Fracis Ford Coppola Criticizes Marvel 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 video essay explores the rise and fall and eventual rise again of The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola. Plus, The Trial of the Chicago 7 writer and director Aaron Sorkin answers some questions about screenwriting to help aspiring writers. And finally, actor Frank Langella looks back at some of his most memorable roles, including Dracula, Dave and Masters of the Universe. Read More »

Trial of the Chicago 7 Review

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is nothing if not a showcase for great performances. Writer-director Aaron Sorkin has his flaws – some of which are on display here – but one thing he does very well is creating the kind of punchy, snappy, rat-a-tat dialogue that good actors love to sink their teeth into. Some of that dialogue may not always sound natural – indeed, it often borders on speechifying. But Sorkin’s way with words, and a good actor’s talent for delivering those words, usually makes all the difference.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 Trailer

If the new The Trial of the Chicago 7 is any indicator, the movie will undoubtedly be a key player in the upcoming awards season. The timely and relevant story focuses on the peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turned into a violent clash with police and the court case that followed when seven protesters were charged by the federal government with conspiracy. What followed was a case full of biased politics, unabashed corruption, and absolute prejudice. Sound familiar? Read More »

Trial of the Chicago 7 First Look Photos

Aaron Sorkin‘s next movie as both a writer and director is The Trial of the Chicago 7. The true story follows the infamous 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy following the counter-cultural anti-Vietnam protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. What started as peaceful protests turned to a violent clash with police and the National Guard. It’s a story that feels more relevant than ever in our current political and social climate, and the first look photos that have just surfaced showcase the all-star cast bringing this pivotal moment in history to life. Read More »

Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7

Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 was meant to be released in theaters this fall by Paramount Pictures. The studio had slated the movie for a limited release on September 25 followed by a wide release on October 16. However, Netflix is now negotiating to acquire the global rights to the movie from Cross Creek Pictures, which would give the streaming service another awards contender.

UPDATE: Deadline reports Netflix has officially picked up global distribution rights for the movie with a $56 million deal. Our original story from June 22, 2020 follows below. Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming Video Essay

Nearly a year ago, pre-production on Aaron Sorkin’s long-gestating true story of The Trial of the Chicago 7 was suddenly shut down in order to allow the acclaimed writer some time to work on his Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. But a few months later, the movie was getting back together with a stacked cast assembling. Now the movie has added Michael Keaton, and Paramount Pictures has set The Trial of the Chicago 7 release date right at the start of awards season. Find out more below. Read More »

kidding episode 1

You don’t have to wait five more days for the reunion of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind collaborators Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry. The first episode of their new Showtime series, Kidding, is now available to watch in its entirety on YouTube.

The black comedy about a Mr. Rogers-esque figure (Jim Carrey) who has a mental breakdown amid a personal crisis and the crushing pressure of the social media era, Kidding is a blacker-than-black comedy created by Dave Holstein, directed by Gondry, and starring Carrey, Catherine Keener, Judy Greer, and Frank Langella.

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kidding trailer

Jim Carrey reunites with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry for Kidding, a new Showtime series about a children’s television host whose life begins to implode. Watch the Kidding trailer below.

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captain fantastic

Captain Fantastic didn’t make our best of Sundance list earlier this year, but both Peter and Ethan enjoyed the film. Overall, the reviews were slightly mixed, and now having seen the trailer, it’s easy to see why. Captain Fantastic, which stars Viggo Mortensen (The Road), looks like a potentially overly quirky family drama, the kind of film we see a little too often, but maybe that’s not the case. Plenty of critics suggested the film is far more than that, and the trailer isn’t without promise.

Watch the Captain Fantastic trailer below.

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driftless area trailer

A film with Anton YelchinZooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, John HawkesFrank LangellaAlia Shawkatand Ciarán Hinds shouldn’t be flying so far under the radar. The Driftless Area premiered last spring at the Tribecca Film Festival, where it was met with mixed reviews. Based on the trailer for the surreal crime love story, it’s easy to see why.

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