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Crossing the Streams: August 2017, by Jim Rohner

14 Aug

Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of cord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

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So I’m assuming by now that we’ve all heard that Mickey Mouse is taking his ball and going home, with “ball” here meaning “the streaming rights to all Disney content” and “going home” meaning “to Disney’s own exclusive streaming platform.” Yes, we all rejoiced when we heard that Netflix was going to be the exclusive home to Disney streaming content and now we must all mourn at the abrupt about face. Further heartbreak may be on the horizon as the rights to the Marvel and Star Wars titles have not yet been decided, but on the plus side, the mass mouse exodus won’t be taking effect until 2019. That’s a lot more time that you’ll get with your Disney titles than you will with the follow titles set to expire much sooner…

The Nice Guys (HBO Now): The Nice Guys didn’t end up making my Top Ten of last year, but that didn’t seem like it would be the case for the first eight or nine months of the year and, in retrospect, I’m wondering if I made the right decision keeping it off. A huge fan of Shane Black’s directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I perhaps set the bar a bit too high for The Nice Guys, a thought that started occurring to me after watching it for a second time and realizing that I was responding to it much more positively than I did the first time around. Black returns – hilariously – to the world of Los Angeles neo-noir with a film that could be a spiritual sequel to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in the vein of Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Casino. This time it’s Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe who are uncovering corruption in the City of Angels, but hopefully this time one doesn’t become an untouchable studio superhero. The Nice Guys expires on August 31st.

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I Do Movies Badly: Goodbye Episode

3 Aug

On this, the final episode of I Do Movies Badly, Jim bids a very fond farewell to the guests, listeners, and fans who supported the podcast throughout its tenure.

Crossing the Streams: July 2017

19 Jul


Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of cord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

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Well, summer is officially here and you know what that means – parking your butt inside in front of air conditioning and neglecting all human contact outside of the “(Insert Streaming Service) and Chill” variety. Sure, it may be hot outside, but missing these titles before they expire will leave you feeling cold on the inside (David Caruso slips on his sunglasses and walks away).
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I Do Movies Badly: Summer Update

13 Jul

In which Jim apologizes for many things including: episode delays, continuously apologizing for episode delays, and the next episode delay as he announces – for many reasons – a hiatus for the rest of the month of July.

I Do Movies Badly: Mystery Train

29 Jun

With Mystery Train, Jim says goodbye to June and Jim Jarmusch, which is fitting for a filmmaker whose elegiac work seems to deal with traveling, transitions, and hanging onto a pride from times and places that once were.

I Do Movies Badly: Dead Man

21 Jun

In this episode, Jim is shooting buffalo and talking about Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man.

Crossing the Streams: June 2017, by Jim Rohner

19 Jun

Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of chord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

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I must apologize for the lateness of this month’s blog, which I had intended to write much sooner than I did. Because of my tardiness, you perhaps may not have been informed of the expiring of some titles (4:44 Last Day on Earth or Selma, for instance) or are only now seeing that you don’t have as much time to watch others before the expire shortly. My only hope is that your anger at my tardiness will pale in comparison to the anger of the studios that charge too much for streaming rights that ultimately will lead to the expiring of some of these following titles…

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I Do Movies Badly: Paterson

13 Jun

Why is it when nothing supposedly happens (during the mundane, the routine, the regular), we assume that art can’t be found? Paterson – both the film and the man in the film – are able to find the poetry in the mundane and value it just for being.

I Do Movies Badly: Jim Jarmusch

8 Jun

You know what’s cool? Rock and roll music. Sloths. Jim Jarmusch. Kristen Sales espouses the coolness of all of these things, but it is primarily with Jim Jarmusch, the New York City-based musician/filmmaker with whom she is concerned during her second appearance on IDMB. She discusses how he’s a dying breed of indie filmmaker, whether he’s really as cool as he looks or really just a nerd (or both), and what is so quintessentially American about his work before recommending these three titles: Paterson (2016), Dead Man (1995), and Mystery Train (1989).

I Do Movies Badly: F for Fake

31 May

In this episode, Jim sniffs out F for Fake.