Let’s be honest, with the never ending recycle process entertainment goes through, one block of original/remake tandems wasn’t going to last long. Steve apologized in advance for not picking the Universal monster incarnation, but seeing 1999’s/the release of Dark Universe made me want to see the origin of their only true original franchisee #SilverDollar
The episode where we try our best to sound energetic, but two years is finally catching up with us, Black Panther comes while a Batman goes, LA unveils an Alamo Drafthouse and a new Xbox, Bethesda and Apple fully embrace VR/AR, and SiriusXM teams up with Pandora. Plus, the continued boycott of Netflix in theaters, more Dark Universe monsters, Sony making family friendly streaming edits, selling a Plame d’Or to finance a movie, and Amazon/Oculus becoming available to all.
Of their many monsters, Universal has seemed most interested in keeping The Mummy alive forever. Between this weekend’s Dark Universe re-reboot with Tom Cruise, the original Karloff features, and of course this debt, Stephen Sommer’s turn of the century swashbuckling, treasure seeking, adventure that kicked off a trilogy, it appears opening the sarcophagus is always a good idea #DimeADozen
The episode where I flesh out a future Dollar Reviews podcast during a mock Patreon ad break for Fleshlight (1:11:07), Joss Whedon takes over Justice League duties after a tragedy in the Snyder family, I get alarmed by the shelf life of disasters in the face of Disney escapism, Sony goes down Uncharted territory with Tom Holland and Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Universal unveils its Dark Universe. Plus, Amazon + Steven Soderbergh, VR porn (for the umpteenth time), the future of festival ticketing, and creating movies via breakout tweets.
The week in which China’s Wanda Group continues its attempt to take over the cinematic world, Javier Barden might be Universal’s Frankenstein, unapproved password sharing is a federal crime, Warner Bros got in trouble from the FTC for YouTube payola, Google paying music publishers over $3 Billion for copyright claims, and ABC/Fox taking huge steps for the cordcutting generation. Plus, Lionsgate isn’t done making Saw films, Star Wars VR projects, VR headset exclusivity featuring Samsung, Flixtapes, and Nintendo turning a new leaf.
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!
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).