Reviewing Movie Explosions

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, an explosives engineer and special effects supervisor fact-check movie explosions from Mission: Impossible, The Hurt Locker, and more. Plus, if you’ve heard of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” trope in movies, but you don’t quite understand it, a video essay explains it thoroughly. And finally, watch a Saturday Night Live At Home sketch that didn’t make the show last weekend. Read More »

War is hell but it sometimes provides the backdrop for great movies. The recent Blu-ray release of 1917, followed by the 50th anniversary, this week, of the Oscar-winning Patton, starring George C. Scott, is as good an excuse as any for cinephiles to hunker down in the trenches of an impromptu war movie marathon (especially if you’re stuck at home right now due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic).

With that in mind, here’s a mission for you, soldier: work your way through this chronological list of the best war movies of the last fifty years. “Best” is ultra-subjective, of course, but when you’re Alamo-ed up in a fort of pillows in your living room and there’s nothing good on television, few of these movies should disappoint.

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Movie Explosions

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, an explosive engineer and special effects expert review some big explosions from movies like The Dark Knight, Rush Hour, Desperado and more. Plus, check out a visual effects breakdown from the award-winning HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and listen as Guy Pearce breaks down some of his most memorable roles, including Memento, Iron Man 3 and more. Read More »

The Best Movies Leaving Netflix in February 2016

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After the January dry spell, February looks to be full of more promising theatrical releases (less than two weeks until we see Hail, Caesar!). But if you find yourself snowed in this February, Netflix has got you covered. Just don’t expect to see any of the titles mentioned below available on the streaming service – these movies are about to vanish.

Find out what’s leaving Netflix in February after the jump.

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What Was The Most Pirated Movie of 2010?

TorrentFreak has compiled a list of the most pirated movies of 2010. So which film takes the top honor?

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James Cameron on Charlie Rose

In the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, James Cameron makes several remarks about The Hurt Locker, directed by ex-wife and Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow. Of particular interest was his claim that The Hurt Locker, amongst others, would have been better in 3D.

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U.S. Copyright Group’s plans to sue people for downloading films via Bittorrent has not gone as smoothly as planned. Progress on some of its initial lawsuits has been stymied by Time Warner Cable, and other cable companies might also cause problems. But as of this writing, it is still planning on moving forward with a new round of lawsuits for people who illegally watched The Hurt Locker. These latter lawsuits are backed by Voltage Pictures, the company that financed the film.

Now, a recent e-mail by Voltage producer and president Nicolas Chartier reveals what he really thinks about the lawsuits. Specifically, if you disagree with Voltage’s tactics, you’re a moron, and he hopes your family and your kids end up in jail for stealing.

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New Lawsuit Targets Hurt Locker Pirates

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Remember that lawsuit from awhile back that targeted 50,000 individuals who pirated a bunch of relatively unknown indie films like Uwe Boll’s Far Cry? It was filed by the U.S. Copyright Group (hereafter referred to as “The Group”) in an attempt at creating a new “revenue stream” for the financiers of those films.

Turns out that, as promised, those lawsuits were just the beginning, and U.S. Copyright Group is now upping its game. Its next target? People who pirated The Hurt Locker.
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michael moore bailout

Earlier today, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore sent an e-mail out to his mailing list (a list I belong to) listing his top 20 films of 2009. In the e-mail, Moore hails the best movie he saw in 2009, a film which wasn’t nominated, and wasn’t even shown in the United States — a film titled Troubled Water. Moore writes:

“I’m confident that, if you had had a chance to see it, you would likely agree with me that this is a brilliant film, a rare gem. …. When the film was over, I sat there amazed and wondering, “Why can’t I see movies like this all the time?” What is wrong with filmmaking, with Hollywood? Why are most films just the same old tired assembly line stuff — sequels, remakes, old TV shows turned into movies, predictable plots and storylines… “If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the movie.” But “Troubled Water” was not like that — and therefore its distribution to the theaters of America was, in essence, doomed.”

Moore went on to criticize those who praise the Best Picture/Director winner The Hurt Locker for being unbiased or taking no political sides:

…like that’s an admirable thing! I wonder if there were critics during the Civil War that hailed plays or books for being “balanced” about slavery, or if there were those who praised films during World War II for “not taking sides?” I keep reading that the reason Iraq War films haven’t done well at the box office is because they’ve been partisan (meaning anti-war). The truth is “The Hurt Locker” is very political. It says the war is stupid and senseless and insane. It makes us consider why we have an army where people actually volunteer to do this. That’s why the right wing has attacked the movie. They’re not stupid — they know what Kathryn Bigelow is up to. No one leaves this movie thinking, “Whoopee! Let’s keep these wars going another 7 years!”

You can read Moore’s full e-mail, which includes a defense of James Cameron’s Avatar and his personal list of the top 20 films of 2009, after the jump.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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So it’s come to this: Nicolas Chartier, one of The Hurt Locker’s four producers, has been banned from attending the Oscars this year due to remarks he made about his film in an e-mail, which violated Academy rules. If The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture, Chartier will have to collect his Oscar at a later date. Hit the jump for all the details of The Hurt Locker’s sad, unexpected, bump-ridden path towards Oscar gold.

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