Star Wars Blips - 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, a series of animated shorts called Star Wars Blips feature Porgs and BB-8’s evil droid nemesis BB-9E. Plus, watch an alien from the future named Garyx Wormuloid review Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and go behind the scenes of Netflix’s adaptation of Death Note to learn more about the demon Ryuk. Read More »

Death Note Clip

This weekend brings another Netflix original movie to the streaming service, and it might be their most controversial yet. Death Note is an American adaptation of the famous manga of the same name, and while there has been some backlash about the whitewashing of the cast, it sounds like the most offensive thing about the movie is the fact that it doesn’t do anything fresh with the material to justify it. There’s nothing explicitly American about this new take on Death Note from director Adam Wingard other than focusing on a mostly white cast in a condensed adaptation that lacks any of the substance of the original.

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death note movie clip

Adam Wingard has made a name for himself with horror movies like You’re Next and The Guest and his latest contribution to the genre made waves when Netflix swooped in to rescue it from turnaround after it was developed at Warner Brothers. Based on the manga, which itself had been adapted in anime and live-action in Japan, Death Note arrives on Netflix this Friday.

Light Turner (Nat Wolff) finds a notebook that says it can kill anyone whose name he writes while picturing their face. The demon Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) makes sure to point out all the other rules listed. Light and Mia (Margaret Qualley) start researching deserving war criminals and prisoners to kill. But an investigator named L (Lakeith Stanfield) starts piecing it together, hiding his face and true name. Wingard spoke with /Film by phone out of New York about Death Note, and gave a preview of his next film, Godzilla vs. Kong.

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First meetings between nemeses are often the watershed moment upon which whole movies hang: Batman and the Joker, Hannibal and Clarice — the list goes on. Could the meeting of Light, the vigilante protagonist of Netflix’s adaptation of the popular anime Death Note, and L, the idiosyncratic detective hunting him, live up to those expectations?

It’s too soon to say. But Netflix has handily released a clip of the two foes’ first meeting in anticipation for Adam Wingard‘s film’s premiere this later month.

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The Defenders Release Date

Summer is coming to a close soon enough, and Netflix will be doing their best to keep you tethered to your couch with a new wave of programming being added to their streaming library. An assembly of licensed movies and TV shows as well as plenty of Netflix originals will debut in August, and we’ve assembled a list of the best titles for you to check out.

Find out all the noteworthy TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in August 2017 down below. Read More »

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Thor Ragnarok Comic-Con Footage and Panel

Members of the /Film staff spent much of the past week in San Diego to cover Comic-Con 2017, the enormous convention that explores every single corner of the geek world (and surely you’ve heard of it and already knew that). We saw footage from Marvel’s upcoming movies, including Avengers: Infinity War. We were able to listen to Steven Spielberg talk about Ready Player One. We explored the world of Blade Runner 2049 in a special VR experience. We watched 7,000 people go totally nuts over the first trailer for Stranger Things season 2.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve compiled all of our Comic-Con coverage from the past week into one handy post, organized by category. So please: peruse and enjoy and get your fix.

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Death Note Clip

A new film from the director of The Guest and You’re Next should be cause for anticipation and celebration. Adam Wingard has a great, dark sense of fun as a filmmaker. His characters, especially David (Dan Stevens) in The Guest, are generally as well-defined as his style. He’s described his latest film, Death Note, as having an attitude not dissimilar from The Guest – a movie that gets better every time you watch it.

While a new film from the director of that thrilling B-movie, who’s been tapped to direct Godzilla vs. Kong, sounds enticing, Americanizing the manga series and the casting choices have drawn controversy online. A month away from Death Note‘s debut, when fans and critics can judge the movie, Netflix has released a new look at the film at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Below, watch the new Death Note clip.

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Adam Wingard‘s adaptation of the popular anime and manga Death Note has been wracked by controversy, but you got to give them props for trying. I think.

While the movie has not proven to be loyal to the ethnicity of the characters, the setting, and the cultural context, the new Death Note trailer at least proves that the Netflix movie is at least loyal to the dark, mid-2000s emo aesthetic of the original series. And hey, at least Willem Dafoe‘s Death God Ryuk looks better than the Japanese live-action’s attempt at CGI. So, yay?

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Hollywood adaptations of asian movies

A lot was riding on the success of Ghost in the Shell. The upcoming wave of anime adaptations such as Death Note and Akira, Paramount Pictures’ chance for a new sci-fi franchise led by Scarlett Johansson, and the chance to stymie the steadily-growing outcry against whitewashing.

But when Ghost in the Shell limped into theaters last weekend, bringing in a meager $20 million domestically on a $110 million budget, that may have spelled the end for Hollywood adaptations of anime classics. But this is not the first time Hollywood has tried and failed to remake a critically and financially successful film based on an Asian property — nor will it be the last time. The question I’m interested in answering is whether or not these Hollywood adaptations of Asian movies actually make money. Let’s look at the numbers. 

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death note trailer

After making terrific horror movies like You’re Next and The Guest, director Adam Wingard was supposed to break out in a big way last year with the very fun Blair Witch, a film that didn’t manage to find its feet at the box office. However, it looks like that big breaking-out just got delayed to 2017, because the trailer for his new Netflix movie, Death Note, has arrived and it looks like something that will turn a lot of heads.

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