The final episode of the show where we chronicle all the major trends we’ve reported over the years (vertical integration, VR, the internet of things, evolution of movies/TV, etc), Amazon storms its way into the grocery business, Verizon officially owns Yahoo, and social media starts creating actual media. Plus, round two of E3 2017 coverage, Rocket League, Bethesda VR, Sony’s PlayLink, Spiderman Homecoming VR tie-in, and Clean Version initiative, and the future of blockbusters.
The week in which we welcome the show into the year 2017, mourn the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, talk Everything is Terrible’s Jerry Maguire pop up rental shop, lament the latest IMAX delay, praise NBC making a puppet contestant show, and the chronicle the continued rise of Snapchat. Steve shares his impressions of Batman: Arkham VR, The Jungle Book, and Mad Max: Fury Road’s Black & Chrome edition while I talk Rogue One, Sausage Party, and Run The Jewels 3. Plus, Damien Chazelle is reteaming with Ryan Gosling on a Neil Armstrong biopic, China (via Alibaba) continues to attempt to take over the entertainment world, and Amazon moves closer to VR as the tech world promises early adopters won’t get left behind.
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.
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 Wanda has been added to the Fortune 500, Legendary is making a Pokemon movie, VCR production is finally coming to an end, Max Landis is behind the new Pepe Le Pew movie, Marvel and DC’s latest Hall H announcements, Lionsgate’s rumored game plan for Divergent, Brazil’s Globo is the first broadcaster to join the 4K HDR party, and Nate Parker is already setting up shop for his next production. Also, Twitch joins the fight against Counter Strike: GO gambling, Twitter allows anyone to submit for its blue checkmark, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new master plan, the Mr. Robot VR broadcast, Blair Witch, and a Kentucky man stops his movie theater fight by pulling out a gun.
This week Steve caught The Witch (aka “the best horror flick of 2016”) while I binged on Netflix’s Love (5:08) and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo (10:40). Plus I watched the pilot for HBO’s Animals (19:04) and Steve saw Candyman (22:15) and Bloodstream (30:25).
The episode in which we discuss where huge franchises are going, Steven Soderbergh’s next project having interactive narrative paths, Tarantino recording movies on VHS, Taika Waititi being tapped to direct Thor: Ragnarok, Phil Lord and Chris Miller adapting Serial, the next wave of films being transported to the small screen, planes offering “free” movie streaming, and Amazon bullying Google and Apple to support Prime Instant Video. Plus we discuss The Iron Giant, Creep, Baghead, and Peter Jackson’s Braindead (aka Dead Alive).