16-Bit Solo A Star Wars Story

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 professional hacker breaks down some of the hacking scenes in Ocean’s 8 and explains the real technology behind them. Plus, Hotel Artemis star Jodie Foster breaks down her 52-year acting and directing career and the train heist from Solo: A Star Wars Story gets recreated as a 16-bit video game. Read More »

While speaking with Drew Pearce, it’s obvious he has no shortage of good memories from making his first feature film, Hotel Artemis. Having Jodie Foster star in the first movie you’ve directed should help make for a positive experience, but even when the Iron Man 3 co-writer talks about the most challenging days on set, he does so with enthusiasm.

Hotel Artemis is an original independent movie coming out during the crowded summer moviegoing season. For Pearce, he’s hoping some originality and personality will connect with moviegoers. He’s also hoping all the love that went into making his movie about a hospital for assassins shines through. As Pearce told us, “I always say the movie costs $14.5 million and $20 million in favors.”

If you haven’t yet, check out part one of our conversation with Pearce. Below, you can find part two of our Drew Pearce interview, in which he talks about his Marvel experience, nods to Casablanca and Mary Poppins, and more.

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Drew Pearce interview

Drew Pearce‘s feature-length directorial debut, Hotel Artemis, is the sort of movie that’s a real breath of fresh air during the summer moviegoing season. It’s an original story, for starters, but it’s also a movie that relies more on its characters and all-star cast to generate spectacle than the set pieces. Jodie Foster playing a fast-talking, hard-drinking nurse tending to criminals and Jeff Goldblum as “The Wolf King of Los Angeles” has far more entertainment than watching a city get destroyed.

Pearce’s first movie isn’t heavy on action, but it is heavy on star power, in front of and behind the camera. The Iron Man 3 co-writer and the director of Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King couldn’t have assembled a better team for Hotel Artemis, including cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, who shot OldboyThe Handmaiden, and most recently, It. Together, Pearce and Chung create a location full of color, history, and personality. Even with one primary location, never does Hotel Artemis feel claustrophobic or small in scale.

About a month ago, I had a chance to sit-down with Pearce for an extended interview covering his work with the DP, his influences, writing with Shane Black, and more.

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Hotel Artemis Review

This week brings Hotel Artemis to theaters, marking the directorial debut of Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce. Set in a world reiminiscent of John Wick, our story unfolds in and around a hotel for criminals ran by Jodie Foster. She’s surrounded by an ensemble that includes the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. But is that enough to make for a praiseworthy action flick?

Read our Hotel Artemis review round-up below to find out. Read More »

Jurassic World Parkour

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, Adam Savage goes for a drive with stuntwoman Zoe Bell as she tries to get the hang of drifting. Plus, Jurassic World gets some parkour flair in the form of a fun viral video, and Jodie Foster answers some of the web’s most searched questions about her before Hotel Artemis hits theaters this weekend. Read More »

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Hotel Artemis Trailer

Sure, the action-comedy Hotel Artemis looks like a bit of a John Wick knock-off, but it also looks like a really fun John Wick knock-off, with a killer cast to boot. And a brand new trailer (plus a whole slew of character posters) is here to introduce you to that cast.

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Hotel Artemis Red Band Trailer

Hey, did you forget that there’s a new action thriller coming out that takes place in a criminal for hospitals and stars Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista? If you did, this is your official, bloody reminder.

Hotel Artemis has just debuted a new red band trailer to show off the violent shenanigans in store from this movie that feels like it should take place in the John Wick universe (even though, sadly, it doesn’t). Jodie Foster leads the cast as the nurse of this hospital for criminals on the run, but there’s a strict set of rules to follow if you want to be treated, and it looks like one of her latest customers is about to catch the attention of some dangerous people who are ready to break all the rules. Read More »

hotel artemis clip

Whoa, a John Wick: Chapter 3 clip already? That was fast – they just announced much of the cast this morning. What’s that? Oh, this isn’t from John Wick: Chapter 3, it’s a Hotel Artemis clip instead? Ah yes, it’s that other movie about a secret society of criminals with a strict code of enforced rules. That one actually comes out in just a few weeks, so this all now makes much more sense.

Am I joking? I can’t even tell anymore! It’s probably best just to check out the new clip below.
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hotel artemis trailer

Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce makes his directorial debut with the stylish, star-studded action thriller Hotel Artemis. Written and directed by Pearce, the film revolves around a secret hospital in near-future Los Angeles that caters to the criminal element. Under control of The Nurse (Jodie Foster), it has a strict set of rules that forbid killing, weapons, and other violence. Sound familiar? Perhaps the first Hotel Artemis trailer will ring a few bells.

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Jodie Foster Superhero Movie

Ever since X-Men was released back in 2000, there has been a plethora of superhero movies in theaters every single year. Though the early 2000s were full of a lot of garbage thanks to studios snatching up every comic book property they could get their hands on and rushing them into production, the superhero genre has evolved, and we’ve gotten great superhero movies like The Dark Knight, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and more. However, not everyone agrees with that sentiment.

Actress and filmmaker Jodie Foster has been making the publicity rounds in the wake of the release of the new season of Black Mirror after directing an episode of the sci-fi anthology series, and she didn’t have anything kind to say about superhero movies and studio blockbusters in general. In fact, she says it’s “ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.” But James Gunn, director of the superhero blockbuster franchise Guardians of the Galaxy, respectfully disagrees with these Jodie Foster superhero movies comments. Read More »