(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: 12 Monkeys
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time from 2035 to 1996 to gather info on a deadly plague that wiped out almost all of humanity.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: We’re currently in the midst of a pandemic Christmas, which makes 12 Monkeys, a pandemic movie set during Christmas, feel all the more relevant this year. Then again, it’s not exactly going to lift your spirits and bring you holiday cheer.
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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, director Martin Scorsese provides insight into a scene from The Irishman involving a meaningful exchange between Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Plus, an astrobiologist breaks down apocalyptic scenes from movies like I Am Legend and Waterworld to look at their accuracy and likelihood of actually happening, and Andy Samberg, John Mulaney and Kenan Thompson stop by Late Night with Seth Myers to act out an aired sketch on Saturday Night Live. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
The weekend is closing in fast, and thank heavens for that. If you’re anything like me (and if you are, I’m sorry), you like to spend your weekends indoors, watching movies. Thankfully, we live in the golden age of content, where thousands of titles are available to stream. And that’s where Now Stream This comes in – I’m here to sift out all the nonsense, and give you some of the best options available. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!
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I love SYFY’s 12 Monkeys and I want you to love it, too. Because I fully believe 12 Monkeys is one of the best TV shows out there and it hurts me that more people don’t know about how truly unique and amazing it is. I take it personally, people.
Those of you who haven’t watched 12 Monkeys, aren’t caught up, or stopped along the way and haven’t returned, I’m telling you – you need to watch. It’s a moral imperative.
I hear you over there saying it. “There’s so much TV out there already.”
I get it. In the age of Peak TV, finding room for new shows is hard. Especially when you’re juggling work, friends, kids, bowling teams, etc. And I know people are always throwing out statements like, “You need to watch this show!” and “It’s one of the best shows out there” about, well, everything these days. But this time it’s true.
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Hollywood loves a good apocalypse. Post-apocalyptic films continue to flourish, and with the way current events seem to be headed, these movies are becoming even more relevant. Be it exciting adventure films or bleak existential reflections, the end of the world is big business for show business. After all, who doesn’t want to see the human race meet its demise at this point?
This week, those damn dirty apes are back for War For the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the surprisingly excellent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Once again, humanity inches ever-closer to extinction while intelligent apes claim the planet for themselves. Good for them! In the grand scheme of post-apocalyptic films, it’s not that bad, especially when compared to some other films in a similar vein. In the spirit of this latest cinematic excursion into the aftermath of the end of the world, let’s rank some cinematic post-apocalypses from how tolerable they seem to how devastatingly awful they are. Sounds pleasant! Ever wonder how you might fare in the aftermath of the end of the world? Reading this list is the only way to find out!
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Syfy has ordered the fourth and final season of 12 Monkeys, based on the Terry Gilliam film (which itself was based on the short film, La Jetée). While an earlier plan was for the series to last five seasons, it’ll wrap up a little sooner than intended. With the ending, the plan is to journey back to the beginning.
Below, learn more about the 12 Monkeys final season.
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Posted on Sunday, January 17th, 2016 by Fred Topel
This week at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, I got a chance to interview Natalie Chaidez on her upcoming Syfy series Hunters. We’ll bring you the full interview when the show premieres in April, but Chaidez was also a producer of the Syfy series 12 Monkeys so we got some news while we spoke about Hunters.
Based on the Terry Gilliam film, 12 Monkeys has updated the timeline to encompass the present day, the past, and an even more distant viral apocalyptic future. As the film was based on the short La Jetée it had a circular logic revealed in the film’s finale. Chaidez said the show has also been designed to circle back to its own pilot, whenever the series ultimately ends. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
1995 doesn’t feel like it was so very long ago. If you were alive in that era, you probably still remember oohing and ahhing over Toy Story‘s CG-animated surfaces for the very first time, or meeting a brand new 007 in Pierce Brosnan. But in fact, you are wrong. 1995 really was that long ago. At least we still have some favorites of the era to take us back. Even if we’re now streaming them on iTunes instead of popping them into our VCRs.
We’re not saying these are the best films of 1995 — that’s a conversation for another time — but these are the ones that stuck with us. Some because they’ve become reliable favorites, some because they still feel remarkably fresh, and others because they’re so hilariously 1995, they couldn’t possibly have been made at any other time. Join us in revisiting 20 films turning 20 in 2015 after the jump.
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In less than two weeks we’ll get to see what the SyFy take on 12 Monkeys really has to offer. For now, you can watch the 12 Monkeys opening, as the first nine minutes of the pilot episode are online.
Most of this is material that will be pretty familiar to those who know Terry Gilliam’s 1995 movie — there’s a vision of the future (2043, to be exact) in which most of civilization has been wiped out, and there’s a 2013-set scene that sets up the interaction between time-traveler James Cole (Aaron Stanford) and virologist Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), who may or may not be able to help Cole save the future. Check out the footage below. Read More »
TV companies are going crazy trying to mine film libraries for the next big television series, because why come up with an original untested idea without an established brand name title, right? I almost included the movie to television series trend in my 9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate article last month, but I decided it was too soon to make that judgement.
While I’m already tired of seeing the announcements, I really loved Fargo (and I really mean LOVED — it’s my favorite television series of the year), I’m still enjoying Friday Night Lights/Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims‘ About a Boy, and I know many people who really dig Hannibal, Bates Motel, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. So it’s hard for me to condemn it at this point. And yes there are also Gotham, Constantine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I consider those shows comic book adaptations.
You might be shocked to learn that there are currently over 30 television shows in development right now based on big screen movies. Which are good ideas? Which sound horrible? After the jump, I attempt to rank all of the movies being adapted into TV shows, by concept from worst to most promising ideas.
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