Animators React to Toy Story 4

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, listen as animators react and breakdown some sequences from Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4. Plus, a video essay from Patrick (H) Willems takes a closer look at The Greatest Showman and the greatness that may lie within this silly musical. And finally, set a relaxing mood in your house by way of Middle-earth with some Lord of the Rings ambient scenes. Read More »

J.R.R. Tolkien's House Crowdfunding Campaign

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” You can can be one of those people who makes a difference by helping some of The Lord of the Rings cast members in their efforts to keep the house of J.R.R. Tolkien from being put on the market.

Lord of the Rings stars Ian McKellen and John Rhys-Davies are teaming up with The Hobbit trilogy star Martin Freeman, Annie Lennox, singer of “Into the West” from Return of the King, and author Julia Golding to support a crowdfunding campaign intended to purchase the home where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings and other classic fantasy novels. Find out more below. Read More »

New Blu-ray Releases lord of the rings trilogy

The time has come for another Blu-ray round-up, friends. This week we’ve got not one but two big 4K box sets taking us back to Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth. There’s also a body horror masterpiece and an oft-maligned sequel that’s getting a second chance.

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Lord of the Rings 4K Restoration Featurette

The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy are both now available on 4K for the first time ever, which means that director Peter Jackson had to go back and go through all six films to get them up to snuff. In a new featurette, Jackson explains that the biggest problem he had was inconsistency – the six films are meant to tell one huge, linear story, but since they were all shot at different times on different kinds of cameras, they all looked different. But that’s changed.

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lord of the rings 4k box set

Finally, the journey is at an end: The Lord of the Rings trilogy is getting a 4K box set. Uh, oh yes…there’s also going to be a Hobbit 4K box set, but it’s okay, you’re among friends here – you can admit you don’t care about that. Peter Jackson‘s epic journey through Middle-earth remains a major cinematic achievement, and fans (like me) have been wondering when we’d be blessed with 4K releases. While an official announcement from Warner Bros. has yet to arrive, links to pre-order the upcoming releases went live earlier today, and Lord of the Rings trilogy star Sean Astin confirmed the impending release as well.

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The Devil All the Time 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, director Antonio Campos walks us through scene from The Devil All the Time with Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland. Plus, see how the crew at Weta Workshop is creating a huge miniature of Hobbiton as a place to display their collection of Hobbit Hole collectible sculptures. And finally, listen as Super 8 and The Great star Elle Fanning teaches you Georgia slang. Read More »

hobbit live-stream

Andy Serkis, a guy who knows a thing or two about The Hobbit, is about to devote himself to a 12-hour live-stream for charity. Tomorrow, May 8, Serkis will live-stream himself doing a continuous reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit from start to finish, a task that is likely to take about 12 hours. And it’s bound to be more entertaining than the Hobbit trilogy movies.

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Making of Onward Cinematography

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, the cinematographers behind Pixar’s fantasy adventure Onward deconsrtuct their shot composition, lighting, and more in an extensive featurette. Plus, take a look at nearly four dozen Easter eggs, clues and comic references from the final Black Widow trailer, and listen as The Hobbit star Martin Freeman takes a look back at his career, including the original UK version of The Office. Read More »

Avengers Infinity War - Visual Effects

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, VFX artists react to and explain the digital effects used to bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life (for better or worse). Plus, Adam Savage partakes in some swordmaking with the movie magic geniuses at Weta Workshop, and The Good Omens star Jon Hamm and David Tennant answer some of the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

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Topher Grace Cut The Hobbit

Peter Jackson delivered one of the best motion picture trilogies of all time with his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy book series The Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, he followed it up with the overlong, over-indulgent prequel trilogy based on The Hobbit, a single book that was significantly shorter than any of the single installments of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but somehow inexplicably expanded into an entire film trilogy.

However, That ’70s Show star Topher Grace, who will soon be seen playing Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke in Spike Lee’s latest movie Black KkKlansman, wasn’t content to just let The Hobbit exist as a trilogy that overstayed its welcome. Instead, just as he once cut down the seven hours of the Star Wars prequel trilogy into a single 85-minute movie, he took the 462 minutes of The Hobbit trilogy (or 532 minutes if we’re talking about the extended cuts) and assembled a two-hour version of the movie. Read More »