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, a video essay explores how Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi uniquely combines tragedy and comedy to beautiful, intimate stories. Plus, take a dive into the visual effects of the Back to the Future trilogy and check out a new Stranger Things theme song that makes far too many references to the 1980s. Read More »
Julian Dennison didn’t choose the superhero life, the superhero life chose him.
Or rather, that’s how I like to think negotiations went down when the breakout star from Hunt for the Wilderpeople was announced to join the cast of Deadpool 2 — via a very fitting Instagram photo from Ryan Reynolds depicting the diminutive Dennison being given a piggy back ride by Deadpool.
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If you didn’t catch Hunt for the Wilderpeople last year, you’re missing out on one of the most outstanding films of 2016 that is full of raucous comedy and great adventure (and you can catch it one Amazon Prime right now). The comedy hails from New Zealand from director Taika Waititi, who has a little movie coming to theaters this fall called Thor: Ragnarok, and if you love it as much as I do, then you might want to pick up this detalied, limited edition print paying tribute to the movie created by illustrator George Bletsis.
Check out the Hunt for the Wilderpeople print after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
There are a handful of movie websites I visit every single day for both work and avoiding work and Rotten Tomatoes as one of them. As the internet’s most popular (and also most prone to fanboy raging) movie review aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes assembles reviews from critics and tabulates a score based on the number of positive reactions versus negative reactions. The resulting percentage is worn as badge of honor for movies that are well-liked and treated as proof that “critics don’t get it” by movies that are not.
But you surely know all of this already because you’re reading a movie website and also probably stop by Rotten Tomatoes on a semi-regular basis to learn the critical consensus on a given movie. Anyway, the reason we’re here now is that the 2016 Golden Tomato winners, the round-up of the best-reviewed movies and television shows of last year, have been revealed.
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Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
For the past week, the entire /Film team has been bidding adieu to 2016 in style, publishing our personal lists counting down our favorite movies of the year. But those were just appetizers to the main event: the overall /Film top 15, where the personal lists of the entire staff are brought together to form one big list representing the site as a whole.
Blood was spilled. Tears were shed. Numbers were crunched. But we did it. This is the official, mathematically proven /Film Top 15 Films of 2016.
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Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 by Angie Han
Let’s skip the usual blather about whether 2016 was a good year for movies or a bad year for movies and just get right to it, shall we? I saw a lot of films in 2016. Here were some of my very favorites.
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On occasion, there has been some argument among other film bloggers and journalists on Twitter as to whether this was an awful year for movies or not. When we look at the summer blockbuster season, it was mostly a bust this year. But if you were paying attention for good movies that were playing at the nearest indie theater, or ventured our to catch the lower key releases that only stick around the big multiplexes for a week or two at a time, that’s where the good stuff was.
The year 2016 was a bad one for sequels and reboots, but it was a good one for independent cinema, original science fiction, coming of age drama, family struggle, and incredible musical moments. All of this and more can be found in my personal list of the Top 10 Movies of 2016. But beware of some potential spoilers if you haven’t seen them!. Read More »
Not only was What We Do In The Shadows one of my favorite films of 2015, it shocked us all by coming in at #2 on the list of the best movies of the year put together by all of us here at /Film. Right now the film’s director, Taika Waititi, is busy in Australia behind the camera for Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the Marvel Studios franchise. But before he went into superhero territory, Waititi went back to New Zealand for an indie adventure comedy that debuted at Sundance this year and is now readily available for you to watch.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next week, but you can actually buy it on Digital HD right now if you were so inclined. And honestly, it could be the best decision you make this month, or even next month. The film takes the character dynamic of Up and tosses it into the brush of New Zealand with adorable hilarity that only Taika Waititi can deliver. If you need any more convincing, you can watch the first 10 minutes of Hunt for the Wilderpeople after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Taika Waititi is currently tied up in the Marvel universe for Thor: Ragnarok, but he hasn’t forgotten about some of the other, non-superheroic projects he’s got on his back burner. Like We’re Wolves, the proposed What We Do in the Shadows spinoff/sequel. The filmmaker confirmed “it’s still in the works,” though he cautioned it’ll probably be a while before we actually get to see it.
In the meantime, you can check out his latest feature Hunt for the Wilderpeople, now out on VOD. And if you like it, there could be more where that came from. Waititi suggests the possibility of another adventure featuring Hec (Sam Neill) and Ricky (Julian Dennison), though it doesn’t exactly sound like a sure thing at this point. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
As we pass the halfway mark of 2016, we at /Film figured it’d be a good time to take a step back and assess the year we’ve had so far. By this point last year, consensus had formed around a few favorites: Mad Max: Fury Road was far and away our favorite of the year one year ago, and it maintained that position all the way through to December. But this year? The results look much more varied. Join us as we count down /Film’s top 10 films of 2016 so far.
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