(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
There are a lot of streaming services out there, and the list is growing larger every week. As a result, it can be difficult to navigate through the world of streaming and figure out just what to heck to watch. Thankfully for you, I’m here to tell you all about the best streaming movies to watch right now.
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June is coming, and with it, summer! And you know what that means – hot, humid weather. Why not stay inside and stream stuff instead? Yes, I know we just spent the last year trapped inside, but honestly, I’m fine with that. Please, don’t make me leave my house. On that note, let’s check out the Best TV Shows and Movies Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in June 2021.
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“I don’t want to scare anybody off.”
That’s what Adam Wingard, the director of Godzilla vs. Kong and the upcoming Face/Off sequel, told us when we asked for clarification about whether or not original stars John Travolta and Nicolas Cage are vital to the success of his planned follow-up to John Woo’s 1997 action classic. But that’s not all he said: he strongly hinted at the actors’ return, instructing us to “read between the lines” of the rest of his answer. Read More »
When word broke that Adam Wingard was directing a Face/Off reboot, I’ll admit I was immediately skeptical. More than that – I was annoyed. Face/Off is perfect as-is – we don’t need a remake. Then things got weirder, as Wingard took to social media to clarify he wasn’t making a reboot or a remake – he was making a sequel. This raised all sorts of new questions, specifically: how? How exactly do you make a sequel to Face/Off? And do you bring back original stars John Travolta and Nicolas Cage?
According to Wingard…maybe?
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Well, this changes things considerably.
Yesterday, Deadline reported that Adam Wingard (The Guest, Godzilla vs. Kong) would be co-writing and directing a remake of John Woo’s action classic Face/Off. But after the news started making the rounds, Wingard took to social media to make a significant clarification.
Turns out he’s not working on a Face/Off remake after all. Instead, Wingard refers to the project as a “direct sequel.” Whoa. Read More »
Look, not all remakes are bad – some can even be quite good! But I can unequivocally say that there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for a Face/Off remake. And yet…we’re getting one anyway! And it will be directed by Adam Wingard, the filmmaker behind You’re Next, The Guest, and the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong. And hey, I like Adam Wingard! I like a lot of his films! But…no. This is not a good idea.
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In 1997, Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo made his third Hollywood feature film, a ludicrously entertaining action flick called Face/Off. In it, an FBI agent (John Travolta) and a psychotic killer (Nicolas Cage) literally had their faces surgically removed and swapped to adopt the other character’s identity. It’s a totally bonkers movie that’s very much a product of its time, a shining example of the type of off-kilter, idiosyncratic film that would be incredibly difficult to remake with any creative success today.
Now a new report says Paramount Pictures is developing a Face/Off remake. Dust off your Nic Cage impression and read on for the details.
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We’re coming up on the end of 2018, which means there’s one more purge of Netflix titles before the new year begins. Thankfully, the list of titles leaving before 2019 isn’t nearly as big as it used to be, so you should have plenty of time to check these movies out before they leave the streaming service forever (or maybe just a few months, since that’s what happens with a lot of these titles).
Below we run through the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in January 2019. Read More »
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Face/Off is one of those movies that is so batshit crazy that you can’t help but love it. What else are you supposed to do with a movie that features John Travolta and Nicolas Cage swapping faces (but not worrying about their bodies) all so they can destroy each other?
Now Honest Trailers has gotten around to tackling the movie from director John Woo, and it’s a satisfying skewering of the movie that was originally supposed to star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. So sit back, eat a peach, and watch the Face Off Honest Trailer below. Read More »
“I am tired of myself tonight. I should like to be somebody else.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
We are hardwired to see faces. Through the phenomenon of pareidolia, we’re able to glimpse a collection of shapes in a rock, or a cloud, or an oil spill, and imagine we can spot a face within. Our brains are always searching for something to identify; something to relate to. We judge emotions through the facial features of others – we see entire worlds of possibilities in the raising of an eyebrow, or the downturning of a mouth.
Our own faces remain out of sight, save for when we catch them reflected in a mirror, or in a selfie, or ghost-like and shadowy in the screens of cellphones and laptops. Yet even when we’re not looking at our own faces, we tend to have an image in our minds of how we look. It may be idealized or depreciated, but it’s there. Our faces reflect who we are – without them, we might lose our identity. What might happen then if we gazed into a mirror and discovered a completely different person staring back at us. Worse than that – what if it was the reflection of someone we despised. Someone who had caused us irreparable harm. The face of a mortal enemy.
That’s the premise of Face/Off, John Woo’s glorious and deranged action film from 1997. It was not the first Hollywood movie Woo would direct, but it would ultimately be the best, the only film during the filmmakers’ sojourn in America that truly captured his unmatched style.
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