Hello again, friend of a friend. It’s time yet again to take a look at the latest Blu-ray and digital releases to keep you company in these uncertain, strange times. These are the new Blu-ray releases (and digital releases, too) you should check out this week.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movies: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Where You Can Stream Them: Netflix
The Pitch: Two blockbuster films from a bygone era when all you needed was a dashing leading man, a lighthearted spirit of adventure, and a bunch of well-directed, two-fisted action sequences to make a movie a blockbuster.
Why They’re Essential Quarantine Viewing: We live an era where intellectual property has overtaken the movie star. People aren’t excited to see Robert Downey Jr. – they’re excited to see Iron Man. Audiences won’t flock to see the next Daisy Ridley movie, but they certainly love Rey and her pals. The past 20 years have seen most stars decline, as high concepts, directors, and shared universes have displaced the basic appeal of watching someone who owns the screen spending two hours…well, owning the screen.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Mask of Zorro were both loving throwbacks to bygone styles when they were first released. Now, these films, built on the smoldering shoulders of Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas respectively, are relics of another age themselves. But what incredible relics!
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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, stuntmen react to some of the action sequences pulled off in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Supercop and The Gate. Plus, Patrick (H) Willems returns with a video essay about why The Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas is great, and King of the Hill voice actress Pamela Adlon improvises voices for new animated characters. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Well, here we are. In the midst of a pandemic that requires nearly all of us to stay the hell indoors. The silver lining: More time to sit around and stream movies. Which means it’s my time to shine! I felt a little extra pressure this week, since I know many people are craving new entertainment to watch at the moment. So I tried to compile a list of highly watchable movies – not just good movies, but movies that suck you in and take your mind off of, well, everything (with one or two outliers). So hang in there, everyone. We’ll get through this.
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