13 Going on 30

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The Movie: 13 Going on 30

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: It’s 1987 and Jenna Rink is 13, suffocated by her dorky parents and ignored by the hip kids in school. When her birthday party turns out to be a disaster, Jenna makes a wish: If only she could be grown up, she’d have the life she’s always wanted. The next day, when Jenna emerges from the closet, it’s 2004. She’s a gorgeous, successful 30-year-old (Jennifer Garner) with a great job and a fabulous apartment. Bewildered, Jenna gradually takes to her new life, but soon realizes something’s missing; her former best friend from next door, Matt. When she looks him up, she’s horrified to discover that she and Matt (Mark Ruffalo) are no longer in contact and he’s engaged to be married. Jenna learns that having it all is not enough and now her biggest wish is that it’s not too late to fall in love with the boy next door.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: 13 Going on 30 is most easily described as the gender-swapped version of Big. It’s a simple premise, but this spin takes the concept of a child stuck in a grown up body in a much different direction by leaning into the romantic comedy angle hard. Because of this, it can seem like the movie doesn’t quite measure up to Big. But thanks to the charisma and enthusiasm of Jennifer Garner, the charm of Mark Ruffalo, and a simple but handy lesson, I think 13 Going on 30 succeeds in places where Big fails. Read More »

Best Movies Streaming Right Now Lovers Rock

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

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movies coming to disney+ and hulu in december 2020

It’s that time again: time for another batch of movies to be dropped onto Disney’s most popular streaming services, Disney+ and Hulu. As usual, we’re highlighting five favorites before sharing the entire list of titles that will be coming soon, so if you’ve hit a wall during quarantine and have run out of recommendations, maybe you’ll be interested in adding some of these to your queues. There are some of the best movies coming to Disney+ and Hulu in December 2020. Read More »

Shazam Trailer Mash-Up

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, see how Riley’s first day of school in Inside Out compares to the storyboards used to plan the scene. Plus, watch as Tom Hanks becomes Shazam! in a perfectly edited trailer mash-up with Big, and director JC Chandor breaks down a scene from his new Netflix action thriller Triple Frontier with Ben Affleck. Read More »

penny marshall dead

Penny Marshall, the star of the iconic 1970s and 1980s sitcom Laverne and Shirley and the director of beloved classic films like Big and A League of Their Own, has died at the age of 75. She leaves behind her a long and lasting legacy as one of the faces of ’70s television and as one of the most successful female directors in Hollywood history.

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Gallery 1988 Production Placement 2018

Some movies and TV shows are so iconic that even the fake products from them become well known. That’s why Gallery 1988 put together a second edition of their Product Placement show honoring some of the most beloved fake products from film and television.

For the Gallery 1988 Product Placement 2018 show, artists like Danny Haas, Dave Perillo, Doug LaRocca, Joel Hunter, Jen Taylor, Nathan Ebersole, Ryan Brinkerhoff and many more creating posters, advertisements and more pay tribute to things like the Remembrall from Harry Potter, Snake Juice from Parks and Recreation, the night vision goggles from Jurassic Park and much more. Read More »

Gallery 1988 30 Years Later

Every year, Gallery 1988 takes an opportunity to look back 30 years by featuring pop culture artwork inspired by the movies that came out three decades previously. This year it just so happens that the flashback is the same year of their namesake: 1988.

The entire gallery of pieces from the Gallery 1988 30 Years Later art show is available, and it features artwork from movies such as Beetlejuice, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Child’s Play, Die Hard, The Land Before Time, Twins, Bloodsport, Big, Coming to America, The Naked Gun and more.

Gallery 1988 30 Years Later Art Gallery

As you can see, there’s far more representation for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Beetlejuice, two of the most popular movies of the year. But there’s plenty of love for some of the other hits of the year as well. Personally, I wish that the Best Picture winning Rain Man was featured in this collection, but maybe that’s just me.

Featured artists for this show include Xander Lee, Shian Ng, Simon Delart, Nicholas Moegly, Matthew Lineham, Josh Eckert, John Barry Ballaran, Jason Yang, James Loram, Hans Woody, Fiona McCall, Erin Hunting, Danny Haas, Daniel Clark, Dan Nash, Chris McGuire, Catherine Moor, Bruce White and many more.

This is just a sample of our favorite pieces from the new art show. You can check out a bunch more pieces available, including some sculptures and originals, over at the Gallery 1988 shop. Some of the prints are already sold out, but there are plenty of others with larger edition sizes for you to pick up.

The Fifth Element - Born Sexy Yesterday Video Esssay

Every film genre has tropes, recurring themes or elements that sometimes help define the kind of movie we’re watching. They can be portals in the sky, training montages, the final girl, or as a new video essay called Born Sexy Yesterday explains, a naive but mature, sexualized female character with the mind of a child.

Jonathan McIntosh, aka Pop Culture Detective on YouTube, put together this video essay to explain a trope that you might not have even realized was so prevalent in sci-fi. But it’s right there in movies such as TRON: Legacy and The Fifth Element, not to mention other sci-fi-esque fantasy movies Splash or Enchanted. Watch the Born Sexy Yesterday video essay after the jump to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

comedies that make you cry

(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)

Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about the comedies that also make us cry. We then opened the floor to our readers: which funny movies also get the waterworks going for you? And you let us know!

We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: what is your favorite long, unbroken shot in movie history? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com!

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Tom Hanks Art Show

On Saturday June 13th 2015, Gallery 1988 celebrated the opening night of “No Sad Stuff,” a group art show paying tribute to the film career of Tom Hanks, but only depicting movies from the years 1984-1994. The show features paintings, prints and sculptures inspired by films like Big, A League Of Their Own, The Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, The Burbs, Forrest Gump, Splash and Bachelor Party. Hit the jump to see some of the best pieces from the Tom Hanks art show “No Sad Stuff”.
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