Jurassic Park Topped Box Office

In the age of coronavirus, the box office has been essentially nonexistent. There aren’t any new movies to rake in the cash, so the likes of Trolls World Tour and Invisible Man have been topping the box office. But retro favorites have proven popular in repertory drive-in screenings, which is why Jurassic Park and Jaws have returned to the top of the charts yet again.

Meanwhile, overseas, theaters are reopening with movies that are only just now arriving in international markets for the first time. That’s why Little Women has just now crossed $100 million at the international box office. Read More »

How to Make Burn Wounds for Movies

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 burn wounds are created by make-up effects artists for movies and TV shows. Plus, watch a video essay focusing on how director Greta Gerwig revolutionized the classic story of Little Women to make it feel fresh again. And finally, listen as Anna Kendrick breaks down her career, starting with early roles in Camp and Rocket Science and taking us up through this year’s Trolls World Tour. Read More »

Little Women Movies Comparison

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 a video essay comparing Greta Gerwig‘s new adaptation of Little Women to the previous three feature film versions from 1933, 1949 and 1994 to see what the latest version brings to the table. Plus, take a retrospective look back at the Marvel animated series X-Men: Evolution from the early 2000s, and listen to Moana star Auli’i Cravalho read a Disney story. Read More »

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The coronavirus pandemic is not only effecting movie theaters, it’s also causing some trouble in the home video world, too. As a result, some physical release copies are being delayed while studios push digital. As always, I remain committed to physical media, but for now, I’m going to have to make an exception for some digital releases as well. That’s just how it goes, folks. Case in point: I was unable to get a physical copy of Underwater in time for this column, but I was provided with a digital release. So onto the list it goes. I’m also changing things up a bit. In the past, I was explaining why a film on the list was worth owning. But the fact of the matter is…not every film is worth owning. So instead, I’ll be advising you on whether the film in question is worth buying – or just renting. And now, these are the new Blu-ray releases (and digital releases, too) you should check out this week.

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little women water bottle

Take that, Game of Thrones Starbucks cupLittle Women just one-upped the famous background prop error of the HBO fantasy series with not one, but two modern water bottles sitting in the background of Greta Gerwig‘s Oscar-nominated period piece, just waiting to steal the scene from Timothée Chalamet. Sorry, Timmy.

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Bad Boys for Life has been dominating the box office since arriving in theaters in the middle of January, but the ladies of Birds of Prey took Will Smith and Martin Lawrence down a peg with some DC Comics action. However, even though the movie starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn ended up Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 81% critical score, it only ended up with roughly $33.25 million, opening below the projected $45 million that Warner Bros. Pictures was hoping for.

Get more on the Birds of Prey box office performance below. 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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little women types

Year after year, “award season” sees nominations for sound categories go to big, bombastic films filled with special effects. This isn’t inherently bad — the work that goes into creating and mixing these otherworldly sounds takes immense effort and skill — but in the process, more subtle artistry tends to be overlooked. Case in point: Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig, a film that uses impeccable sound design to weave a fabric of joy and loss all throughout its story.

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Alamo Drafthouse 2019 Movies Infographic

We’re almost a full month into 2020, but the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse chain of theaters aren’t done looking back on the films of 2019. They’ve been crunching the numbers and they’ve given us an exclusive first look at what their audiences thought were they best films of 2019. Heck, they dug even deeper than that and also collected votes on the best scenes and performances. They also voted on the definitive ranking of all the Star Wars movies, and named their most anticipated movies of 2020.

Check out the entire Alamo Drafthouse 2019 movie infographic below. Read More »