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 Kylo Ren’s lightsaber from the new Star Wars trilogy recreated in real life with an extremely hot blade. Plus, listen as therapists analyze the couples from movies like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, La La Land, When Harry Met Sally, and more. And finally, listen to Martin Short as he takes a look back at some of his most memorable roles, from Three Amigos to the new Netflix movie The Willoughbys and more. Read More »
Most of the biggest streaming platforms are frequently — and rightly — criticized for rarely featuring films that were made before the 1980s. The race for new original content has drowned out the century of classic movies that have built up cinema to what it is today. But WarnerMedia’s forthcoming service HBO Max could, at least partially, remedy that with its curated collection of classic movies.
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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with absolutely nothing going in the headlines this past week, no sir, not at all, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie scene where a Nazi gets what’s coming to him?”
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The Directors Guild of America is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and it has decided to commemorate this event in a manner most befitting of the internet age: by making a list. More specifically, by polling DGA members and assembling a list of the 80 best-directed movies made since 1936, when the guild was founded. That’s one movie per year.
And like all internet lists, it’s bound to inspire conversation, eye-rolling, yelling, and maybe even a little cheer or two.
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Just last month, we called your attention to a countdown of what CineFix believed were the Top 10 Opening Shots of All Time. But every movie that starts with an iconic shot must also come to an end, and now we have a list of what CineFix thinks are the Top 10 Closing Shots of All Time. The closing shot of any film can be even more important than the opening shot as it’s the last impression the film gives you before you leave the theater. So let’s see if you agree with these picks for the best closing shots in cinema. Read More »
In the world of pop culture art, there are a handful of titles that are explored ad-nauseum. Films like The Thing, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Halloween etc. are so revered, there are literally dozens of different interpretations by different artists.
Today, however, we have posters for two multiple Oscar-winning classics that rarely get the pop culture treatment: Casablanca and The Usual Suspects. Check them out below. Read More »
These days, animation isn’t as defined by age as it once was. Once upon a time, a Disney movie was only thought to be for kids. But recently, Pixar has tackled mature themes, the humor of South Park has become a cultural institution, Star Wars is an animated TV series, comic book characters have cartoons and thanks to genres like anime, R-rated animation isn’t an oxymoron.
Enter Justin White, an up and coming artist made popular through sites like Threadless. He’s decided to take that thought one step further and turn some of your favorite live action movies and TV shows in to animation. His first solo show is called Rated G and opens at Gallery 1988 Melrose, in Los Angeles on Friday. We’re proud to exclusively the entire show.
White’s familiar yet flithy animated style has reimagined scenes from 30 films and shows never meant for animation. Films like Fight Club, Fargo, Casablanca, The Breakfast Club, Oldboy, Kindergarden Cop, Alien, Reservoir Dogs, There Will Be Blood and a whole lot more have been reimagined as high quality animation cels. He even tackled TV shows like Community, The Office, Breaking Bad and more.
After the jump check out all 30 images from the show and find out when and how you can grab them. Read More »
In today’s Hollywood, when a film opens big on Friday morning, the sequel goes into development Friday afternoon. Screenwriters are sometimes preemptively hired to write follow-ups to in production films on the off chance it’s a big hit. Most people credit that mindset with the rise of the blockbuster in the 1970s but blockbusters didn’t start there. Some of the most successful movies of all time were released well before and very few had aspirations beyond the end credits.
One example of that is Casablanca, inarguably one of the best films ever made. Since its release 70 years ago, fans obviously discussed the where abouts of Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) but few likely thought they’d ever see a sequel. However, a article in the New York Post reveals we’ve been closer than expected on numerous occasions and one film in particular, Return to Casablanca, could still get made. Based on an 1980s treatment by one of the original writers, Howard Koch, the story takes place about 20 years after the original film with Rick and Ilsa’s son returning to search for his biological father.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
We’re reached a point in the evolution of film criticism where a shift is occurring. Critics who’ve been in the game for decades and decades are slowly beginning to give way to a younger, more vocal audience, many of whom are online. The beautiful thing about that is, though they all share a love of cinema, everyone has their own opinions of how and why we got there. And the best way to show that is with a top ten list.
The online contingent prides themselves upon being the new guard and, to that end, our friends at Film School Rejects polled 37 online critics and four young filmmakers for their lists of the ten greatest films of all time. They then gave those lists a point value and came up with a top ten that’s simultaneously familiar and controversial as it certainly caters to a younger demographic. Check it out and leave your thoughts below. Read More »
There’s a lot of lore and misunderstanding with respect to what ‘improvising’ means with respect to filmmaking. I think there are some who take ‘improvised’ to mean that there is no script, or that actors go completely off-book when shooting a scene. And while there are a few directors who do shoot films like that — very few — most of the time improvisation on film means that an actor comes up with a new line or action in the context of a scripted scene.
Here’s a video that compiles twenty-five of the most influential unscripted moments in film. Some of these are things that weren’t in the script, but created on set between takes (supposedly Bogie’s “here’s looking at you, kid” line from Casablanca is one of those) and some are genuine spur of the moment creations. Read More »