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 sounds are created to give a little more life to nature documentaries like Planet Earth II and The Hunt. Plus, listen to a tribute song that Adam Sandler made for frequent collaborator and fellow actor Steve Buscemi, who has appeared in many of his movies, ranging from Billy Madison to Hubie Halloween. And finally, find out how to make the delicious hot cocoa from The Santa Clause at home to warm yourself up. Read More »
(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 Wedding Singer
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Flashback to 1985, when Billy Idol was king, fashion was outrageous, and CD players were not only still a thing, but they were only for the rich. This is where we find Adam Sandler as Robbie Hart, a wedding singer who’s about to tie the knot himself. But when he’s left standing at the altar, he falls into a dark depression and has given up all hope of love. Then he meets effervescent Julia Sullivan, a wedding venue server who is about to get married to a douchebro stock broker. What starts as an innocent friendship where Julia needs Robbie’s help navigating the planning of her wedding slowly turns into love in a most charming and funny way.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: It’s no secret that Adam Sandler doesn’t make the kind of quality comedies that he became beloved for throughout the 1990s. During that time, not only did he deliver favorites like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and Big Daddy, but he gave us one of the best romantic comedies of the decade. Sparking immediate and undeniable chemistry with an irresistible Drew Barrymore, Sandler is not only hilarious, but effortlessly charming, and the result is a movie that is endlessly entertaining and amusingly uses the nostalgia of the 1980s to great comedic effect. Read More »
This week we’ve all been thinking about Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this week at the age of 60. While most people know her for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a lot of people don’t realize that her written career spans farther than the bestselling books and novels that she penned over the years.
Entertainment Weekly once described Carrie Fisher as “one of the most sought after [script] doctors in town.” She worked without credit on films ranging from Hook to Last Action Hero to the Star Wars prequels and much more. Learn about her unknown legacy of uncredited work on big Hollywood screenplays in our Carrie Fisher Script Doctor primer.
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