We are delighted to have an exclusive clip from the second season of “Dawn of the Croods,” only on Netflix, premiering August 26.
Watch as Eep, Thunk, Grug, Ugga, Sandy and Gran encounter many new modern-day problems for the first time in history as they navigate life in the prehistoric Croodacious Era! Eep joins the first Scream-Leading team, sets up the first underground dance club, and takes up death-guarding at the watering hole; Grug tries to improve his hunting skills through the introduction of math and convinces the family to go on the first vacation; Thunk invents ventriloquism for the first-ever stand-up comedy show and tries the new fad, Slateboarding, with Eep.
Join the family as they meet new friends and encounter new creatures throughout Ahhh! Valley. Eep gets struck with the crush curse when a new cute guy, Kevin, comes to town; Thunk proves he’s responsible by babysitting the new, troublesome baby neighbor, Cliff; Grug finds a new friend, Gurg, to be his doppelganger when he wants to play hooky from his chores; and while on vacation, the whole family is attacked by a never-before-seen Tyrannoconda and meets a new family, The Broods, who live in a solitary utopia that seems too good to be true…
I once heard that all movie plots fall into just two categories: a boy (or girl) leaves home and a stranger comes to town. Someone else said that every movie story is about the search for authenticity. In my book, I list thirteen plots, from the classic antagonists/strangers on a journey (“Wizard of Oz,” “Midnight Run,” “It Happened One Night,” “Toy Story”) to the ups and downs and sometimes ups again of romance (“An Affair to Remember,””Annie Hall,” “Bringing Up Baby”), to what Alfred Hitchcock called the macguffin search for anything from the lost treasure to the secret formula (“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the James Bond and Jason Bourne movies), to rise-and-fall (and sometimes rise) biopics (“Ray,” “Dreamgirls,” “All the King’s Men,” “Race”).
New York Magazine has the most detailed and entertaining list of every possible plot in fiction, whether novels or movies. The examples include a wide range of classics to read or re-read.
I loved the 80’s-throwback Netflix series “Stranger Things,” created by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer. And it made me think about the many other siblings working together to make movies.
The Russo brothers Joe and Anthony Russo directed the last two “Captain America” movies and are going to direct the next Avengers film. They also worked on one of my favorite television series, “Happy Endings,” and on cult favorite “Arrested Development.”
Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski are known for their striking visuals and mind-bending storylines in “The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas,” and the underrated “Speed Racer,” and “Jupiter Ascending.”
Joel and Ethan Coen are known for critically acclaimed for films like “Fargo,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “True Grit,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Barton Fink,” and “Raising Arizona.”
Mark and Jay Duplass began with “mumblecore” indies like “The Puffy Chair” and “Jeff Who Lives at Home.” They both act, write, and direct. Jay appears in “Transparent” and Mark in “Togetherness.”
As Team Todd, producers Suzanne and Jennifer Todd are behind the franchise powerhouse “Austin Powers” and critic darling indies like “Celeste and Jesse Forever.”
Jenniphr and Greer Goodman worked together on “The Tao of Steve,” Jenniphr directing and Greer co-writing and starring. Their sister Dana also has a small role. I love that movie, and I hope to see more of their work some day soon.
The people behind Chistian Mingle present “In-Lawfully Yours,” the story of Jesse (Chelsey Crisp), a fun-loving New York City girl, newly divorced by her cheating husband. Jesse graciously helps her recently widowed ex-mother-in-law, Naomi (Marily Henner), pack up her home in small-town Bethel Cove. Jesse’s candid wit, eccentric questions and big city ways clash with the local community, including the town pastor Ben (Joe Williamson), who also happens to be her ex-husband’s brother-in-law.
Much of the filming of the movie took place on and around Regent University’s Virginia Beach, Virginia, campus. Nearly 80 graduate and undergraduate students worked on the film, which was written by Regent professor Sean Gaffney. The DVD release on September 6, 2016 will also include special behind-the-scenes features, highlighting the student filmmakers who helped bring the film to the screen.