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 an in-depth analysis of the most recent Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer music, which wasn’t actually created by John Williams. Plus, Arnold Schwarzenegger provides an extensive breakdown of some of his most memorable characters from throughout his career, and Paul Rudd takes a quiz to determine which Paul Rudd character he would be. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
In the mood to watch something this weekend? Good, because I spent hours putting together some recommendations, and I was worried they were all going to spoil I was going to have to throw them in the trash. Lucky for me you came along, stranger! These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!
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You know what action movies are missing these days? Swift kicks and punches to the nuts. Thankfully, there are plenty of movies from the past that deliver the kind of breathtaking groin shots that can incapacitate even the strongest man. In the case of Total Recall, that man is Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he takes a couple good shots to the wedding tackle, courtesy of Sharon Stone.
But perhaps more importantly, Total Recall clearly holds the inspiration for a couple of the biggest sci-fi movies of the 1990s and 2000s. The Total Recall Honest Trailer looks back at this 1980s sci-fi classic, and when you break down the plot, it’s hard not to see elements of The Matrix and Avatar. Check it out below. Read More »
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” – Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick remains one of the most influential science fiction writers to ever work in the medium. Writing works both philosophical and strange, the prolific author often wrote about just what it means to be human. With Dick’s work so iconic, it only makes sense that Hollywood (and others) have tried again and again to turn his stories into feature films. Some of the films succeed, but often they do so by altering the original nature of the stories. And they almost always jettison Dick’s prose, which can often leave readers scratching their heads. Dick’s work has also influenced countless other movies, which may not be straight adaptations of his work but are clearly borrowing elements – think The Matrix, Gattaca, Source Code, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; the list is actually pretty endless.
With Blade Runner 2049 now in theaters, and a new anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, scheduled to hit Amazon sometime next year, it’s time for a primer on the wild world of Philip K. Dick adaptations – the good, the bad, and the films that just don’t make much of an impact at all. .
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Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Cool Stuff, Matt Ferguson reveals his new Total Recall poster, LEGO plans a very limited set for Star Wars Celebration, Hellboy gets his own whiskey, and much, much more.
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Zootopia may have taken home the big awards at the Oscars in February, but a new lawsuit is threatening the big bucks that Disney’s animated hit took home at the box office.
Total Recall screenwriter Gary L. Goldman has accused The Walt Disney Company of ripping off the story of Zootopia from a treatment that Goldman had pitched to Disney executives in 2000 and 2009, right down to the character designs, theme, plot and title, according to the complaint filed by Goldman’s Esplanade Productions. But Disney is fighting back against the allegations.
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“In space, no one can hear you scream.”
The often-quoted but terrifyingly true tagline for 1979’s Alien pretty much sums up how scary space is. Space isn’t just vast, it’s also completely hostile to human existence. While our best technology can get us into space, we’ve seen countless films explore what happens when that technology fails. We love to champion films like The Martian or Gravity, which reward viewers with human ingenuity overcoming scientifically improbable odds to survive, but the truth is space kills. A lot.
As Life, the latest film from Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House), rolls into theaters this weekend, we’re once again reminded that in space, all bets are off. The film’s trailer sets up what’s become a standard formula for space terror: astronauts living on a space station have discovered extraterrestrial life, which in turn discovers them. In this case, we see this alien life form take hold of one screaming scientist’s finger, setting us up for a truly gnarly death.
So, in the spirit of space and its many suffocating terrors, we put together ten of the worst space deaths we could find in film. From Tarkovsky to Corman, there’s something here for everyone.
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For any sci-fi fan, it would be a dream come true to find a place where the characters from all your favorite sci-fi movies and TV shows existed in the same world. But unless we figure out how to travel to a parallel dimension where all those character that have been imagined over the years are real, we’ll have to settle for this new print from the Hero Complex Gallery show Sci-Scapes.
Artists Josan Gonzalez and Laurie Greasley created this insanely detailed piece of work that feels like a sci-fi version of Where’s Waldo. But rather than looking for the bespectacled, red and white striped sweater wearing explorer, you can just look at any part of this image and find someone or something from RoboCop, Total Recall, Akira, Alien, Stranger Things, Blade Runner, Predator and much more.
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Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by David Chen
Despite all the controversy around Sony’s handling of The Interview, I quite enjoyed the film and found it to be a worthy of Goldberg/Rogen’s growing body of work. But even more interesting to me was how certain elements of it resembled Total Recall. There are a few vague, surface similarities – both films feature relatively normal people drawn into a world of espionage and intrigue, who are compelled to assassinate people in power and trigger a rebellion against oppressive forces. But there was one other thing that caught my attention. See my latest video essay and learn what I found the two films have in common. Hit the jump to watch my The Interview Total Recall video essay.
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Ask a film fan and they’ll say Fantastic Fest is the best film festival in the world. An experience so unique and exciting, there’s almost no way it could be improved.
That is, until organizers added MondoCon.
MondoCon is a sister convention put on by the team known for their highly collectible and sought-after posters. The aim was to do a convention that celebrated all things Mondo (art, posters, toys, movies, comics) but do everything differently from other conventions. To create an experience that would be really fun for fans and non-fans alike. After attending for two days, I can safely say they succeeded — but not in the ways one may think.
So many criticize Mondo for the culture they’ve helped create with their low-supply, high-demand posters. There are valid arguments on both sides, but with MondoCon the team did their best to move away from that. It wasn’t a convention that was only about buying posters. (Though you could, of course, buy lots of posters.) MondoCon was more about community and communication. It was a venue for fans to interact with their favorite artists and other fans, and revel in the controlled geekiness.
However, at the start of MondoCon no one knew that. In fact, we knew very little at all. Below, read our full MondoCon recap. Read More »