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 a variety of Men in Black International VFX shots looked before visual effects were completed. Plus, run through over five dozen different Easter eggs and comic book references from the first season of The Boys, and check in with director Richard Linklater as he breaks down his career behind the camera. Read More »
Despite its premise, and the jigsaw puzzle of a novel by Maria Semple upon which it’s based, there isn’t much mystery to Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Based on the 2012 comedy novel of the same name, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? follows a picture-perfect family left reeling when the titular mother, an agoraphobic architect, suddenly goes missing. Semple’s novel is a character mystery, driven by Bernadette’s daughter Bee as she investigate’s her mother’s disappearance.
But as directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? lays it all on the table immediately, embodied by Cate Blanchett‘s zippy, mile-a-minute performance that rips through the film like a tsunami. Subtlety and enigma aren’t in the vocabulary of this film, which sees Linklater shedding his more naturalistic directing style in favor of the broad comedy that characterized his major studio films like School of Rock. But the absurd comedy stylings of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? end up clashing majorly with the film’s more understated themes about the power of artistic expression, resulting in a film that loses itself in the weeds.
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Whenever director Richard Linklater digs into the hardships of life, it’s time to pay attention, especially when it involves Cate Blanchett as a wife and mother who gets a second wind in her life and tries to reclaim her passions after shoving them aside for years in service of her family. It’s the exact kind of thing millions around the world would love to do, and now we get to watch it unfold later this year in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name. Read More »
Where’d you go, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Oh, I see – you went all the way to August. The release date of the Richard Linklater-directed film starring Cate Blanchett has been pushed five months, from March to August. The reasoning cited behind the move is that August is a better month for “female-skewing films.” So we’re all going to have to wait a little longer to find out where Bernadette went. More on the new Where’d You Go, Bernadette release date below.
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Since Richard Linklater and Cate Blanchett signed up for the adaptation of Maria Semple‘s beloved comedy novel Where’d You Go Bernadette in 2015, the big question surrounding the project was…where did it go? Now, finally, the first Where’d You Go Bernadette trailer has arrived, giving us a sneak peek at the comedy-mystery about an agoraphobic architect (Blanchett) who one day vanishes from her perfect family life.
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Bill Hicks was one of the most controversial and respected people on the comedy scene before his untimely death at 32 back in 1994 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The comedian’s story has been told in the form of a documentary called American: The Bill Hicks Story, but now it will get the narrative treatment thanks to Dazed and Confused and Boyhood director Richard Linklater.
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Like many of writer-director Richard Linklater‘s films, Last Flag Flying moves with grace. The smooth rhythm of the dialogue, the lived-in settings, and characters you want to spend hours with – these well-known qualities found in Linklater’s body of work are on full-display in his latest drama, based on Darryl Ponicsan‘s novel. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell as veterans and old war buddies on a road trip and despite a tragic core, the film contains the sense of joy we often get from Linklater.
Characters talking in a contained space, like on a train in this instance, is filled with such character, personality, tragedy and laughs. How much he’s able to subtlety communicate in a single scene – sometimes a single shot – is remarkable. We recently had a chance to discuss one of those slyly dense scenes with Linklater, who’s now a few weeks into post-production on his next film, an adaptation of the excellent Where’d You Go Bernadette?, which apparently has a rather lengthy first cut.
Below, read our Richard Linklater interview.
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Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by Karen Han
There’s one thing that Richard Linklater said while attending this year’s New York Film Festival that’s stuck with me: “To me, time and cinema are so intertwined that you can’t even separate them.” It’s a sentiment that’s similarly inextricable from his latest film, Last Flag Flying. There’s no escaping time. The movie is a snapshot of a very specific moment in American history — one that we’re still recovering from — and constantly reminds us of the passage of time despite how stuck its characters seem to be. In the moment, the big picture Linklater’s getting at is hard to see, but that’s the nature of time, isn’t it? It’s only hindsight that’s 20/20.
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Much like how Richard Linklater‘s last film Everybody Wants Some! was a spiritual sequel to his 1993 classic Dazed and Confused, his newest film is an official sequel to the 1973 Hal Ashby movie The Last Detail.
Last Flag Flying teams the Oscar-nominated director up with Bryan Cranston, Steve Carrell, and Laurence Fishburne in a melancholic veteran meditation about three Vietnam War vets who reunite under tragic circumstances.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Angie Han
Robert Downey Jr.‘s got a lot of Iron Man coming up on his to-do list, but his next new role’s got nothing to do with Marvel at all. He’ll be teaming with director Richard Linklater for an adaptation of the Reply All podcast, specifically the episode titled “Man of the People.” The fact-based tale centers on an early 20th century con man, which sounds like a perfect fit for both Downey and Linklater.
Get all the details on the Robert Downey Jr Richard Linklater project below. Read More »