How to Make a Long Movie Shot

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 long shots that appear to resemble single takes, such as the entirety of 1917, are created with seamless visual effects, camera movements, and editing tricks. Plus, watch the Director’s Guild of America‘s feature film symposium with the nominees of the 2020 DGA Awards, and listen to original All That cast members answer some burning questions. Read More »

The 92nd Academy Awards are almost upon us, and if there’s one certainty going into Oscar night, it’s that some worthy talent in some category will be overlooked in favor of a lesser talent. No nominee or winner is undeserving of recognition, but snubs are also an essential part of Oscar history and directors are not immune to them. In fact, some of the greatest directors of all time have gone their whole career without receiving a proper Best Director Oscar.

Film is fundamentally a collaborative medium, and we’re only a little over a month removed from a decade where the movie industry shifted to a more producer-controlled landscape in which IP-friendly tentpoles seemed to occupy all the best real estate. Yet the best directors, the ones with the most singular voice or vision, do tend to bolster the case for auteur theory, whereby a director can be considered a film’s primary author. With that in mind, here’s a roughly chronological look at ten great film authors eluded by the golden statuette for Best Director. With each name on this list, we’ll be seeking to answer three questions: who did they lose to (if they were ever nominated), what film or films should they have won for, and why, oh, why didn’t they ever win?

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what happened to Rick Dalton

Back in November, Quentin Tarantino laid out a possible career trajectory for Rick Dalton, his fictional cowboy star played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, after the events of that story came to an end. But after spending more time thinking about his film and his characters while on the awards circuit, it appears the writer/director has an updated version in his head about what happened to Rick Dalton after the film’s explosive climax. Read More »

Making of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is nominated in 10 different categories for the 72nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for director/writer Quentin Tarantino. But if for some reason you’re not convinced of the film’s resonance, significance and place among acclaimed movies from 2019, Sony Pictures has something that might interest you.

A nearly 30-minute featurette diving into the making of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been released online. All the stars of the film, ranging from the Oscar nominated Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie to supporting stars like Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, and even the late Luke Perry, offer up their perspective on the movie, praise Tarantino’s love and knowledge of vintage Los Angeles, and the attention to detail in recreating the Hollywood of 1969. Read More »

quentin tarantino blockbusters

Following Quentin Tarantino‘s swan song to Old Hollywood, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director is declaring war on the blockbusters that rule New Hollywood. Tarantino is throwing his support behind Martin Scorsese’s ongoing criticism of Marvel films and their domination of the pop culture landscape, suggesting in a new interview that there is a “war for movies” taking place between “original” filmmaking and the “commercial product” owned by conglomerates.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Scene 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, see how Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s recreation of an episode of The FBI compares to the original series from 1965. Plus, stuntmen react to work from Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Amazing Spider-Man, and find out some fun facts about how the Toy Story franchise has evolved in the 25 years since the original Pixar movie debuted.

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Honest Trailer for Every Quentin Tarantino Movie

If Quentin Tarantino stays true to his plan, there’s only one more movie that the writer and director wants to make before he retires. Of course, Steven Soderbergh talked about retirement for years, and we all saw how that went, so maybe there’s nothing to worry about. But while we wait for the eventual 10th (and potentially) final film from Quentin Tarantino, why not look back at every single film he’s directed through the lens of Honest Trailers. And yes, there’s plenty of feet in the video to go around. Read More »

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood extended cut

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is already a long movie, but it’s about to get even longer. Quentin Tarantino shot a lot of footage for his latest film, and there’s a chance we might get to see it all in about a year. Rumors of an extended cut of Hollywood have abounded ever since the film premiered, including the potential for a Netflix miniseries release – something Tarantino did for an extended version of The Hateful Eight. During a recent Q&A, Tarantino confirmed that a longer cut does indeed exist, and it might be released.

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2020 Golden Globes Videos

The 77th Golden Globes were held yesterday and there were certainly some surprises among the winners during one of Hollywood’s big awards nights. There were some phenomenal speeches from special honorees like Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks, as well as winners like actress Michelle Williams and Parasite director Bong Joon-ho. But perhaps the most buzzed about part of the night was a scathing monologue from host and comedian Ricky Gervais, who pointed fingers at the hypocrisy, sexism and other issues that have run rampant through Hollywood. Watch the 2020 Golden Globes videos below. Read More »

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tarantino dunkirk

The denizens of Film Twitter aren’t the only folks out there ranking their best movies of the last decade. Quentin Tarantino decided to get in on the action as well, stopping by The Ringer’s Rewatchables podcast to sing the praises of Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk. Tarantino says that Nolan’s World War II epic is his number two movie of the decade – a revelation that seems to even surprise Tarantino himself.

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