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.
In this week’s episode of the Stream Dream Team podcast, I’m a bigger fan of Christmas than Halloween, Lee wants to eat all the strawberry bonbon candies, and things are starting to get action-packed and deadly serious for Violet Evergarden. 🎙
After finishing Crazy, Stupid, Love. for the… I don’t know how many times, I’ve realized just how much of an unabashed rom-com fan I am.
I’ve always enjoyed them, but I’ve never vocally appreciated the genre like I should. 🎥
Total movies watched: 32.
Would you look at that! This is probably the most films I’ve ever watched in a single month—an average of about one a day. I’m going to pat myself on the back for that one. Perhaps, for a future challenge,1 I’ll make sure not to miss any days or watch a Criterion Channel movie every day for a month or something.
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On this week’s episode of Stream Dream Team, Lee wants to be a Michigander, I want to be a Wisconsigoose, both of us are infatuated with Matthew McConaughey, and Violet Evergarden helps a dying soldier send his love to his family. 🎙
On this week’s episode of Stream Dream Team, I have no experience with cheese curds, Lee has fallen down a true crime tv show rabbit hole, and Violet Evergarden befriends a young girl with a dying mother in one of the most moving episodes of this show yet.🎙
After having watched nearly the first couple seasons of Cheers for the first time now, I’m struggling to see the allure of Sam and Diane. These two train wrecks need to break up before one murders the other. 📺
In the latest episode of Stream Dream Team, we’re saying gesundheit, waxing on about turtles of the ninja variety, and Violet Evergarden falls into a tempestuous whirlpool of grief before being saved by the Santa of Letters.🎙
In this week’s episode of Stream Dream Team, Lee is clearly and undoubtedly a vampire, Sean is angering up his blood, and we’re going back in time to experience more of Violet Evergarden’s violent, tragic past.🎙
By Chris Nashawaty:
Five summers ago, the DC supervillain extravaganza Suicide Squad had a massive $133.7 [million] opening weekend at the North American box office. Despite those eye-popping numbers, critics and audiences were left unimpressed by the film. This weekend, the complete opposite happened: critics and audiences loved its big-budget follow-up, The Suicide Squad, but its theatrical receipts were underwhelming, pulling in just $26.5 million in its debut weekend. In the age of COVID, it appears that up is down, black is white, and blockbusters just ain’t what they used to be.
In this case, I feel like “disappointing” is a word that should only be used by someone who hasn’t been paying any attention to the world for the last year and a half.1 I’m hoping that the people who make the decision to green light a film won’t read too deep into this sort of misleading headline.
The writer’s conclusion is correct. Blockbusters indeed “just ain’t what they used to be,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re underperforming. Streaming services don’t often publish clear data about their viewership numbers and COVID has screwed up theatrical revenue. With those two factors in mind, The Suicide Squad, if I had to bet, is by no means a disappointment. To be more accurate, nobody knows yet how to properly gauge a film’s success in a world that values streaming at home over going to the theater.
Netflix: “I see you watched an entire season of a single anime show. Let me offer you some new suggestions. Have you considered watching every anime ever produced now?”
Me: “…You’re coming on a little strong. I think we need to see other people.”
In this week’s new episode of Stream Dream Team, we’re talking about armies of the undead, podcasts about people who were made dead, and a sad writer’s dead daughter.
I promise it’s a lot less morbid episode than it sounds. Give it a listen now! 🎙
Total movies watched: 14
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Zodiac was written by James Vanderbilt and directed by David Fincher. It was released in 2007. The film was produced by Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and Phoenix Pictures. The titles were designed by Eric Ladd and Bruce Schluter.
Set primarily in San Francisco and spanning several decades, Zodiac tells the frightening story of a string of horrific serial murders that were perpetrated throughout Northern California.1 The Zodiac Killer is a still unidentified serial killer who operated throughout the late ‘60s, spreading uncertainty, paranoia, and fear. The film follows Robert Graysmith, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, a political cartoonist and one of the foremost authorities on the Zodiac Killer. His relentless investigation, helped along by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Paul Avery, played by Robert Downey Jr., and Inspector David Toschi, played by Mark Ruffalo, steadily brings the killer out of the darkness and into the public. While never identified or caught, the Zodiac Killer and his crimes have devastating effects on both the people who are chasing him and the city of San Francisco itself.
For my money, this is still David Fincher’s best work.2 It’s hard to find much fault in its storytelling, its visual style, or its performances. It’s one of those rare films that was made by an entire production crew that was firing on all cylinders all the time, as they say. And yet, it’s not spoken of with the same adoration that’s afforded to Fight Club or The Social Network. Those are both fine movies, The Social Network especially, but Zodiac so captures a time and mood that watching it feels like living during the harrowing years it depicts. It’s a rare thing to witness a film that is so of its time. Fincher is an exacting and demanding director. He may even be relentless to the point of assholery, but damn is he able to tell a story that envelops you, that holds you, and that can entertain you while also shocking you to your core.
There’s a moment in the film when Robert Graysmith visits a man named Bob Vaughn, played by Charles Fleischer, a silent film organist. Vaughn had once worked with a projectionist named Rick Marshall. Graysmith had previously been tipped off that Marshall was the Zodiac. The clues surrounding Marshall are soon attributed to Vaughn by the man himself, shortly before he invites Graysmith to follow him into his dimly lit basement to look for evidence that could provide a valuable link to the Zodiac. Graysmith descends into the dark, and we are given a scene that still frightens me every time I see it. I know what’s going to happen, and yet I feel my chest tighten whenever Graysmith sets his trembling feet on those creaky stair steps. Enjoy, in all its creepy glory. 🎞
I just finished the amazing second season and this brilliant show deserves far more attention than it’s getting. 📺🍎
Listen to the new episode today! 🎙
Pattering rain one hour and bright sunshine the next. Southern California is being weird today.
If I had a nickel for every time the hand washing feature on my Apple Watch didn’t work, then I’d have enough money to buy a new Apple Watch that had a properly working hand washing feature. 🍎
It being more “industry standard,” I frequently try to give Logic Pro a fair shake for my podcast editing. I’m not sure what’s wrong, but it just never sticks. I always find my way back to the comforts of Ferrite Recording Studio.🎙
The Stream Dream Team has posted a brand new episode of their podcast today!
This time, we’re discussing Olympic sports, watching movies in movie theaters (finally), and Violet Evergarden becoming a badass uniter of nations. Listen today! 🎙
If I didn’t have tinnitus before my brother’s wedding, I certainly would now.
In all seriousness, I’m thrilled for him! He and his wife deserve all the best. I was very happy to share and celebrate the day with everybody. ❤️