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
Tag: Universal Studios
Two Cents 092: Fyre Island
The episode in which 100 being the ending seems more and more realistic, lots of tryhard social network lamestars got dupped by Ja Rule and his doomed Bahamian luxury music outing and the Seth Rogen/Lonely Island flick that might share a similar premise, we try to make sense of unions and the impending WGA strike, lots of Disney flicks get dates, Time Warner’s DC streaming service, and Amazon’s Echo Look. Plus, Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic World 2, Logan going black and white, Night Trap turns 25, M. Night’s Unbreakable sequel, what David Fincher, Damien Chazelle, Ang Lee, and Paul Verhoeven are working on next, Innaritu on VR, Abu Dhabi’s Warner Bros World, social network holidays, and deets on Netflix’s next Adam Sandler flick.
Two Cents 088: Feline Like Something Mew
The episode in which I try to keep this show alive by dumping Penny Thoughts back onto Dollar Reviews (and doing that weekly again via streaming titles), I make my first retractions, Superman joins Mission: Impossible, Fandango takes aim at Mondo, and Sony says goodbye to the PS3/hello again to VR as more join the fray. Steve caught up on The Edge of Seventeen, Raw, and 2014’s Beauty and the Beast; while I was enamored by Kedi, pumped out Drake’s More Life, experienced Step Up 3D within PSVR, and finally beat Sly Cooper. More importantly, Sony is making a Venom movie, Warner Bros is rebooting The Matrix, Fox is remaking The Fly, and Netflix is re-sharting pan and scan.
Two Cents 074: Long Distance Call
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.
Debt to Cinema 050: Kindergarten Cop
This week’s selection was originally Billy Madison to coincide with the beginning of the school year, but I vetoed that pick and offered Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School instead. Steve decided a fourth option was best and opted for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 kiddie classic for reasons explained in the episode. Its equal parts heart warming and WTF, but mostly a fun, wild ride of genre blending, nostalgic importance.
Two Cents 059: Under the Eyefluence
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.
Two Cents 055: Carmike, Odeon, and Paramount, Oh My!
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.
Two Cents 053: Enter The Void
The episode in which Steve’s roommates are celebrating our Independence Day, The Academy has opened its doors to diverse new talents, Lionsgate is buying Starz, MoviePass is playing with its subscription model, we speculate China’s role in the blockbusters to come, The Arrowverse might have just gotten a lot bigger, and the latest publicity stunt for Ghostbusters has me optimistic about Sony’s future. Plus, Jesus VR – The Story of Christ, The Olympics in VR, Tyrese joins Transformers 5, fun facts about Steven Spielberg, Apple’s patent for blocking camera usage, and more!
Two Cents 052: One Year Later (w/Cynical Cartoons)
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!
Two Cents 048: News a la Carte
The week in which Steve has to leave early so I finish by myself (boom), Terry Gilliam is finally filming his Don Quixote, Nintendo is going to adapt their characters, DC on The CW is going to have a huge crossover event, the Angry Video Game Nerd refuses to watch the new Ghostbusters, Warner Bros has made Geoff Johns their own Kevin Feige for DC Films, Harley Quinn might be leading a female flick, and Universal is making another cinematic universe. Plus, Netflix airing Narcos on TV, IMAX bringing VR to the masses, BitTorrent launched a live streaming platform, Google I/O coverage especially Daydream VR, Motorola is bringing the RAZR back, and Kevin Smith is adapting Buckaroo Banzai for TV.