VFX Artists React to The Mummy

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, the VFX artists from Corridor Crew bring in Industrial Light and Magic’s visual effect art director Alex Laurant for a closer look at The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Plus, see how outer space in movies has evolved across the 120-year history of motion pictures, from A Trip to the Moon to Gravity. And finally, watch as The Flight Attendant star Kaley Cuoco and WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen interview each other. Read More »

How to Make Harry Potter Potions

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, find out how to make Harry Potter potions like Amortentia and Felix Felicis, with ingredients at home. Plus, listen as an astronaut fact checks notable space movies like Interstellar, Gravity, Armageddon, and more using his NASA experience and vast knowledge of outer space. And finally, see what happens what King of the Hill voice star Pamela Adlon creates voices for cartoon characters she’s seeing for the first time. Read More »

Sesame Street - Everything Elmo Does in a Day

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, find out what Sesame Street‘s favorite red monster Elmo does with his average day. Plus, a real astronaut examines space scenes from movies like Total Recall, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gravity, Interstellar, and others. And watch as Kristen Stewart encounters the wings of death on the latest edition of Hot Ones. Read More »

Spoilers for Gravity follow.

Alfonso Cuarón won a Best Director Oscar for Gravity, so it’s safe to assume he knew what he was doing when he made the science fiction thriller starring Sandra Bullock. And yet, the studio really wanted the filmmaker to change the picture’s ending. According to Cuarón’s pal Guillermo del Toro, producers tried to make Cuarón tack on a needless rescue scene during the Gravity ending, but Cuarón stuck to his guns – and took home an Academy Award for his troubles.

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Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron have been famously close-knit friends for decades, but that doesn’t mean that del Toro is going to offer only shallow praise to Cuaron’s magnum opus Roma. Del Toro took to Twitter on Sunday to offer some insightful film criticism that perfectly gets to the heart of why Roma is such a masterclass in storytelling — and makes all film writers jealous that they hadn’t written a full essay about this first.

Spoilers for Roma below.

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Our All-Time Favorite Long Takes in Movies

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite long take in movie history?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with a special guest. This week, we are joined by Life director Daniel Espinosa.

If there’s a long, uninterrupted shot that really blows your mind, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite long shots below!

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Our Favorite Action Scenes

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In honor of John Wick: Chapter 2, which hits theaters this week, we are taking a look at our favorite action scenes from movies and television history. But this isn’t just about us, it’s also about you. What did we get right? What did we get wrong? What is your favorite action scene? Leave your picks in the comments below!

/Answers is a weekly feature where all of the /Film writers and podcasters attempt to answer a pop culture related question. Last week, in honor of the Super Bowl, we answered: “What is your favorite sports movie?”

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What Are the Most Pirated Movies of 2014?

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Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 are shaping up to be the biggest hits of the year at the global box office. But in terms of the year’s most pirated films, they don’t even make the top 20.

Instead, the most popular movies among illegal downloaders in 2014 were some of the best loved films from 2013. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that this is the one popularity contest Frozen didn’t manage to win — it comes in at #2. So what was #1?  Get the top 20 most pirated movies of 2014 after the jump.  Read More »

Gravity Diamond Luxe Blu-ray header

Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity did a fantastic job of showing how isolated one might feel in space. It also really pushed the emotions because of Steven Price‘s Oscar-winning score. Space is a silent vacuum, however, and to give Gravity fans a wholly new experience, an upcoming re-release of the Blu-ray will have a “Silent Space” audio track to give the viewer a sense of what the events of the movie might actually sound like in space. Read more about the Gravity silent space version below. Read More »

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VOTD: The Films Of Alfonso Cuaron

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What Alfonso Cuaron lacks in quantity of films made, he damn sure makes up for in quality. He’s only made seven movies over almost 25 years but it’s as if he somehow gets exponentially better with each and ever one.

I admit to not knowing much about his first feature, Love in the Time of Hysteria, but it allowed him to two whimsical crowd pleasers, A Little Princess and Great Expectations. From there, he directed the sexy, provacative Y Tu Mama Tambien then switched gears entirely by doing arguably the best (and most influential) Harry Potter film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From there, he blew minds with the masterpiece, Children of Men and finally won the Oscar for Best Director for his amazing work on Gravity.

It’s a short but insanely impressive list and below you can relive them all in a tribute to Alfonso Cuaron films. Read More »