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 Ratatouille storyboard comparison for the scene where food critic Anton Ego takes a bite of Remy’s fine cuisine. Plus, check out a Stranger Things recap to get you caught up before the third season this week, and Jake Gyllenhaal breaks down some of his most memorable characters, from Donnie Darko to Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Read More »
The Library of Congress has announced its 25 new inductees to the National Film Registry, the archive that protects and preserves “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” to American film history. As of 2018, there are 727 films in the registry — a surprisingly small amount considering cinema’s rich and long history.
This year’s annual selection of inductees has an even mixture of blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation and independent films that span 107 years, from 1898 to 2005. These films include Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, and more.
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On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be holding its 90th ceremony. The Oscars are the Super Bowl for cinephiles. Though the true relevance of the ceremony is often questioned, it still carries prestige as the pre-eminent film awards event.
Looking back through nine decades worth of Best Picture nominees, it’s clear there were a number of years where two or more iconic films were up against each other. 1994, for instance, featured an especially sticky three-way grudge match between Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and The Shawshank Redemption (Gump’s gotta go, but Shawshank? Never.) There are other years, however, where one nominated title pops up as a clear cut above the rest, and the fact that it did not win seems like an egregious miscarriage of movie justice.
You can’t always fault the Academy for its short-sightedness. Time has a way of showing what really matters.
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Subtonix decided to create a map of the United States by pinpointing the movies which best represent each of the 50 states. For example, New Jersey is Clerks and Kansas is The Wizard of Oz. There will likely be some debate over some of these choices (is Fast Times at Ridgemont High the ultimate representation of California?) but it is an interesting concept none the less. It’s also interesting to note that more Coen Brothers films appear on the map than any other filmmaker. Hit the jump to see the whole map, and click to enlarge.
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