Moring Watch - Moments Between Montages

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, watch the directorial debut of actress Kristen Stewart with a short film called Come Swim. Plus, find out what happens in the moments between a movie’s montage, and watch a Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer cut in the style of the most recent Black Panther trailer. Read More »

New Blu-ray releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Happy Halloween! Open your goodie bags and/or plastic pumpkin buckets and I’ll drop some fine physical media in there. In this latest Blu-ray round-up, I’ve got a group of films that are actually perfect for Halloween. They’re also perfect for any day besides Halloween, too. You don’t need Halloween as an excuse to watch creepy movies, folks. They’re good all year round.

Below you’ll find a George Romero later-day zombie film, a remake of a Romero classic, a spooky post-modern ghost story starring Kristen Stewart, and a polarizing trip to Twin Peaks. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Charlie's Angels reboot

Charlie’s Angels may be getting a punk-pop makeover. Elizabeth Banks‘ upcoming reboot of the action-comedy is reportedly eyeing indie favorite Kristen Stewart as well as Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o for the lead roles.

The action series already received a campy modern reboot in the early 2000s with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu donning the wings, but it may be time for some new stars to take on the mantle first originated by Farrah Fawcett and her glorious feathered hair. Hopefully now set to a soundtrack of grungey indie rock or the whistling of a melancholic wind through drapes — whatever Kristen Stewart listens to.

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wonder woman blu-ray

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Remember physical media? It still exists! I swear! And while streaming is great, there’s something to be said for a Blu-ray release, especially considering not everything is available via streaming. So we’re going to dust off our physical media release column and take it around the track. There’s still life in this one yet. Join me, won’t you?

This week on Blu-ray we have the best film in the DCEU, a charming rom-com, a Steven Spielberg classic, and a beautiful film where Kristen Stewart eats a sandwich.

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Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper trailer

Kristen Stewart has moved on from romancing vampires to communicating with ghosts. In Olivier Assayas‘ Personal Shopper, she plays a young woman who lives in Paris and works as a professional shopper for a celebrity. Her real preoccupation, though, is waiting for a supernatural message from her deceased twin brother. She hangs out in his home and keeps her eyes and ears peeled for signs from beyond. Watch the Personal Shopper trailer below.  Read More »

Kristen Stewart Hosted Saturday Night Live

This weekend, Kristen Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time, and for those who have been skeptical of her talents, this should help clear the air a bit. Stewart was surprisingly engaging and casual. I was expecting her to be more stiff and less engaged in the sketches, something akin to Casey Affleck’s hosting stint, but she did a solid job with the roles she was given. She was also so relaxed that she dropped an f-bomb right at the end of her monologue by complete accident and was quick enough to make a joke about it in her embarrassment afterwards.

In addition to Kristen Stewart being a solid host, this was just a good episode of SNL, complete with an outstanding guest appearance that no one expected. It ended up being the best sketch of the night, so let’s just get down to it, shall we?

Below, we run through the best and worst sketches from Kristen Stewart’s Saturday Night Live. Read More »

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Trailer - Joe Alwyn

With just a few weeks until Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk starts hitting theaters, one final trailer has arrived, and it’s full of quotes from critics who are primarily talking about the high frame rate that director Ang Lee used to shoot the war drama. Based on the book of the same name by Ben Fountain, the story follows a soldier who comes home from the war in Iraq on a temporary victory tour. Through flashbacks, we learn about what he’s endured on the battlefield as he and the rest of his squad are honored over the Thanksgiving break on the holiday’s big football game.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Reviews

Last night brought the world premiere of Ang Lee’s latest film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Yesterday we happened to run a featurette exploring director Ang Lee‘s use of new technology that allowed the film to be shot at 120 frames per second (FPS). That’s a significantly higher frame rate than Peter Jackson’s experimental use of 48 FPS for The Hobbit trilogy, and it sounds like the reaction to this format from the first reviews of the movie is even more resistant than to that previous effort.

Most of the criticism from the first Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk reviews are with regards to the distracting presentation (which will end up not matter for general audiences, as we’ll explain at the end). But beyond that, it sounds like the film doesn’t bring anything else potentially groundbreaking to the table, offering another metaphor for our society to deal with in relation to war with some decent performances and occasionally beautiful visuals scattered throughout.

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Personal Shopper Trailer

Since taking on the Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart has spent her career taking on a wide variety of films in the indie world. Her roles in recent years include the prisoner of war drama Camp X-Ray, Woody Allen’s most recent film Cafe Society, the action comedy American Ultra, the powerful family drama Still Alice, and Olivier Assayas’ praised Clouds of Sils Maria. Now she’s back with the latter filmmaker for a haunting thriller.

Personal Shopper played at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and now the acclaimed film is coming to limited theaters next spring. Having known very little about the film, even after its premiere at Cannes, I must say that the first Personal Shopper trailer that debuted online recently teases an enticing supernatural tale. Read More »

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Kristen Stewart in Certain Women trailer

It’s going to be a while before we get to see some of our most highly anticipated fall films, but with summer winding down at least the marketing for these movies is in full swing. Today brings the first trailer for #21 on our list, Certain Women. The new drama by Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) is really three dramas intertwined, led by four fine actresses: Michelle WilliamsKristen StewartLaura Dern, and newcomer Lily Gladstone.

The women don’t necessarily have a lot in common, but all four are trying to make their way in the lonely Montana plains. Certain Women has already received some excellent reviews on the festival circuit, starting with Sundance earlier this year, and now it’s finally headed to theaters. Watch the Certain Women trailer below.  Read More »