the old guard post-production

Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s new action movie The Old Guard is among the year’s most-watched Netflix original films, and the director made her movie in a way that no other action film of this scale ever has: the film’s post-production team was made up of 85% women.

That type of gender ratio, according to Prince-Bythewood, “very rarely happens on any movie, but on an action film, I guarantee you that’s never happened before.” Read More »

Palm Springs Scene Breakdown

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, watch as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy participate in an autocomplete interview where they answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Plus, watch a scene breakdown of the meet cute between Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti the time loop comedy Palm Springs, and check out a featurette that goes behind the scenes of the making of The Old Guard. Read More »

the old guard trailer

(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 Movie: The Old Guard

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: An adaptation of the Image comic series of the same name, The Old Guard follows a team of immortal mercenaries who struggle with isolation and loneliness while killing bad guys. Lots and lots of bad guys.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Much has been said about how movies that receive a theatrical release have only gotten bigger and bigger over the years, leaving modestly budgeted films on life support. And while Netflix has its fair share of sins to answer for, one of its most quietly profound accomplishments has been to offer a home to films that, 20 years ago, would’ve been substantial hits, but now can’t stand toe-to-toe with $200 million blockbusters. The streaming service has seemingly single-handedly kept the rom-com from going extinct and The Old Guard is evidence that they may be able to do the same thing with smaller-scale action movies.

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the gold guard video game

The Old Guard, a new action flick about butt-kicking immortals, wants to help you win an “immortal” Netflix account. And by that, I mean 83 years of free Netflix. A new Old Guard game will give players the chance to score 1000 months of free Netflix if they’re able to rack up the most points. And if you win and end up living longer than 83 years from today, well, you’ll have to start paying for Netflix again. Sorry.

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The Old Guard Trilogy

Not all comic book properties are created entirely equal. First published in 2017, the highly popular Image comic series The Old Guard concerns a small group of immortal warriors who live in secret, only surfacing for missions that promise large sums of money—and usually they have to be able to morally justify the mission (which typically involves killing, although they aren’t strictly assassins). Although they have lived off the radar for hundreds—perhaps thousands—of years with no explanation given as to why they are immortal, in the 21st century, it’s pretty much impossible to disappear and stay hidden. So their existence, abilities and purpose are catching the attention of those who not only wish to hire them but also those who want to exploit them.

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/Filmcast Ep. 575 – The Old Guard

the old guard first look

In this week’s episode, Dave and Jeff compare expanding your germ circle to youtube collaborations and sexual relations. For the feature review, the cast watches The Old Guard, the Netflix film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and stars Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne.

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The Old Guard director interview

Gina Prince-Bythewood is a director known for authenticity and intimacy. In Beyond the Lights, Love & Basketball, and Disappearing Acts, audiences feel how close she is to her characters, their dreams, and their conflicts. That’s a part of what makes her new Netflix movie, The Old Guard, stand far apart from the typical action movie.

Prince-Bythewood, who’s the first black woman to direct a comic book movie, tells an ensemble story with The Old Guard in which the characters are as fully-realized as the propulsive fight scenes. The Old Guard is what you get when a director knows her characters inside and out. What may very well be the only big action movie we see all summer is a movie driven by character, not setpieces.

Recently, we spoke to Prince-Bythewood about crafting the setpieces, the pains of writing, and how her experiences as an athlete drive her as a filmmaker.

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The Old Guard Featurette

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 The Old Guard star Charlize Theron, director Gina Prince-Bythewood, and comic creator Greg Rucka talk about taking the comic to screen. Plus, listen as Adam Savage explores the sound mixing behind the stage show of Hamilton, and learn some Australian and New Zealand slang from Unhinged star Russell Crowe. Read More »

the old guard review

If there’s one thing we can all agree on in these divisive times, it’s that the sight of Charlize Theron kicking some ass is fun. Be it Mad Max: Fury Road or Atomic Blonde, Theron has the physicality and screen presence that makes the sight of her throwing down and pummelling some fools spectacular cinema. So why then is The Old Guard, a movie where Theron does almost nothing but fight, so dang dull?

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the old guard clips

Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood has comic book properties on the brain. For a while, she was attached to direct a Silver & Black movie for Sony about Marvel characters Silver Sable and Black Cat (that project fell apart). She recently directed an episode of the Freeform series Cloak & Dagger. Now she’s directing The Old Guard, a Netflix movie adaptation of Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez‘s comic book series about “a covert group of immortal mercenaries who must fight to keep their team together when their extraordinary abilities are exposed.”

Four new clips from the film have arrived ahead of the movie’s release next week, and you can watch them all below.
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