Jay-Z Friends Remake - 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 clever video provides beat-by-beat instructions for how to make a proper blockbuster movie trailer, and a video essay explores the prominence of punching in movies and how to make it feel significant. Plus, Jay-Z‘s latest music video for his track “Moonlight” is actually a remake of the sitcom Friends but with black actors in all of the roles. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we discover a show I might actually watch, see a longer trailer for a critically acclaimed indie, marvel at the longevity of one Ed Begley Jr., get Frenched, and see what Ben Wheatley is executive producing now. Read More »

Insecure trailer

HBO’s drama side is struggling right now, as we were reminded when Vinyl became its latest mercy-killing earlier this week. But on the comedy side, things are looking much, much sunnier. Veep is still going strong under a new showrunner; Silicon Valley is better than ever; Ballers is HBO’s biggest comedy hit since Sex and the City; and Curb Your Enthusiasm is set to return for season 9.

And its upcoming slate looks pretty interesting, too. Today we have the first trailer for Insecure, a new half-hour comedy from Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae. The show seems to fit right into the HBO brand while also offering something a little different. If Insecure is as fun as the promo it looks like HBO will have another hit on its hands. Watch the trailer below.  Read More »