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 see what Simon Rex is up to, declare “Just Like Heaven” a national treasure, get hip to a different kind of talk show, get lost in good design, and then lose our senses altogether. Read More »
What are the weird leaked documents Marvel posted on their website all about? Who is giving Harley Quinn a new origin story? Why doesn’t The Avengers video game use MCU character likenesses? Would you believe the Lobo movie is still in development? Did you notice that Deadpool 2 spoiled two Dark Phoenix deaths? Did you know Tony Stark‘s death scene didn’t really have any scripted dialogue? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
On the June 14, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the new Doctor Sleep trailer. In our Feature Presentation, you’ll hear the full audio from a recent Q&A with writer/director Mike Flanagan about the film. Read More »
Because the world is cruel, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping bombed at the box office. But it seems Popstar has found a cult following since its disastrous theatrical release, because Mondo is releasing the film’s original soundtrack by The Lonely Island on vinyl. And there are five different album covers that you can choose from too. Check out the Popstar vinyl soundtrack below. Read More »
While in Orlando to see the grand opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal gave us a preview of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites, which opens on June 27th, 2019 with rooms as low as $73 per night, an unprecedented price for onsite theme park hotels. Check out the video tour below.
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Horror architectures and pitch darkness are not inseparably intertwined. It’s a common misconception purported by spooky cinema itself. Don’t get me wrong – James Wan’s signature manipulation of outreaching shadows showcases why bumps in the night scare with ease (one of many examples). But what about the alternative? Thrill me in the sunlight, and you’ve conquered one of the hardest, most unforgiving subgenres. What I, so professionally, dub “Sunny Scary.”
With Ari Aster’s Midsommar primed to issue merciless dread while sunbeams celebrate pastels and blossoming springtime bulbs, I’m reminded of films that have accomplished similar feats. The original version of The Wicker Man, without hesitation, comes to mind as Summerisle‘s Celtic rituals unfold during off-kilter May Day festivities. Sergeant Howie’s investigation becomes more and more unsettling during inappropriate May Pole teachings or blatant missing child coverups. As “killer doll” movies prey upon innocence exploited, so do films that shatter daylight reprises via sacrificial damnation. One man’s discovery of unspeakable truths played out in plain sight, framed and illuminated with the festive enchantment of something much happier (without flaming effigial crosshatches).
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(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises.)
For theme-park aficionados, July 17, 1955 is a banner day, marking the opening of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. But those same aficionados know something other folks may not: the Disneyland Park that we know largely didn’t exist on the park’s opening day. Though a few stalwart attractions, such as the Mad Tea Party and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, were there from the beginning, many more were added over time.
Attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and more weren’t even a glimmer in anyone’s mind in 1955. Or, if they were a glimmer, they were just that; a large-scale amusement park wasn’t a sure thing for Disney, and only became so over its first few years of operation. For two specific attractions, which each celebrate their 60th anniversary today, their arrival represented an important turning point for the Tomorrowland section of Disneyland, ensuring its long-term future: the Matterhorn Bobsleds and the Disneyland Monorail.
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Jordan Peele‘s twisty, mysterious horror hit Us arrives on Blu-ray next week. In honor of the impending home media release, we’re giving away Us and Peele’s first film, Get Out, on Blu. Here’s your chance to own two of the best horror movies of the 21st century, together.
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In case you hadn’t heard, the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show All That is returning to the cable network for kids this weekend on June 15 at 8:30pm ET. And in honor of the show’s return, Nickelodeon will bring one of the most popular sketches from the original run of the series to life in the form of a Good Burger pop-up restaurant that will be serving Good Burgers, Good Chunks, Good Shakes, and more. Get the details on where and when you can check out the Good Burger pop-up restaurant. Read 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 the original storyboards for Jack-Jack’s fight with a raccoon in Incredibles 2 compares to the final sequence in the movie. Plus, watch as the cast of Men in Black International addresses certain fan theories about the movie, and Late Night stars Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »