Hypnotism in Movies

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 realistic hypnotism is in movies like Get Out and Now You See Me, as well as television shows like Friends and The Simpsons. Plus, see how well the cast of Harry Potter can explain the franchise in just one-minute. And finally, listen to Netflix comedians like Ali Wong, Hasan Minhaj, Russell Peters, and more talk about their Asian backgrounds. Read More »

Harry Potter Featurette

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, follow the main trio from the Harry Potter franchise as they explore a few different departments from the production. Plus, learn about the time that Toy Story 2 accidentally got deleted less than one year before it was meant to be released. And finally, Turner Classic Movies takes a look at how movies have shaped our notions of beauty through several films in which the human body is on display. Read More »

servant review

“What happened?” is a frequently asked question in Servant, the latest addition to nascent streaming service Apple TV+. Mystery is the name of the game here, with the series – and its characters – playing things maddeningly close to the vest. That the show boasts the input of M. Night Shyamalan we’re conditioned to believe all this mystery and secrecy is building towards a big whopper of a twist.

And indeed, there are plenty of twists and turns in nearly every episode. But more often than not, Servant‘s obtuse nature is frustrating, and you can’t help get the feeling that the show is only being vague for the sake of being vague. This isn’t some trip into an impenetrable David Lynch landscape. It’s just a sturdy, spooky show trying to disguise the fact that it has nothing much to say.

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Servant Trailer

M. Night Shyamalan may have fumbled the anticipated Unbreakable sequel Glass earlier this year, but the director still has plenty of twists up his sleeve. This time he’s bringing thrills to Apple TV+ with a new original series called Servant. While there have been plenty of creepy dolls used in film and television before, none have been as realistic and unnerving as the Reborn Doll at the center of this story of unspeakable tragedy turned unsettling terror. Watch the new Servant trailer below to give yourself the creeps. Read More »

servant new york comic-con 2019

A fine mist had settled on the damp streets of New York City on the first night of 2019’s New York Comic-Con. It’s the kind of gloomy, rainy night that evokes the eerie mood of many a M. Night Shyamalan movie. It’s a fitting night to tease the Glass director’s newest project and his latest foray into television: Apple TV+’s Servant. A psychological thriller series created and written by Tony Basgallop and executive produced by Basgallop and Shyamalan, Servant follows a Philadelphia couple (Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell) in mourning after an “unspeakable tragedy” causes a rift in their marriage and leads them to open their home to a mysterious nanny (Nell Tiger Free).

Shyamalan took the stage at the Servant New York Comic-Con 2019 panel Thursday, alongside Basgallop and the series stars Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island), Free (Game of Thrones), and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), to introduce the series to the world and debut a first official trailer that, fittingly, opens on a rainy night.

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The ABC Murders Trailer

Kenneth Branagh brought Agatha Christie’s iconic detective Hercule Poirot to life on the big screen again in a new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express last year, and he had an eye towards creating an Agatha Christie universe. But in 2019, another Agatha Christie adaptation puts John Malkovich in the detective’s shoes, this time for a series based on the classic novel The ABC Murders, and the first trailer has just arrived.

Watch The ABC Murders trailer below. Read More »

Snatch TV Series Trailer

Though most of Hollywood is interested in remaking, rebooting or retooling the highest rated TV shows and highest grossing blockbusters franchises, some attention is being paid to giving the treatment to cult classic titles. Such is the case with a series adaptation of Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy Snatch.

Snatch has been turned into a 10-episode series at Sony’s free streaming service Crackle (the same company behind Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and the Joe Dirt sequel no one asked for). It doesn’t follow the same story as the movie, but it tries to capture the spirit and style with the chronicle of a real life heist that happened in London. It also features Harry Potter franchise star Rupert Grint and Gossip Girl heartthrob Ed Westwick in the ensemble cast, but will it be enough to get people to watch?

Check out the Snatch TV series trailer below and decide for yourself, but beware it’s slightly NSFW. Read More »

Rupert Grint in Snatch TV Show

Back in April, it was announced Crackle was developing a 10-episode television adaptation of Guy Ritchie‘s Snatch. The actor to lead the crime series is Rupert Grint, who’s most famously known for having played in Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise. Grint is also executive producing Snatch, which will co-star Dougray Scott (Taken 3) and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl).

Below, learn more about the Snatch TV show.

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Harry Potter Audition

It’s been 14 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit theaters in November of 2001, and since then the young stars of the franchise have grown up in front of our eyes, blossoming into fine young actors (though some are doing more than others). And if you’re looking for a trip down memory lane this weekend, you might want to check out this Harry Potter audition video, showing young Daniel Radcliffe being as cute as ever as he plays opposite director Chris Columbus. Read More »

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Harry Potter sequel

Before the Harry Potter franchise grew up to be the darker fantasy franchise that became a global box office sensation, right along the bestselling books, it started out a little light and more whimsical in the hands of director Chris Columbus. Much like the first two books in the series, Columbus’ first two films help set the stage for what would mature into a much more serious fantasy adventure.

And now Columbus says he would love to go back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter by directing another sequel. But he’s not necessarily interested in something like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Find out more about Chris Columbus’ desire for a Harry Potter sequel after the jump! Read More »