The Fast and the Furious on a Budget

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 a low budget version of The Fast and the Furious created by two dudes with a budget under $100. Plus, watch  the cast of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD get together for one final table read for the series finale, and see what a marine biologist thinks of even more shark attack scenes from movies like The Meg, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and more. Read More »

Total Recall Comparison

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, take a look at the differences between the original Total Recall and the short story written by Philip K. Dick that it’s based on. Plus, find out what a marine scientist has to say about shark attack scenes in Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, The Shallows, Finding Nemo, and more. And finally, take a walk down memory lane with a look back at the animated series Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures. Read More »

Star Wars Death Star Trench Run

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 a comparison of the storyboards for the Death Star trench run from Star Wars: A New Hope to the actual sequence in the film. Plus, a wildlife expert breaks down animal scenes from movies like Jaws, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Jumanji, and others. And finally, Tig Notaro tries to figure out who Tony Shalhoub is in a new edition of Under a Rock. Read More »

Jaws

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, find out how realistic the shark attacks we’ve seen in movies like Jaws over the years actually are. Plus, check out one of the most extensive lists of Ready Player One Easter eggs now that the movie is out on home video, and check out a discussion with Eighth Grade director Bo Burnham and young star Elsie Fisher. Read More »

The Shallows Visual Effects Breakdown

While blockbusters tend to throw visual effects in your face, the best use of the advanced technology we have to create computer generated imagery is used to enhance what was shot on set. The hardest thing to do is use extensive visual effects that fill in for reality, but when it comes to recreating an isolated ocean cove and a deadly shark patrolling the waters, two visual effects houses did an incredible job.

The Shallows follows Blake Lively as she ends up stranded on small set of rocks 200 yards from the nearest shore. Keeping her from swimming back to safety is one ferocious shark, and you might be surprised to see just how impressive the visual effects are that created the shark from scratch, as well as most of the ocean environment surrounding the terror.

Watch The Shallows visual effects breakdowns after the jump. Read More »

2016 Was a Banner Year For Horror

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If you grab an average person off the street and ask them how they feel about the recently departed 2016, they’d probably give you a detached thousand yard stare. Or burst into tears. It was, for the world as a whole, not a great time to be alive. However, it was a great year for horror movies. And that makes a twisted sort of sense. As we discover new ways to fear and despair, the movies will react accordingly. Whether by accident or design, horror cinema represented everything we dread in 2016. How it will react to the actual events of this past year has me fascinated…and terrified.

Looking back at the past twelve months, it’s astonishing just how good horror cinema has been. It was there when we needed it, offering an avenue of escape and, when necessary, a dark mirror to examine our inner demons.

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Jaume

With The Shallows, director Jaume Collet-Serra may have taken on his biggest challenge yet as a filmmaker. The director of OrphanNon-Stop, and Run All Night made a film primarily set on the water, featuring an entirely CG antagonist, a great white shark, and a co-star that’s a seagull, whom Blake Lively‘s character names Steven Seagull. All these factors added up to a production that, Collet-Serra admits, wasn’t easy.

Collet-Serra typically relies more on practical effects, so The Shallows was a more CG-heavy experience than he was probably used to. The director was kind enough to take the time to discuss the experience of making The Shallows with us, and why the CG shark proved to be “the fear that lasts a year.”

Below, read our Jaume Collet-Serra interview.

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The Shallows trailer

Sony has released one last trailer for Blake Lively‘s summer shark movie The Shallows, and it may just be the best one yet. Instead of B-movie gore or schmaltzy backstory, it offers a stern lecture about self-reliance, all set to gorgeous, sun-dappled scenes of Nancy (Lively) preparing to get into the water. “Yes sir, it’s hard work to become self reliant,” a voice says firmly. But, he continues, “If you’re not self-reliant, you’l never do any more than just get by.”

It’s a weird choice that pays off, setting an intriguingly off-kilter tone for everything we see onscreen. Hopefully Nancy can hear the same narration we can, because she’s going to need all the self-reliance she can muster to survive the imminent shark attack. Watch the latest The Shallows trailer after the jump.  Read More »

alamo drafthouse the shallows

The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain is known for its unique (and frequently insane) special events and screenings, but it’s awfully hard to top one of their regular summer events: Jaws on the Water. After all, if you’re going to watch a movie about a killer shark treating people like an all-you-can-eat buffet, why not up the ante and watch it while floating in an inner tube in the middle of a large body of water?

Now, the Drafthouse is looking to apply this same concept to The Shallows, the upcoming horror film that stars Blake Lively as a stranded surfer who has to match wits with a very hungry Carcharodon carcharias if she ever wants to set foot on dry land again. Even if The Shallows is a ton of fun in a theater (and the trailers have made it look like a gnarly must-see), there is probably no better way to watch this film for the first time.

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THE SHALLOWS trailer

When it comes to underwater adventures this June, you’ve got two choices. You can cuddle up to the friendly fish of Pixar’s Finding Dory, and go home thinking about how enchanting the world under the sea is… or you can scare the crap out of yourself with The Shallows. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the latter stars Blake Lively as a surfer who finds herself stranded off the coast of a secluded cove when a great white shark decides she’d make for a tasty snack. Watch The Shallows trailer after the jump.  Read More »