Mamo 471: Peak Mamo

Wonder Woman is here, and we dive deep into the suddenly-refreshing waters of the DCEU – with additional talk of Batman, the Justice League, Aquaman, and the cult of narrative around projects of this scale. Plus, Price’s Disney boycott finally worked, and with Sense8 on its way out, peak TV may have finally peaked.

Cinecast Episode 484 – It’s Unfunny ‘Cause It’s True

The reviews for Baywatch were simply too toxic for even Andrew to stomach, and so it was a stay at home and check out the latest offerings from Netflix kind of week. Luckily Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton step in to hopefully offer up something militarily wondrous over the Memorial Holiday weekend with War Machine. But does the material match up to the cast/performances? Also, while The Bad Batch does not hit theaters for a month or so, we managed to get into a sneak peek screening and so have a decent discussion on Ana Lily Amirpour’s sophomore effort. It’s one of those films (with empirical evidence provided herein) that requires a second watch to truly appreciate. The Watch List has a documentary double-dose, a 90s Oscar contender, home invasion meets slasher flick, the capture of Osama Bin Laden and we close it all off with some joyful misogyny courtesy of India.

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Mamo 460: THE MAMO !!!POWER!!! LIST 2016

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POWER!! Who has it? Who needs it? Who wants it? Who lost it? Team Mamo recaps the year 2016 in movers and shakers as the pop cultural landscape is wracked by celebrity deaths, digital doubles and orange-faced idiots. Hey 2016: don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. And for sure don’t fall down that flight of stairs, accidentally set yourself on fire and throw yourself off a bridge.

Trailer: Mascots

IT has been far too long since the last Christopher Guest feature, a decade in fact, with ‘Awards Season’ spoof, For Your Consideration. Short run television aside (2013’s “Family Tree”), Guest and the superb repertory group he has assembled over the years are back with fresh mock-doc, Mascots, courtesy of Netflix. Check out the trailer below.

Trailer: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2

Question: What is less essential? Zoolander 2 or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2?

Bonus: The above trailer highlights the perils of changing languages mid-‘franchise.’ The exposition/dialogue in the trailer is atrocious. While the original film kicked off the trend of art-Wuxia pictures in 2000 — Hero, House of Flying Daggers, The Promise, Wuxia (aka Dragon) The Assassin have followed in the ensuing 15 years — I do remember many complaints from the Mandarin speakers at how badly Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat were with the dialogue, as both are native Cantonese speakers. This fact that was lost on subtitle reading Western art-house audiences, but may come into sharp focus with a Netflix audience this time around.

Trailer: Sense8

Not a theatrical release, but possessing all the scope and complexity that was perhaps boiled out of Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis are back with a Netflix Original Series, Sense8. Judging from the trailer, it has all the hallmarks of a Wachowski blockbuster, and feels like Cloud Atlas, Lost and The Matrix all boiled into one (sorry Speed Racer fans).

It pleases me immensely that the Siblings keep casting Korean actress Doona Bae, who will be joined by Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Freema Agyeman and Joey Pants. If the IMDb is to be trusted, it appears that many of the cast will only be in a small sliver (3 episodes) of the show, so I’m not fully expecting the full-on Cloud Atlas simultaneous-cluster-bomb.

The full series, 12 episodes, drops on Netflix on June 5.

Tribeca/Lionsgate Announce VOD Service

We had a long talk the other night about HBO breaking away from cable and moving to their own subscription-based service. CBS recently announced something similar with their “CBS All Access” service (anyone need an instant “Twin Peaks” fix?). Is this the way TV and movies are moving for good? Obviously Netflix is here to stay, but what I mean is, with all of these off-shoots, rather than paying a hundred bucks a month for cable, will we be shelling out a hundred bucks a month (or more) for several different streaming platforms? Though in my utopia there would be one service with everything I could possibly want and I’d be willing to pay a premium price for it. But it’s unlikely this will ever happen and with Hulu and Amazon and Netflix already going strong, the future seems to be an ala carte selection of various video on-demand services that you’ll have to navigate to separately. But I digress…

The latest “media conglomerate” seems an unlikely pairing at first whisper since when I think Tribeca Film Fest I think of artier, more thoughtful dramas and Lionsgate conjures thought of people having their limbs sawed off while evil clowns stand by laughing. But of course those are both generalizations and not altogether true. The Tribeca/Lionsgate VOD service has been dubbed “The Tribeca Short List.” Possibly a little misleading to some as some sort of shorts program; but no, this will be a highly curated list of titles from festivals around the world as well as critically acclaimed and prestigious films from the Lionsgate and Tribeca. The list of titles are to be replenished and refreshed each week.

Launching in early 2015, this sounds like a way to see the newest The Hunger Games movie as soon as possible while at the same time making it possible to hunt down all of the festival titles you heard about on podcasts and blogs, but know will never see the light of day (or the darkness of the cinema). In other words, depending on the launch titles announced and price point, I’m kind of digging this idea; count me in!
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