Posts filtered by tags: /Featured Stories Sidebar[x]


 

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


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


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


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


‘Hoops’: Watch the Opening Scene of the Foul-Mouthed Netflix Animated Comedy [Comic-Con 2020]

Netflix is hitting the court next month with Hoops, a new animated series starring Jake Johnson (New Girl, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as a foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who’s delusional enough to think that if he can lead his garbage team to victory, his entire pathetic life will start improving. The series comes from writer/comedian Ben Hoffman (Archer, The Ben Show) and is executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, with animation from Bento Box, the same company tha...
Tags: Comedy, Hollywood, Television, Movies, Netflix, Mtv, Animation, Bob, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Johnson, Hoops, Comic-Con, Chris, Jake, Phil


‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Cast and Writers Tease Some of Season 3 While Looking Back at Season 2 [Comic-Con 2020]

What We Do in the Shadows has become a huge hit on FX, surprisingly match and maybe even exceeding the high bar set by the original mockumentary movie from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. The second season just wrapped up this past June, and fans are already hungry for more blood in the third season. Straight from the Comic-Con at Home panel for What We Do in the Shadows, learn what cast members Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Mark Proksch, and Harvey Guillén have to say about m...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, What We Do In The Shadows, FX, Mark Hamill, Comic-Con, Luke Skywalker, Colin, Robinson, Toronto Canada, Jim, Novak, Guillermo, Taika Waititi, Simms


‘The Right Stuff’ Cast and Creatives Reveal Clip From Season 1, Talks Plans for Season 2, and More [Comic-Con 2020]

A couple of months ago, we learned that National Geographic was teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company to make NatGeo’s first Disney+ original series: a new adaptation of The Right Stuff, which is based on Tom Wolfe’s bestselling book. We watched the show’s Comic-Con 2020 panel to hear the cast and creative team talk about their new iteration and reveal the first clip from the series. Here’s what you need to know. The Right Stuff Comic-Con 2020 Panel The Right Stu...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Washington, Disney, Nasa, Adaptation, Leonardo Dicaprio, National Geographic, True Story, Comic-Con, Soviet Union, Glenn, Katherine Johnson, Shepard, Tom Wolfe, Mae Jemison


‘Archer’ Season 11 Brings in Jamie Lee Curtis and Simon Pegg As Guest Stars [Comic-Con 2020]

For the past three seasons of the FXX animated comedy series Archer, the dashing dolt and lead character Sterling Archer has been in a coma. That allowed the show to change up its style, shifting from a slick spy comedy to completely imagined adventures taking place in Archer’s subconscious, inspired by film noir, pulpy Pacific island stories, and science fiction movies. But as explained in the Archer Comic-Con panel 2020, the show is returning to its spy roots after Sterling Archer woke up in ...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, Casting, Animation, James Bond, Archer, Hulu, Jamie Lee Curtis, FXX, Simon-Pegg, Comic-Con, Jamie, Charleston, Jon Benjamin, Curtis


‘The New Mutants’ Was Inspired by ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3’

Unlike other X-Men movies, which tend to take place all over the world (and sometimes in space), The New Mutants is mostly confined to a single location: a psychiatric hospital where a crew of young mutants are being held. Considering the film’s horror tone, that’s certainly appropriate. Creepy hospitals are as common in horror films as bladed weapons and scary masks. In a recent interview, director Josh Boone told us about the decision to set his X-Men film in one creepy location and how the c...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Features, 20th Century Fox, Boone, Josh Boone, Comic Book/Superhero, The New Mutants, Featured Stories Sidebar, Knate Lee


Delayed ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Finale Has a Premiere Date, Season 10 to Get Six Additional Episodes [Comic-Con 2020]

It wouldn’t be Comic-Con, at home or otherwise, without The Walking Dead. The AMC series has had a presence at the convention for the past 11 years, always drawing a massive and passionate crowd. Of course, the show is now sparked a full-fledged franchise: Fear the Walking Dead is set to premiere its sixth season and the second spin-off, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, will arrive later this year. Here’s what you need to know from the trio of Comic-Con at Home panels dedicated to the three show...
Tags: Television, Movies, The Walking Dead, Horror, Amc, Walking Dead, Features, Fear The Walking Dead, Rick, Kang, Ian Goldberg, Comic Book/Superhero, Scott M Gimple, Gimple, Featured Stories Sidebar, Andrew Chambliss


How Did This Get Made: A Conversation With Ron Underwood, Director of ‘Tremors,’ ‘City Slickers,’ and ‘The Adventures of Pluto Nash’

A few months ago, when I resumed writing this column for How Did This Get Made? , I began by making a wish list of filmmakers who I’d been wanting to speak with for years. And one of the people at the top of that list was the subject of today’s piece: Ron Underwood.  Even if you don’t know the name “Ron Underwood,” you’ve probably seen some of his work. Maybe it was when you were a kid. Maybe in school you were shown one of his sweet-natured stop-motion educational films. Films like Court...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Features, Hawaii, John Wayne, Sri Lanka, Usc, Michael Crichton, Tremors, Buddhist, Ceylon, Joe Young, Nash, Nuwara Eliya, Underwood, Occidental College


How the Failure of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Changed ‘The New Mutants’

Any film franchise that goes on as long as Fox’s X-Men movies is going to encounter some speed bumps. And perhaps some giant, vehicle-consuming holes in the road. While X-Men: Apocalypse wasn’t a financial disaster (it made a solid half a billion dollars worldwide), the film was a creative flop of the highest order, earning scorn from critics and casual audiences alike. The film’s mind-numbing tone and generic plot were especially jarring considering what Logan and Deadpool were doing with the ...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Features, Fox, Deadpool, 20th Century Fox, Boone, Phoenix, Logan, Josh Boone, Comic Book/Superhero, New Mutants, The New Mutants, Alice Braga, Featured Stories Sidebar


‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Cast Members Reminisce About All-Things MST3K [Comic-Con 2020]

For a laid-back, ultra-chill, good-natured Comic-Con panel, Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator and original host Joel Hodgson and former cast members Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot #2) and J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo #1) got together to reminisce about the past. There were no shocking revelations to be had. No surprise announcements. No gossip. And yet, to hear these folks talk about working on MST3K is a treat. In 1988, stand-up comedian Joel Hodgson and a few friends launched a show on...
Tags: Movies, Features, Netflix, Sci Fi, Hodgson, Comic-Con, Beaulieu, Joel, Weinstein, Crow, Joel Hodgson, Comic Conventions, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Featured Stories Sidebar, Tom Servo, J Elvis Weinstein