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The Movie: Jojo Rabbit

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Taika Waititi plays Hitler as an imaginary friend to a young boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), who feels compelled to be a good little Nazi towards the end of World War II. Unfortunately, he can’t quite measure up to the ruthlessness expected of him. Once the kid discovers that his mother (Sarlett Johansson) has been hiding a teenage Jewish girl in a secret room in their house, his world is turned upside down as he realizes that maybe there’s more to life than trying to please the Führer, both in his imagination and in the the war torn world around him.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: There are so few Nazi comedies out there in the world that you can nearly count them on one hand. So just the mere existence of another one is worth checking out. But Jojo Rabbit isn’t miraculous just for its existence. By turning Nazis into complete buffoons played by the likes of Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, and Stephen Merchant, on top of having a self-described “Polynesian Jew” playing the imaginary version of their precious dictator, Jojo Rabbit is a truly unique cinematic work. Frustratingly more relevant than it should be in the year 2020, this coming-of-age tale takes a stand against prejudice and hate with a poignantly jarring but effective juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy. Read More »

birds of prey extended preview

Believe it or not, the summer is almost over. And, unfortunately, we’re all still stuck at home for the foreseeable future. This means we need to find our entertainment where we can, and that’s where streaming services come into play. HBO Max, like every other service out there, introduces new titles every month, and in August they have plenty of things worth checking out. In addition to highly-anticipated originals like Lovecraft Country and An American Pickle, there are plenty of studio flicks as well. Here are the best TV shows and movies coming to HBO Max in August 2020.

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Jojo Rabbit

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, find out about the big differences between the Best Picture nominated Jojo Rabbit and Christine Leunens’ novel on which it’s based, Caging Skies. Plus, watch how kids react when parents show them 90s cartoons like Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Beavis & Butt-Head, and more. Finally, Nick Offerman takes a look back at some of his movie famous characters, especially Parks and Recreation.

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Welcome back, fans of physical media. There are several great Blu-ray releases hitting the shelves this week, and if you’re one of those weirdos like me who cherishes physical copies, you’re going to want to grab some (if not all) of these. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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How to Make a Long Movie Shot

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, find out how long shots that appear to resemble single takes, such as the entirety of 1917, are created with seamless visual effects, camera movements, and editing tricks. Plus, watch the Director’s Guild of America‘s feature film symposium with the nominees of the 2020 DGA Awards, and listen to original All That cast members answer some burning questions. Read More »

2020 Oscars Video Highlights - Bong Joon-ho

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, since the 92nd Academy Awards aired last night, we’re running through some 2020 Oscars video highlights. The show may not have had a host, but it had some major moments in between the little golden men being handed out. Janelle Monae opened the Oscars with a vibrant, dance-heavy musical number honoring nominess and movies snubbed by The Academy. Chris Rock and Steve Martin came as close to hosting the show as we were going to get, Idina Menzel belted a Frozen 2 tune with an assembly of international singers, and much more.

On top of the show highlights, we’ve also included some of the best acceptance speeches, included two extensive moments with Best Actor and Best Actress winners Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger, the surprise when Bong Joon-ho took home Best Director, and of course, the big moment when Parasite won Best Picture. Read More »

2020 Oscars Honest Trailers

This weekend brings the 92nd Academy Awards, honoring achievements in film from the year 2019. There are nine movies nominated for Best Picture, each bringing something different to the table. Well, they mostly bring something different to the table, even though the some of the movies share Al Pacino, Scarlett Johansson, Robert De Niro, Laura Dern, and Tracy Letts. Oh, and they also have a lot of white people dancing. And let’s not forget the strangely recurring presence of stereotypical “Cowboys and Indians.” You know what, we’ll let the 2020 Oscars Honest Trailer take over from here. Read More »

2020 Oscar nominees artwork

We’ll all be pulling for our favorite movies to win big at the Academy Awards this weekend, but first, Shutterstock is putting the 2020 Oscar nominees for Best Picture in a whole new light in a series of pop art posters. Check them out below, along with a new Oscar illustration from artist Olly Gibbs.
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Star Wars: The Last Stand

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 an animated short called Star Wars: The Last Stand that makes Stormtroopers a little more skilled as soldiers along with some stylish visuals. Plus, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s writers roundtable with the scribes behind Hustlers, Jojo Rabbit, Bombshell, and more. And finally, watch the traditional Super Bowl parade with MVP Patrick Mahomes. Read More »

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2020 WGA Awards Winners

With the Academy Awards coming next week, awards season is coming to a close. Even though it seems like there won’t be many surprises when the trophies are handed out, the 2020 Writers Guild Awards winners handed out this weekend would seem to indicate that there could still be some surprises when the major categories are handed out.

Bong Joon-ho‘s acclaimed Parasite came away with the award for Original Screenplay for the script written by the director himself and co-writer Han Jin Won. Meanwhile, the award for Adapted Screenplay went to Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit. That means these movies still have a chance at landing some Oscar gold next week.

Meanwhile, the television side of the 2020 Writers Guild Awards winners saw HBO take home a bunch of trophies. Watchmen, Barry, Succession, and Chernobyl all came away with wins in different categories. You can find out the full list of 2020 Writers Guild Awards winners below. Read More »