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, VFX artists react to the digital wizardry to bring deceased actors to the big screen in movies like Furious 7 and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Plus, a video essay takes a close look at the classic courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder starring Jimmy Stewart, and Alec Baldwin breaks down some of his most memorable performances from his nearly 40 years working in film and television. Read More »
After Paul Walker‘s tragic death, the Fast and the Furious franchise reworked things to have the actor’s character drive off into the sunset via some digital trickery. That’s likely the last we’ll see of Brian O’Conner in the series, but Walker’s brothers would like to change that. Caleb and Cody Walker both served as stand-ins for their brother to complete Furious 7, and now the siblings are saying they’re open to the idea of helping bring Walker’s character back for future installments.
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(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)
Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about our favorite movie vehicles. We then opened the floor to our readers: what is your favorite cinematic mode of transportation? And you let us know!
We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: who is your favorite movie mentor figure? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to email@example.com!
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The cast and crew of Furious 7 were thrown a pretty serious curveball when Paul Walker died in a car wreck while the sequel was still in production. Shooting shut down for awhile to allow everyone time to grieve and process this tragedy, but also to allow director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan figure out how they were going to salvage the movie without one of the main actors around to finish many pivotal scenes that had still yet to be completed.
In the end, Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Connor was given a touching send-off by his on-screen brother Vin Diesel. But how would the movie have ended if Paul Walker hadn’t died and didn’t need to be written out of the future sequels? Chris Morgan recently took the time to explain how the original Furious 7 ending would have been different from what we saw in theaters. Read More »
Over the years, the Fast and Furious movies have carved out an identity – fans know what to expect from them and they deliver. As with any long-running movie series, certain trends, motifs, habits, and patterns start to emerge, stuff that makes you chuckle with recognition.
But what happens when you go through the first seven movies (part eight, The Fate of the Furious, is in theaters today) and try to count the various repeating elements? Just how many Coronas does Dominic Toretto drink throughout the course of the series? How many times does everyone say “family”? How often do Dom and Brian share a smoldering look? And just how many cars crash in each movie?
Those questions have now been answered. Buckle up. It’s time to start counting.
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With the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise arriving this weekend, we’ll get all-new sequences of ridiculous action, explosions and uses of the word family. Those are just some of the things you can expect from each and every film in the franchise, and the folks at Bloomberg decided to fiercely crunch the numbers for all of the seven previous movies leading up to The Fate of the Furious. The result is a plethora of infographics counting everything from how many shots there are of odometers/tachometers to how much screentime is given to female butts.
Check out the Fast and Furious infographics after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Watch Tom Cruise film a pretty cool Mission: Impossible 6 stunt.
- A Michael Bay regular has been spotted on the set of Transformers: The Last Knight.
- Read about the original ending of Furious 7.
- Sylvester Stallone is already moving forward with Escape Plan 3.
- B.D. Wong is looking awfully dapper on the set of Jurassic World 2.
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Narrowing down the most ridiculous moments of the Fast & Furious franchise proved to be a difficult task, considering how, you know, the entire damn franchise is comprised of ridiculous moments. But that’s a big part of the reason I love these movies. With the series’ eighth film, The Fate of the Furious, arriving this Friday, there’s no better time to glance in our rear view mirrors and take a tour through the most ridiculous moments in Fast history. Fill your NOS tanks, grab yourself a Corona, and prepare to race through this list a quarter mile at a time. Read More »
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It’s safe to say that nobody saw the success of the Fast and Furious series coming. What began as a straightforward tale of cops, robbers, and illegal street racing has ballooned (exploded?) into a globetrotting saga of espionage, high-stakes action, impossible heists, dramatic intrigue that would make your daytime soap opera of choice feel a little hot and bothered, and, most importantly, the importance of family. There’s nothing else quite like these movies and the world is a louder, weirder, nuttier place for their existence.
With the eighth film in the series, The Fate of the Furious, arriving this week, we decided it was time to do what the internet does to every long-running movie series at some point. It was time to rank the Fast and Furious movies.
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Visual effects in movies have advanced in a spectacular way in the relatively short history of cinema. What once was thought to be impossible to create in post-production has become a mainstay in blockbuster tentpoles. More recently, visual effects companies have become quite skilled in creating human faces entirely with computer generated imagery, and a new video essay shows us how this part of movie magic has evolved in a small window of time.
Watch the evolution of CGI faces in movies after the jump. Read More »