New Blu-ray Releases

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

Hello, physical media fans. This week sees a big Blu-ray release: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Below, I delve into nearly every special feature contained on the Blu, from making-of featurettes to deleted scenes. In addition to the Last Jedi Blu-ray review, you’ll get a look at new Blu-ray releases for Jumanji: Welcome to the JungleBehind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, and this year’s Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week, and beyond. Read More »

The Shape of Water References

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, learn about the various homages, references and influences made in The Shape of Water. Plus, watch a musical rendition of Bad Lip Reading using Star Wars: A New Hope, and see how many Easter eggs in Pixar’s Up you were able to spot without being told where they were. Read More »

Get Out Scene Breakdown

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, writer/director Jordan Peele narrates a scene from his Best Picture nominated horror thriller Get Out. Plus, Oscar winner Paul Austerberry talks about the work he put into the production design of The Shape of Water, and Bradley Whitford plays an emotion stuntman who does the heavy lifting in a dramatic scene. Read More »

The Biggest 2018 Oscars Snubs and Surprises

2018 Oscars Snubs

The 90th Academy Awards wrapped up its illustrious ceremony Sunday night, leaving filmmakers, actors, and producers either overjoyed or just over it. And now that it’s the morning after, it’s time to lick our wounds and talk snubs.

Thankfully, there was no horrifying mix-up like last year’s infamous ceremony. (Though there were many wry nods to it.) The =Academy Awards ceremony was perhaps one of its most predictable in years, with many who deserved it taking home the golden statue. But there were still a few egregious snubs and pleasant surprises that deserve to be spotlighted. Here are the biggest 2018 Oscars snubs and surprises of the night.

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2018 Oscars Winners

The 90th Academy Awards aired Sunday night. It was Hollywood’s biggest night, at least until next year and we’ve got the full list of winners who went home with Oscar gold.

In a tight race for Best Picture, The Shape of Water came home with Best Picture and Guillermo del Toro won Best Director. But the movie didn’t sweep all the categories it was nominated for. Get Out writer Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay, and Dunkirk took home a trio of technical awards. Get the full list of 2018 Oscars winners below. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Shape of Water Funko POP

Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar nominated adult fairytale The Shape of Water is getting the Funko POP treatment. Three new figures inspired by the film will be released: one representing Sally Hawkins‘ character Elisa, one representing Doug Jones‘ sexy-as-hell Amphibian Man, and one representing director del Toro himself. See the Shape of Water Funko POP figures below.

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Oscars 2018 Honest Trailer

This weekend brings the 90th Academy Awards to ABC to honor achievements in filmmaking from the previous year. The awards ceremony will broadcast live on Sunday, March 4 at 8pm ET/5pm PT with Hollywood’s finest glad-handing each other and kissing all the asses. Therefore it only makes sense that the Best Picture nominees get knocked down a few pegs beforehand.

The Oscars 2018 Honest Trailer lines up all nine of the movies up for this year’s top prize in film and fires off some quick jabs at them. It’s not quite as satisfying as the usual Honest Trailer (surely those will come later as they get released on home video), but it’s a good place to start for the time being. Read More »

Get Out Video Essay

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 a video essay exploring how Get Out does for horror what some of the most innovative films in the genre have done. Plus, check out the full rountable discussion between the buzzed about cinematographers from this awards season, and watch a trailer mash-up of Blades of Glory and I, Tonya. Read More »

The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro cameo

Directors have been making cameos in their own movies since the early days of cinema, so it’s appropriate that The Shape of Water – which is at least partially a throwback to classic Hollywood – would include a cameo from its own filmmaker as well. It also seems appropriate that an iconoclast director like Guillermo del Toro wouldn’t have a traditional cameo in his movie; even if you were straining your eyes to look for him, you’d never see del Toro’s face on screen during the entire run time. That’s because he appears in a more unconventional cameo, aiding actor Doug Jones in bringing his exotic fish-man creature to life.

Read more about The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro cameo below.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri - 2018 BAFTA Winners

This past weekend, our friends across the pond doled out the British equivalent of the Oscars with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, or the BAFTAs. The honors sometimes serve as a prognosticator of what might unfold at the Academy Awards, and since the awards for Best Film and Best Director ended up being split across two different movies, that makes the Oscar race all the more interesting.

The 2018 BAFTAs handed out last night gave Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the top prize for Best Film, but it wasn’t director Martin McDonagh who ended up winning Best Director. Instead that honor went to The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro. Could this be a preview of how the Oscars will go down next month?

Get the full list of the 2018 BAFTA winners below. Read More »