In the old days of Hollywood, movie props weren’t cherished or saved. Once a production was finished shooting, a lot of props were either thrown out, repurposed, or lost somewhere along the way. As time went on, people began to hold items from their favorite movies in high regard, and movie props became treasured artifacts. Today, movie props are some of the most expensive collector’s items out there, often selling for hundreds to thousands of dollars at auction.
That brings us to a new Disney+ documentary series called Prop Culture, which follows film historian and prop collector Dan Lanigan as he tracks down movie props from some of Disney’s most iconic films over the years. Like a kid in a candy store, Lanigan travels around the United States, meeting filmmakers, actors, production crew members, and fellow collectors so he can either see a rare item from Disney’s film history, or show one off for a sentimental reunion and fascinating conversation about movies ranging from Mary Poppins to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Read More »
Artist Nan Lawson is best know for her Meet Cute series of artwork featuring some of our favorite couples of film and television. Her work has a dreamy sort of quality to it with a unique illustration style and use of color. But her latest show, Through the Woods at Gallery 1988, has pulled back from the Meet Cute portraits she’s known for. Instead, she’s recreated beloved scenes from various forests in film and television, including moments from Logan, Midsommar, Stranger Things, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Witch, Lord of the Rings, and more. Check out some of Nan Lawson’s Through the Woods art show below. Read More »
A24 has quickly risen to be a recognizable name in the film world. From humble beginnings, they’ve sprung up to release Oscar-winning films like Moonlight. They’re not just a distributor – they’re a brand, and a popular one at that. A24 has already branched out into products: clothing, candles, and so on. Now they’re adding books to the list, too. A new line of A24 books will launch next week, devoted to Moonlight, The Witch, and Ex Machina, respectively. Each book will contain the film in question’s screenplay, along with other features like essays, stills, and more.
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A24, the indie film distribution company responsible for films like Moonlight, Eighth Grade, Midsommar, Swiss Army Man, and dozens more, has announced a cool new project called A24 Public Access. It’s a six-week screening series in which the company will take some of its best films on the road this summer and project them onto billboards in cities across America in which the films are set. Best of all, the screenings are free. Find out which films are playing in which cities below. Read More »
Physical media will live forever! That’s what I keep telling myself every night as I cry myself to sleep. For now, at least, physical media is sticking around, and that’s where this column comes in – rounding up the Blu-ray releases you might want to check out, while Blu-rays still exist. This week, we have the confusing conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy; a charming Amblin-esque throwback from the director of Attack the Block; Keanu Reeves playing God; a crime-thriller guaranteed to piss some people off; and some wicked witchcraft. In addition to all that, her about the outrageously complicated “Escape Room in a Box” I was sent to promote the upcoming Blu-ray release of Escape Room. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.
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It’s Halloween season, which means one thing: eating candy corn until you throw up. Once you’re done with that, though, it’s time to watch horror movies. But have you ever wondered what horror movies other people in your area are watching? And what about places all over the U.S.? What the heck are they watching in Michigan, for instance? Using data compiled from Rotten Tomatoes and other sources, we now know which horror movie each individual state is obsessed with.
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Rejoice! Summer is almost over! Time for cooler weather, and, as usual, new titles on Netflix. September brings even more Netflix originals, but there’s plenty of other titles as well. Next month you can catch Black Panther, The Witch, Unforgiven, BoJack Horseman Season 5, and more.
Check out the best new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in September 2018.
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(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. Next on the list: A24’s unique brand of existential horror.)
For years, I was one of the many people who avoided horror. To me, the genre meant grotesque schlock made to play out cheap scares or misogynistic fantasies…plus I’m a grade-A wimp who gets scared of her own shadow.
But on this months-long journey of “becoming a horror fan,” I’ve discovered that’s not the case at all. Horror is an amazingly malleable genre, with the potential to morph into a family drama, a gothic romance, a twisted sexual fantasy, a reflection of social mores, or a manifestation of human suffering. And A24 taught me that it could all happen under one studio.
Because as much as my fall into horror fandom seemed like a long time coming (I was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hannibal fan, for god’s sake), it wasn’t until A24 started to make its mark as the hub for arthouse horror that I began to really pay attention.
Now, I’m not saying that A24 invented arthouse horror or is doing anything especially new. And I won’t even pretend to know the answers to the ongoing “What is horror?” or elevated horror debate. But A24 is tapping into something — and it’s a move away from the cheap thrills and jump scares that we often see at the multiplex.
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Black Phillip, the scene-stealing goat from the highly acclaimed horror film The Witch, will soon be available to take home. Okay, not the real goat himself, but a facsimile in the form of a Black Phillip Funko POP.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Holy Great Pumpkin, folks, Halloween just a little bit over a week away! Time is running out, so if you haven’t pieced together your costume for the year or carved several season gourds yet, you better get cracking! All Halloween-related activities are best paired with either a spooky mix tape featuring songs about monsters mashing, or a bunch of scary movies. I’ve got you covered on the latter!
Yes, I’ve compiled yet another Halloween-themed edition of Now Stream This, with some fine fright flicks you can stream this festive season. It’s a bit of an eclectic list, with straight-up horror, horror comedy, classics, slow burns, new stuff, and more. I’ve plumbed the depths of the Halloween streaming pit and come back with these morsels of candy corn. It’s time for The Best Movies Streaming Right Now! So let’s get streaming.
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