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the godfather coda review

When it comes to Francis Ford Coppola‘s Godfather trilogy, everyone seems to be in agreement: the first two movies are full-blown masterpieces, and the less said about the third film the better. We shouldn’t cry too hard for The Godfather Part III – despite its modern-day reputation of being a dud, it was actually well-received at the box office and even netted itself seven Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture!). But over the years, Coppola’s swan song for the Corleone family has become the red-headed stepchild of the trilogy.

Now, in the spirit of his multiple cuts of Apocalypse Now and the more recent Cotton Club Encore, Coppola has gone back and reworked the film into the awkwardly-titled The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael CorleoneThis is what he and Godfather creator Mario Puzo wanted audiences to experience – not the third entry in a trilogy, but rather an epilogue to what came before. But is this new version really all that different?

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Soul Featurette

It’s officially December, and that means this month you get to see Pixar’s new movie Soul when it arrives exclusively on Disney+ starting on Christmas Day. To better acquaint you with the story, the film’s star Jamie Foxx took the time to introduce his character Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher who has dreamed of being a professional jazz musician his entire life. Joe finally gets his big shot when a big jazz act needs a piano player at the last minute, but there’s just one problem. He’s about to die.

That might seem kind of dark for a children’s movie, but it’s not quite so depressing. There’s a lot of life in this movie, and that’s because in order to get back to Earth, Joe has to convince a jaded, unborn soul called 22 (voiced by Tina Fey) that life is worth living. Watch the Soul featurette below for a taste of what’s to come. Read More »

Animators React to Frozen 2, Fake Weather in Movies & More

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, see how animators react to scenes from Frozen II, Beauty and the Beast and more while they get a breakdown of how certain sequences from these movies were pulled off. Plus, find out how fake weather like rain, fog, and snow is created for movies and TV shows. And finally, take a tour of The Nightmare Before Christmas composer Danny Elfman‘s home and get a glimpse at some of the oddities inside it. Read More »

Stan Lee Sessions Animated

Why does Stan Lee love the f-word so much? Want a peek inside Alex Ross‘ new Marvel Anthology book? Will Hulk turn into a villain in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? How many people have petitioned to have Amber Heard removed from Aquaman 2? What does George Clooney think of his performance in Batman & Robin? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Godfather Part III Recut

The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are often hailed as two of the best American movies ever made, but the same can’t be said for The Godfather Part III. The sequel actually received fairly good reviews when it opened in 1990. It also did well at the box office and scored seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. But over the years, Godfather Part III has become something of a punchline, with many zeroing in on the clumsy, strained performance of Sofia Coppola, playing daughter to Al Pacino‘s Michael Corleone. Now, after years of negative feedback, director Francis Ford Coppola has gone back and recut the film into Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Will this new cut fix the film’s notorious problems? According to co-star Diane Keaton, the answer is yes.

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surface

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who you may know from The Morning Show and Beyond the Lights, is about to headline her own TV show.

She’s set to star in Surface, a new psychological thriller for AppleTV+ which hails from creator Veronica West, who was one of the key people behind the cancelled-too-soon Hulu re-imagining of High Fidelity. Read More »

hugh grant next project

Hugh Grant has found his new niche playing the baddie. After shedding his rom-com leading man persona to play the flamboyant villain in Paddington 2 (in what is arguably his best role to date), Grant is digging deeper into the dark roles that are being offered him, recently coming off playing the sociopathic antagonist of David E. Kelley’s HBO series, The Undone. And he’s got one more under his belt, the actor teased, revealing that his next project will be a “mockumentary about 2020” from Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker.

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LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Trailer

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Hyper Toy Drive 2020
  • Star Wars: Squadrons Updates
  • Star Wars Podcast & YouTube Round-Up
  • Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills – The Manga
  • John Boyega’s “Transparent, Honest” Conversation with Kathleen Kennedy
  • And more!

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David Lynch Netflix Series

David Lynch might be heading to Netflix. The acclaimed filmmaker has been a little tightlipped about what he’s doing next, but a report in Production Weekly reveals that Lynch is set to direct a new Netflix series with the working title Wisteria. There’s next to no information beyond that, and Netflix is declining to comment at the moment. But the prospect of something new from David Lynch is definitely grounds for excitement.

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Euphoria Special Episode Trailer

Euphoria, HBO’s hit series that looks like it’s designed for people much younger than me, is coming back for a second season. But before season 2 arrives, HBO is bringing not one but two different special episodes. One will be a Christmas episode arriving in December, and we’ve got our first look at that via a new trailer below. The second special episode is said to be COVID-19 related.

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