Mamo #372: Canon Ball, Too!

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Mamo returns to the subject of film canon, for an even broader and stranger discussion of aging aesthetics, DVD ownership, death and cinema, and Emmerich/Devlin’s overlooked 1996 masterpiece: Independence Day.

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Rick Vance
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Do you know what else really holds up in the vein of ID4, Armageddon. Sure it is blunt and big and large but it all works so well.

I am glad in the shadow of the mega franchises there are still action and science fiction and fantasy films that can find their niche.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Juuuuurrrrrrrryyyyy Duty. Do your part, Price, for civic responsibility, and petty podcast rivalry. 🙂

Andrew James
Admin

Weather-wise, this has easily been the most gorgeous, mild summer of my lifetime. I thought you guys got our weather (Minneapolis) a couple of days later. Wha happen?

Matthew Fabb
Guest

I personally think that this has been the best summer I’ve ever experienced in the Toronto area. As I can’t stand the heat and hate it when it gets over 30ºC (86ºF). Only some people have found this too cool and wanted a more typical hotter Toronto summer.

Goon
Guest

We got a mild summer in Toronto as well, however I could only enjoy it so much with a pulled pec muscle which led to a wave of hypochondria and myself constantly thinking I had heart problems which did not exist. A doctor told me I had costochondritis and I ended up convincing myself that was true for about a week full of horrible chest pain. The lesson is ones own mind is dangerous.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

So in my latest rantings about VR, Samsung announced their Gear VR1 with Oculus.

Basically buy a pair of goggles for about $75 and throw in your phone and away you go. Not quite as nice and high end as the Oculus Rift, but I think there will be a market for this low-end VR.

Anyways, along with the hardware announcement, studios announced their buy in. DreamWorks Animation announced DreamWorks VR where you will interact with their characters. Marvel announced a VR app to go along with Avengers 2, that will put you inside of the Tony Stark’s Lab inside the Avengers Tower. Pacific Rim will have their Jaeger Pilot VR experience. Cirque du Soleil will have an experience featuring content filmed from their show Zarkana. Meanwhile IMAX announced that you will be able to view some of their documentaries in Samsung Gear VR.

This is just scratching the surface and I think will be a major shift in how big Hollywood movies are advertised. Ultimately I think this will lead to original VR experiences movies, sometimes within the franchises we know.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Adding once again to my own comment, as the list of studios if bigger than that. That list seemed to be just from those who have content very close to being ready.

The full lists of studios currently working with Oculus is: DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox, Legendary Pictures, Marvel Studios, Paramount and Warner Bros.

They are all making content for the Samsung Gear VR, but since it’s powered by Oculus’s Mobile SDK, I think this content is being made also for the Oculus Rift and a scaled down version is for the Gear VR.

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