Godzilla vs Kong Streaming Release

Following the recent decision by Warner Bros. Pictures to release Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max simultaneously with a theatrical release on Christmas Day, the floodgates are open for more studio blockbusters to take the streaming route. At least that might be the case for some of the big movies that Warner Bros. has waiting in the wings. Word on the streets of Hollywood is that Godzilla vs Kong may be the next major movie to land a streaming deal with HBO Max being the likely recipient. Read More »

Best Movies Streaming Right Now Gone Girl

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

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best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

We’re in the swing of holiday season, and while you’re stuck with your families (or stuck on your own), why not pop in an international movie or TV series to pass the time? In this week’s Pop Culture Imports, the best foreign movies and TV streaming now include some time-honored classics like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as well as new, tearjerking releases like Sophia Loren’s long-awaited return to film, that is sure to get the whole family crying (or get you crying alone, because you’re being safe).

Let’s fire up those subtitles, and get’s streaming.

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Klaus

(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 Series: Klaus

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words, let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Truly great Christmas movies are hard to come by. Even some of the beloved holiday favorites that get played on TV over and over again around the holidays aren’t exactly of the highest order. We’re just a little more accepting of mediocrity with holiday movies because they bring warm feelings to our heart when it’s cold outside. But what if you could get those same warm feelings and have an enchanting story with beautiful animation and a fantastic voice cast? That’s where Netflix’s lovely Klaus comes into play, and it should be added to your annual holiday movie rotation. Read More »

the quarantine stream tesla

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

The Movie: Tesla

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: A biopic of Nikola Tesla that avoids the standard biopic trappings.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Tesla had a very, very limited release, and now it’s streaming on Hulu – which is the perfect opportunity for people to discover it. The story of Nikola Tesla has been covered on film before – be it in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, or the recent The Current War. But Michael Almereyda’s take on the great inventor bucks tradition and goes for a weirder, more surreal approach to Tesla’s life. It’s an approach other filmmakers making biopics would be wise to try for themselves rather than giving us the same old boring crap.  Read More »

chappelle's show removed

Dave Chappelle is calling his fans to boycott…Chappelle’s Show? The 2003 sketch comedy show which Chappelle co-created and hosted initially ran on Comedy Central, and is now available on several streaming services — which Chappelle isn’t very happy about. See, it comes down to an issue of pay, after he signed a lucrative contract with Comedy Central for which he “never got paid.” So until he gets paid, Chappelle would rather Chappelle’s Show not be available to stream anywhere, and Netflix — which has partnered with the comedian for several comedy specials — was more than happy to oblige, removing the sketch show from its platform.

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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 MovieEmma.

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: In Regency-era England, the “handsome, clever, and rich” Emma Woodhouse fills her long, lazy hours by matchmaking her friends and family, but finds herself wildly out of her depth and humbled by her own missteps and mistakes.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: It’s kind of insane that Anya Taylor-Joy has only just found her first major mainstream hit with Netflix’s recent miniseries The Queen’s Gambit — the American-Argentine-British actress has been lighting up the screen since her first breakout role in 2015’s The Witch, and has only proven her movie-star charisma with each new role. But before The Queen’s Gambit, the movie that really displayed Taylor-Joy’s latent star power was Emma., in which the actress flexed her comedy skills by taking on the unenviable task of portraying Jane Austen’s least-loved heroine.

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the queen's gambit viewers

Netflix made a gambit that paid off with The Queen’s Gambit, the Anya Taylor-Joy-starring limited series that has set a new viewership record for Netflix. The Queen’s Gambit is officially the most-watched scripted limited series ever for Netflix, with 62 million member accounts worldwide having watched at least two minutes of the show over its first four weeks. This is no surprise considering the stir that The Queen’s Gambit has caused online, where it has become a major water cooler series for the streamer.

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New Blu-ray Releases The Irishman

Here are the latest Blu-ray releases you should check out this week. There’s Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman coming from The Criterion Collection. There’s the long-delayed The New Mutants. And then there are not one but two different box sets – a 4K collection for the Resident Evil series and a set for the infamous I Spit On Your Grave series.  Read More »

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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 Movie: Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon

The Pitch: Produced for FOX, this TV special had host Jonathan Frakes asking viewers to decide if an infamous 17-minute black-and-white film that purported to show an autopsy of an alien being that crashed at Roswell was real. Medical experts, Hollywood special effects gurus, and other quacks all weighed-in, with the general consensus being: maybe this is real? Or maybe it isn’t?

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Once upon a time, conspiracy theories were (mostly) fun and (mostly) harmless. They involved people wondering if aliens helped the Egyptians build the pyramids; if Bigfoot roamed the woods; if the government tried experiments that made ships disappear. It was all kooky, and, most of all, it fringe. None of this was in the mainstream – it was the type of fluff you saw in cheap tabloid magazines at the supermarket checkout line. At some point, though, conspiracy theories entered the mainstream. To the point where the current occupant of the White House is a full-blown crazy conspiracy theorist who has an entire army of crazy conspiracy theorists both buying into his conspiracies while creating conspiracies of their own. Frankly, it’s fucking terrifying. And I long for the good old days, where we could just laugh about this stuff and move on.

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