Reacting to The Irishman VFX

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, VFX artists react to the de-aging technology used in Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects, and a few more movies. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter has an actress roundtable with Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, and more. And finally, Jude Law breaks down his career on film on television. Read More »

Chris Evangelista’s Top 10 Movies of 2019

Chris Evangelista's Top 10 Movies of 2019

It was another great year for movies, where we were blessed by new classics from beloved auteurs and new works of genius from fresh faces. Where sophomore efforts turned out to be magnificent titles in their own right. And, perhaps most interesting of all, where multiple movies conveyed a similar, and timely, “eat the rich” motto. My name is Chris Evangelista, and I approve this message. These are the 10 best movies of 2019, according to me.

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Top 25 Movies of 2019

We’re getting closer to the end of 2019, and that means the year-end lists delivering what critics think are the best movies of the year are starting to arrive. It’s a little early, especially since some of the movies appearing on lists haven’t hit theaters yet, but many critics have seen those movies in advance thanks to deadlines for voting bodies to determine their awards nominations. That brings us to film critic David Ehrlich‘s traditional video countdown of the Top 25 Movies of 2019. Did any of your favorites make the cut? Find out below. Read More »

New Blu-ray Releases Ready or Not

Since this column is bi-weekly, I tend to piece together releases for both the week the column runs and the week following. This latest entry has the distinction of having two films that are out this week, and two that are out next week. In other words, I’m helping you plan ahead. You’re welcome. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week (and beyond)!

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Jeff is back with  limericks while David is away. Devindra and Jeff are joined by Slate staff writer Inkoo Kang to discuss Hustlers. Stripping away the star-studded cast, does the latest film by Lorene Scafaria have substance on top of style?

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How to Make Star Trek Romulan Ale

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, learn about the four-note melody that has represented death in films like Star Wars and It’s a Wonderful Life for decades. Plus, learn how to make your own Romulan ale based on the blue libation from Star Trek, and find out what a day in the life of Jennifer Lopez was like as she makes a splash on the big screen again with the new movie Hustlers. Read More »

weekend box office it 2

Another weekend has ended, which means two things: one, we all have to return to the drudgery of work. And two, the weekend box office results are in. While there were a few new contenders at the multiplex, Pennywise and the Losers’ Club held fast with It Chapter Two staying at number one. But the highly-acclaimed Hustlers had a great weekend, too, exceeding expectations. The same can’t be said for the prestige drama The Goldfinch, which could not take flight in the wake of scathing TIFF reviews.

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hustlers review

Hustlers lives comfortably in the grey. Lorene Scafarai‘s movie shows the good deeds and the bad and the right and the wrong, never telling the audience exactly how to feel about it all. The crimes speak for themselves, but Scafaria keeps the characters and the world messy with more empathy than moralizing. The drama, which is based on a wildly entertaining story by journalist Jessica Pressler, has more to it than strippers drugging and stealing big money from their marks. Starring Constance Wu and Jennifer LopezHustlers is about friendship, culture, and people dealt a bad hand in life, hungry for the American dream.

Similar to Scafaria’s previous movies, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and The Meddler, the characters are alive and vibrant in Hustlers. The ups and downs of their complicated friendships are as suspenseful as their life of crime. They’re doing a bad thing, without question, but there’s also a lot of good in these characters.

Recently, Scafaria talked to us about the relationships in the movie, a potentially iconic shot of Lopez, and how we’re all hustling.

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hustlers review

It’s a story, literally, ripped from the headlines: a group of strippers run a scam that cheats their Wall Street clients out of thousands of dollars. On paper, it’s the perfect fodder for a feature film adaptation — full of drama, drugs, and a messy but tight-knit group of ruthless women who are simply evening out the playing field. We get some of that in Hustlers, directed by Lorene Scafaria and based on a New York Magazine article from 2015.

With an all-star cast led by a fierce Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers is a glossy crowdpleaser that shatters the male gaze. But in avoiding titillation, Hustlers ends up taking some of the teeth out of a sharp, sensuous, and satisfying true-life scam story described in its original New York Magazine piece as a “modern-day Robin Hood” fable.

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Hustlers Trailer

Remember all those asshole types from The Wolf of Wall Street who conned people out of their money so they could take extravagant vacations and snort cocaine off the backsides of strippers? Those kind of people still exist today, and they’re about to get their comeuppance.

Hustlers is a new crime comedy that gives women all the power as Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu use the primitive desires of Wall Street douchebags hitting up strip clubs to fill their pockets with cash. After all, if these guys are going to be drunk and stupid enough to throw their credit cards around and treat women like objects, then they can pay for it. Literally. Watch the new Hustlers trailer below. Read More »