Ben Pearson’s Top 10 Movies of 2019 So Far

Ben Pearson's Top 10 Movies of 2019

2019 has not exactly been a banner year for mainstream American films. I still have plenty of foreign titles to catch up on before the year ends, and thankfully I caught a few worthwhile indies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to make this list a bit more interesting that it would have been otherwise. Here are my Top 10 movies of 2019 so far, with every title except one having already been released in U.S. theaters during the first half of the year (the one that hasn’t is currently slated for release this fall). Read More »

I Am Mother Robot

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 as Adam Savage goes behind the scene at Weta Workshop to take a closer look at the robot from the Netflix movie I Am Mother. Plus, Shazam! star Zachary Levi has an encounter with The Tethered from Jordan Peele’s Us, and a video goes behind the scenes of some classic sketches from Nickelodeon’s original iteration of All That. Read More »

i am mother featurette

I Am Mother is now streaming on Netflix, and whatever you might think of the sci-fi film, you have to admit: the robot at the center of the story looks pretty darn cool. That robot is the creation of Weta Workshop, the special effects and prop company founded by Peter Jackson and made famous by the Lord of the Rings franchise, and Fin Design + Effects. In a new I Am Mother featurette below, see how Weta worked hard to make the film’s robot look as real as possible.

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I Am Mother interview

When I saw I Am Mother at Sundance earlier this year, I was blown away by the believability of the sci-fi film’s robot. So I jumped at the chance to speak with director Grant Sputore (who also has a “story by” credit) and ask him about how he and his team brought “Mother” to life, casting Rose Byrne as the voice of that character, how the story evolved over time, his future filmmaking plans, and more. Read More »

i am mother trailer

When humanity has gone extinct, it’s up to a robot simply called Mother (Rose Byrne) to raise a new generation of people to repopulate the Earth. Her first subject grows into a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) that adores Mother and believes everything she says — until a mysterious stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives at the bunker where she lives and shakes up her entire existence.

A high-concept apocalyptic sci-fi movie, I Am Mother made waves at the Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Netflix for release this summer. Watch the first I Am Mother trailer below.

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I Am Mother Netflix

One of the best movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival now has North American distribution. StudioCanal had already committed to releasing Grant Sputore‘s directorial debut I Am Mother in Australia and New Zealand, but this morning, Netflix swooped in and picked up the distribution rights for North America.

Why should you be excited about I Am Mother? Because it features one of the best robot creations in cinematic history. Learn more about the film below.
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I Am Mother review

Raised in total isolation by a robot, a young woman’s world is turned upside down when a survivor from the outside bangs on their airlock door one day. What is true? What is real? Is there a difference between the two?

I Am Mother takes a familiar premise and executes it to near-perfection, with first-time feature filmmaker Grant Sputore aided by a fantastic script, a star-making performance from UK actress Clara Rugaard, a strong supporting turn from Hilary Swank, and a brilliantly realized new robot that instantly cements its status in the pantheon of classic genre creations. Put this on your radar – you don’t want to miss it. Read More »

Creating Heath Ledger as The Joker

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, make-up artist John Caglione, Jr. recalls the process of bringing Heath Ledger‘s take on The Joker to life. Plus, take a tour of some of the costumes Weta Workshop brought to San Diego Comic-Con last month, and watch Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell answer some of the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »