(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, go behind the scenes of the animation in the historical satire America: The Motion Picture on Netflix. Plus, listen as Kevin Smith looks back on Silent Bob’s speech from Clerks and breaks down the making of the scene. And finally, find out how accurately pickpocketing has been represented in movies like Birds of Prey, Ocean’s 11, Now You See Me, Gangs of New York, and many more. Read More »
Ever since Marvel Studios successfully built their Marvel Cinematic Universe, every studio has been riding their coattails and trying to do the same. That’s especially true for Warner Bros. Pictures and the DC Extended Universe they tried to create with director Zack Snyder after too many failed attempts at bringing Superman back to the big screen. So the studio said to hell with it and allowed the creation of the film franchise that the 400th Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies calls the equivalent of a chaotic goth nerd who never lived up to their potential. Read More »
What is Marvel doing with a special presentation of an upcoming NBA game? Did you hear the first five episodes of Superman & Lois are on HBO Max for a limited time? What is one thing that Dave Bautista is disappointed about with regards to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Did you catch all the hints about the big reveal in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Want a glimpse at the backdoor pilot for the Black Lightning spin-off Painkiller? Which comic book movies won Hugo Awards this year? Will you listen to The Boys podcast about the making of the second season? Did Wyatt Russell tease a cameo for Steve Rogers in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier? How did the Thor: Ragnarok crew plan action sequences? Why doesn’t Kevin Feige direct Marvel projects? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Want to see a new TV spot for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Care to try your hand at getting a WandaVision poster by Matt Ferguson? Want to see concept art of an alternate design for Cyborg that appears to return in Zack Snyder’s Justice League? Who is interested in starring in the Blue Beetle movie from DC Comics? When did James Gunn consider making a Krypto movie at one time? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Dead Pigs is the kind of directorial debut that declares a new voice is on the scene. “Pure” is a word that comes up in our conversation with filmmaker Cathy Yan, whose first feature-length film is just that. It called to mind a Danny Boyle quote, that first movies often represent your best work because you never know if you’ll get another shot, so why not try everything you’ve dreamed of seeing in a movie?
Dead Pigs plays exactly like that – an unfiltered dream. It has a strange magic to it. There are the dead pigs; skyscraper’s bright lights contrasted with the streets and country life; a heroine (played by Vivian Wu) in a lone house dedicated to respecting the past and fighting the future; and both a singalong and a wonderful reference to the 2006 film Step Up. Yan’s debut is inspiringly brazen and bursting with life and personality. That personal style made Yan’s sophomore effort, Birds of Prey, one of the hipper comic book movies in recent years.
Yan’s debut caught the eye of Margot Robbie, who was impressed by the scope of the characters and world Yan captured. “You can’t pull off a film in China for as little money as she had, and make it look so incredible, and still care about the characters more than anything,” Robbie said. “She just — in my mind — nailed it.”
After years of limbo, Dead Pigs is finally available to stream on Mubi today. We spoke to Yan about revisiting her debut film years after she shot it and the joy of having a movie that shows who she is finally out in the world.
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What categories is Wonder Woman 1984 being up up for consideration in? What does The Punisher co-creator have to say about how the character’s logo is misused? Want to see yet another clip from Batman: Year of the Dragon? What kind of comic book movie would Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan want to tackle? What is Wonder Woman 1984‘s Rotten Tomatoes score now? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
What did Gal Gadot have to say about working with Joss Whedon on Justice League? Who else was considered to play Daredevil instead of Ben Affleck? Would Patty Jenkins release a longer cut of Wonder Woman 1984 if given the chance? Want to see the new DC Comics rosters for Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Titans? When did Frank Miller first draw Batman for DC Comics? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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The Movie: Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: After breaking up with the Joker, Harley Quinn suddenly loses the protective shield that the Clown Prince of Crime provided for her. That makes her the new target of every lowlife in Gotham City who she ever wronged, including notorious gangster Roman Sionis. When an important diamond is stolen out from under Sionis, Harley and a collection of capable women are thrown into a whirlwind adventure to retrieve it, enact some revenge, and bond in the process.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: After the absolute mess that was 2016’s Suicide Squad, which introduced a live-action Harley Quinn to audiences for the first time, I can totally understand why people might be a little hesitant to jump back into another adventure starring one of Suicide Squad‘s main characters. But Birds of Prey is a massive improvement over its predecessor on every level, putting dynamic female characters in the center of the frame and giving us a perspective we haven’t seen yet in films set in Gotham. 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, a new video essay from Patrick (H) Willems wonders what the point is of having R-rated superhero movies like Joker, Birds of Prey, and more. Plus, stuntmen react to the fight sequences from Charlize Theron‘s hard-hitting spy thriller Atomic Blonde, and another installment of the Disney Studio Tour checks out the historic Ink & Paint Lab where classic animated movies were made. Read More »