Making of Roma

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, director Alfonso Cuarón break down a pivotal sequence in Roma for the American Film Institute. Plus, Adam Savage meticulously builds Hellboy‘s big beefy gun the Good Samaritan. And finally, the cast of The Crown teaches you some royal slang that our American minds probably don’t know. Read More »

Criterion Collection Federico Fellini Box Set

Federico Fellini is one of the greatest Italian filmmakers of all time. This year marks the late director’s 100th birthday, and in honor of his contribution to cinema, Criterion Collection has announced a 15-disc box set packed with 14 of his theatrical releases, a slew of documentaries about his life and work, feature commentaries, video essays, essays, and much more. It’s the ultimate box set for the most hardcore Federico Fellini fans, and I can’t wait to get it. Read More »

roma documentary

Netflix is weird about promoting some things. For instance: Did you know they’ve added a making-of documentary about Roma – the same documentary that’s included with the recent Criterion Collection release of the film? It’s true! But the streaming service, as is their style, has been shy about letting people know. That’s why we’re here, folks – to inform you. You’re welcome.

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New Blu-ray Releases Parasite

Brace yourselves, my friends – this week’s Blu-ray column is packed. There are so many movies here that you probably want to block out your entire day just to read this. Go ahead, clear your calendar. Call in sick from work. Lock all your doors, draw the blinds, and feast your eyes. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Roma Blu-ray

While a few original Netflix shows have received Blu-ray releases, Netflix movies tend not to get the same treatment. But that’s about to change – in a big way. Roma, the Netflix movie that scored several Oscar nominations and took home Best Foreign Language Film, is getting a Blu-ray release – and not just any old Blu-ray release, either. We’re talking The Criterion Collection here, which is about as fancy as you can get in the Blu-ray world.

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Roma Beach Scene

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, learn how Alfonso Cuarón shot the climactic beach scene in Roma in one shot. Plus, meet Jeff Bridges‘ longtime stand-in who has worked with him for nearly 50 years, and watch a trailer mash-up that takes the Pixar Animation classic Toy Story and turns it into a horror film like Child’s Play. Read More »

2019 Oscars Winners

The 91st Academy Awards aired live on ABC last night, and the ceremony went surprisingly smoothly without a host to lead the way. In fact, this might be the best way to do the Oscars from now on.

But you didn’t come here for chatter about the ceremony itself. You just want to know the 2019 Oscars winners, and those who came away with a trophy certainly made for some surprising moments, for better or worse. Green Book walked away with Best Picture, even though director Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for his work on the Netflix movie Roma. But how the rest of the awards fall? Find out below. Read More »

Vue Cinemas Boycott BAFTAs

Vue Cinemas is one of the biggest movie theater chains in the United Kingdom, and they are not happy with the BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Oscars. The British organization gave Alfonso Cuarón‘s movie Roma plenty of recognition, including the coveted award for Best Film. But since it’s a Netflix movie, Vue Cinemas is crying foul. In fact, they’re so mad about the situation that they’re threatening to pull support from the BAFTAs if they continue to support the streaming service’s endeavors in cinema. Cue the tiniest violin. Read More »

2019 Oscars Honest Trailer

This weekend brings the 91st Academy Awards to ABC, and it’s probably going to be a complete disaster. Not only is there no host for the ceremony, but The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pissed everyone off by cutting a few awards from the live broadcast (only to reinstate them in the show). On top of that, they’ve had a real problem figuring out how the nominees for Best Original Song were going to be performed during the ceremony too.

But the Oscars are really about rewarding the greatest achievements in film from the previous year. And if we’re going to do that properly, than we need to look at each and everyone of this year’s Best Picture nominees with a new perspective. That’s where the 2019 Oscars Honest Trailer comes into play, skewering each of the eight film nominated for Hollywood’s top prize. Which one will walk away with the trophy only to get lambasted online afterwards? Read More »

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2019 American Society of Cinematographers Awards Winners - Cold War

Even though Roma walked away with the big prizes at the 2019 BAFTAs, there’s one award it wasn’t able to pick up from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Even though Roma has been cleaning up throughout awards season, it appears to be facing some strong competition from Pawel Pawlikowski‘s Cold War. The film has been nominated for Best Cinematography alongside Alfonso Cuarón‘s work in Roma several times, but it’s only won in a few critics circles. Until now. Director of photography Lukasz Zal finally upset Roma in a big way by winning one of the major 2019 American Society of Cinematographers awards. Does that mean we could see an upset at the Oscars? Read More »