Frozen Animation Evolution

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 animation evolved between the release of Frozen in 2013 and this year’s sequel Frozen 2. Plus, see how a professional dancer and choreographer reviews dance scenes from movies like Save the Last Dance, Chicago, Silver Linings Playbook and others. And finally, listen as Jamie Lee Curtis breaks down her career from Halloween through Knives Out and plenty in between. Read More »

The Best /Filmcast Moments from 2009


On the /Film podcast, we produce a lot of audio content on a weekly basis. On a given week, about 3.5 hours of audio gets sent through the /Filmcast feed (occasionally, some of it is even good!). With the sheer volume being what it is, it’s entirely possible that you might have missed some of the most memorable moments of the year, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile some of them for your reference.

Before we get the festivities rolling, I just want to take a moment to thank every single listener who’s tuned in this year. Your support has kept us going, and given us the momentum we need to get the guests we’ve gotten. Without you, there would be no /Filmcast. I also want to thank all of the guests, whether they are listed in the below highlight reel or not; your willingness to participate in our shenanigans has made for some truly memorable listening, and I think it has given us a look into the world of film and into the mind of filmmakers that you can’t really get anywhere else on the internet. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
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The other day Jon Chu’s Step Up 2: The Streets was added to Netflix’s Watch Instantly program, making it available to millions of viewers for free. The question for us then became: Why not celebrate by doing an audio commentary on it?

In their very first attempt at a movie commentary, Dave, Devindra, and Adam, discuss the hidden layers of meaning behind Step Up 2: The Streets. Special guest Jen Yamato joins us from Rottentomatoes to add her unique perspective and love for the film. If you have the DVD of Step Up 2, or if you have access to Netflix Watch Instantly, just listen to the audio file for instructions on how to sync it with your copy of the film [This was primarily a tech test to see if it’d actually be possible for us to even do a commentary over Skype. Please do not expect anything informative, entertaining, or interesting to come from this commentary, but if you enjoyed it, feel free to let us know by e-mailing us. We’re also taking suggestions for other movies we should do a comemntary on.]

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[Update: This commentary has been featured at Rottentomatoes. Thanks Jen!]

As if we didn’t already have enough stupid spoof comedies… Someone decided to give the Wayans Brothers (White Chicks, Little Man) money to make a spoof movie about competitive dance films like /FilmCast favorite Step Up 2 The Streets. The result, is just as horrible, if not worse, than you might expect.

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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Myspace. Dance Flick hits theaters on February 6th 2009.

Not that anyone really cares, but the Teen Choice Awards apparently took place tonight. I mean how can you take any award show seriously that has a category like “Choice Bromantic Comedy” and where Step Up 2: The Streets can win Best Dramatic Film of the year?! The show will air on Monday at 8:00pm et/pt on FOX, but we have the list of movie related winners below.

Action Adventure:
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Drama: Step Up 2: The Streets
Chick Flick: 27 Dresses
Bromantic Comedy: What Happens in Vegas
Comedy: Juno
Horror/Thriller: I Am Legend
Action Adventure: Hancock
Summer Movie Comedy: Get Smart
Actor – Drama: Channing Tatum, Stop-Loss
Actress – Drama: Keira Knightley, Atonement
Actress – Action Adventure: Rachel Bilson, Jumper
Actor – Comedy: Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Actress – Comedy: Ellen Page, Juno
Actor – Horror/Thriller: Will Smith, I Am Legend
Actress – Horror/Thriller: Jessica Alba, The Eye
Villain: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Breakout Female: Ellen Page, Juno
Breakout Male: Drake Bell, Superhero Movie

/Filmcast Episode 8: Hellboy 2


In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam debate whether Robert Downey Jr. would make a good Sherlock Holmes, celebrate Jon Favreau’s return to Iron Man 2, and delve deeply into the cultural phenomenon that is Step Up 2: The Streets. Also, an in-depth review of Hellboy 2. Special guest Dave3 joins us from Geeks of Doom and Peter Sciretta also makes a brief appearance.

Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Want to advertise your movie, product, or service on the /Filmcast? Feel free to e-mail us at You can also call and leave a voicemail at (781) 583-1993. If you’d like us to play your voicemail on the air, please make your voicemails straight to the point, and let us know your hometown or website!

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all of the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
Inspired by the infamous 1971 robbery, The Bank Job is a gritty and fun-filled British caper flick that’s sure to keep audiences smiling. It may not necessarily be the most memorable or spectacular of affairs, but it is packed with enough amusing characters and old school appeal to warrant a viewing or two. If you’re still in need of convincing, it’s also got ample helpings of breasts, f-bombs galore, a couple sequences of excessive violence, and a highly gratuitous kung-fu fight scene featuring the always badass Jason Statham hurling a brick into a bad guy’s face.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two-disc set comes with extended scenes and two documentaries, while the single disc has nothing.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $16.99 $14.99 $14.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores.

What? Bonus Disc
Where? Target

After years of begging from a select group of Batman fans, all 13 episodes of the Birds of Prey television series have finally been released on DVD. Is this really a good thing? For some, probably not, and there’s good reason to support that viewpoint. It’s badly acted, features poor special effects, has many ridiculous storylines, and overall, is just a very weak addition to the Batman mythology. But damn if it isn’t entertaining. This show is reserved for those able to enjoy the guiltiest of pleasures in life.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An animated web-based series featuring the female heroes and rogues from Gotham City.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$27.99 $29.99 $34.99 $27.99

What? Comic Book
Where? Best Buy

Ever wondered what a girl with a pig nose looks like? No? Well, Penelope provides an answer to that question anyway. It’s a romantic, whimsical tale about a cursed girl needing to find her true love before she can rid herself of her deformity. Critics and audiences have been somewhat mixed on this one, lauding its charming cast and well-meaning message, but finding aspects of the direction and storytelling sloppy. The consensus does seem to be more positive than negative though.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A making-of featurette and a sneak peek at Twilight.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $19.99 $19.99 N/A

What? Deluxe Edition ($22.99), with collectible packaging and Penelope novel.
Where? Target

The Bad

If you missed the live recording of this week’s /Filmcast, then stay tuned for the official release of the podcast episode in the days ahead to listen to our in-depth deconstruction of the cinematic wonder that is Step Up 2 The Streets. It’s a film that gives as much insight into the world of “poppin’ and lockin’” as you could possibly hope for from the viewpoint of a preppy Suburban white dude who’s only thought when seeing an African American is “Golly, I bet that guy knows how to bust a move. For shizzle.”
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: This cleverly titled “Dance-Off Edition” comes with deleted scenes, bloopers, three featurettes, and five music videos.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $14.99 $14.99

What? Free $10 giftcard with purchase of both Step Up 2 and College Road Trip (including Blu-ray).
Where? Target

What? 2 for $30 deal – buy with College Road Trip.
Where? Best Buy

What? 2 free ringtones – “Hypnotize” or “Can’t Help But Wait”
Where? Best Buy, Circuit City

(Available as regular and Unrated editions)
With every new Asian horror remake that comes out, ghosts have managed to break the barrier of the living through more and more ways, from video tapes to cell phones to transplanted eyeballs, etc. Now we have another one to add to the list: photographs. And yes, it’s just as lame as it sounds.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, five featurettes, deleted scenes, and an alternate ending.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $17.99 $16.99 $14.99

What? Save $5 when you buy with Asylum.
Where? Best Buy

Get ready, because the new Martin Lawrence vehicle College Road Trip has all the hilarity of Rebound jam-packed with all the insightful social commentary of Big Momma’s House 2. Don’t let the painfully awful slapstick gags fool you; this movie is the definition of “artistic integrity.”
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Alternate opening/ending, a gag reel, two audio commentaries, “Raven’s Video Diary,” and a featurette.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $16.99 $16.99

What? Free $10 giftcard with purchase of both College Road Trip and Step Up 2 (including Blu-ray).
Where? Target

What? 2 for $30 deal – buy with Step Up 2.
Where? Best Buy

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation – Meet Bill – Saving Grace (Season 1) – Dallas (Season 9) – Eureka (Season 2) – Reno 911 (Season 5) – Trafic (Criterion Collection) – Asylum

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.

Exclusive: Free movie money (up to $8.50) when you buy any of the following $12.99 DVDs.
$12.99 – The X-Files: Super Soldiers (Vol. 1-4), The Outer Limits (Vol. 1-3), Misery (Collector’s Edition), X-Men: The Last Stand (Collector’s Edition), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Power Cosmic Edition), I, Robot (Collector’s Edition)

$14.99 OR $22.99 (Blu-ray) – Jumper, The Ruins, Rambo, Juno, Walk Hard, Across the Universe

$5.99 – Batman Begins, V for Vendetta, Superman Returns, Constantine
$9.99 – The Batman (Season 1-4), Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier
$12.99 – Batman Beyond (Seasons 1-3)
$17.99 – Batman: The Animated Series (Seasons 1-4)
$19.99 – Justice League (Seasons 1-2)

$6.99 – Crank, The Transporter (Collector’s Edition), The Transporter 2, Smokin’ Aces, Inside Man, Man on Fire, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Collateral, The Rundown, A History of Violence, The Professional, Borat, Ocean’s Twelve, The Italian Job, and more…

$7.99 – The Fifth Element (Ultimate Edition), Tears of the Sun (Director’s Cut), The Patriot (Extended Cut), Boyz in the Hood (2-Disc Anniversary Edition), Rocky Balboa, Vacancy, Hostel: Part II (Director’s Cut), Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2-Disc Special Edition), and more…