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mothra twins

Remember Godzilla: King of the Monsters? It was the most recent entry in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, and it introduced a whole slew of new kaiju creatures alongside Godzilla, including Mothra. In the original Mothra films, Mothra was accompanied by two tiny twins who spoke for the gargantuan moth. That wouldn’t exactly fly in the serious, gritty MonsterVerse, but director Mike Dougherty did manage to have a version of the Mothra Twins in his film – albeit in a truncated form. In a recent Instagram post, Dougherty revealed we would’ve gotten another glimpse of the twins as part of an unfilmed post-credit scene.

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Tony Hawk Video Game Documentary Trailer

Back in the early 2000s, sports video games suddenly had a new best-selling title that shook up the annual arrival of the same football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey games. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater became a huge when it launched in 1999, and it not only changed the video game scene for extreme sports, but it had a huge impact on the popularity of skateboarding overall. Now the legacy of the video game franchise will be explored in Pretending I’m Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story, and the first trailer is now online. Read More »

quarantine stream the devil's advocate

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Devil’s Advocate

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Hot-shot Southern lawyer Keanu Reeves gets recruited to join a big New York City law firm, but there’s a catch: his new boss, Al Pacino, is the devil!!!!!!!!!!

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: It’s okay to have fun with dumb movies. And The Devil’s Advocate is pretty damn dumb. Keanu Reeves uses a questionable Southern accent, Al Pacino chews the scenery so hard he’s in danger of breaking some teeth, and a pre-fame Charlize Theron is stuck in a mini Rosemary’s Baby remake, and all of this happens in the same movie. Clocking-in at an overwhelming 144 minutes, and featuring scenes where Pacino dips his fingers in holy water and causes the water to boilThe Devil’s Advocate is a blend of legal drama and horror melodrama, and it’s a hoot.

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amazon fire tv live

Amazon Fire TV just got a big upgrade for all the cord-cutters out there. One of the cons of giving up cable in favor of streaming platforms is that you miss out on live TV. But Amazon’s Fire TV platform is expanding to give its customers an old taste of live television again, with several key new services: YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Hulu’s live TV offering.

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dummy trailer

If your streaming service launches and it doesn’t have an original title that stars Anna Kendrick, does it really exist? In the case of Quibi, even Kendrick’s star power may not help. The Pitch Perfect star, who has managed to star in originals for Disney+, HBO Max, and Quibi, stars in Dummy, a comedy about Anna Kendrick befriending a sex doll. That’s it, that’s the premise. To be fair, you don’t really need more explanation than that, but Quibi has released a new NSFW trailer for Dummy, three months after the show first premiered.

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1986 New York Mets Documentary

Sports fans can’t get enough of ESPN’s 30 for 30 sports documentaries. While the series was already popular before, there’s been a surge in interest recently due to the lack of new sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. The success of the 10-part documentary series The Last Dance about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls certainly helped boost the network’s sports documentary profile, and ESPN Films is planning another multi-part sports documentary, this time looking to the 1986 New York Mets baseball team and their amazing comeback to win the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Read More »

life in a day 2020

Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald are reuniting to show you what Life In A Day in 2020 is like. And it’s more than just quarantine videos, though the executive producer and director of the YouTube documentary want your quarantine videos too. A decade after the original Life In A Day crowdsourced documentary, Scott and Macdonald are teaming up yet again to create the new feature film Life In A Day 2020, which will collect footage from people around the world to tell the story of a single day on Earth. Which means, yes, you could be a part of a Ridley Scott-produced film.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The SeriesDoctor Who

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: A hyperintellectual alien travels through time and space (though more often than not, to 21st century Britain) in a spaceship shaped like a 1960s British police box, going on wacky misadventures with his/her spunky human companions.

Why It’s Essential ViewingDoctor Who is often described in reverent terms as the longest-running sci-fi TV series in history. But to categorize this wonderful, baffling, silly, stupendous show as science-fiction wouldn’t do it, or the genre, justice. Sci-fi is really just an umbrella for the famous BBC series to play with genre and structure — it can be a character drama one episode, a campy comedy the next, a mythic fairy tale, a Gothic horror tale. Sure, there’s a loose continuity that runs all the way back to the beginning of the show, but none of that matters. All that matters is that there’s a quirky alien who goes around battling monsters and saving the day with his big old brain and a whole lotta heart (two of them, in fact).

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This Week in Trailers

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 slip into something more comfortable, get weird in South Africa, get kicked out of our favorite watering hole, feel better about the future, and reminisce about a legendary rock mag.

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Miles Morales - Shock Waves

Want to get your kids a new Spider-Man graphic novel for young readers? Did you hear Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda is canceled? Want some time travel tips from the cast of Agents of SHIELD? What does Ruby Rose have to say about the new Batwoman? How much is J.K. Simmons willing to do to help Zack Snyder’s Justice League? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »