This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Fall’, ‘Film Noir’; Box Office Report; Study Asks Does Movie Piracy Benefit Movies?

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley return to the early days of cinema, this time with a trio of film noir movies from Kino Lorber’s “Dark Side of Cinema” collection, this being the ninth installment.

Scott Marks reviews Take One False Step, Tangier, and Lady on a Train, all from the post-World War II 1940s. Charles remembers watching Lady on a Train in his classic film class, but Charlie pokes fun at him for only recalling the details of the movie present in the title — namely, that it stars a lady, and takes place in part on a train. Reviewer Marks mantains it is the least film noir of the collection, steering closer to comedy.

The other review of the week is for Fall, by John Latchem. What Charlie finds interesting about this movie is that it contains elements of guerilla filmmaking, which he thinks always adds some rawness to a movie. In this case, some of the equipment from the shoot was purchased, used, and returned immediately. Charlie recalls a movie where the crew didn’t acquire permits to shoot a scene on a subway and opted to discreetly film anyway.

At the box office, Black Adam continues its third, and likely last, weekend occupying the No. 1 spot. Worldwide, it has grossed over $300 million, but next weekend comes the next MCU movie, Wakanda Forever. Both hosts expect that movie to easily top Black Adam’s entire gross in a single weekend. The other movie capturing the hosts’ attentions is Avatar 2, which released another trailer. They’ll keep the joke going as long as possible that the movie will be incredible, but neither will remember a single detail about it.

Wrapping up the episode is a discussion about a study researching online piracy and its apparent lack of negative effect on movie sales. It argues that the desire for online streamers to download more movies motivates them to invest in higher bandwidth internet speeds, which benefits ISPs. The downstream effect was to accelerate the transition from cable TV to legal online streaming platforms like Netflix because the infrastructure to support streaming video is much more robust. It was an interesting study overall and makes a compelling argument against the typical narrative that piracy unequivocally hurts studios.

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘Paravision Dreams’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcasts, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley turn back time to the 1950s and cover Scott Marks’ reviews for Sangaree, Those Redheads From Seattle, and Jivaro. What’s interesting about these films is they were shot in 3D, which was a brief craze in the so-called “Atomic Age” some 50 years before it popped up again a decade or so ago. Those Redheads From Seattle, as it turns out, has a claim to fame as the first 3D musical. Also covered is John Latchem’s review of the latest season of “Cobrai Kai” on Netflix, yet another fun excursion to a universe where karate street fights are a fun, everyday occurrence.

At the box office, The Woman King exceeded its projected opening, yet overall the close of the summer continues to be devoid of any blockbusters. Pearl and See How They Run debuted to just over $3 million each. It will be interesting to see what happens when the theatrical release of bigger movies picks up again.

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Elvis’ Reviews; Box Office Report; Cryptocurrency Heist Movie Heads Home

This week on the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover reviews for Pinocchio, recently released with almost no fanfare on Disney+, and Elvis, which had a surprisingly solid domestic box office gross in spite of neither host knowing anyone who watched it. Even stranger, Tom Hanks features in supporting roles in both films. The review for Pinocchio by John Latchem was especially savage, and the hosts have a great time comparing the elements of this subpar modern take on a classic.

At the box office, yet another weekend passed by with next to no major releases. Incredibly, Top Gun: Maverick, after 16 weeks in theaters and now available digitally, is still exhibiting strong ticket sales.

Lastly is a short announcement for the heist thriller Bitcon, which Charlie is excited about not because he thinks it will be a good movie, but because he hopes it will be as incoherent and nonsensical with its plot as Hackers was with the internet when it was released in the 1990s.