Animated History of Superman

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, an animated short runs through 80 years of Superman, started with his comic origins and soaring through his most recent big screen adaptation. Plus, a video essay takes a closer look at the toxic masculinity in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, and a movie trailer parody imagines what it might be like if Matt Damon bought Jurassic Park. Read More »

phantom thread camera tests

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread was one of the best films of 2017, and this brief behind-the-scenes glimpse at the film is better than most modern films in their entirety. That may sound like hyperbole, but I really do mean it. Below, watch Phantom Thread camera tests featuring commentary by Anderson himself.

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New Blu-ray Releases Phantom Thread

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

What physical media awaits you this week? Why, it’s one of the best films of last year – Phantom Thread! Also: a musical featuring Hugh Jackman and CGI elephants; a Ridley Scott thriller more known for its reshoots than its story; the supposedly last entry in a horror franchise; and two very different indie films.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week.

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Phantom Thread Deleted Scene

Phantom Thread is simultaneously delightfully wicked and deliciously wonderful, and it would have lived up to both those descriptors even more if a certain scene didn’t end up on the cutting room floor.

Now that the film from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is available to buy on digital download (then Blu-ray and DVD on April 10), a Phantom Thread deleted scene has surfaced online featuring fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) getting into a messy spat with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) at the breakfast table. A sibling disagreement they have escalates to a food fight where they’re tossing tea and juice at each other, but things get even messier after that. Read More »

Phantom Thread Mixtape

This weekend, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film Phantom Thread is up for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film has been in theaters since Christmas, and by now it’s already mostly gone. But while you wait for the movie to arrive on home video in a few weeks, you can spend some time listening to a specially curated list of music hand-picked by Paul Thomas Anderson himself.

When Phantom Thread held some special screenings around the United States, audiences who arrived a little early were treated to a special playlist of music as a prelude to the film. The tracklist feature a mix of classical music, presumably influences for Jonny Greenwood‘s incredible score, as well as some familiar songs that fit the theme of the film rather well. Read More »

Oscars 2018 Honest Trailer

This weekend brings the 90th Academy Awards to ABC to honor achievements in filmmaking from the previous year. The awards ceremony will broadcast live on Sunday, March 4 at 8pm ET/5pm PT with Hollywood’s finest glad-handing each other and kissing all the asses. Therefore it only makes sense that the Best Picture nominees get knocked down a few pegs beforehand.

The Oscars 2018 Honest Trailer lines up all nine of the movies up for this year’s top prize in film and fires off some quick jabs at them. It’s not quite as satisfying as the usual Honest Trailer (surely those will come later as they get released on home video), but it’s a good place to start for the time being. Read More »

Paul Thomas Anderson's New Movie

Phantom Thread director Paul Thomas Anderson is already working on something new, and here’s a twist: he’s writing the script with his 8-year-old daughter. More on Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie below.

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Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Visual Effects

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, check out a ton of Easter eggs you might have missed while being enamored with Marvel’s Black Panther. Plus, see how the visual effects of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle brought the jungle of the mystical board game turned video game to life, and see what Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread would be like with a different character in the lead role. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 452 – Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread dressing

This week on the /Filmcast, David, Devindra, and Jeff welcome Kristy Puchko as a regular contributor and discuss a massive backlog of What We’ve Been Watching, including The Polka KingThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Star Trek Discovery and Dave Chappelle’s new specials. Be sure to read Vulture’s piece on whether we should take Chappelle seriously, and if you missed it, check out our interview with Rian Johnson.
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At any given moment within Phantom Thread, the newest film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s amazing to consider how far the filmmaker has come in the past 20 years. Earlier this fall, I wrote about Anderson’s masterful, sprawling tragicomic epic Boogie Nights upon its 20th anniversary and how so many of his films focus on the creation of a makeshift family when biological family members simply won’t do. However, while that theme recurs in many of Anderson’s films, it’s utterly remarkable to consider how much he’s pushed himself upon the release of his eighth feature. Phantom Thread is perhaps his most compelling, maddening, entrancing story to date.

The pattern that Anderson’s earlier films, the ones from the late 1990s, seemed to fit within began to evaporate with the release of Punch-Drunk Love in 2002. Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia are all talkier films, the latter two owing visible debts to Anderson’s inspirations, directors like Martin Scorsese and the late Robert Altman. Punch-Drunk Love does have a few aspects that seem to tie it to Anderson’s previous films: a Jon Brion score, a present-day California setting, the appearance of Philip Seymour Hoffman (a PTA regular), and a tie to Altman’s filmography (in the use of a song from Popeye). But Punch-Drunk Love is the start of two notable elements that have recurred in a few other PTA films, including Phantom Thread: implacably mysterious lead characters, and the battles of wills that occur between them and others.

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