Avengers Infinity War Visual Effects

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 compilation of visual effects breakdowns for Avengers: Infinity War, including some new glimpses behind the scenes we hadn’t seen before. Plus, find out why Valentine’s Day might be the worst romantic comedy ever made, and check out the cast of Isn’t It Romantic? answering the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

VOTD: 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes

Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, and 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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Some historical events function better as documentary subjects than they do movies. Admirable though the effort may be, Invictus is one of them. The film attempts to balance its weighty subject matter with the trifling appeal of an inspirational sports story, but in doing so, fails to satisfy in either regard. There’s nothing rousing about the way rugby is presented here—nothing exciting in the way that it’s played. Consequently, all of expected plot beats left me feeling like I was waiting out the clock until the inevitable, obligatory climactic final game. It’s apparent that director Clint Eastwood was more interested in expressing the passion of the fans, highlighting the way a common interest can bring opposing parties together. That’s fine and all, but if we don’t experience that passion ourselves, we’re no more than emotionless observers of other people’s enjoyment. Equally problematic is the innate awkwardness of trying to depict a nation that’s slowly being united, as it forces the movie to introduce numerous non-characters exclusively so it can rush them through their bland two-point arcs. It’s the sort of problem you can forgive because there aren’t a whole of other options available, but that justification doesn’t make those scenes any more cinematically rewarding. The movie does have a saving grace though, and that’s Morgan Freeman. With his portrayal of Nelson Mandela, Freeman lends a gravitas that helps maintain the illusion of substance, even as the film struggles to adequately explore the complexities of a post-apartheid world. He carries the movie.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A Matt Damon Plays Rugby featurette. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional featurettes (“Vision, Courage and Honor: Clint Eastwood and the Power of a True Story”, “Mandela Meets Morgan”, “The Eastwood Factor”), and a digital copy of the film.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth
Warner Bros, Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox have announced new release dates for a sixteen films to be released over the next three years. We have information and dates for all of the films, after the jump.

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For years, guys in high school have barely wondered what the source is to the mysterious glitter found on their clothes for days and months after vacating a girl’s bedroom. Has Etsy finally let the immortal, sparkling, man-shaped, phallic-necked, vampire pillow out of the bag?

This week, photos of $35 Twilight-themed “manllows” like the nightmarish one above—the Robert “Pasty” Pattison model—made the leap from an Etsy shop to Tumblr, causing the latter site to become more difficult to tolerate. After the jump, we have a deeper look at this troubling trend of male objectification for the sake of fem-geek bedtime fantasy. This just in: the first documentation of a Twilighter manillow sandwich…

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Valentine’s Day Gets a Sequel: New Years Eve

Valentine's Day

File this story in the “I wish I were joking” pile: Gary Marshall‘s ensemble romantic comedy Valentine’s Day doesn’t even open until Friday but Hollywood is already planning a sequel. According to Finke, the film’s producers have hired screenwriter Katherine Fugate write another holiday-themed film as a follow-up titled New Years Eve. The sequel/spin-off will feature some of the Los Angeles-based cast/characters from Valentine’s Day, in a new setting – New York City, over the course of 24 hours surrounding the new year.

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Valentine’s Day Movie Trailer


Perhaps the least surprising thing about the new trailer for Valentine’s Day is the final card that tells us the film will be released in February. That’s going some, though, because there’s absolutely nothing in the whole thing that will catch you off guard in any way. Judge for yourself, because we have it embedded below the break.

Is this familiarity a crippling thing though? The movie is certainly a star studded affair and seems to have lots of comic situations and broad scope for complex romantic entanglements. Those are the generic requirements for a picture like this aren’t they? Perhaps the truly clever twists and plot surprises are being kept back for when you’re actually watching the film. That was certainly the case with He’s Just Not That Into You, Love Actually and Feast of Love, the three films this one most closely resembles. I know that Joe Jonas is credited as providing the voice of a dog so that’s… something different, anyway.

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Valentine’s Day Movie Trailer

Valentine's Day

Garry Marshall (The Princess Diaries, Pretty Woman) has returned with a new romantic comedy – Valentine’s Day, which, you guessed it, will be released on Valentine’s Day weekend. Warner Bros has released a movie trailer for, what appears to be yet another paint-by-numbers glossy romcom. The film tells the story of intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles as they break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine’s Day.

The catch? This film features a strong ensemble cast of actors and actresses that your girlfriend probably loves – Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Biel, Emma Roberts, Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace. A film like this is sure to make a ton of money based on that cast alone.

After watching this trailer, you’re probably wondering if you have any other movie options to take a date to on Valentine’s Day weekend? The Robert Pattinson romantic drama Remember Me opens the same date. Fox’s adaptation of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief as well. But I would vote for the 3D rerelease of Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast.
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It’s hard to measure the gnarlitude I’m feeling this Saturday after Cloverfield, but every forthcoming movie I was looking forward to just got that much brighter. They’ve got the Tina Fey glow. Puked yet? Okay enough, Chud brings word that the first trailer for this May’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is skedded to appear on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, via the show John Tesh left for his piano for, Entertainment Tonight. In that wild and crazy ET style, they’ll be teasing it after they make you endure a couple of commercial breaks and world exclusives that would make Wayne Gale blush.

At 12:01 a.m. on February 15th, the trailer will go live on the movie’s official website, though reports have it in theaters on the 14th. And of course, your diligent /Film will have it with the quickness after procuring it in a shady alleyway with a cat mating track, so it’s your call.

That reminds me that I need to track down one of the glowing blue crystal skulls used in the making of House II: The Second Story in time for the ’80s party I’m throwing with Bill Maher. Any leads?

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