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, check out nearly four dozen Easter eggs from the latest trailer for the upcoming seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Plus, listen as Will Ferrell tells some stories from behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live, and retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink breaks down combat scenes in movies like Lone Survivor, American Sniper, and more.
First up, Screen Crush takes a closer look at the trailer for the seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for some extra details and Easter eggs. For example, at an important strategy meeting between Jedi and Clone Troopers, you can spot a young Caleb Dume, who you know better as Star Wars Rebels hero Kanan Jarrus.
Next up, Will Ferrell tells stories from his days at Saturday Night Live. Find out why he wore the same outfit from one of his sketches everyday for a year, what he used to do in the writer’s room as Lisa Kudrow’s brother Chip Kudrow, and how he interrupted Puff Daddy’s rehearsal as a weird character named Ron. There’s even some video of the latter escapade.
Finally, retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink has plenty of experience in the field, so GQ had him break down the accuracy and realism of combat scenes from military dramas like American Sniper, Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips, Navy SEALs, Act of Valor and Lone Survivor. What do they get right, and what do they get wrong? Find out above.
Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Tarsem Singh‘s Immortals isn’t talked about much these days, but it was a decent hit in its time. With a worldwide box office total of $226 million, the 2011 fantasy actioner is still Relativity’s highest-grossing release to date. And now it’s headed where all successful films go these days — into sequel territory. Relativity Studios is teaming with Storyoscopic Films for Immortals 2, along with a bunch of other follow-ups including November Man 2, Act of Valor 2, and Earth to Echo 2. Read More »
Many fans consider 2012 to be one of the best years for film in a long time. We’ve had great popcorn movies, huge epics, mind-melting indies and new films from some of the best filmmakers around. But every year has some stinkers and as good as 2012 has been, it’s probably been equally as bad too.
The team at NextMovie compiled four minutes of some of the worst movies of the year reviewing themselves. Which movies did they pick and what does each one say for itself? You’ll have to click below to find out. Read More »
Mike ‘Mouse’ McCoy and Scott Waugh (left and right, respectively, above) co-directed last weekend’s Navy SEALs hit Act of Valor, and the success of the film is paying off for both men and their production company Bandito Brothers. Waugh is already set to make a racing movie called High Speed and now McCoy is signed to make a movie called God’s Gulch, about what happens after the collapse of our technological infrastructure. Read More »
Act of Valor is two movies. The first is your basic, exciting, yet simple war movie. It features some minor character development and emotion wrapped around a lot of shoot ’em up action, explosions and death. High-octane kind of stuff. Acting not required.
Then there’s the second movie. And that movie is created by the fact that Act of Valor mostly stars real life, active Navy SEALS. That means everything you see was hypothetically put through a no bullshit filter. The missions are based on true events, the on-screen techniques drip with realism, and if the acting or dialogue isn’t quite up to par, it’s okay because these guys are true American heroes. Including these men gives the film a gravitas that all but negates any issues the movie itself has.
Act of Valor is a deeply flawed, but interesting and entertaining film. Instead of reading the rest of my thoughts, you can watch a video of me talking about it on the Totally Rad Show.Read More »
With the ‘real-life Navy SEALs’ movie Act of Valor looking like it is going to turn out to be a good investment, the production company behind the movie is putting together more projects. Bandito Brothers is the company, and two of the participants, former stuntman Scott Waugh and Mike ‘Mouse’ McCoy, co-directed Act of Valor. Now Waugh is set to make a similarly styled racing movie called High Speed, about a specialized police unit designed to bust a big underground racing circuit. Read More »
When Osama Bin Laden was killed by a Navy SEAL squad earlier this year, many companies in Hollywood quickly decided to make films based upon the famed special ops force. Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were in a good spot, as they were already planning a film about Bin Laden and the SEALs.
But Relativity Media was in an even better position, as the company was able to pick up the already-shot film Act of Valor, which stars actual Navy SEALs in a fictional story. The trailer for that has been released, and you can check it out below. Read More »
The Navy SEALs got a massive PR boost when the killing of Osama Bin Laden was announced. Not that the special forces team really needed a boost, given that the SEALs are one of the most highly-regarded military teams in the world. But the boost came regardless, and one of the aftereffects is that quite a few companies want to make movies or TV about the team and the operations it undertakes.
While Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal seemed to have the jump on everyone with their film that has been referred to as Kill Bin Laden (not the final title), it turns out that another SEALs film has already been shot, and Relativity just bought it for an early 2012 release. (Think: President’s Day.) The film is called Act of Valor (once called I Am That Man) and it stars actual Navy SEALs. Some images from set and more info are after the break. Read More »