We return to Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to catalog more of Dok’s collection of artifacts from around the galaxy. This time we are focused on the wall to the left of Dok-Ondar’s office, featuring the Imperial masks and other artifacts. This wall features two of the biggest deep dive Star Wars easter eggs in the whole land, one of which is Peter’s favorite. What is it? Watch to find out!

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Do the Right Thing Video Essay

It’s been over 30 years since director Spike Lee released the provocative, insightful, and unfortunately prescient racially charged drama Do the Right Thing. The film follows a pizza delivery man named Mookie (played by Lee himself) as he makes the rounds in a Brooklyn neighborhood on one of the hottest days of the year. Tensions rise with the heat, leading to an explosive confrontation between whites, blacks and the law.

Sadly, Do the Right Thing is still relevant to this day as protesters clash with the police in the wake of the unlawful deaths of too many black citizens around the United States. As we watch history unfold, a video essay takes a closer look at one specific element of Do the Right Thing and how it’s used to represent the increasing tension between white and black people in Brooklyn. Read More »

spider man into the multiverse

There have been quite a few movies about Spider-Man, which means there have been quite a few Spider-Men on the big screen. Everyone has their own personal favorite – Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield or current Spidey Tom Holland. But what if all three of those live-action web-slingers ended up in the same movie together? It’ll never happen, but the video below – Spider-Man: Into the Multiverse – dares to dream.

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prospect review

Prospect is a bold, unique indie film (read /Film editor Jacob Hall’s review of the film from SXSW). It’s a low-budget sci-fi western that relies heavily on practical effects to tell its story. In this day and age, that’s a rarity. It’s particularly impressive because when you use practical props, sets, and effects, you have to deal with a lot of inconveniences on set, like figuring how to work with actors that need to be in helmets and space suits for eight or twelve hours per day. That’s daunting on a big budget film, but the challenges are exacerbated when your budget is in the low seven figures.

On the occasion of Prospect’s March 8 VOD release, I spoke with filmmakers Zeek Earl (writer/director) and Matt Acosta (production designer) about how they overcame some of these challenges. Below, you can watch and read my interview. Matt and Zeek also shared some great behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot, which you can see in the video.

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Star Wars Lightsaber Fight Concert

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 an incredibly choreographed lightsaber battle that unfolds during a Star Wars orchestra concert. Plus, watch a Silence of the Lambs video essay that dissects several scenes from the film to show the larger part they play in the narrative, and check out an interview with Goose the cat from Captain Marvel. Read More »

Saturday Night Live Diner

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, a video essay dives into the limitations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you might not be aware of. Plus, learn how Saturday Night Live‘s now-famous “Lobster Diner” sketch came to be the first time John Mulaney hosted the show in 2018. And watch an animated history of the increasingly insane serial killer doll called Chucky. Read More »

John Mulaney SNL Auditions

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 John Mulaney‘s many auditions for Saturday Night Live that didn’t get him the job. Plus, a video essay explores how Starship Troopers is so good at satirizing fascism that it almost goes over the audience’s head, and see how the storyboards for the opening sequence in Pixar’s Up compare to the final movie. Read More »

How Marvel Action Figures Are Made

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, take a look at how Searching takes the thriller genre and repurposes it with a unique and mesmerizing device. Plus, find out how Hasbro makes action figures of movie stars for franchises like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and watch as Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel Live hangs out on the red carpet at the Oscars last weekend. Read More »

Russian Doll Trailer

Netflix’s Russian Doll really surprised me. At first I thought it was just a warmed over Groundhog Day rehash with characters that I wasn’t really a fan of, but episodes three and four throw into focus the true arc of the series. From that point on, I was hooked and couldn’t stop until I got to the end.

Let’s discuss the themes of Russian Doll and try to interpret that crazy ending. You can also check out my video review of the series below. Naturally, major spoilers for Russian Doll season 1 follow.

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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 visual effects of Alita: Battle Angel came together to create the titular cyborg character. Plus, a video essay explores how music biopics have become stale because they keep adhering to the same formula, and you can get hours of relaxation from Big Mouth in the form of a bubble bath loop featuring the soothing voice of Maya Rudolph. Read More »