For over a year now, many of us have been stuck in the same location: doing remote work, going out and traveling less, living like cloistered movie monks. Everyone has their own personal quarantine stream and we’ve already seen the Zoom-based horror film Host explore a confined, coronavirus-adjacent narrative. Even before the pandemic, however, there was a robust tradition of filmmakers shooting one-location features on a low budget. Often, these were first-time directors striving for innovations amid limitations. The claustrophobic setting was perhaps their best chance to get a movie made and be in control of all the variables involved. Fewer locations, fewer setups, fewer chances for things to go wrong.

This last week alone has seen the release of no less than four single-location movies. On Netflix, there’s Oxygen, which seals Melanie Laurent inside a cryogenic pod, and The Woman in the Window, which has Amy Adams playing a homebound agoraphobic. On VOD, there’s The Djinn, which traps a mute boy in his apartment with an evil genie. In theaters, there’s Profile, which uses Screenlife as the basis for a terrorist thriller. If any of these flicks put you in the mood for the cinematic equivalent of a chamber play, here are 10 more titles that deserve an immediate spot on your to-view list.

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Sound of Metal Sound Design

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, find out how Sound of Metal created the sound of being deaf in the Oscar-winning movie starring Riz Ahmed. Plus, listen as Kevin Smith looks back at the making of the famous “37 d*cks” scene from the original Clerks. And finally, see how the trailer for the new West Side Story compares to the original 1961 film. Read More »

Mission Impossible Fallout Stunt Video

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, D23 takes a nostalgic look back at the legacy of The Muppets with some of the talents who know them best. Plus, take a closer look at eight Tom Cruise stunts to find out how they were pulled off. And finally, listen as Kevin Smith takes a look at the origins and making of a scene from his directorial debut on Clerks. Read More »

clerks 3 script update

Kevin Smith has been working on some version of Clerks III since at least 2017, and now it looks like he’s finished the first draft. To be clear: this is a new first draft because back in 2017, the filmmaker said he had already finished a different script for the film. Smith took to Instagram to post a snippet of the new script’s first page, and while it really doesn’t tell us much, it’s bound to interest fans.

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Kevin Smith Movies

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 new video essay from Patrick (H) Willems looks back at the films of Clerks and Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith to see how they hold up after all these years. Plus, Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe runs the gauntlet of spice on a new episode of Hot Ones, and an epidemiologist reviews how realistic zombie virus movies and TV shows like World War Z and The Walking Dead are. Read More »

Clerks Animated Series Reboot

Kevin Smith is already going back to his roots with a forthcoming sequel to the 1995 cult classic Mallrats, and he’s cooking up a whole new screenplay for Clerks 3 too. But that’s not the only dip back into the past of the View Askewniverse. The writer/director recently participated in an oral history of Clerks: The Animated Series, a short-lived network adaptation that aired on ABC for just six episodes before it got axed, and during the trip down memory lane, he said there have been talks about a Clerks animated series reboot. Read More »

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Kal Penn is down for Harold & Kumar 4.
  • Vin Diesel says an Oscar-winner will appear in F9.
  • Kevin Smith is using this time of quarantine to finish the Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 scripts.
  • Freddy vs Jason writers still want a sequel, and so do I.
  • Jesse Eisenberg knows absolutely nothing about Now You See Me 3, so maybe don’t ask him about that.

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Clerks 3 Story Details

In case you forgot, Kevin Smith‘s Clerks 3 is alive and kicking again. Last fall, the filmmaker, who launched his career with the Sundance sensation Clerks, revealed that he was putting together a whole new script for the sequel, which has failed to launch several times over the past decade. However, unlike Clerks II, this sequel will be digging back into Kevin Smith’s roots by not taking Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) outside of the Quick Stop very much. Read More »

clerks 3

Another year has almost come to a close, and that means it’s time for the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress to add 25 more movies to their archive that protects and preserves “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.”

This year, there seems to be a concerted effort to better represent a more diverse slate of films rather than common beloved classics. While there are entries like Clerks, Platoon and Sleeping Beauty, this year’s entries also include the LGBTQ documentary Before Stonewall, the true story Boys Don’t Cry, and even an old recording of immigrants arriving fresh off the boat at Ellis Island in New York City. Get the full list of 2019 National Film Registry movies below. Read More »

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Clerks 3 Story Details

Last week, we learned that Kevin Smith was breathing new life into Clerks 3 just a few years after the project was abandoned because one of the film’s co-stars simply didn’t feel compelled to participate. However, rather than dusting off the old draft of the script that almost went into production, Kevin Smith is writing an entirely new screenplay, and this one will take some cues from the real life heart attack that the filmmaker suffered last year. But just because everything has been making Kevin Smith cry lately, don’t go thinking Clerks 3 will be some kind of over-emotional tearjerker. Read More »