The Hot Button

David Poland
Daily Analysis Of The Film/TV/Streaming Industry
Created 04 Oct 2021
  • THB #47: Brief Box Office
    05 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    What can one say about this ugly weekend at the box office? Been saying it for months… not enough product and too much emphasis on how quickly everything is moving to streaming. COVID, yes. But mostly...
  • THB #46: Licorice Pizza Review
    04 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 11 0
    It took me 4 screenings before I really felt comfortable with the idea of reviewing Licorice Pizza. It’s not an incredibly complex movie on the surface. I know people who, 7 years later, are still pic...
  • THB #45: Where The Streamers Are - Dec 2021
    02 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    I am forever amazed when good reporters get worked by really good corporate publicists. It’s not unlike the disconnect in how things are measured in the current mid-paradigm-shift versus how they were...
  • THB #44: West Side Story Review (spoilers)
    02 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 1 2
    The score of West Side Story is undeniable. Romeo & Juliet is undeniable. My problem with the Spielberg/Kushner version of West Side Story is that it makes changes that are either too aggressive or no...
  • THB #43: Oscar Films All Seen... Still No Frontrunner
    02 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 1 1
    Okay… going to be knocking out a lot of awardsy/reviewy stuff in the next 48 hours. The West Side Story embargo releases on Thursday morning. Nightmare Alley launched without an embargo. And I have no...
  • THB #42: Measuring Content Moving Forward
    30 Nov 2021 • 9 min read
    Today’s Column available on video at the bottom of the column It has now become as ubiquitous or more ubiquitous than box office analysis. Streaming analysis. And every time I come across it, I cringe...
  • THB #41: Sondheim, His Words
    29 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Like Elvis Costello and Randy Newman, Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics make for some of my favorite poetry. Instead of going on about how much I love the work, I thought I would just offer some of his words,...
  • THB #40: Thankful 2021
    25 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    I am thankful to be healthy, COVID-free, and relatively sane after the last 19 months of madness. I thank Netflix for launching into streaming, even before it made a ton of sense. Obviously, the techn...
  • THB #37: The Beatles: Get Back
    24 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    It’s so complicated that it’s not that complicated. The Beatles: Get Back, directed by Peter Jackson and starring The Beatles is the greatest art process documentary I have ever experienced. I spent 7...
  • THB #35: The Trouble With Gucci
    22 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    When I saw House of Gucci the first time, I had that same slightly unsettled feeling that most of the people I have spoken to or seen write about the film seem to have. What stuck with me was the noti...
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