Galaxy Quest Documentary

(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: Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime

The Pitch: Galaxy Quest cast members Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, Missi Pyle, Rainn Wilson and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, along with director Dean Parisot and writer Robert Gordon, share their memories of making the movie in a fantastic ensemble of new interviews. Meanwhile, pop culture favorites such as Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Greg Berlanti, Damon Lindelof and more than a dozen other notable filmmakers, craftspeople and entertainment-industry observers offer keen insight into how the movie, despite not being a box office sensation, has had a lasting impact and a growing fan base that extends around the world.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Back in 1999, just over 20 years ago around Christmas, the freshly formed DreamWorks studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen was in need of a hit. With the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, they hoped they had found it. Unfortunately, the movie that cost an estimated $45 million only raked in $71.5 million at the domestic box office and a less than stellar $19.1 million internationally. It wasn’t a flop, but it was far from the big success they hoped it would be. But as time has proven over and over again, that doesn’t always mean a movie will be forgotten. In fact, since being released in theaters, Galaxy Quest has only grown in popularity, obtaining a different kind of success. And the new documentary Never Surrender charts the film’s path to production and ultimate rise to the status of cult classic. Read More »

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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 »

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Midge Maisel is ready to be the biggest thing out there. And with the soaring, upbeat trailer for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2, it looks like she’s well on her way. The Emmy-winning comedy series makes its return to Amazon Prime Video this winter, with a new season 2 trailer announcing the long-awaited premiere date. The best rising female comic is back, baby, and she’s taking on all of New York City.

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Pack up your troubles and just get happy, because The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is coming back. Amazon has released the first trailer for the sophomore season of its Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning comedy, and it looks as marvelous and charming as the show’s breakout first season. So get prepared to have Rachel Brosnahan charm your pants off as Judy Garland croons “Get Happy” in the background.

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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, check out a batch of outtakes from the pre-recorded sketches from the most recent season of Saturday Night Live. Plus, watch a fascinating roundtable discussion with television comedy actors Sean Hayes, Tracy Morgan, and more, and go behind the scenes of Harry Potter: The Exhibition, currently situated in Milan. Read More »

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We’ve come to know Michael Bay as the maestro behind a very specific type of huge movie, as he has defined the image of  glossy pictures full of gorgeous women and explosions. His work, as that suggests, isn’t really known for subtlety.

But since before Bay latched on to the Transformers franchise, he has wanted to shoot a film based on the story of a few Miami bodybuilders who concocted a plan to kidnap a businessman and steal his wealth. Years later, that story has become Bay’s “little movie,” Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie, and Dwayne Johnson. The movie isn’t likely to change Bay’s image, but it does represent something (slightly) different from the director. Reviews have been coming in for a few days, but now we want to know what you think about Bay’s true-crime tale. Read More »

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Michael Bay has never attempted a movie as complex as Pain and Gain. He’s made plenty of films that flaunt action, crime and sex, but Pain and Gain isn’t one of them, at all. Below its glossy surface, Pain and Gain is a dark, terrifying true story of one man’s twisted view of the American dream and how he strives to achieve it. That means the film’s main characters — played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie — are not good people. They have good traits, maybe even good hearts, but though they’re presented as muscle-bound super men, they’re not good people.

Making an entertaining and thought-provoking movie filled with despicable characters is not an easy task. It’s a tonal nightmare and Bay struggles with that balance from the very beginning of the film. Ultimately, he finds a groove and the film may win you over, but the journey to that point is as bumpy as a muscled arm. Read More »

The first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain is here. Mark Wahlberg stars as a bodybuilder who wants a better life, and so he teams up with ex-con Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie to kidnap a rich businessman, played by Tony Shalhoub. But things don’t go so well, and everyone ends up experiencing more pain than anything else.

The film seems to have softened the guys so that they’re more movie-ready than the real dudes who inspired the story, but otherwise this looks like pre-Transformers Michael Bay — lurid, sweaty, colorful, and explosive. Check out the footage below.

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Now Variety says the first sequel has three major actors close to filling three major roles with filming scheduled to begin in a few months. Sam Claflin, last seen in Snow White and the Huntsman, is up for the highly coveted role of Finnick Odair, Oscar winner Melissa Leo is up for the role of Mags and Tony Shalhoub is on the list for Beetee. Read about each of the roles and more after the jump. Read More »