Since this is the last episode of The Hollywood Read, we revisit our 2020 predictions and update them for a post-pandemic world, including the future of streaming, blockbusters, and a potential contraction of the entire film industry. It’s a super depressing note to end our show on as we (mostly Sarah) completely abandon optimism. We thank you for listening, sharing, commenting, and recommending. See you at the movies…someday.
We’re kicking off 2021 by discussing the last big pop culture moments of 2020: Wonder Woman 1984 and Bridgerton. We break down WW84‘s dual release with pandemic box office and unverified streaming numbers, and then we dig into Bridgerton, Netflix’s lavish romance novel adaptation. One of these things had a rather mixed reception, and the other was everyone’s post-holiday binge. Join us as we discuss what went wrong with WW84 and what went right for Bridgerton.
On the heels of announcing a four-year deal with Netflix, David Fincher lobbed some truth bombs at his peers and the current state of the film industry, which always makes for a fun time within the film community. But first, we discuss Mads Mikkelsen taking over for Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, and then we get into Fincher and his many incendiary comments about other filmmakers. Join us!
This week we’re talking true crime, and the shift over the last few years of true crime from undercover interest to mainstream obsession. We discuss how Netflix has contributed to the mainstreaming of true crime, the ethics of commodifying murder and mayhem as entertainment, and the programs and documentaries that have defined the recent trend in true crime. Then we share our top three true crime stories and those stories we can’t stand to think about.
After another round of pandemic updates about what movies are or are not coming out in 2020, we dive into how COVID-19 is impacting television. It isn’t garnering the same headlines as film, but TV is feeling a COVID pinch, too, cancelling shows left and right, even shows that were previously renewed. Join us as we review how the pandemic is quietly changing television while everyone is worried about movies.
As we enter the fourth week of lockdown, one question is on our minds: you’re bored, but are you bored enough for Quibi? This week marks the debut of the much-touted Quibi streaming platform, developed for short-form entertainment. After discussing the latest in coronavirus updates, including Disney’s optimistic reset for their 2020 slate, we break down Quibi’s debut shows, and ponder whether or not anyone is bored enough to watch any of it.
The self-quarantine continues and this week we’re talking Tiger King, the latest Netflix true crime phenomenon. We also discuss Netflix’s true crime domination and the ongoing and everlasting interest in true crime that we as a society have. The interest is not new but the lack of shame in that interest is, so join us as we try to understand the human impulse to consume true crime and how that intersects with increasingly exploitative narratives.