Category: Special Features

What Pop Culture Was Like the Year the Marvel Cinematic Universe Started

2008 was a monumental year in human history. The American economy almost fell apart, threatening to take down the rest of the world with it. Barack Obama became the first black President of the United […]

Looking Back at MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe’s Time at Netflix Reveals Just How Much He Learned from Reed Hastings

Heads-up: This is a long one, but rather than do what everyone else is and write another “How is MoviePass sustainable?” thinkpiece I wanted to take a deeper dive into everything MoviePass seems to have […]

My Disney/Pixar Bracket – And Coco for the Win

Oh, Twitter user @smjxmj, what hath thou wrought with this Disney/Pixar bracket? Friendships ended. Arguments had. Blood spilled. Words wasted. How are, really, to choose between the best of Disney and the best of Pixar? […]

They Shoot Old Superhero Movie Actors, Don’t They?

So, Chris Evans is retiring from his role as Captain America, the steady gig which has ensured him an appearance in at least one Marvel Studios film a year since 2011. Well, maybe. Kind of. […]

Was Paramount Really Wrong to Dump Annihilation on Netflix?

Annihilation is now on Netflix around the world, and it has only grossed $26m in the States against its $40m budget. Reviewers in places like the UK and Australia are chiming in and expressing astonishment […]

What Do You Think Shape of Water’s Best Picture Win Means to Disney and Bob Iger?

Two business podcasts. Two different answers to the same question: What do you think Shape of Water’s Best Picture win meant to Disney CEO Bob Iger? He is, after all, the guy in the process […]

Taking Stock of the DCEU: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off?

Batgirl is caput (for now.) Flashpoint’s directors haven’t started work yet because their contract has yet to be finalized even after a month of negotiations. And Justice League continues to get trounced at the box […]

How Can Paramount Survive in a Disney-Fox World? By Becoming More Like Disney. Wait, What?

Disney bought Fox or at least announced it is going to once the terms are finalized and regulators give them the green light, and Hollywood went apeshit. Disney buying another studio? Sure. That’s just what […]

Let’s Talk About Netflix’s Creeping Straight-to-Video Reputation

Video stores don’t exist anymore, at least not in any real, meaningful way, but the legacy of the straight-to-video movies which used to line their shelves lives on. Regrettable VHS cheapies like Grid Runners (a […]

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound & Netflix’s Ongoing Courtship of the Ever-Reluctant Oscars

Streaming’s ongoing disruption of the traditional theatrical model and TV broadcasting norms has now reached the point where we barely even notice it anymore. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won Best Comedy at the Golden […]