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 a new airline safety video for Turkish Airlines created entirely with the characters of The LEGO Movie 2. Plus, go behind the scenes of Pixar’s latest SparkShorts project Smash and Grab, and watch as a roundtable of actors and actress from the Sundance Film Festival sit down for a chat about their movies and more. Read More »
Every Sundance Film Festival comes with a handful of coming-of-age narratives showing kids struggling with adolescence in a variety of ways. At Sundance, teens frequently feel like outcasts, have their hearts broken, deal with shitty parents, hang out with unique friends, find inspiration from 1980s music and movies, and learn important lessons. First-time writer/director Jason Orley falls into some of these tropes with his own coming of age comedy Big Time Adolescence, but thankfully, a pair of endearing and hilarious lead performances from teenage Griffin Gluck and comedy prodigy Pete Davidson turn the movie into a real gem. Read More »
A true crime has been committed by Netflix. The streaming giant has canceled the critically acclaimed mockumentary series American Vandal after two seasons. But things aren’t looking completely shitty for the hilarious high school-set satire of the true crime genre. Though American Vandal may be canceled at Netflix, the series could potentially be picked up by another platform.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Thinking about just how awkward this holiday season is going to be with your family this year can be a depressing and uncomfortable experience. Watching someone else suffer through a really awkward holiday season, though? That’s comedy gold. Or so the new comedy Why Him? would like to think.
Bryan Cranston plays the doting father of a bright young woman (Zoey Deutch) who’s excited to introduce her new boyfriend (James Franco) to her family. Problem is, he’s kind of the worst — an Silicon Valley “zillionaire” who has “literally no filter.” Making matters even more upsetting, he’s thinking about proposing. At first the boyfriend tries to ingratiate himself with the family, but when that plan fails an all-out war develops between the would-be in-laws.
Watch the Why Him? red-band trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fresh off of producing one movie about a parent’s worst nightmare, James Franco is starring in another. Why Him? stars Bryan Cranston as a straight-laced suburban dad who goes to visit his daughter (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford, and his horrified to discover she’s dating a internet billionaire with tons of ill-advised tattoos and no filter whatsoever. Franco, of course, plays the obnoxious boyfriend. John Hamburg (I Love You, Man) directed. Watch the first Why Him? trailer after the jump. Read More »
After delivering the bumbling comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop, director Steve Carr is heading into the world of young adults with an Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, an adaptation of the book of the same name by James Patterson. With flairs of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Matilda and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the film looks like it’s perfectly geared towards the target audience who read the books, but with some familiar comedic talent to make it a little more appealing to adults.
Watch the Middle School trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
Hollywood would have you believe that high school is the defining years of your life. Countless films follow teenagers as they look for the one magical thing that’ll get them laid or get them out of town, and even a lot of adult films seem to be based on the notion that you are who you sat with in the high school cafeteria. But as Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life shows, the years leading up to high school can be just as traumatic in their own way.
Based on the YA novel by James Patterson, Middle School follows Rafe (Griffin Gluck), an artsy kid who transfers to a strict new school. Fed up with all of the oppressive rules, Rafe and his best friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca, a.k.a. the Burp King of Westchester) plot to break every single rule in the school’s code of conduct. Surrounding Rafe and Leo are a hilarious adult cast including Andy Daly, Adam Pally, Retta, Rob Riggle, and Lauren Graham. Watch the Middle School trailer after the jump. Read More »