Ant-Man and the Fly Trailer

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, examine Wes Anderson‘s first film Bottle Rocket to see hints of what style his future films would bring. Plus, watch a trailer mash-up of Ant-Man and The Fly to give us a new kind of Marvel movie, and watch an hour-long genre roundtable with the executive producers of shows like Westworld, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, Black Lighting, Legion and more. Read More »

Jurassic Park Video Essay

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 Jurassic Park video essay on how the themes of the film (and book) also allow for characters to have interesting and opposing viewpoints. Plus, go for a ride in the Batcopter from the Batman television series from 1966, and check out 10 minutes from Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs. Read More »

Isle of Dogs Featurette

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, find out how the weather and other elements were created in the stop-motion animated canine adventure Isle of Dogs. Plus, learn how the beloved Saturday Night Live character Stefon was created, and check out some confessions from Stephen Colbert and Cookie Monster. Read More »

Isle of Dogs Featurette

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 close look behind the scenes of the creation of the extensive sets used for Isle of Dogs. Plus, watch a nearly two-hour fascinating and insightful lecture about screenwriting from the writer of The Darkest Hour, and prepare for Avengers: Infinity War with the final countdown. Read More »

Isle of Dogs Toys

Love or hate Isle of Dogs, you can’t deny that it is filled with Good Dogs. And yes, I mean capital Good.

Which is why it’s genius that a line of collectible Isle of Dogs toys is being released in conjunction with the new stop-motion Wes Anderson movie. And you’ll definitely want to…fetch yourself at least one of these cute little puppers — though maybe not as a chewable toy for your own dog.

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Isle of Dogs Featurette

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 special edition, learn about the real dogs on the set of the stop-motion animated production of Isle of Dogs. Plus, director Wes Anderson guides us through the animation process of a particular scene, and he sits down with several members of the cast for a revealing Q&A about the making of the film. Read More »

isle of dogs spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.)

With Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson returns to the magical world of stop-motion for the first time since Fantastic Mr. Fox. The results are frustrating. On one hand, Anderson has crafted a genuinely emotional, frequently funny adventure focused on man’s best friend. On another hand, Anderson has, for some inexplicable reason, decided to use the film to turn Japanese culture into a punchline.

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isle of dogs cultural appropriation

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: a writer grapples with her love of Wes Anderson and the question of Isle of Dogscultural appropriation.)

“I wish somebody spoke his language.”

Those droll words uttered by one of Isle of Dogs’ many English-speaking dogs, Duke (Jeff Goldblum), in response to Atari Kobayashi’s (Koyu Rankin) impassioned Japanese ramblings, get to the heart of what makes Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film so charming — and so troubling.

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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited isn’t just underrated, it’s the best film he has made yet.)

Wes Anderson is more than a director – he’s a brand. Beyond enjoying name recognition, Anderson has an identifiable aesthetic rivaled perhaps only by Quentin Tarantino among indie filmmakers. A cottage industry of trailer remakes, Etsy shops and Instagram accounts has sprung up around his name. His films’ releases are the closest things to events outside of major studio tentpoles.

So how did the 10th anniversary of The Darjeeling Limited pass by last October with hardly any significant decade retrospective piece? Anderson, ever a reliable click-generator for film sites, should easily have inspired some online chatter encouraging reevaluation for better or for worse. Instead, Anderson’s 2007 film simply cemented its status as his most forgotten film. While not the worst (an honor sometimes reserved for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou since most people cut his debut Bottle Rocket some slack), few rank it among his iconic classics like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums or Moonrise Kingdom.

Consider this a belated invitation to reconsider the movie. I maintain The Darjeeling Limited is Wes Anderson’s best film, a perfect blend of style, story and sentiment. You can’t quote it as easily as Rushmore, but Anderson’s deadpan dialogue retains its snapiness. You can’t dress up as it characters for Halloween as easily as The Royal Tenenbaums, but the personalities are as vibrantly acidic as ever. You don’t have an ensemble of stars to fill the poster like The Grand Budapest Hotel, but Anderson goes deeper than ever on three brothers who are among his most completely realized cinematic creations.

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Wes Anderson Honest Trailer

As loyal cinephiles, we love the work of Wes Anderson. While you’d be hard-pressed to say that Wes Anderson has grown as a filmmaker throughout his career, you can’t deny that he has a style all his own that has connected with a particular audience. You can call them hipsters, or you can call them craft beer enthusiasts, or whatever you want, but we’re note going to judge anyone’s love of Wes Anderson.

Now the director behind movies such as The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel is taking some jabs from the folks at Honest Trailers. And just as we said before, Wes Anderson hasn’t really evolved much as a director, and that’s why this edition of Honest Trailers takes aim at all of the filmmaker’s movies. Read More »