Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, let’s rank The Best Movie Trailers of 2018.
Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
It’s only been a few days since the members of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society released the nominees for their annual awards, and the winners have already been determined. However, don’t expect this to be an indication of how any of the major awards are going to go down later this season. Our editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is counted among this group, and the wide array of film critics from various backgrounds makes the results skew much further from the norm than you might expect at the Golden Globes or Oscars.
However, that actually makes the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society awards winners a little more interesting than the usual awards fare – they have awarded the adaptation of The Hate U Give Best Picture. How did the rest of the awards shake out ? Check out the full list below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Happy Friday everyone, are you ready to cry? Because the latest Google Doodle paying tribute to the beloved Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood will do its darnedest to make you sob sweet, nostalgic tears.
A Mister Rogers Google Doodle has been released to celebrate Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s 51st anniversary, right on the heels of the moving documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, which was released to universal acclaim earlier this year. Now you can escape to the Land of Make-Believe with the stop-motion animated reimagining of the classic opening theme.
Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
The Mr. Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was one of the most successful specialty box office releases this summer. While it might not have made loads of money like Avengers: Infinity War or Incredibles 2, it earned a respectable $22.5 million, which is more than most documentaries make in theaters. It’s also enough to make it the twelfth highest grossing documentary of all-time, and the second highest grossing movie to come out of Sundance this year.
If you happened to miss Won’t You Be My Neighbor? in theaters this summer, the good news is that it’s now available on home video. But for those who need more convincing to check out this wonderful documentary, the first 10 minutes of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? have been released online for your tearful enjoyment. Read More »
Good job guys, we’ve made it halfway through 2018! Now there’s only six months left of this hellish year to go. But we’ll always have movies, and thank goodness this year’s movies have been more than up to the task of alternately letting us escape reality or tapping into our deepest intimate and sociopolitical anxieties.
Each day this week, a different member of Team /Film has been counting down his or her favorite films of the year so far. I’m the last to go this week and may have a few surprises on my list — which ranges from heartwarming family films, to pitch-black comedies, to meditations on life, love, and grief. So without further ado, here are my top 10 movies of 2018 so far.
While the fresh hellscape that is every day of 2018 brings a new nightmare multiple times a day, the movies this year have provided us some kind of escape. As usual, some of those movies have done it better than others, and that’s why members of the /Film team are counting down their favorite movies of the year at the halfway point of 2018. Now it’s my turn.
In order to qualify for our lists, obviously we had to have seen the movie already, but the movie didn’t have to be released before the midway point of the year. As long a movie has a release date for 2018, it’s eligible. So let’s get down to the wide variety of movies that impressed me enough to make my Top 10 Movies of 2018 So Far, including a #1 pick that will probably stir the pot just a little bit. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018 by Siddhant Adlakha
We’ve grown to detest sincerity, haven’t we?
Or at the very least, we as a culture have grown suspicious of it. We have a need to see even the purest of kindness through a lens of the pain and suffering that drive it – friendly, neighborhood Paddington, like the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man, was an orphan who subsequently lost his uncle – and we view kindness this way only if we aren’t first investigating the potential selfishness driving what we think is pretense. In either case, even fictional views on empathy and heroism, especially in American media, tend to focus on some kind of trauma. Captain America, who wears the star-spangled banner on his chest, lost everyone he ever loved before even waking up. Perhaps there is no such thing as kindness not born out of cruelty.
Perhaps there is no longer such a thing as American kindness detached from the various specters of September 11th; tragedy is a through-line for us all. Even the cinematic Superman, once a friend, has become a morose figure detached from humanity and the kindness of his “American way.” He was re-introduced to the world in Man of Steel amidst scenes of buildings crumbing into piles of ash, and his stories since have seen him wrestle with aloofness. Where would the citizens of Superman’s city, abandoned by their most reliable neighbor, have looked for the helpers, I wonder? Admittedly, I often wonder this about real American cities nowadays.
And that brings me to Fred Rogers and the new documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
Summer is a big time for blockbuster action franchises to rake in truckloads of money for movie studios. But in-between all the loud explosions and bright colors, there are plenty of lower key offerings that deserve your attention. One of those movies is a documentary that has been praised endlessly since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, profiling one of TV’s most beloved talents.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a new documentary from director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), and it focuses on Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the influential PBS television series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The documentary chronicles the rise and passion of Fred Rogers as he aims to make the world a little less overwhelming for children. Read More »
David, Devindra, Jeff, and Kristy discuss Ready Player One, the latest blockbuster from legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Plus, Kristy shares her viewing experiences at SXSW.
Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
Based on this trailer alone, it’s probably a sure-thing that the Mr. Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is going to make you cry. You may not break down into uncontrollably, wracking sobs, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be silently weeping in the theater by the time the credits roll. Watch the Won’t You Be My Neighbor trailer below, and get the tissues ready.