Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Kylo Ren

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 video essay explores the angry young man trope seen in movies like the new Star Wars trilogy, Black Panther, American History X, A Clockwork Orange and more. Plus, an archaeologist reviews scenes about treasure hunting in movies like Riders of the Lost Ark, National Treasure, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and plenty others. And finally, see what Family Feud is like when two different Ent families go head-to-head on Robot Chicken. Read More »

‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Finally Finds a Director

Tomb Raider director

Lara Croft has gone on all sorts of wild adventures, but one in particular has eluded her for a long time: a trip to the big screen. Warner Bros. and MGM have been trying for years to adapt the video game series into a movie, and today they’ve taken one big step toward finally making it happen. Norwegian director Roar Uthaug has been set to direct the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, while Geneva Robertson-Dworet has been tapped to write the screenplay.  Read More »

Reports of the death of creativity in Hollywood are probably somewhat exaggerated, but it can’t be denied that there are a lot of reboots, remakes, adaptations, sequels, prequels, etc. in the pipeline. After the jump, updates on three we’ve got our eye on:

  • Jose Padilha describes his Robocop as being about “a man being turned into a product by a corporation”
  • Tomb Raider producer Graham King confirms that he has a completed script, and explains how he took inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Dark Shadows star Helena Bonham Carter discusses what makes Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows such a tough sell

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Prince of Persia

Film Junk reminds us that a milestone has just been crossed: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has become the highest grossing video game movie adaptation of all-time. The film might be a bit of a finacial disappointment as far as Disney is concerned, but Jerry Bruckheimer does have bragging rights. The movie is on the verge of crossing the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office, beating Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which made $274 million in 2001.