New Blu-ray Releases Memories of Murder

Still clinging to physical media like a drowning person clinging to a life preserver? Me too, reader. Me too. Which is why I’ve compiled a round-up of some recent Blu-ray releases you’re going to want to check out.

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chloe zhao oscar wins

Chloé Zhao made history twice over at the Oscar Sunday night. For her direction of exquisite Western road drama Nomadland, Zhao won the Academy Award for Best Director — making her the first Asian woman, and only the second woman ever, to win the award in the Oscars’ 93-year history. Later in the night, Nomadland won Best Picture, making it the first Best Picture winner to be entirely female-led, and the first one directed by a woman of color. But her historic wins felt muted in the U.S. press thanks to a chaotic ceremony, while they were nowhere to be seen in China’s press. Which would seem odd, since Zhao hails from China. But it seems to have been the result of CCP censorship.

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2021 Oscars Highlights

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, take a look at 2021 Oscars highlights from the 93rd Academy Awards that aired last night on ABC. See how the format was initially shaken up by Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins, and see some of the best speeches of the night from the winners. Plus, check out a viral moment featuring Glenn Close, and be puzzled by the unnecessarily speedy In Memoriam segment honoring the Hollywood greats that we lost over the past year. Read More »

2021 spirit awards

See you down the road at the Oscars, Nomadland. Chloé Zhao’s Western road drama became the unexpected front-runner during this year’s awards season, sweeping not only the independent circuit but every single major award. And in its last stop before Academy Awards this season, Nomadland was awarded by the independent film community it hails from, taking the top honors at the 2021 Spirit Awards.

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2021 Oscars Honest Trailer

Even though the coronavirus pandemic kept movie theaters closed for most of 2020, nothing can stop Hollywood from rewarding itself with the 93rd Academy Awards. Initially, it seemed as if the line-up of potential nominees would be on the weaker side. But even though awards season arrived a little later than we’re used to, that didn’t stop the heavy hitters from getting limited time in theaters and quicker releases on VOD and streaming, and it hasn’t stopped the 2021 Oscars Honest Trailer from making jokes at the expense of all the Best Picture nominees. Read More »

Thunder Force Gag Reel

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 Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman and the rest of the Thunder Force cast crack up in a gag reel. Plus, take a look back at X-Men: The Animated Series with Disney+’s latest edition of The Deets. And finally, watch a half-hour broadcast special on the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated drama Nomadland starring Frances McDormand. Read More »

2021 bafta awards

Nomadland is on the road to the top with its latest awards show success. Chloé Zhao‘s Western road drama dominated the 2021 BAFTA Awards, winning the four top prizes including Best Picture on Sunday night. It’s another notch on Nomadland‘s belt as the film charts a steady course for the Oscars later this month.

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pga awards winners

Nomadland‘s journey to Oscar frontrunner this awards season just gained a little more momentum. Chloé Zhao‘s exquisite road drama won the top prize at the 2021 Producers Guild of America Awards at a virtual ceremony on Wednesday. Meanwhile, on the TV side, Netflix’s The Crown dominated. Read more about the 2021 PGA Awards winners below.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The MovieNomadland

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Frances McDormand stars as Fern, a woman whose factory job was lost with the recession and whose husband died shortly after. Having nothing tying her down to her sad Midwestern industry town, she packs up and heads west, finding jobs where she can and meeting fellow nomads (mostly played by non-actors apart from a lovely appearance by David Strathairn) down the road.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: If the critical acclaim that has been lavished on Chloé Zhao’s stirring drama wasn’t enough to convince you to watch Nomadland, the six Oscar nominations it just earned yesterday should.

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Kong: Skull Island Featurette

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 the declassified Kong: Skull Island featurette before Godzilla vs. Kong comes along later this month. Plus, listen as director Chloé Zhao digs into her Oscar-nominated film Nomadland. And finally, go behind the scenes of Moxie, the new Netflix movie starring Hadley Robinson and Amy Poehler. Read More »