Anyone who has held a camera knows glass, heaven forbid mirrors, should be avoided at all costs, and yet this acclaimed piece of Hong Kong art cinema lives within the reflections and obscurities melted sand lends to our perception of the world. I go back and forth on the why’s, landing on the nostalgic framing structure Steve missed, for this painting come to life of an era and country that have since come to pass #IdBuyThatForADollar
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 week in which Harriet Tubman is taking over the $20, Amazon Prime subscriptions are now available month to month, Netflix has less movies than Amazon and Hulu, two Uber flicks are in the works, Alfonso Cuaron is helping with the Warner Bros Jungle Book, AMC Theaters is showing Purple Rain in Prince’s memory, MTV Cribs is returning on Snapchat, Youtube launches live 360 degree video content, and Las Vegas hotels are going to begin offering VR porn as room service. Plus, the future of the living room, more news on the PS4K, The Twilight Zone returning as interactive media, Paramount’s all-star writers room for the shared Hasbro universe, blockbuster fatigue, and internet response to whitewashing.
This week I caught Todd Haynes’s Carol, we both had new experiences with Claude Rains as The Invisible Man (08:40), Steve caught Fritz Lang’s Fury (24:12) + Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (27:25) at the Alamo Drafthouse, and I rewatched one of my favorite movies of 2015, Magic Mike XXL (37:35).
This week we review Adam Sandler’s first streaming only title, Todd Haynes’s Carol, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, In the Heart of the Sea, Murder of a Cat, Tak3n, The Haunting (1999), While We’re Young, Laggies, The Fault in Our Stars, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Dumb and Dumber To, While You Were Sleeping, Comet, Up Close and Personal, and Transparent Season 2 (54:30).