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Month: March 2021

The State of Streaming Media in 2021

From a write up that Erik Shilling at Jalopnik did about trying to watch older seasons of Top Gear 1 on Amazon Prime:

This is all what watching TV and movies are like in 2021: You think of something you want to watch, and hope that one of the 18 million streaming services you subscribe to has it. But they don’t, or they don’t have all of it, and so now, yes, you are subscribing to another goddamn streaming service.

He’s not wrong, that’s how it is.

I — personally — have been trying to combat this by purchasing favorite movies and TV shows 2, but this is the issue everyone’s trying to crack.

I can’t help but feel like if Apple TV Channels or Amazon’s Channel formats were more widely accepted, each provider would offer some crazy “omni-pass” for a price just under the combined total of say, 5 of them together, but alas, we’re not there.

…and I don’t think an “Apple-Music-or-Spotify-for-movies-and-television” is on it’s way, gang…


  1. A show I highly recommend watching, even with as problematic as the team is in 2021. 
  2. Once they hit “Complete Series Box Set” format, that is. 

Great News! The Snyder Cut is The End of the SnyderVerse

From an interview with WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff from Variety:

The campaign for #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has moved into a new phase. It’s now #RestoreTheSnyderVerse. What’s your reaction to this new campaign?

I appreciate that they love Zack’s work and we are very thankful for his many contributions to DC. We’re just so happy that he could bring his cut of the “Justice League” to life because that wasn’t in the plan until about a year ago. With that comes the completion of his trilogy. We’re very happy we’ve done this, but we’re very excited about the plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now.

There you go. It’s done. Thank goodness.

The focus instead is on the mixture of unique new projects coming, like the Ta-Nehisi Coates written Superman film, the just-announced-today Zatanna film, and the Matt Reeves The Batman film.

Bring on the unique and interesting movies, instead of the grey-brown dearth of Snyder.

LEGO Announces New NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Set

LEGO:

The new LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, which was developed in collaboration with NASA, is a complex 2,354 piece build that pays homage to this pioneering moment in space history and marks the 40th anniversary since the first Space Shuttle flight on 12th of April 1981. The set, aimed at adults, features the Discovery orbiter with functional landing gear, payload bay doors, elevons and rudder; and the famous Hubble Space Telescope, which can either be folded and contained within the payload bay or expanded with solar array and displayed separately. Both also come with a display plaque which features key data from the mission.

Commenting on the set, Dr. Kathy Sullivan said, “I was thrilled to see the space shuttle in LEGO form, and was very impressed by the amount of intricate detail they have managed to recreate from the module where we used to sleep and eat through to what we called the “milk stalls” on the telescope. Looking at the model, it was great to reminisce about my experiences in space launching the telescope for the first time. Hubble is definitely the highlight of my career. This LEGO model is a great way for LEGO builders and space fans alike to get excited about space travel and learn more about the famous mission in a fun and engaging way.”

Hits on April 1st for a cool $199.99.

PROMSING YOUNG WOMAN Director to Write ZATANNA Movie for DC Comics

Variety:

Emerald Fennell, the Oscar-nominated director of “Promising Young Woman,” is taking on a different kind of vigilante. She has been tapped to write “Zatanna,” a big-screen adaptation of the DC Comics heroine.

The movie, from Warner Bros.’ DC Films and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, is set to be released theatrically.

The upcoming installment in the DC Extended Universe will be Zatanna’s first franchise appearance. She is known for her involvement with the Justice League, though the character has never appeared in a DC movie. Serinda Swan previously portrayed Zatanna, marking the superhero’s live-action debut, on later seasons of The CW show “Smallville.” The role of Zatanna has not been cast yet.

This had been rumored to be one of the “smaller” projects WarnerMedia is considering as a direct-to-HBO Max exclusive.

I’m guessing Fennell’s take is strong enough to be the reason why the movie is heading to a theatrical release.

Either way, very excited to see how this plays out!