The week in which we only cover politics via SNL and Shia LaBoeuf, gamers face more delays as E3 goes public, Jay and Silent Bob are getting rebooted, several big directors have new projects, and Star Wars is landing in two big ways. I saw The Lego Batman Movie when I wasn’t busy becoming obsessed with collecting Lego Dimensions or playing Day of the Tentacle Remastered, while Steve caught Vertigo in 70mm and VR treasure, The Lawnmower Man. Plus, Apple, Facebook, and Viacom switch up their TV approaches, Halloween is getting another reboot (but we are excited about it), Jack Nicholson is coming out of hiding, the Terms of Endearment black remake, changes The Academy should make, Oculus is shuddering its demo stations, and the advent of underwater VR.
The episode in which Batfleck leaves the director’s chair, Smodcast turns 10, I forget what week it is, IMDb is abandoning its message boards, directors move around, and The CW’s DC footprint is getting bigger. Steve caught 28 Days Later on 35mm, caught up on Train to Busan, and saw I’m Not Your Negro; while I saw Manchester by the Sea, The Edge of Seventeen, and NBC’s Powerless. Plus, the UC Berkeley violent protest against free speech, Zenimax successfully sued Oculus for stealing their resources, Sony’s Playstation VR gets brighter as Sony Pictures looms in uncertainty, Snapchat grows up, and how Vizio’s spying on you might shake up FCC standards again.
The episode in which we continue TrumpWatch2017, Apocalypse Now is becoming a videogame, Square-Enix is doing the same to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox has enlisted Bryan Singer for an in universe X-Men pilot, The Flash stays troubled, Predator sounds amazing, and I tried the Naked Chicken Chalupa. Also, my thoughts on The Founder, Moonlight, SportsBar VR, and Girlschool DJ night; and Steve’s on some Amazon docs, Bone Tomahawk, and I Know Who Killed Me. Plus, AT&T/Time Warner might have competition between Comcast adding cellular lines to its family and Verizon possibly buying Charter Communications, Oscar nominations, the next projects from Jeremy Saulnier and James Ponsoldt, and the first UHD Blu-ray drives are coming to PCs.
The delayed episode in which I ended up finishing things alone, where Trump is in the White House, Sundance is covered in snow, streamers make moves, Hellboy 3 might be coming, AMC Theaters continues its global dominance, Superbowl LI is streaming for free, and I review The London Heist, Black Mirror’s Playtest episode, my VR playtesting gig, and Damien Chazelle’s TCM block. Meanwhile, Steve talks Samurai Cop 2, Hell or High Water, The Magnificent 7 (2016), and Sony’s Passengers. Plus, The Terminator is returning to James Cameron, Legendary lost its CEO, Paramount gets into bed with China, things don’t look good for Sony (across TV, Film, and PSVR), Netflix seduced Jerry Seinfeld, and some VR things to close out the show.
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.
The episode in which Universal decides the F8 of a franchise, China might change the way videogame loot boxes work, retail is trying to keep Pokemon Go a thing, Will Ferrell is tackling eSports next, the next Cloverfield movie, Dunkirk’s 70mm teaser, Kodak’s reelfilm website, and the Transformers IMAX VR experience. Steve shares thoughts on Nocturnal Animals, The Fourth Man, and the Willard remake, while I talk Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR experience, and Final Fantasy XV in its multimedia entirety. In bigger news, Al Gore is hoping to return to the Oscars and Jimmy Kimmel is joining him, the Global Virtual Reality Association, the lessened worries of the impending merger between AT&T and Time Warner given the larger threat on hand, especially against Amazon’s attempt to kill retail as we know it.
The episode in which Skype really tried to fuck our groove up, Kanye is out the hospital/Fidel is still dead, I tell you about my time at Playstation Experience 2016, Netflix finally allows users to download content, an update on Nintendo at Universal Studios, I share reviews on A Case of You, Save the Last Dance, and Sky High while Steve talks The Running Man, Too Late, and finally James Bond which spirals into a saga about 007. Plus, DirecTV Now and Amazon Prime Channels amplifying cord cutting, what zero rated data aka free streaming means for the internet, the importance of Wikipedia, the future of the home video experience revisited, Wanda building itself bigger in Hollywood as tinseltown looks to grow elsewhere, and what conglomeration means to us.
The week in which we share our Thanksgiving/Black Friday events, Legendary snatched Dune rights, I rewatched Step Up because its sixth installment is going to be Chinese, Steve caught Arrival, Somewhere in Time, and The Lunchbox (one of my faves of 2014), Amazon might be getting into the live sports game, our roadmap for the end of cable, and Dave Chappelle joins Chris Rock for big Netflix dollars. Plus, Tesla is going to power an entire island with clean energy, Alt-right douchebags becoming nazis, a Dick Cheney biopic, Deadpool 2 and comedy sequels being lazy, and Snowpiercer becoming a TNT show.
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.
The week in which we spend the first 30 mins talking about our recent watches/plays (including my ongoing PSVR impressions), AT&T attempts to lower public disdain of vertical integration by hinting DirecTV Now will only be $35/month, Donald Trump’s Hollywood Star’s continual vandalism and its effect on voter sympathy, Amazon is now available in China, Microsoft continues to impress by introducing the Windows 10 Creator Update and its accompanying VR headsets, and ABBA and Muppet Babies are returning! Plus, Sony’s Uncharted adaptation, Rambo, Zelda Fitzgerald, the continual stupidity of Cupertino, Twitch has a cooking show now, and lots of HTC Vive info.