In this week’s episode of Stream Dream Team, Lee got freaky with Freaky, I want to become a breadmaker, and Dazzle realizes that one should never meet their heroes because they might try to murder you.
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Forget a new MacBook Pro. All I want in my life right now is more well-made courtroom drama movies.
I will never not love that this image exists. Even if it’s (probably) fake, it’s still glorious. May it bring you a smile, as well. 🐱
In the last month, I’ve lost eight pounds, and all just by cutting out the great amount of artificial sweets to which I was clearly addicted.
I’m excited to see what I can accomplish in the next month!1
From House of Cards to Mindhunter to Mank and now a new documentary film series about cinema, Fincher is once again proving himself to be one of the most progressive directors working today. I’m not in the least bit surprised. This man, one of my favorites, has always been at the forefront of filmmaking. His brilliant 2007 film, Zodiac, was one of the first feature films to be captured almost exclusively with a digital video camera, the Thomson Viper FilmStream Camera.1 This was at least a good six years before films shot with digital cameras started to outnumber those shot on film.2
The man likes trying new things.
Contrast this behavior with that of other directors, like Steven Spielberg. In an interview with ITV News, he expressed his distaste for movies made for streaming services being given the same reverence and accolades that movies made first for theatrical screening can receive. He said,
Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.
I’m not necessarily saying this venerated, incredible director is wrong. He’s expressing his own opinions, many of which I share. I love seeing a complex, moving film in a dark cinema. There’s something unique and special about that experience. Furthermore, he’s certainly earned the right to comment on and criticize the way corporations have minimized the spectacle of theatrical premieres. Goodness knows that I’m not a legendary filmmaker and a household name.
I would suggest that he’s also showing a fair amount of famous person privilege. He shouldn’t forget that he came from nothing. He should also recognize that extremely talented filmmakers, whether they be known now or up and coming, may never achieve the sort of clout necessary to have a film released in theaters. Some of the most brilliant films to ever be made will debut and live only on streaming platforms. It would be a shame if those films didn’t receive the recognition they deserve from the Academy just because they don’t fit Spielberg’s idea of what a “real” film should be. The world would be lesser for it.
I don’t think theaters will ever disappear completely, but it’s clear that the filmmaking business and viewers around the world are more interested in streaming their media outside of a theater. Therefore, it’s more exciting for me to watch a director “skate to where the puck is going,” so to speak. Fincher is not someone who has ever shied away from being at the vanguard of new techniques or experiences. Instead of fighting the growth of streaming services—a futile battle—he welcomes them. He’s diving into this new world headfirst. No one will ever be able to accuse him of being stuck in the past. He might still make films that premiere in theaters, but he won’t do that out of stubbornness and inertia.
I’m excited to see Voir when it’s released. It will surely be the product of much attention, talent, and love. That will help further legitimize filmmaking in all its forms, whether it be released in cinemas or on a streaming service.
In this week’s episode of Stream Dream Team, Lee watched dinosaurs rampage in all their glory, I watched Arnold Schwarzenegger save all of Mars, and Dazzle Novak creates the worst film ever made in Moonbeam City.
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Paramount+ has the distinct honor of being the worst streaming service that I’ve ever seen or used. Their competitors aren’t even close. UI issues aside, if I can’t count on it to even just play a chosen video, then it deserves nothing but shame.
This week on Stream Dream Team, my brain was sucked out by a Starship Troopers bug, Lee is going to create her own Jurassic Park, and we all travel to Moonbeam City, where the police are buffoons and the neon is endless.
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Tony Marx, NYPL President:
The New York Public Library is proud to announce a major policy shift: as of today and moving forward, we will no longer charge late fines on overdue circulating materials. In addition, we have cleared all prior late fines and replacement fees from patron accounts so that everyone gets a clean slate at the Library. This is a step towards a more equitable society, with more New Yorkers reading and using libraries, and we are proud to make it happen.
Some might say fines teach accountability and ethics. I disagree. New Yorkers are quite reliable and responsible, clearly respecting our collections and the need for them to be available for others to borrow. We can reinforce the importance of returning books without attaching a financial burden that targets those most in need. If we’re talking ethics, it is clear to me that the real ethical conundrum lies with pricing our most vulnerable citizens out of using a free, public library system.
We sure could use more institutions that think and act this way, and I hope more follow in the footsteps of the NYPL.1 Punishing those who are least capable of paying something like a library fine, which is not an effective motivator, is not a kind or, as Mr. Marx says, equitable action to take.
Access to knowledge should never come with a price tag.
It’s overcast and gray outside. Finally, my preferred weather is returning. I’m noticing that the cooler it gets the more my mood improves. Is it any wonder that my preferred season is winter?
Despite its relatively small catalog, Apple continues to prove that it won’t hesitate to cancel an underperforming show. A failed show is always a shame, but I will forever prefer quality over quantity.
Total movies watched: 24.
Favorite movie of the month: Grosse Pointe Blank. It would have been Crazy, Stupid, Love. if I hadn’t already seen it.
Least favorite movie of the month: Sharknado. I had to watch it for More Movies Please! This was one of the worst things, and not just movies, that I’ve ever witnessed.
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After watching the first two episodes of the enjoyable Apple TV+ show, Foundation, the story appears to boils down to this:
“Hey girl, would you like some politics to go with your math?”
This week, on Stream Dream Team, I’ve broken two of my own bones (so far?), Lee is the most Greek person around, and we’re wrapping up our journey with Violet Evergarden (for now) with the first feature-length movie.
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Despite having to finish the edit on a new podcast episode, today has felt like a rare Monday off.
To celebrate, I’ve gone out and gotten one of the new iPads for my mom. I’m also planning to catch up on some tv that has been waiting for me. Cheers!
On this week’s new Stream Dream Team, I watched a horrifying documentary called Tickled, Lee is working on slappin’ that bell, and we all go back in time with Violet Evergarden as she helps an opera star write a love letter to someone important. 🎙
This last week was full of some unusual moments for me.
This week feels like a weird success (except for that no good, terrible, awful movie)!
In this week’s episode of Stream Dream Team, I want all of my popped corn to be dusted with nutritional yeast, Lee wonders what she would do in a Groundhog Day situation, and Violet Evergarden experiences closure and triumph. 🎙
I find it curious how rumors about the Series 7 Apple Watch got to the point where it became generally accepted that the new model would have flat sides, à la the recent iPhones and iPads Pro, Air, and now mini. This would have been a completely new body design for a watch that has not seen a notable one since it debuted in 2015.
The screen on the new Series 7 is indeed larger than the previous Series 6. 20% more screen area, in fact. It must have been speculated that, to accomplish such a feat, a curved edge on the watch just wouldn’t provide enough internal room for more screen. I see this as a misinterpretation on the part of supply chain leakers about what facts they were able to glean from the access they have.
A possible series of events:
We’ve all got a new Series 7 Apple Watch with curved sides. It looks like a neat update. Maybe the flat-sided Apple Watch will come next time. Until then, rumor sites, as they have always been, are best explored with an enormous grain of salt.2
Gonna start the trend of putting a completely pointless mini-trailer for a movie after the main trailer. Pre-trailer mini-trailers are so passé.
“Hello, I’m the trailer you just watched. Don’t you remember all the fun we had? Wasn’t it cool when that car blew up and those two sexy, shirtless people kissed? And then they had the comedy man say all that funny comedy stuff! Ha ha HA! Anyway, GOWATCHTHEDANGMOVIE!”
I don’t know where the mosquito in my house currently is, but I do know that it’s enjoyed chewing up my leg.
Maybe it would be a bad thing if all mosquitos in the world disappeared, but I also wouldn’t mind that one bit.