Game of Thrones Animated Prequel - The Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition of The Morning Watch, we’ve got a fanmade animated Game of Thrones prequel, a comparison between Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and a video essay about how Edgar Wright plays with film genres in his own movies. Read More »

Marvel Stars Before They Were Famous

By the time we’re done with The Avengers 4 in 2019, there will have been 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only does Marvel Studios have a massive roster of movies, but they have an insanely huge cast that they have to bring together when it’s time for The Avengers to assemble and save the world from an impending threat.

Most of the superheroes in the MCU are quite recognizable names who had long careers before joining comic book movies like Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, but others didn’t become household names until they starred in the Marvel movies in question. No matter how famous they are now thanks to the MCU, there was a time before these actors and actress were famous, and a new video highlights just what they were doing before you even knew who they were. Read More »

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom PG Rating

Most cinephiles know that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was the movie that finally broke the camel’s back when it came to having movies that were either PG, suggesting parental guidance for younger viewers, or R, movies that were intended for audiences 17 and older. The Indiana Jones sequel (which is actually a prequel) caught flack for being too violent and gruesome for the PG rating to fly, but Steven Spielberg wasn’t prepared to lose the younger crowds by slapping movies like that with an R-rating, and part of the reason for that was because Temple of Doom had the director bit by the merchandising bug.

Find out more about the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom PG rating situation below. Read More »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Honest Trailer

With Spider-Man: Homecoming on its way to theaters this weekend, with sneak preview screenings beginning around the United States tonight, let’s remind ourselves of the straw that broke the camel’s back at Sony Pictures and got Spider-Man controlled by Marvel Studios again.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 attempted to expand the world of Spider-Man into a cinematic universe that would have brought the Sinister Six into New York and expand the mythology of Peter Parker’s parents’ life as spies. But all it did was make a big mess of things by being on par with Batman & Robin, and now the folks at Honest Trailers give the sequel the skewering it deserves.

Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Honest Trailer below. Read More »

Pixar TV Show Pitches

Though Pixar Animation puts out some of the most popular animated movies in the business, but for the most part, they haven’t tried to bring their movies to TV. There have been shorts like Toy Story That Time Forgot and Toy Story of Terror, as well as shorts like the Cars Toons and Toy Story Toons. Plus, there was a 2D animated series called Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. But Fairly OddParents creator Butch Hartman has some great ideas for Pixar TV shows that would spin-off from some of their movies.

Hear Butch Hartman’s Pixar TV show pitches below along with some awesome art illustrating them. Read More »

Despicable Me Honest Trailer

This weekend brings Despicable Me 3 to theaters as Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment look to capitalize on the somewhat extended holiday weekend for July 4th. So of course we have to watch an Honest Trailer that takes a look at the preceding adventures featuring Gru, the terrorist who is just likeable enough to keep the audience on his side.

Since Gru has slowly been losing his own franchise to his little yellow sidekicks known as minions, the rubbery, fart-obsessed gibberish speakers get mocked just as much as the movies that they star in.

Watch the Despicable Me Honest Trailer below. Read More »

Movie Crew Jobs Explained

Nowadays, audiences like to sit through the credits to movies because there’s a decent chance there will be some kind of scene that plays in the middle of them or at the end when all the names have rolled. But there’s a reason all those names are listed, and it’s because they all deserve recognition for the hard work they put into the movie.

However, it can be hard to care about all those names scrolling by when you don’t know what a majority of the jobs listed are. Sure, there are some obvious listings such as the caterer, hair stylist, driver, stunt people and more. But what the hell is a gaffer? What’s the different between the key grip and the best boy grip? What’s the difference between a “written by” credit and a “story by” credit?

You can find all that out and more in the extensive video with movie crew jobs explained after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi 8-Bit Trailer

Fans are patiently waiting for a new trailer to satisfy their appetites for more footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not only have we only see one teaser trailer so far, but we’re going to need something exciting to take our mind off the worrisome production of the Han Solo spin-off that is currently waiting to restart production with Ron Howard behind the camera, replacing the fired duo of Phil Lord & Chris Miller.

Helping to hold us over, we’ve gotten an 8-bit version of the quick trailer (or more accurately a 16-bit trailer) that debuted back in April at Star Wars Celebration, and now we have another interesting recreation of the teaser. New York City-based artist Wahyu Ichwandardi has used an Apple II computer from 1984 to create an 8-bit version of the trailer that is composed of 288 images that were transferred onto 48 individual floppy disks before being put into the video format you can watch below. Read More »

Canceled Batman Movies

The Dark Knight has a long history in theaters that stretches back to being a serial on the big screen in the 1940s all the way up to today’s grizzled take on the Caped Crusader played by Ben Affleck. But for every Batman movie that we’ve seen, from the hokey 1966 adaptation of the TV series from that decade to the one with Bat nipples in 1994, there is a movie about the DC Comics superhero that was in development but never made it in front of a camera.

A new video takes a look back at the history of Batman movies that never got made, which includes some projects that would have been pretty cool if they ever got off the ground. Find out about all these canceled Batman movies by watching the video below. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

jar jar binks asks Ron Howard

While more concerning details have come out of the woodwork in the wake of Lucasfilm firing directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller from the Han Solo spin-off and replacing them with filmmaker Ron Howard, the internet is having a little fun with the situation.

Funny or Die has created a video with an “anonymous” Star Wars fan who thinks that it might be a good idea for Ron Howard to bring Jar Jar Binks back to the Star Wars universe and maybe have him strike up an important relationship with Han Solo. However, despite the silhouette visual and the distorted voice, it’s pretty clear who is making this suggestion. Read More »