Wonder Woman Featurette

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 featurette that highlights the immense female talent behind the camera of Woman Woman. Plus, watch James McAvoy make a cake inspired by His Dark Materials for The Great British Bake-Off. And finally, listen to a stuntman break down motorcycle stunts from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and more. Read More »

his dark materials aesahaettr review

One of my favorite things about His Dark Materials is how it starts off as a fun children’s fantasy with an occasional smattering of theological rage and despair, before it goes full-tilt “If God exists, why don’t we kill him?” “Æsahættr,” the finale of the extremely successful second season of His Dark Materials, is all about that turning point. After a rousing penultimate episode last week, His Dark Materials delivers on revelations and fateful meetings with the season 2 finale, which marks the beginning of the end of this grand story.

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his dark materials malice review

His Dark Materials is nearing the end of its second season with an episode that feels very much like the set-up for the finale next week. (Originally set to run 8 episodes like season 1, an extra filler episode set to catch up with James McAvoy’s Lord Asriel was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.) But that’s not to say there isn’t anything to enjoy from “Malice” — far from it, in fact. Yes, the penultimate episode of season 2 is a lot of build-up, but boy, is it effective at ramping up the tension, stakes, and thrills to sky-high levels.

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his dark materials season 3

His Dark Materials is returning for a third, and likely final, season. The fantasy-adventure series adaptation of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed series has been renewed for a third season by HBO and BBC One. The news doesn’t come as a complete surprise, as the first two seasons adapted the first two books in Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of novels, but it will — for the first time — bring Pullman’s complete vision of his story to the screen.

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his dark materials the scholar

What makes a good villain tick? His Dark Materials is full of morally gray baddies, the most interesting of which is Ruth Wilson‘s Mrs. Coulter, a fiercely intelligent and ruthless opponent for Lyra, ever since our young heroine was taken under the wing of the woman she would learn was her mother. But “The Scholar” gives us a little more insight into Marisa Coulter, a woman with just as many deep regrets and a deep yearning for freedom as anyone else.

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his dark materials tower of angels

It’s a neat magic trick, what His Dark Materials pulls, of lulling the viewer into thinking they’re in for the typical worlds-crossing fantasy adventure that revolves around a handful of mythical objects. A modern-day crusade of sorts, you might say. But what is a crusade if not a divine quest that brings one closer to God? That is where “Tower of Angels” brings season 2 of His Dark Materials, inching the show ever closer to the divine plan that has been turning the wheels of the series since that first fateful day when Lyra (Dafne Keen) left Oxford.

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his dark materials the lost boy review

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The ShowHis Dark Materials

Where You Can Stream It: HBO and HBO Max

The Pitch: Set in an alternate world where humans’ souls take the form of walking, talking animals called daemons, His Dark Materials starts off as a fantasy-adventure series involving child kidnappers and a brash young heroine named Lyra before it unfolds into an ambitious retelling of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: His Dark Materials has been having trouble shaking off the taint from the 2007 adaptation of Philip Pullman’s first book in the trilogy, The Golden Compass. Roundly mocked for its shoddy CGI visuals and criticized for being a Harry Potter knock-off, The Golden Compass nearly doomed His Dark Materials to being cast off to the dustbin of failed YA adaptations. But enter BBC and the duo of executive producer Jane Tranter and writer Jack Thorne, who wanted the rest of the world to take the series as seriously as its thousands of book fans do. The result: the BBC/HBO co-production His Dark Materials, a dark journey into adolescence that goes through its share of growing pains, before finally coming into its own with its currently-airing second season.

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his dark materials theft review

His Dark Materials is only getting better with each episode of its second season, with the third episode, “Theft,” finally bringing an end to the sluggish witches vs. Magisterium plot and getting to the real action. And by real action, I mean Will and Lyra sitting down in a movie theater to watch Paddington.

No, I don’t really mean that. But that scene is a pivotal example of how His Dark Materials is letting loose its dour, epic fantasy trappings to embrace some of the awe and whimsy that was mostly absent from its first season. Pairing that quiet moment of connection with Will and Lyra in the crowded movie theater (along with the quiet comedy of Lyra being introduced to popcorn for the first time) with the escalating stakes of a stranger stealing Lyra’s alethiometer and Lyra’s mother getting closer to finding her makes for a thoroughly exciting episode of His Dark Materials.

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his dark materials the cave review

His Dark Materials continues its upward momentum with “The Cave,” an episode that really hones into the science-fantasy elements of the show in reinvigorating new way. The show is more Jules Verne-inspired quest than dour Game of Thrones knock-off now, and it’s exciting to see how this more confident His Dark Materials is beginning to take shape.

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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 the visual effects artists from Corridor Crew have to say about the Speed Racer VFX from the 2009 big screen adaptation. Plus, go behind the scenes of HBO’s fantasy series adaptation His Dark Materials, and listen to George Clooney look back on his most memorable roles, from the Ocean’s 11 franchise to award worthy turns in The Descendants and Michael Clayton, and more. Read More »