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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Today: Dinosaur Jr! David Spade! Kelsey Grammer! What f--king year is this?
Always Be Watching is by Dan Barrett who has a date with your SPAM filter.
The Dinosaur Jr song Over Your Shoulder appeared at number 18 on Japan’s Hot 100 chart. Last week. That’s almost 25 years after its release. It wasn’t even released as a single upon its initial release.
Gachinko Fight Club was a recurring segment on a show called Gachinko!, which finished on TV about 15 years ago. Fans of the show started uploading segments of Gachinko Fight Club to YouTube recently, which sparked a mass resurgence of interest in it, prompting the YouTube algorithm to recommend it to a whole lot of people in Japan. The segment used to regularly use audio clips of Over Your Shoulder on the show.
Meanwhile, Billboard use YouTube plays to calculate the top 100, hence, the return of Dinosaur Jr to the top 100.
A fair bit has been said of director Steven Soderbergh filming his two most recent films with an iPhone. There’s a good Indiewire piece that goes into depth on his process with the release of his new film High Flying Bird on Netflix. I had two great takeaways from it.
First was this criticism of the iPhone:
“If somebody walks past a window, or you pan through a light, it, even though it’s supposed to be frozen, [the sensor] responds. What makes it even worse is it’s not the entire frame that responds, it’s pieces of the frame,” said Soderbergh. “I spoke to Apple about it, and explained to them they have to address it if they’re really serious about people using these things to make movies going forward.”
But more interesting was this photo of Soderbergh actually filming with the iPhone:
Nintendo’s annual presentation to the public, Nintendo Direct will take place by the time I send out the next newsletter tomorrow. There will be no new Metroid game announced for release, but the big title is expected to be Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
The post-Daily Show slot once occupied by The Colbert Report has not been an easy slot to fill. Countless shows (well, maybe 3) have tried. The newest show to give it a shot is a yet-to-be-titled David Spadeshow in which he skewers pop culture. I’m laughing already. *sigh*
Fear not comedy fans, Crank Yankerswill be back for a new 20-episode run.
The new Crank Yankers is being updated for a digitally driven audience, in which “the world’s favorite profane puppets will be pranking on phones, social media, e-sport platforms and any venue where trouble can be made.”
Frasier’s return could find in him in Chicago, Grammer says, reminding us that that’s where the series’ finale found him. He sounds more confident, though, in Frasier having moved on from his career in radio. “He’s passed the radio show,” he said. “He might be an art dealer, he might be a professor. We don’t know yet.”
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