Today in Movie Culture: Spotlight on the Best ‘Downton Abbey’ Character, ‘Rambo’ Franchise Recap and More

Today in Movie Culture: Spotlight on the Best ‘Downton Abbey’ Character, ‘Rambo’ Franchise Recap and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Character in Close Up

The Downton Abbey movie is in theaters this weekend, giving fans more time with everyone’s favorite character: the Dowager Countess. This video from The Take focuses on Maggie Smith’s iconic character from the PBS series and new spinoff feature and her relationships with the past and the future:


Movie Franchise Recap of the Day

Rambo: Last Blood, the fifth installment of Sylvester Stallone’s iconic action movie franchise, also comes out this weekend. Are you all caught up with the previous three sequels plus the original? If not, IGN has you covered with this quick recap of First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III and Rambo:


Classic Movie Trailer of the Day

While we’re on the subject of the Rambo franchise, to honor the occasion of the latest installment, Rambo: Last Blood, let’s look back on the previous sequel from 11 years ago. Courtesy of Movieclips, here’s the original trailer for Rambo, which opened in U.S. theaters on January 25, 2008:


Fan Art of the Day

In anticipation of the new Rambo movie, fans are creating art honoring Stallone and his franchise. The Rambo: Last Blood Twitter account has been sharing these works, which range from detailed portraits to cartoonish renderings of the John Rambo character. Check out some here and follow the thread for more:


Filmmaker in Focus

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 horror movie The Babadook is one of the great breakouts of the decade. Now, with the writer/director’s award-winning sophomore feature, The Nightingale, in theaters, Vanity Fair got her to share her filmmaking process and how she creates such highly acclaimed works:


Plot Song Parody of the Day

How many musical parodies of It do we really need? At least one more, because Aaron Fraser-Nash can’t stop, and he needed to set one to the tune of “Tag You’re It” by Melanie Martinez. This plot song is once again from the perspective of Pennywise the Dancing Clown and covers the first movie and It Chapter Two:


Cosplay of the Day

We’ve seen a whole lot of Pennywise the Dancing Clown cosplay in honor of the release of It Chapter Two, but there’s room for much more. And now you can join in the fun. Here’s a cosplayer sharing how she made her own Pennywise costume, which looks easy enough for you to do it yourself:


Movie Science of the Day

The E.D.I.T.H. glasses in Spider-Man: Far From Home are far from realistic, right? Wrong. Well, we’re nearing the technology seen in the new Marvel movie, at least. In this video, The Hacksmith visits a showroom for Focals, a company making smart glasses that are similar to what Peter Parker wears:


DIY Build of the Day

What if you want your own E.D.I.T.H. glasses like the ones in Spider-Man: Far From Home, but you can’t afford the Focal lenses and will settle for something a little more low-tech? Just make your own replica with this video showing how to create DIY smart glasses that also really work:


Alternative Marketing of the Day

What if Night Monkey was a real superhero and not just the mislabeled European version of Spider-Man from Spider-Man: Far From Home? Sony actually made a new trailer for the Marvel movie as if it were titled “Night Monkey” focusing on the scenes with Peter Parker in his S.H.I.E.L.D. loaner costume:

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