Daisy Ridley Meets Matilda

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 Matilda superfan Daisy Ridley have her socks blown off when she’s surprised by a virtual meeting with the film’s star Mara Wilson. Plus, celebrate 25 years of Muppet Treasure Island by checking out a wonderful panel discussion with director Brian Henson and more. And finally, watch how the make-up crew of Promising Young Woman made Carey Mulligan look like a blow-up doll. Read More »

Promising Young Woman Scene Breakdown

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, listen as Promising Young Woman writer/director Emerald Fennell breaks down a confrontational scene between Carey Mulligan and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Plus, learn some of the secrets from behind the scenes of Marvel’s Black Panther by way of Disney+’s The Deets. And finally, watch some NSFW bloopers from the fifth season of The Expanse. Read More »

Promising Young Woman VOD Release Date

Following in the footsteps of other Focus Features theatrical releases from 2020, Promising Young Woman will soon be getting a VOD release less than a month after the movie arrived in theaters. Read More »

Ben Pearson’s Top 10 Films of 2020

Top 10 films of 2020

A common refrain over the past few months has been that 2020, in addition to being a rough year for everyone overall, was also a rough year for movies. But while the pandemic’s impact on the entertainment industry cannot be overstated (and may not truly be known for several more years), and several big-budget movies were bumped further down the release calendar, I’m not ready to relegate the films of 2020 to the same scrap heap that the rest of the year deserved. There were plenty of great films that made their way to audiences – you just had to do a bit more digging to find some of them.

Looking back at a year we’d all rather forget, I’ll happily remember these films as buoys which helped keep me afloat during some scary, discouraging times. These are my ten favorite movies of 2020. Read More »

promising young woman trailer

In the grand tradition of movies that are hard to write about without spoiling, this one comes out a frontrunner. Trust me when I say you do yourself a disservice to ask too many questions before seeing the film. Go in as blind as possible, dear reader, and pay close attention to your response.

Promising Young Woman isn’t what you’d expect. Depending on who you are, it’s a taut psychological thriller, a searing satirical analysis of contemporary culture, or a terrifying horror movie rooted in real-life tragedy. But its impact, as with Get Out before it, depends entirely on the viewer and their lived experience. Many will argue Promising Young Woman is anything but a horror movie. I would argue it’s intended to terrify both men and women but for vastly different reasons. The end result is an undeniably provocative film that will intrigue, horrify, or infuriate anyone who watches it. Depending on your vantage point. 

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promising young woman trailer

Promising Young Woman premiered to raves at Sundance ealrier this year, with many praising the rape revenge black comedy by Killing Eve head writer Emerald Fennell in her feature directorial debut, as well as star Carey Mulligan‘s sharp lead performance as a victim of sexual assault who enacts bloody vengeance on all men. Now it seems like Focus Features is staking it all on that lead performance, setting Promising Young Woman for a December release this year — just in time for an Oscar campaign for Mulligan. Watch the new Promising Young Woman trailer below.

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promising young woman trailer

Carey Mulligan has spent her career playing buttoned-up types or damaged ingenues, so it’s exciting to see her unleashed and angry in Promising Young Woman. Mulligan stars in the darkly comic thriller as a traumatized woman who leads a double life taking revenge on self-declared “nice guys” who are actually would-be assaulters. Watch the Promising Young Woman trailer below.

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