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‘Lovecraft Country’ Review: Horrors Both Human and Otherworldly Haunt Misha Green’s Spellbinding Series

“This is the story of a boy and his dream,” a narrator tells us. “But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and a dream that is truly American.” That narrator is from the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story, but he’s also, in effect, narrating Lovecraft Country, Misha Green‘s phenomenal horror series. Rather than just use musical needle drops, Lovecraft Country uses narration pulled from other sources, audio clips, spoken-word poetry, creating a rich tapestry; a collage; a mosaic. ...
Tags: Florida, Hbo, Television, Movies, Rihanna, Horror, Stephen King, America, Indiana, Features, Green, Chicago, Adaptation, New England, Montrose, James Baldwin


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Host’ is a Horror Film Made During Lockdown That is, Somehow, Really Good

(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: Host Where You Can Stream It: Shudder The Pitch: What if a group of friends, isolated and bored during quarantine in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, decided to hold a seance over Zoom? And what if everything went catastrophically wrong, unleashing something evil into their homes? And what if this film, from director Rob S...
Tags: Movies, Features, Savage, Host, Rob Savage, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream


Everything You Should Watch After You Stream ‘Howard’ on Disney+

Howard Ashman is, hyperbole be damned, one of the most important figures in the history of animation. It’s an impressive feat considering that he never once drew a character or directed an animated feature. You may not know his name, but Howard Ashman’s words have given life to some of the most beloved characters of modern Disney animation. What’s more, his lyrical compositions and collaboration with composer Alan Menken inspired the last 30 years of mainstream American animation in one way or...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Robin Williams, New York City, Disney, Features, Williams, Middle East, Broadway, Bill Murray, Charles Dickens, Walt Disney Company, Steve Martin, Little Mermaid, Ariel, Angela Lansbury


The Quarantine Stream: The Satire of ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Packs Potent Punches in Both Comedy and Drama

(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: Jojo Rabbit Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max The Pitch: Taika Waititi plays Hitler as an imaginary friend to a young boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), who feels compelled to be a good little Nazi towards the end of World War II. Unfortunately, he can’t quite measure up to the ruthlessness expected of him. Once the kid discov...
Tags: Hbo, Comedy, Movies, Drama, War, Features, Scarlett Johansson, Hitler, Fox Searchlight, Jojo, Taika Waititi, Stephen Merchant, Featured Stories Sidebar, Jojo Rabbit, Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Roman Griffin Davis


How One Claustrophobic Scene in ‘Alien’ Creates Suspense Through Its Performers 

(Welcome to  Scariest Scene Ever , a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: This claustrophobic scene in Alien relies heavily on the intensity of the actors’ performances to sell the fear.) Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien birthed an iconic movie monster as well as an enduring franchise. It also birthed one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history with the infamous chest-bursting scene. That scene delivered one of the most ...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Sci-fi, Earth, Features, Dallas, Ash, Ridley Scott, Alien, Kane, Scott, Brett, Weaver, Cartwright, Lambert, Ripley


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Destroyer’ is an Vastly Underrated Neo-Noir Flick

(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: The Destroyer Where You Can Stream It: Hulu The Pitch: A near-unrecognizable Nicole Kidman is a hard-boiled cop haunted by a violent tragedy in her past. Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: It still boggles my mind that Destroyer seemed to come and go without much attention. The film has a meager 74% on Rotten Tomatoes and wa...
Tags: Movies, La, Nicole Kidman, Hulu, Erin, Kidman, Kusama, Karyn Kusama, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Destroyer, Featured Stories Sidebar, Silas Toby Kebbell, Jade Pettyjohn, Erin Bell Nicole Kidman, Chris Sebastian Stan


‘The Secret Garden’ Review: An Adaptation Quite Contrary to Its Source Material But Just As Magical

I’ve always viewed The Secret Garden as a sort of “Gothic romance for beginners,” with a dose of that childish whimsy that made Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s 1911 classic such a fixture on our childhood bookshelves or our televisions in the form of the various film and made-for-TV adaptations over the years. Hear me out: a willful protagonist who comes to live at a cavernous, dilapidated manor in the moors, its residents haunted by the ghosts of their past. But of course, instead of a crazed wife i...
Tags: England, Movies, Drama, India, Fantasy, Bbc, Movie Reviews, Maggie Smith, Harry Potter, Secret Garden, Mary, Colin, BURNETT, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Walters, Thorne


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood’ Remains One of the Best DC Animated Movies

(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: Batman: Under the Red Hood Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max The Pitch: Back in 1988, DC Comics decided to hold a poll for their readers: dial in and decide the fate of Jason Todd, the new Robin who had stepped into Dick Grayson’s shoes, after he had been kidnapped and held hostage by the Joker. It was a stunt that would result i...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Dc Comics, Batman, Jason, Robin, al Ghul, Judd Winick, Netflix/Streaming Video, Jason Todd, Red Hood, Dick Grayson, Featured Stories Sidebar, Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Quarantine Stream, Doug Mahnke Batman


Examining the Iconic Japanese Samurai Film That Inspired ‘The Mandalorian’

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars , a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition:  Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance .) Samurai movies have long held a place in the inspiration of Star Wars. It began with The Hidden Fortress , which was one of the earliest influences on George Lucas’s creation of Star Wars,  but Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is perhaps the latest in that line of...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, Clint Eastwood, Wu Tang, Quentin Tarantino, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Mando, Wolf, Kurosawa, Wakayama, Samurai, Lone Wolf, Pedro Pascal, Jeremy Bulloch


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Raising Arizona’ is a Delightfully Weird Metaphor for Parenting

(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: Raising Arizona Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max The Pitch: A low-level criminal (Nicolas Cage) marries a decorated police officer (Holly Hunter), but after learning that they can’t have children the old-fashioned way, the pair decides to kidnap the infant son of a local furniture salesman and raise him as their own. Why It’s Es...
Tags: Hbo, Comedy, Movies, Features, Frances Mcdormand, Arizona, John Goodman, 20th Century Fox, Nicolas Cage, Hunter, Joel, Holly Hunter, Ethan Coen, Coens, Barry Sonnenfeld, Raising Arizona


‘Howard’ Review: A Soulful Tribute to the Man Behind Disney’s Most Beloved Animated Classics

“To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.” The dedication to the lyricist behind some of Disney’s most beloved animated hits that runs in the closing credits of Beauty and the Beast is brief but beautiful — which is a fitting description of the life of Howard Ashman, whose amazing life was cut short by AIDS in 1991, right on the cusp of what would be his greatest and most lasting achievement. It’s a fitting description too for Howard,...
Tags: Movies, Documentary, New York City, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Beauty, Broadway, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Little Mermaid, Bill, Ken Burns, Angela Lansbury, Baltimore, Belle, White


‘An American Pickle’ Review: A Clumsy But Sweet Story About Family, Friendship, and Pickles

For all its occasional bursts of fleeting beauty, the world is an inherently lonely place. And even those who prefer to remain loners can, on occasion, seek out the warmth of connection, however brief or fleeting. That search for connection is hidden within An American Pickle, a sweet, silly movie that never quite decides what it wants to be, but not for lack of trying. Once you move beyond the goofy premise – which involves a man brined in a pickle vat for 100 years – you find a film filled wi...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, America, Features, Movie Reviews, Ben, Rogen, Simon Rich, Herschel, Seth-Rogen, Greenbaum, Brandon Trost, Trost, Featured Stories Sidebar, Ben Greenbaum, An American Pickle


Pop Culture Imports: ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale,’ ‘Women Without Men, ‘BNA,’ and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) Somehow, we’re nearing the tail end of summer and the pandemic situation doesn’t seem like it will change all that much. But at the very least, streaming services won’t run out of new content anytime soon. And while new entertainment may start to dry up in the states, we can always import a few international titles to keep us going. In this week’s Pop Culture Imports, the best foreign mo...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Hbo, Movies, San Francisco, Spain, Iran, Features, Netflix, Cia, Bruce Lee, Costa, Chinatown, Crunchyroll, BNA, Nicholas Sparks


Revisiting ‘Mars and Beyond’, Disney’s Influential Animated Documentary Short About Space Travel and Life on Mars

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.) These days, Disney has become the king of acquiring IPs and turning them into the cash cows of popular entertainment. But once upon a time, they also dared to collaborate with the top scientific minds of the time, and make art that could show us what we could achieve if we set our minds to it — like kickstart the Space Race. With everyone stuck at home and with the f...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Nasa, Features, Pentagon, Mars, Disneyland, Walt Disney, Tomorrowland, Eisenhower, Braun, COLLIER, Wernher von Braun, Featured Stories Sidebar, Disney Vault, Out of the Disney Vault


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Impetigore’ and ‘Satan’s Slaves’ Prove That the Next Great Horror Movies Are Coming From Indonesia

(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: Impetigore and Satan’s Slaves Where You Can Stream Them: Shudder The Pitch: If you only watch American horror films, you’re missing out. Outside of Hollywood, horror films can be weirder, wilder, crazier, more ambitious, and often piss-your-pants scary. And in recent years, Indonesia has announced itself as the latest major play...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Features, Horror, Impetigore, Satan's Slaves, The Quarantine Stream


How to Build the Ultimate Home Theater During the Pandemic

With the world shut down and movie theatres feeling like a distant memory for many, the time spent watching things at home has skyrocketed. We’ve never been in a better position to be able to have a home theatre setup that allows almost any film in the world to be viewed via streaming, disc or any other media in your library. Gone are the days of sub-20” tube sets and flaky VHS recordings, we’ve now got with the touch of a button hundreds of thousands of hours of content broadcast in 4K resolu...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Disney, Samsung, Features, Netflix, Sony, Nvidia, Lg, Oled, Vizio, Hdr, Coke, Dolby Atmos, Atmos, Blu


‘Japan Sinks 2020’ is a Bleak, Violent Disaster Anime That Hits Harder During Lockdown

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.) It shouldn’t come across as controversial to say that 2020 feels like living in a disaster film. Looking outside feels like catching a glimpse of a hellish apocalypse, with thousands of people dying while governments are too inept to do anything about it, misinformation making things worse, and any resemblance of “normal life” rapidly disappearing into memory. So...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, Netflix, Tokyo, Starbucks, Estonia, Anime, Ani, Muto, Yuasa, Masaaki Yuasa, Featured Stories Sidebar, Chernobyl Japan, Eizouken, Japan Sinks: 2020


Revisiting ‘The Mousketeers at Walt Disney World,’ Disney’s Kitschy and Truly Strange 1970s TV Special

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.) One of the key parts of the Disney legacy, when it comes to the small screen, is the Mickey Mouse Club. During the nascent years of television, Walt Disney went all-in with his weekly primetime anthology series, but he also produced a five-days-a-week show featuring a group of clean-cut, cherubic kids in which they’d jump around, play, sing songs, and dance, in-between...
Tags: Movies, Abc, Disney, Features, Ryan Gosling, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Hudson, Walt Disney, Orlando, Winnie, Animal Kingdom, Disney World, Annette Funicello, Tenet, Disney Springs


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Ocean Waves’ May Be Studio Ghibli’s Secretly Queer Film

(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: Ocean Waves Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max The Pitch: In the early ’90s, Studio Ghibli launched an unusual experiment: the studio gave its youngest animators, all in their twenties and thirties, a chance to make a cheap, quick film to show what they could achieve. Ultimately, the experiment failed in the first two aspects — Oc...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Features, Tokyo, Anime, States, Studio Ghibli, Taku, Ocean Waves, Ghibli, Netflix/Streaming Video, Featured Stories Sidebar, Yutaka, Tomomi Mochizuki, Studio Ghibi, The Quarantine Stream


‘Gamemaster’ Director Charles Mruz on Documenting the Complexities of the Board Game Industry [Interview]

I may not remember precisely when I rediscovered board games, but I do remember the moment I knew I was hooked. In January of 2016, a friend invited me to join his much-anticipated playthrough of Twilight Imperium, a super-complicated game centering around galactic exploration and conquest. The only catch? The group was meeting three states over, requiring an hours-long drive through terrible weather – and a quick turnaround if I were to be back at work on Monday morning. I made the drive an...
Tags: Movies, Documentary, Interviews, Los Angeles, Features, Pakistan, Kickstarter, Luke Crane, Serrato, Featured Stories Sidebar, Jason Wise, Nashra Balagamwala, Gamemaster, Charles Mruz, Mruz, Kittens Elan Lee


Now Scream This: Stay Inside and Stream These 10 Horror Movies

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.) Matt: It’s getting to the point where I don’t know how many times I can reword the same introduction in this space. Viral cases are still on the rise, we should all still be staying home when possible, and horror movies are more enjoyable than ever. How else to reword things? Lock your door, turn out the...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Features, Anna Kendrick, Ryan Reynolds, Hulu, Horror Movies, Gemma Arterton, Chris, Matt, Welp, Alvarez, Fede Alvarez, Fede, Jane Levy, Featured Stories Sidebar


‘Deep Blue Sea 3’ is Leagues Above the Last Direct-to-Video Sequel

(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. This week, we take a second dip into the world of ‘Deep Blue Sea’ sequels.) I’m a sucker for killer shark movies, but the great ones represent a small percentage of the sub-genre overall. Most are dull, dumb, and waterlogged in their attempts to entertain and thrill, but none of those descriptors can be applied to Renny Harlin’s 1999 gem, Deep Blue Sea. Okay, mayb...
Tags: Movies, Features, Sharknado, Emma, Deep Blue Sea, John Pogue, Pogue, Featured Stories Sidebar, Emma Collins, Renny Harlin, Harlin, DTV Descent, Dirk Blackman, Deep Blue Sea 3, Richard Lowell, Deep Blue Sea Okay


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Still Works Like Gangbusters

(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: Who Framed Roger Rabbit Where You Can Stream It: Disney+ The Pitch: You know those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid? In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, all those cartoons actually happened and were shot on sound stages with cartoon actors who occupy the same world as live-action humans. That’s the backdrop for this ...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Disney, Features, Animation, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Hoskins, Chinatown, Noir, Mickey Mouse, Fantasia, Roger, Hoskins, Zemeckis, Christopher Lloyd, Roger Rabbit


Now Stream This: ‘The Firm’, ‘The Last Dance’, ‘Fear City’, ‘Palm Springs’, ‘Airplane!’, ‘Shattered Glass’, and 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.) The Firm Now Streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video Release Date: 1993 Genre: Thriller Director: Sydney Pollack Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn The Firm is as solid as a Hollywood thriller gets. The type of movie they don’t really make anymore – a mid-budget pi...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Hayden Christensen, New York, Hollywood, Movies, Washington, New York City, Time, Los Angeles, Features, Chicago, David, Netflix, Michael Jordan, Sydney


The Biggest Surprises and Snubs of the 2020 Emmy Nominations

Ah, yes. Another major awards show, another chance to pick apart the nominations! The 2020 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning and, as usual, there were a number of surprises (some positive, some negative). And of course, there were plenty of folks who were left out of the party. So let’s dispense with the pleasantries and wade into the muck of it all. Let’s break down the biggest 2020 Emmy surprises and snubs, from The Mandalorian to Watchmen to What We Do in the Shadows to Reese With...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk, Movies, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Amc, Awards, America, Features, Netflix, United States, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Aniston, Silicon Valley


15 Years Later, ‘Constantine’ Director Francis Lawrence is Enjoying the Film’s Cult Following [Interview]

Although only 15 years old, Constantine is already aging well. The adaptation of the Hellblazer comic continues to find more fans and doesn’t date in the special effects department like so many early and mid-2000s movies already have. There’s no hard rock, pop culture references, or even outdated tech that could age the movie. Director Francis Lawrence created a world of his own in his noir-ish, sometimes hellish vision of Los Angeles. When Constantine was released in 2005, it wasn’t as well-re...
Tags: Jennifer Lawrence, Movies, Interview, Australia, Los Angeles, Features, Satan, Mpaa, Francis-Lawrence, John, Dc, Will Smith, Keanu-Reeves, Christ, Warner Brothers, Tyler Perry


The Quarantine Stream: The Nomadic Ambience YouTube Channel Takes You to Places Near and Far

(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: Various short films from YouTube Channel Nomadic Ambience Where You Can Stream It: YouTube The Pitch: A series of high-quality videos that are part ASMR, part haunting road trip. Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Can’t get away right now? We’re all pretty much in the same boat. But with Nomadic Ambience, you can get a glimp...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Movies, Youtube, New York City, San Francisco, Asmr, Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach, Portland Maine, San Franciso, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream


The Quarantine Stream: ‘American Graffiti’ May Be a Studio Movie, But It’s George Lucas’ Indie Gem

(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: American Graffiti Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max The Pitch: American Graffiti is a classic coming-of-age story set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock n’ roll. Set in Modesto, California, the film follows an ensemble of students enjoying their final night as high school seniors before they each go their...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Drama, Indiana, Teen, Roger Ebert, Universal, George-Lucas, Lucas, Northwest Indiana, Midwestern, American-Graffiti, Modesto California, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream, Universal Lucas


‘Muppets Now’ Delivers Bite-Sized Comedy for the YouTube Generation With Mixed Results

Despite successfully bringing back the Muppets on the big screen in 2011, Disney hasn’t really figured out how to make Jim Henson’s beloved characters make their triumphant return to the small screen. Their latest attempt to bring the Muppets to modern audiences comes in the form of Muppets Now, a new Disney+ series comprised of a variety of mini-shows featuring everyone’s favorite Muppet characters running what feels like their own YouTube channels, focusing on cooking, lifestyle, science expe...
Tags: Hbo, Comedy, Television, Movies, Nbc, Youtube, Disney, Features, Muppets, Manhattan, Seth Rogen, Walt Disney Company, Carol, Joe, Kermit, Pepe


‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ Debuts a New Ghostly Short with Daffy Duck and Porky Pig [Comic-Con 2020]

Looney Tunes Cartoons surprised longtime fans of the classic Warner Bros. animated shorts that used to grace the big screen. The new iterations of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Wile. E. Coyote, The Road Runner, and more are all back in a big way on HBO Max, and the masterminds behind the triumphant return of Looney Tunes got together for a Comic-Con at Home panel to talk about what goes into the series that captures the spirit of the classic cart...
Tags: Hbo, Comedy, Television, Movies, Animation, Warner Bros, Comic-Con, Spurgeon, Looney Tunes, Kirwan, Daffy Duck, Featured Stories Sidebar, HBO Max, Pete Browngardt, Looney Tunes Cartoons, Browngardt



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