The episode in which two weeks have passed since our last recording and I have open with a horror story to explain why, we mourn Don Rickles and Charlie Murphy, MGM joins the vertical integration party, Cannes adds TV and VR content + a Palme D’or race filled with streaming titles, and my pitch to Universal for where Fast and the Furious goes next. Lots of news on upcoming projects, especially superheroes, Adam McKay, Tim Burton, and Labyrinth, how Amazon is funding its space exploration, and conversation on how our podcast makes film viewing seem like work. Plus, Facebook’s engulfing of Oculus, Netflix’s push for making Hollywood an actual movie town again, YouTube TV details/evolution of cord cutting, furthered marrying of media brands, and Jay-Z’s obnoxious battle for streaming exclusivity especially against Disney’s apparent lack of interest.
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 week in which I share another story about my car getting in the way of recording an episode, Nintendo might be joining the VR game, I once again share my thoughts on the future of virtual reality, as well as telling about my screenings of Nerve and Demolition, while Steve spares me his reviews of Oscar contenders to talk H.G. Wells’s Things to Come.
In bigger news, Yahoo has been hacked once again this year, David Ayer is returning to direct DC’s Gotham City Sirens movie, we talk the possibility of Bright breaking streaming out from direct to DVD faire into the “New New Hollywood,” Fox and Facebook join the vertical integration party, Comcast makes a push for Enhanced Movie Extras on streaming, Twitch adds IRL live streaming, and the DoT sets the future for autonomous cars.
The week in which my guest had a recording snafu and only my audio survived, I share my experiences from GameStop Expo and Long Beach Comic Con, pimp our episode on Victoria since High Noon is getting a remake, Rogue One has lost its composer 3 months before release, Spike Lee is adapting She’s Gotta Have It for Netflix, Facebook being integrated into Oculus has us scared, Twitter is embracing its media platform while reinvigorating itself, and eSports are coming to a university near you. Plus, Batman Day, Margot Robbie’s WB contract, a Stan Lee movie, dark reboots of lesser heroes, Fury Road: Black & Chrome, and more!
The slow week in which I try a different format, Amazon might have landed the next Linklater flick, Arclight Theaters are on Fandango, I share a funny/sad coincidence about Dollar Reviews 028, Transformers 5 casting King Arthur and its possible cementing of a trend, my second attempt at making “live-reaction” a thing, and DC and Marvel news (with an unrequested re-review of Spiderman: Civil War). Plus, Jon Favreau made a virtual reality experience, Steve finally got a Google Cardboard, we guess why HTC Vive and Oculus Rift sales are stagnant, Linden Labs and IMAX reveal more about their VR gambles, and the future of education in a digital world.
The week in which I try to make #shemake a thing again, we talk about Disney playing it safe, Eyefluence is looking to bring eye tracking to VR/AR, BitTorrent unleashes the Discovery Fund in its latest attempt to curb piracy connotations, Hulu is getting rid of its free content, NBCUniversal enters a deal to make content for Snapchat (which Steve still doesn’t understand), Harry Potter vs Star Wars, Nickelodeon continues the nostalgia craze, China believes in James Wan, and Amazon Prime Video has 1-click enabled product placement ads now. Plus, VR coming to Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, a long discussion about the CW’s two part musical crossover in the Arrowverse, David Fincher making another sequel, a Winchester Mansion flick, and a frank discussion about our differences in comedy appreciation spurned by news of a Scarface remake.
The episode in which Amazon begins offering podcast content through Audible, weird tales related to Pokemon Go’s insane popularity, the Counter Strike: GO YouTube betting scandal, and Sulu is now a gay Star Trek character (which segues into a conversation about remakes). Plus, a fun convo about screen resolution and consumer apathy, Warner Bros siding with Netflix for TV and Amazon for movies, and The Russo Bros adapting The Warriors for Hulu.