There are so many filmmakers out there, both talented and not, that never leave their comfort zone and basically make the same movie over and over again. Sam Raimi is luckily not one of them, capable of filming any type of story, bringing us the perfect Hitchcockian thriller here. This selection was made initially to honor Bill Paxton, but now its a reminder that the zany guy behind The Evil Dead and Spider-Man has plenty more to offer us than genre flicks #IdBuyThatForADollar
The episode in which I finally have someone on that knows what VR is so I begin by asking him lots of things about working in the new medium, SanDisk created a 1TB SD card, Palmer Luckey has a fall from grace, Dalian Wanda is teaming with Sony on their tentpoles, music streaming is equally as profitable as sales now, AT&T’s DirecTV net neutrality no-no’s, Pokemon GO and Snapchat’s role in AR’s adoption, and the future of advertising/marketing in the VR age. Plus, Dawson’s Creek, VCRs, lactose intolerance, virtual reality’s lack of content & governance, parents not understanding the dangers of early VR exposure, VR gambling coming to casinos, and almost no film conversation at all.
This episode was our last chance to stuff things in before doing our Best of 2015 show. We start off with 2016’s first big movie, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, then move into Bryon playing catch up: Victoria (10:01), Sicario (13:19), Wild Tales (18:42), The Big Short (22:21), The Danish Girl (25:19), Crimson Peak (35:18), The Intern (40:56), Spotlight (45:58), The Lobster (54:18), and The Gift (58:45). Finally we close with Steve rewatching The Walk at home in 3D (1:05:41).
Despite being a Sam Raimi fan I’ve pushed this movie off for years. I knew very little about this supernatural thriller outside of it being about Billy Bob’s mom, but only one thing mattered, and Harold and Kumar taught me that.