Once things start, it’s hard to know when, if ever, they’ll truly come to a stop. Some stories are circles, never going anywhere, save the place from which they originated. If you’re wondering if I’m making statements about this film, our long dormant podcast, or the evolved social commentary via Videodrome, just wait for the mental gymnastics this virtual reality trip Cronenberg takes you on #IdBuyThatForADollar
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 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.
The third to last episode where we bring Tyler on one last time to talk Wonder Woman, Adam Wingard filming Godzilla vs King Kong, and where the Animaniacs reboot fits within Time Warner’s streaming entities (especially with Tyler’s OTT streaming trial impressions). I try something new in finding out how all our weekends have gone, talk Nintendo’s online service for the Switch, Walmart training employees for Black Friday with VR, and the Amazon engineer trusting Twitch chat with his life savings.
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 episode in which I list the many things reporting the news prevents me from doing, Cannes continues its crybaby wanderings, Netflix and Donald Trump are the villains the media prays for, Wanda’s reformation of Legendary and enhanced exhibition business, and the rise of vertical video. In bigger news (56:00), Austin man sues his date for texting during a movie, Hollywood a major hacking target and their lack of action, Google I/O updates including standalone VR and Daydream upgrades, and Zenimax becoming the VR equivalent of a patent troll. Plus, Venom, Resident Evil, Supernatural meets Scooby Doo, social VR hubs becoming industry standard (1:58:00), Ridley Scott’s TNT block, and Mamma Mia 2!
The episode in which we get off to a slow start, Google acquires VR gurus Owlchemy Labs, Amazon introduces the Echo Show and Prime Live Events, Wanda’s Legendary loses another figurehead, and Amazon Prime Video has landed 40 SXSW selections. In bigger news, Cannes changes their criteria for festival selections after streaming titles have joined the Palme d’Or race and Microsoft unveils their “mixed reality” controllers. Plus, the need for VR standards, vertical cinema, contemporary films’ monochromatic agenda, Tupac movies, Donald Glover’s animated FXX Deadpool show, classical film theory, and Judge Dredd.
We begin with the hippie starring, hipster targeted, family road trip, philosophical drama, Captain Fantastic before I move onto actual superhero fare Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (28:36) and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Unbreakable (46:34). Next, I share my PSVR experiences with Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (55:38) and puzzler Statik (57:53). Meanwhile Steve caught James Ponsoldt’s The Circle (1:01:13), Free Fire (1:20:00), and The Accountant (1:21:34). Finally, I share the TV I’ve been watching lately and my best Goodwill find to date: the $3 recliner (1:24:57).
The episode in which we find a new sense of purpose since we now have a Patreon supporter (!!!), Annapurna continues to make groundbreaking moves, Universal is adapting Gears of War, Hellboy is getting a reboot, and HBO is leaving Amazon Prime while working on Game of Thrones spinoffs. In bigger news (00:42:00), Charter joins Comcast in the quest for full communication exposure (via wireless), Hulu with Live TV is finally a thing, YouTube is making free shows with big stars, Twitter lands a plethora of live content, and what this all means in our evolving digital landscape. Plus, cheap beer, a Danny DeVito/Jeff Goldblum Amazon comedy, physical vs digital media collections, and Oculus takes one further step away from VR dominance (1:40:00).
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.