The 10 Best Films of the Decade About Disabilities

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

The importance and expansion of representation and diversity continue to reverberate throughout the film industry. So now feels like just as good a time as any to reflect on a personal area near and dear to my own heart; disability in cinema.

However, one doesn’t need to specifically hone in on the past two years or so (when representation and diversity were really pressured to improve), for the entire decade has a sampling of terrific films studying a wide array of disabilities, ranging from blockbuster films to French cinema. So let’s get to the list, and please take a chance on something if it sounds interesting. There’s nothing better than enjoying a great movie and educating oneself on vital topics.

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The 20 Best Movie Posters of 2018

Best Movie Posters of 2018

Now that we’re officially in 2019, the /Film team wanted to take a look back at the year in film that was 2018, and that includes some of the best marketing we saw. Often times, even before a trailer arrives online, we’ll see a poster announcing the arrival of any given movie. And while most posters are forgettable and lack any remarkable style, movie posters are still very much an artform, and a lot of studios know how to do them right. That’s why yours truly took the time to round up what I have deemed the 20 Best Movie Posters of 2018. Read More »

skyscraper clip

Skyscraper, the movie where Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fights a building, hits Blu-ray this week. To celebrate, we’re bringing you an exclusive Skyscraper clip featuring an extended opening sequence from the film. Here, Johnson and co-star Pablo Schreiber end up in a tense hostage negotiation scene at a farmhouse. Things don’t go so well. Watch the Skyscraper clip below.

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New Blu-ray Releases Skyscraper

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Welcome back, physical media fans. It’s the start of October, so we’re kicking things off with two creepy titles worth owning…and also a movie where Dwayne Johnson fights a building on fire. Scary! The good folks at Scream Factory are offering up both Exorcist II: The Heretic and the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill, and both of these movies are worth owning for their own individual reasons. Then there’s Skyscraper, a Die Hard knock-off that has Dwayne Johnson giving it his all, as he usually does. But is the film any good? Find out below.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.

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Hocus Pocus Retrospective

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 Rawson Marshall Thurber breaks down a sequence from Skyscraper that isn’t the cornerstone crane jump. Plus, check out a retrospective on Disney’s beloved supernatural comedy Hocus Pocus, and dance your way through nearly 300 movies in an energizing supercut of dance scenes from the big screen. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 476 – Skyscraper

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Moviepass’s surge pricing, try to figure out what’s up with Three Identical Strangers, and get ambivalent about Who Is America. Be sure to read Aja Romano’s review of Who Is America, Jen Chaney’s review of Who Is America, Kristen Lopez’s piece on disability in Skyscraper, and Katy Sullivan’s perspective on Skyscraper.

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Deadpool The Musical 2

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, check out an impressive and funny Deadpool musical that finds the Merc with a Mouth borrowing from Disney songs. Plus, watch as Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber breaks down the big jump Dwayne Johnson makes in the action thriller, and see how an episode of Rick and Morty evolves as the writers try to crack it. Read More »

disability in skyscraper

I initially had little interest in watching Skyscraper, the new action adventure feature starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I hadn’t watched any of the trailers and knew little more than “It’s Die Hard starring the Rock.” I had even more trepidation upon discovering Johnson’s character, Will Sawyer, is a disabled man with a prosthetic leg. As a disabled writer, I worried how the movie would use disability. Would the Rock be a man with a magical leg that did all manner of things? Would the disability be considered a curse his character resented until it benefited him personally? But in the end, Skyscraper, a B-movie throwback, might have actually given me a portrait of disability I supported.

Skyscraper follows Will Sawyer, an American security consultant traveling with his family to Hong Kong. Will’s job is to check the safety protocols of a new high-rise building called The Pearl. But when The Pearl is set on fire by a gang of mercenaries, Will must find a way to get into the building to save his wife and children.

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skyscraper trailer

/Film happened to interview Rawson Marshall Thurber at TCA last summer as he was getting ready to film Skyscraper. Based on the premise, we asked him if it was “Die Hard in a building” and he jokingly agreed it was.

Dwayne Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a security analyst helping to launch The Pearl, the world’s tallest building, in Hong Kong. When terrorists set fire to The Pearl with Will’s wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and children (McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell) inside, Will has to get back into the building and rescue them while the Hong Kong police think he is involved in starting the blaze. It’s The Rock’s most heroic role yet, full of hold-your-breath action sequences. It’s the perfect summer movie.

Thurber spoke with /Film by phone out of New York for a full interview on Skyscraper to talk about how he made a big movie worthy of a big screen. Skyscraper is in theaters this Friday.

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It is the height of chutzpah for Universal Pictures to release Skyscraper, the latest action-movie event starring Dwayne Johnson, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the film to which it owes a massive debt, Die Hard. Though Skyscraper isn’t solely derivative of the seminal action movie about a down-on-his-luck cop who has to fend off a series of Eurotrash terrorists while trapped in a fancy high-rise, it’s unable to escape from the shadows of better action films. Johnson is charming as always, even if the film around him can’t measure up.

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