War is hell but it sometimes provides the backdrop for great movies. The recent Blu-ray release of 1917, followed by the 50th anniversary, this week, of the Oscar-winning Patton, starring George C. Scott, is as good an excuse as any for cinephiles to hunker down in the trenches of an impromptu war movie marathon (especially if you’re stuck at home right now due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic).

With that in mind, here’s a mission for you, soldier: work your way through this chronological list of the best war movies of the last fifty years. “Best” is ultra-subjective, of course, but when you’re Alamo-ed up in a fort of pillows in your living room and there’s nothing good on television, few of these movies should disappoint.

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The Clone Wars Season 7 Trailer Easter Eggs

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.

Lord of the Rings Visual Effects

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 as visual effects artists react to more scenes from Lord of the Rings, including the Battle of Helm’s Deep and the Balrog fighting Gandalf. Plus, an SAS soldier reviews the accuracy of military scenes in movies like Commando and American Sniper, and the cast of the new Star Wars trilogy reveals which questions they never want to answer again. Read More »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Video Essay

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, an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind video essay focuses on the symbolism that comes from Kate Winslet‘s hair color . Plus, find out how a celebrity trainer gets actors and actresses into shape for the movies, and watch Lady Gaga and Lin-Manuel Miranda interview each other for nearly an hour. Read More »

What Are the Most Pirated Movies of 2015?

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Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.

To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.

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2015 Golden Trailer Awards Winners Revealed

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The 16th Annual Golden Trailer Awards took place last night at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Universal Pictures/AV Squad’s Furious 7 “Family” campaign won the Best of Show Prize and the award for Best Action, just 2 of the 78 different awards given by the annual award show (only 20 of the top awards are handing out at the live awards ceremony).

Universal Pictures (alongside Focus Features) was the winner of the night taking home 15 Golden Trailer Awards, followed by Warner Bros. (with HBO) which earned 11 wins, while Disney and Lionsgate earned 9 statues each. Of all the films that took home golden statues, American Sniper and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 tied for the most wins, each scoring 5 separate categories. Read a complete list of 2015 Golden Trailer Awards winners after the jump.
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American Sniper box office

From August 2014 until January 2015, Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. In November 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released and by late January 2015, it overtook the Marvel film. Then, in December 2014, Warner Bros. opened American Sniper. The first few weekends were above average for limited release numbers but then it opened wide and grossed a staggering $93 million over three days. Since then Clint Eastwood’s film has remained right near the top of the box office every single week. This weekend, it finally surpassed The Hunger Games, making American Sniper the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. Read More »

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While movie theater attendance was down in 2014 (over 50% cite high prices as the reason), MovieTickets.com is reporting that movie ticket sales for January 2015 is up 37% over January 2014. Whats the reason for the uptick in movie ticket purchases? Find out after the jump.
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/Filmcast Ep. 303 – American Sniper

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DavidDevindra, and Jeff discuss Jude Law’s hairline, praise The Man in the High Castle, and wonder if Indiana Jones should become like the Bond franchise. Also, Jeff explains where he’s been the past few weeks. Read about the reaction American Sniper is provoking and check out Dave’s thoughts on Zero Dark Thirty.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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American Sniper fake baby

The first comments I heard from people about Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper, after the film’s premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles last fall, were about the baby. If you’ve seen the film, you’ve noticed the baby. If you haven’t seen the film you’ve probably still heard people talking about it. During a scene in which Chris Kyle is at home, Bradley Cooper has to hold a very obviously plastic baby for over a minute. Sure, joke about the scene being the one to lock Cooper’s latest Best Actor Oscar nomination, but for real, why the plastic baby?

Turns out there’s no grand concept behind using a prop rather than a real baby for the scene — it was a purely practical decision. Read More »