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 a fanmade trailer for a Legend of Zelda movie in the style of animated movies from Studio Ghibli. Listen as director Guy Ritchie breaks down a scene from The Gentlemen with the film’s cast, and Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant tells some stories from behind the scenes of her eight seasons on the long-running late night sketch series. Read More »
In the raging seas of Peak TV, when more than 530 scripted comedies and dramas aired last year, the Hulu series Shrill was a pleasant surprise. Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant brought a relatable, messy energy to her role as Annie, an overweight writer who embraces her appearance and whose creativity begins to spark when she publishes an essay against her boss’s will. The second season is coming to Hulu in just a few days, and the latest trailer shows how Annie is dealing trying to take control of her life, both personally and professionally. Check it out below. Read More »
If I were ranking the current Saturday Night Live cast members in terms of reliability, Aidy Bryant would be in the upper echelon. She may not have many of the memorable, flashy characters that are often featured in sketches that go viral the next day, but she’s always there to deliver laughs and do the work to set up her fellow performers.
Now Bryant has scored a lead role in a new Hulu comedy series called Shrill, which is executive produced by Elizabeth Banks and Lorne Michaels and based on a book by writer Lindy West. The first season premieres next month, and you can watch the first trailer below.
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The latest vehicle starring Amy Schumer may appear on the surface to be a romantic comedy about an insecure woman who gets a blow to the head and suddenly sees herself as the most beautiful woman she’s ever seen. However, the heart and soul of I Feel Pretty is the bond Schumer’s Renee has with her long-time best friends Jan (Busy Phillips of Cougar Town and Vice Principals) and Vivian (SNL’s Aidy Bryant, in her follow-up to last year’s The Big Sick).
Marking the directing debut from popular writing team Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (co-writers on Never Been Kissed, He’s Just Not That Into You, and How to Be Single), I Feel Pretty speaks a sometimes brutal truth about how women’s self-esteems are chipped away systematically on a daily basis by the world at large. But using humor, it also delivers a message about empowering oneself and not giving a toss what the world thinks about you. On top of that, it’s also a sweet love story and a tale of a woman who infiltrates a high-end makeup company and gets them to more effectively market their products to all women.
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Comedian Amy Schumer made a huge splash on the big screen with Trainwreck back in 2015, and now she’s back with another comedy that might make some waves this summer.
I Feel Pretty follows Amy Schumer as an average woman who deals with some low self-esteem and insecurity in her everyday life. Whether it’s because of her figure or her hair, she just doesn’t have enough confidence in herself and feels inadequate day in and day out. But as we see in the I Feel Pretty trailer, that suddenly changes when a Soul Cycle accident leaves her looking at herself in a new light. Suddenly, she believes she is a knockout supermodel who can do anything, and it’s a total gamechanger for her. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Ugh, Mondays, right? It doesn’t matter if you actually love your job — the start of the work week can be rough. Here you are, coming off of two glorious days of fun and relaxation and freedom, and now it’s time to put all that out of your head and get back to the grind. It’s so tempting to sit back in that cubicle and just let your mind wander, trying to hold on to that warm weekend feeling just a little while longer.
All of which makes Monday morning kind of the perfect time to check out the delightful short film Darby Forever. Saturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant plays the title character, an unassuming fabric store employee who passes time by escaping into colorful fantasies. It’s the perfect antidote to your workday blues, and it runs about 20 minutes long which means it’ll bring you about 20 minutes closer to the end of your day. Retta, Natasha Lyonne, and Luka Jones also star. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we talk goat testicles, bask in the glory of a scruffy looking Tim Roth, fantasize about a life outside the fabric store, go down the thunder road of gore and violence with the peeps behind V/H/S, and catch up with Paul Verhoeven.
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