Shang-Chi Trailer Easter Eggs

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 nearly four dozen Shang-Chi Easter Eggs and comic book references from the first trailer for the new Marvel movie. Plus, watch the shameless but adorable Oscar campaign video for the original song “Húsavík” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. And finally, take a tour of the set of Netflix’s superhero comedy Thunder Force. Read More »

Thunder Force Gag Reel

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 Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman and the rest of the Thunder Force cast crack up in a gag reel. Plus, take a look back at X-Men: The Animated Series with Disney+’s latest edition of The Deets. And finally, watch a half-hour broadcast special on the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated drama Nomadland starring Frances McDormand. Read More »

Thunder Force Review

Imagine a world much like our own, but with one key difference: nearly 40 years ago, after an interplanetary blast of cosmic rays, some people were gifted with superpowers. There’s just one nefarious twist: the only people who gained these powers were likely to be sociopaths. So, in essence, what if, 40 years ago, supervillains were created but without an opposing force of good to stop them? How would these cruel villains run rampant over the societies of the world? What nasty plans would they have for the rest of us, who would be hopeless to fight back? What dystopic horrors would be enacted upon us all?

These are among the very reasonable questions raised and promptly, bafflingly ignored by the new Netflix action comedy Thunder Force, whose very basic premise is a lot more interesting than its filmmakers are willing to explore. Aside from that setup, the real premise is “What if Melissa McCarthy got superpowers?” That must have been the elevator pitch for McCarthy and her husband/frequent collaborator, Ben Falcone (who wrote and directed Thunder Force). That setup is all well and good, but this whole film feels like an elevator pitch: tossed off without any detailed thought. It’s true that this is, compared to Falcone’s other directorial efforts, pretty much the cream of the crop. But that doesn’t make Thunder Force any good.

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thunder force trailer

In the new Netflix comedy Thunder Force, supervillains are an every-day thing, but now it’s time for the world’s first superhero team – and that superhero team is played by Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. The two star as estranged friends who reunite and end up with superpowers, with comedic results. It’s the latest entry from McCarthy and husband and frequent director Ben Falcone, and whether or not that’s a good thing is up to you to decide. Watch the Thunder Force trailer below.

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Thunder Force

A superhero movie starring Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy? Yes, sign us up. Spencer and McCarthy are close to closing deals to star in Thunder Force, a Netflix superhero flick from writer-director Ben Falcone. Falcone is the wild card here. Spencer and McCarthy are both capable of great things, but Falcone’s track-record is a little spotty. Let’s hope for the best.

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