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, an explosives engineer and special effects supervisor fact-check movie explosions from Mission: Impossible, The Hurt Locker, and more. Plus, if you’ve heard of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” trope in movies, but you don’t quite understand it, a video essay explains it thoroughly. And finally, watch a Saturday Night Live At Home sketch that didn’t make the show last weekend. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the race for the year’s most coveted trophies came to a close with this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, another much less prestigious awards competition was just getting started. Nominations have been announced for the 32nd Razzie Awards, handed out to the “worst achievements in film” each year.
Leading the 2012 list is Adam Sandler, whose involvement in Jack and Jill, Bucky Larson, and Just Go With It earned him a record-breaking eleven Razzie nominations. That’s more than twice as many as the previous record holder, Norbit star Eddie Murphy, received in 2007. Other standouts include Nicolas Cage, Ken Jeong, Sarah Palin, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I, and The Hangover Part II. Read the full list of nominees after the jump.
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Lets face it, 3D movies are not going away any time soon. Every year we’re seeing more and more films being released and re-released in 3D. So why not experience the 3D in the best way possible?
There are several 3D formats. RealD? Dolby 3D? IMAX 3D? XpanD 3D? Which is the best 3D format? I attempt to answer that question in this weeks edition of Q&A. We’ll take a look at the technical differences, and the advantages and disadvantages between the four big choices. We’ll show you why your local multiplex picked one format over another, and we even got some of the top 3D filmmakers and 3d experts to comment.
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Last year, Quentin Tarantino released a list of what he called the best films of 2011. This year he has repeated the list-making effort, and Tarantino’s list of the best eleven films of 2011 is out now. (Or best twelve films, really, since there is a tie in one position.) Along with that comes a collection of associated lists, from his estimation of the best directors of the year, to a set of ‘nice try’ picks, which includes some peoples’ fave film, Drive.
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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam praise the uniqueness of The Adjustment Bureau, conclude that I Saw the Devil is the revenge film to end all revenge films, and get disgusted by the complete amorality of Weekend at Bernie’s. Special guest Tim League joins us from The Alamo Drafthouse. Check out the Alamo’s SXFantastic series at SXSW this year.
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Are you sick of all the high-minded ads for films hyping up the awards season praise that has been piling up for some? Then this might be your antidote. A fresh red-band clip for Drive Angry 3D has been shot out of the UK like a magic bullet. It is full of blood, explosions and a few boobs. Most of the footage is stuff we’ve seen before, only this time it is edited to go just a bit farther. Check it out if you want to see a man’s hand blown off. Read More »
Russ and I already expressed our enthusiasm for Nicolas Cage‘s latest ridiculous endeavor, Drive Angry 3D, during a video blog of the film’s Comic-Con panel, and now there’s a teaser trailer to give a little taste of what we saw. Check it out after the break. Read More »
After seeing concept art and a couple of still shots from Patrick Lussier‘s Drive Angry, I started to wonder if the film might be the sort of action film that few filmmakers seem to get right these days — a dirty, slightly weird, possibly quite violent revenge story. (We see a lot of revenge stories, but few that are acutally decent.)
Today at the San Diego Comic Con, Summit and Lussier showed off a couple minutes of footage, and brought Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner up on stage to talk about the film. Highlights are after the break. Read More »
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What is it with exorcism movies? Earlier today we had word that Anthony Hopkins had been cast in The Rite. Now there’s another exorcism movie in the works called Miracle Workers, with Zach Galifianakis attached to star.
STYD has the report, saying the script is “a buddy supernatural comedy in which the actor is put on a path that has him posing as an exorcist with a pal. The two think they’ve got a good thing going until they’re faced with a real menace.” So…kinda like The Frighteners? Or The Brothers Grimm? Fine with me — I can easily see Galifianakis killing a role like that. (Even though the best thing about The Frighteners was a wickedly messed-up turn from Jeffrey Combs. Top that, guys!) This news comes from producer Michael Aguiler, who also produced this week’s The Crazies. No director is set yet.
After the break, Mickey Rourke is looking to go to war with the gods, and a genre veteran continues his comeback. Read More »
Good news for Drive Angry 3D, the new film from Patrick Lussier that already starred Nicolas Cage and, one would presume, a lot of cars: William Fichtner and Amber Heard are both joining the cast. The appeal of both should go without saying; too bad All the Boys Love Mandy Lane hasn’t had a proper US release, so most of you will have to think of Heard’s zombie appearance in Zombieland and her largely un-clothed work in the utterly awful The Informers.
What’s Drive Angry 3D about? Cage is a man “driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.” Sounds like a feature-length expansion of the amazingly well-staged highway sequence from Final Destination 2. In 3D. You make the call about whether that’s good or bad. [B-D]
After the break, Lucy Punch joins Bad Teacher and Shailene Woodley joins The Descendants. Read More »