The Skeleton Twins

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Skeleton Twins

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu and Amazon Prime

The Pitch: After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in repairing their own relationship with each other.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: In 2014, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig had only been away from Saturday Night Live for a year or two. Wiig had already found big screen stardom thanks to Bridesmaids, and Hader was on his way thanks to some memorable supporting roles. But the two got a chance to showcase their versatility thanks to the Sundance selected indie The Skeleton Twins, a film that allowed the duo to tap into their comedic skills while effectively stretching their dramatic chops. Though the story follows a familiar festival film formula, it’s still emotionally engaging and delightfully entertaining. Read More »

The Addams Family 2

The animated adaptation of The Addams Family just arrived in theaters last year, but with a box office haul over $203 million on a budget of just $23 million, MGM has wasted no time in getting a sequel off the ground. The Addams Family 2 has been officially announced to arrive just in time for Halloween in 2021. However, one member of the original voice cast won’t be returning, and a new cast member with an impressive array of voices has come on board. Read More »

Hot Rod

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Hot Rod

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) is a self-proclaimed stuntman who spends his days trying to live up to the legacy of his father, who he believes used to test stunts for Evel Knievel before the famous daredevil made the jumps himself. But he also hopes to prove his manhood to his step-father Frank (Ian McShane) by beating the hell out of him in a fight. Unfortunately, a wrench gets thrown in his plans when Frank becomes deathly ill, leaving Rod with only one option: raise $50,000 to pay for life-saving surgery, all so he can finally defeat Frank.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Hot Rod was the first movie to come from the crew known as The Lonely Island on Saturday Night Live. After becoming famous for their SNL Digital Shorts, Akiva Shaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg made the jump to the big screen with an original comedy. With a script from writer Pam Brady (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police), Hot Rod has the feel of a 1980s extreme sports movie mixed with the absurd comedy that people came to love about SNL Digital Shorts, and it does so with a stellar ensemble cast of comedy heavy hitters. Read More »

Terminator 2 Bill Hader DeepFake

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 what Bill Hader might have looked like if he played T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day thanks to an impressive DeepFake video. Plus, watch a vintage clip of Jim Henson and The Muppets making an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and hear a dialect expert review American accents in movies like The Departed, Fargo, and more. Read More »

How to Write a Marvel Movie

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, learn from Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely what it takes to write a film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, a video essay wonders if comedy has died on the big screen as studios shy away from supporting them in theaters, and the cast of IT Chapter Two finds out which characters they’d be after taking a Buzzfeed quiz. Read More »

IT Chapter 2 Scene Breakdown

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 helpful new video explores just how deep the interconnected literary and cinematic universe of Stephen King goes. Plus, the cast of IT: Chapter 2 recaps the first movie in case you need to catch up before you see the sequel, and director Andy Muschietti breaks down a scene from the movie where James MvAvoy takes a trip down memory lane. Read More »

VFX Artists React to The Dark Knight

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, VFX artists react to the outstanding work done in movies like The Dark Knight and the abysmal visual effects in movies like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Plus, the designer of the new Ultimate Collector Series LEGO Star Destroyer gives us a closer look at the massive building set, and IT: Chapter 2 stars Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard play a round of This or That at HBO. Read More »

It Chapter Two cameo

Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro nearly had a cameo in Andy Muschietti‘s It: Chapter Two, the upcoming sequel to the 2017 mega-hit. We got the details about that near-cameo and much more at the film’s press conference, where Andy Muschietti, his producing partner (and sister) Barbara Muschietti, writer Gary Dauberman, star Bill Skarsgärd, and both the young and adult Losers Club cast members talked about bringing author Stephen King‘s classic story to the big screen. Read on to discover what else we learned.
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Noelle trailer

Remember Fred Claus, the 2007 film in which Vince Vaughn played Santa’s brother? Well, ’tis about to be the season for Noelle, a new Christmas comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader in which the two of them play Kris Kringle’s children. Take a guess which of them is the total mess and which one totally has their shit together! Find out the answer in the first trailer, which premiered this evening during the D23 Expo in Anaheim. Read More »

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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, Vanity Fair’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cover story writer Lev Grossman looks at the differences between the original Star Wars trilogy and the new one so far. Plus, the cast of Men in Black International sits down a Q&A session, and former Saturday Night Live cast member and Barry star Bill Hader meets one of his personal heroes. Read More »