Fandango is changing the ticketing game, Avatar is now getting 4 sequels, Mark Rylance is Steven Spielberg’s new favorite actor, Pokemon might get the live action treatment, and the Loch Ness Monster was found. Plus, we dedicate a section just to superhero news (#Batfleck), speculate about Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Sony’s Emoji movie doesn’t sound horrible, Star Trek Beyond in Barco Escape, another Fahrenheit 451 adaptation, and the return of Warren Beatty.
The episode in which David joins us again, Indiana Jones 5 happens, Netflix rescues The Little Prince and snags Bright, Universal did racial profiling through Facebook to promote Straight Outta Compton, M-Go has become Fandango Now, Redbox might be sold off, Regal is no longer allowing kids into R-rated films, we get deeper on our thoughts of The Screening Room, and breakdown Sony’s GDC news on Playstation VR, Vue, and a rumored PS4 upgrade. Plus, Microsoft’s Actiongram, Twitch going culinary, livestreaming mobile VR content, a movie about Michael Jackson’s chimp, another Obama movie, DC’s The Killing Joke, the Dawn of Justice Director’s Cut, Judge Judy’s salary, and Netflix staying romantic.
P.S. The image is from the We Bare Bears episode “Shush Ninjas” which totes gets us.
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 Ryan Murphy makes a diversity hire, The Pope is going to be in a movie, Spielberg might be doing VR, people are suing over videogame tattoos, hawks are being trained to take down drones, DC comics possibly rebooting their lines again, legacy characters in movie sequel TV shows, David Lynch and the death of the mid-budget movie, Netflix renewing Orange is the New Black for 3 more seasons, the final two Fast and Furious movies get dates, Christopher Nolan isn’t teaming with Pfister on his next project again, Steven Soderbergh and the state of his retirement, and Leo vaping at the SAG awards.
The episode in which Ziggy Stardust and Hans Gruber are no longer with us, The Rams move back to LA, Ready Player One has an open casting call, Apple is rumored to be killing the headphone jack, China acquires Legendary, Netflix makes too many moves to type out, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Ryan Coogler helming Black Panther, Infinity War having 67 characters, DC making a WWI Wonder Woman movie, Disney’s shortlist for Young Han Solo, J-Law backlash, the Jumanji remake’s rushed production, Ava DuVernay moving to TV, 24 getting a reboot, and Hugh Hefner getting a docuseries.
After giving the many films we’d each seen much thought, Steve and I finally wrote down our best of the year lists. We start the show off with our honorable mentions (00:46), move into some fun awards (08:16), then get to the main event, our top 10 (33:49).
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).