(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, The Defenders gets a Recap Rap in order to catch viewers up on the exploits of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist before they assemble for a team-up on Netflix. Plus, a video essay finds deeper meaning in the narrative of Tomorrowland while another dives into the cinematography of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Watchmen cinematographer Larry Fong. Read More »
(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.)
Who would have thought we’d be on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Consensus when the first installment was announced held that basing a giant budget feature off a dark ride with animatronic rum fans wasn’t such a hot idea. It’s not like The Country Bears or Tower of Terror were smash successes, and we were still years away from a major studio successfully adapting colored bricks into a beloved blockbuster.
Obviously, Curse of the Black Pearl was less an adaptation of a theme park ride and more a resurrection of an insanely popular genre from the Hollywood Golden Age, which went a long way toward why it worked.
After the standard diminishing returns of a franchise, here we are, with Johnny Depp stumbling through another adventure where treasure gets sought and swash gets buckled. Let’s make some connections.
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“You may be done with the past, but the past isn’t done with you.” Another day, another look back at this year in cinema. Following the 2015 Salute to Cinema and Final Cut 2015, we’ve got yet another retrospective video looking back at a bunch of movies from this year, and this one comes from a familiar name.
Sleepy Skunk has delivered the 2015 Movie Trailer Mash-Up, throwing together the like of Pawn Sacrifice, Inside Out, Tomorrowland, Tangerine, Mr. Holmes, Jurassic World and dozens more into a single video. Check it out! Read More »
Brad Bird has made it official, and tweeted out a video showing his long time collaborator Michael Giacchino signing the contract to return to score The Incredibles 2. Hit the jump to see that video.
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Cyclops Print Works will be releasing a new screen printed poster today by artist Joe Dunn for Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. I know a lot of you weren’t fans of Tomorrowland, but as a Disneyland fanatic I really enjoyed much of the first half of the film. And this poster is stunning, and filled with a ton of Disneyland Easter eggs – can you spot them?
Hit the jump to see the full Joe Dunn Tomorrowland print in full, and learn how you can get it.
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Hollywood has a woman problem, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. There isn’t enough female filmmakers making big movies, and there aren’t enough big-budget films centering on — or even featuring — complex female characters. This is something discussed many times in recent years here and on other sites. Over the last decade we’ve seen the Bechdel test, a simple routine which calls attention to drastic gender inequality in our big screen stories, blow up in popular culture.
The old Hollywood way of thinking has always been that female driven stories doesn’t usually equate to huge box office successes unless they involve princess fairytales or epic love stories. In recent years we have seen a growing desire for female driven stories on the big screen, from young adult adaptations like Twilight or The Hunger Games to 2013’s Oscar-winning success Gravity, or even breakout b-action films like Lucy.
But the tables are turning and we’re starting to see Hollywood bet big on female-driven stories. This summer alone is filled with blockbuster films with strong female characters in the central role. I thought now that we are almost half way into June we should look back and forward and take an assessment of the new era we may have approached.
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Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland was always a gamble. Sometimes gambles pay off big, other times they don’t. Now it seems, despite the combination of an Oscar-winning director, a proven box-office star and a high-concept, Disney-approved idea, Tomorrowland will end up losing Disney somewhere around $140 million. Read more about the Tomorrowland box office below. Read More »
David, Devindra, and Jeff continue their coverage of SIFF, discuss one of Steven Soderbergh’s underappreciated thrillers, and wonder how some great films get lost in the ether. Also, in this week’s After Dark, the guys discuss how difficult it is to come up with a lasting, meaningful name for something. Be sure to read about The Fermi Paradox. You can buy tickets to the World Premiere of The Primary Instinct here.
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The backstory for Brad Bird‘s film Tomorrowland contains a lot of detail about the beneficent cabal known as Plus Ultra, a secretive group of dreamers which conceived and built a futuristic creative paradise. In the actual film, however, we don’t see too much about Plus Ultra. Scenes were trimmed for length and pacing, and much of that story was left out of the film, along with all mentions of Disney.
Pixar actually animated a short scene that was meant to quickly define and explain Plus Ultra. Bird, however, decided the bit killed the pace of the film, and he cut it. That clip is online and you can watch the Pixar Tomorrowland sequence below. Read More »
It’s that time of the week again. We’re certainly looking forward to a nice holiday weekend, and if you were too busy to stay on top of all the news this week, we’ve got a round-up of all the stories you need to catch up on.
Below you’ll find a round-up of trailers for summer movies like Pixels, sequels like The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and the likely awards contender Steve Jobs. We also have updates on Star Trek 3, a controversial point of view on geek culture from Simon Pegg, more Mad Max: Fury Road goodies and some Tomorrowland exploration as well. So without further adieu, let’s check out the best stories of the week. Read More »