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 »
If you’ve ever watched Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life and thought, “Ya know what this story needs? Songs by Paul McCartney!”, today is your lucky day. McCartney is set to write the music and lyrics for an upcoming stage musical adaptation of the film that starred Jimmy Stewart as a banker ready to ruin everyone’s Christmas by throwing himself off a bridge.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
In this edition of Now Stream This, you’ll find one of the best movies of 2018, a holiday classic that you can watch any time of the year, a prophetic sci-fi film, Jamie Lee Curtis as a rookie cop, an old violin, a kick-ass action movie, an ’80s horror throwback, a true crime documentary, a tale of resurrection, and Liam Neeson wearing a kilt. What a line-up!
These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!
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Halloween is over, which means it’s now officially Christmas time. And Amazon has a very special gift to kick off the holiday season. Frank Capra‘s classic It’s a Wonderful Life is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, marking the first time the film has ever been available to stream. Now, anyone with an Amazon Prime membership can stream the touching tale of a man who tries to kill himself on Christmas!
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On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be holding its 90th ceremony. The Oscars are the Super Bowl for cinephiles. Though the true relevance of the ceremony is often questioned, it still carries prestige as the pre-eminent film awards event.
Looking back through nine decades worth of Best Picture nominees, it’s clear there were a number of years where two or more iconic films were up against each other. 1994, for instance, featured an especially sticky three-way grudge match between Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and The Shawshank Redemption (Gump’s gotta go, but Shawshank? Never.) There are other years, however, where one nominated title pops up as a clear cut above the rest, and the fact that it did not win seems like an egregious miscarriage of movie justice.
You can’t always fault the Academy for its short-sightedness. Time has a way of showing what really matters.
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It’s a Wonderful Life is an all-American staple of the holiday season, a profoundly inspiring film about a downtrodden man finding meaning and the will to live through the people he has connected with throughout his life. But the FBI once considered it un-American.
For 10 years after the film’s release in 1946, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI suspected the film of being Communist propaganda.
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Last month on the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards teased that he had a brief cameo in one of the final scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It has taken fans a couple of weeks to find it, but now the Gareth Edwards Rogue One cameo has been fully revealed. Also, while we’re talking about the filmmaker, Edwards has released a list of his top 10 films of all time. Hit the jump to learn about both.
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Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan! It’s that time of year when families sit down to watch It’s A Wonderful Life to feel good about what they have, which is something we all probably need after the gut punch that was the year 2016. If you’re a big fan of the holiday classic from director Frank Capra, then we have a print that you might want to frame on your wall.
Hero Complex Gallery has this timely new piece of art from Barret Chapman, immortalizing that iconic moment when George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) tells Mary (Donna Reed) that he’ll lasso the moon to pull it down for her to have if that’s what she wants. Check out the beautiful It’s A Wonderful Life print after the jump. Read More »
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This Christmas, the collective entity of /Film pooled their efforts together to present this gift. Earlier this week, I polled all our writers and editors for their top ten holiday films of all time. I then gave each film on each list a 1 to 10 ranking. 10 points for first place, 1 point for 10th place, and added up the results. What were the results? Pretty predictable, if you ask me, but fun nevertheless.
Still, there were plenty of great movies on the list and weird subplots to explore. For example, only two of us put the same film number one, and it just so happens to be our overall top pick. However, another writer hasn’t even seen that movie. (Until late last night, as it turns out.) Which film is it? And what did it beat out? You’ll have to click below to read /Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday movies of all time. Read More »
The holidays are here and that means tons of people are going to watch Frank Capra‘s iconic film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, this fantasy tale is a staple of the season and Dark Hall Mansion has decided to pay tribute in the best way possible. They’ve hired artist Laurent Durieux to do an officially licensed poster for the film, which will go on sale as a timed edition beginning Friday December 19 through December 22. There will also be more limited variant editions on paper, foil and wood. Below, see /Film’s exclusive reveal of the beautiful It’s a Wonderful Life posters and read all the details. Read More »