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, watch as the cast of Jumanji: The Next Level gets together for a little Thanksgiving feast that doesn’t quite go as smoothly as you’d think. Plus, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk reviews skateboarding scenes in movies like Back to the Future and The Amazing Spider-Man, and possible awards contenders Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler interview each other for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series. Read More »
Gallery 1988 debuted a new art show over the weekend featuring works from Jeff Boyes and Dan Mumford, each of them honoring some beloved films from decades past. Jeff Boyes focuses on films like Wayne’s World, Gleaming the Cube, and Dumb & Dumber. Meanwhile, Dan Mumford tackled the likes of The Crow, Terminator and First Blood. But both of them did their own tribute to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Gallery 1988 Lost Days art show below. Read More »
Following all the funny, viral videos that pop up online is virtually impossible. The secret is finding a niche that you like. Some people like cats, other like fake trailers or people getting hurt. For me, I love voicemails from the “powerful 1980s Hollywood agent” Warren Klein.
Funny or Die has already released two of these gems and now the third has just gone up. It’s a four and a half minute message supposedly left for Christian Slater about the devastating news that Josh Brolin’s skateboarding film Thrashin’ had its release date pushed in front of Slater’s film, Gleaming the Cube. Along the way Klein talks about Michael Winslow’s Police Academy contract, Benihana, Goonies heat and where to buy razors in Hollywood. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans The Tooth Fairy, that offer proof. /Film’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review, or an interview…
For all of the world’s fireplaces used to stack skateboard videos and DVDs, it’s increasingly strange how few, if any, feature films exist to directly reflect the ubiquity of the sport and lifestyle in pop culture. The new indie film, Machotaildrop, might be the only across-the-board example. Not only does it have a skateboarder named Walter (played by skater/actor Anthony Amedori) as its main character, the movie’s plush fantasy world serves as a metaphorical backdrop for a modern skater’s journey from passionate amateur to paid-and-jaded pro. After Walter is recruited to the hedonistic dream estate of a major skateboard corporation called Machotaildrop, he’s soon ordered by its shady overseer, The Baron, to tour the base of an outlaw skater gang called the Manwolfs. Herein lies a moral dilemma and awakening: help Machotaildrop establish its kooky skater theme park on the Manwolfs’ sacred turf and “fulfill the dream.” Or bail.
Machotaildrop is already stirring curiosity online for its attractive cinematography and for surreal imagery that evokes the prim-and-proper stylings of Wes Anderson, the offbeat humor of Spike Jonze, and the acid-tab abstraction of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Accessible to fans of those directors, Machotaildrop still glows with the esoteric yet stonerish attitude synonymous with a lot of skate culture. Veteran and current pro’s like Steve Olson (as a baker-skater) and Rick McCrank (as a snobbish, injured icon) get laughs in supporting roles and the plot lends itself to well-shot bouts of skate tricks. I interviewed writers/directors, Corey Adams and Adam Craig, about what they wanted to accomplish, their film’s themes, and all of the skater-and-cineaste history that inspired it. Trailer and images included after the jump.
Hunter Stephenson: We are seeing skate video culture assimilated into indie films more and more, as seen in the work of directors like Spike Jonze and Jody Hill. Do you agree? And what discussions did you and Alex have before making the film in regard to contributing to this cinematic/cultural bridge?
Corey Adams: Well the one discussion we kept having was that we didn’t want the film to look anything like a skateboard video, that all the skateboarding we shot in the film was done so in a way that it didn’t over glorify it. No wide angle lenses or handheld shots—except for some of the skateboard video elements, which we had no control over as it was all actual footage from the kid.
Alex Craig: Even though we both come from a skateboarding background, it was always our intention to approach this project cinematically as opposed to using skate video conventions. I think it would have been foolish to try and recreate a skate video vibe in the film mainly because it wasn’t appropriate to our idea but also because we could never do it justice. We wanted the film to stay in a farcical world.
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