Containment: 16 Great One-Location Movies to Stream Right Now

Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club (1985).
Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club (1985).
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For better or worse, isolation has become the new normal for most of us—and movies and television美女视频黄频大全视频 have become an opportunity to escape. But even without breaking that fourth wall into theaters and our living rooms, movies have sometimes limited themselves to single spaces as a matter of creativity, cost, and ultimately storytelling.

As audiences sit restless in their homes, these are some of the best movies in the medium’s history that similarly kept their characters in tight spots—trapped, contained, and trying desperately to get by, get out, or just get away from the circumstances shackling them on screen.

1. Rope (1948)

Alfred Hitchcock’s inventive storytelling catapulted to a new level with Rope, a drama about two scheming young men who attempt to stage the “perfect murder,” only to encounter their endlessly curious prep-school headmaster, played by Jimmy Stewart美女视频黄频大全视频. Taking place not only in the single location of their apartment but in real time using a series of continuous, invisibly-assembled long takes, the film meticulously builds suspense even as it showcases Hitchcock’s dazzling, unparalleled creativity.

Where to watch it: Amazon

2. Rear Window (1954)

One of Hitchcock’s signature films, this 1954 thriller follows a photographer in a wheelchair whose curiosity about his neighbors turns into a possible murder mystery. The reliable, endlessly inquisitive Jimmy Stewart plays Jeff, whose growing obsession with a traveling jewelry salesman (Raymond Burr) eventually enlists his socialite girlfriend Lisa (the breathtakingly beautiful Grace Kelly) in an investigation that lands them both in very mortal danger. A meditation on the voyeurism of the movies themselves, Jeff’s endeavor to explore the outside world with an imagination that outpaces his physical abilities feels especially relevant right now.

Where to watch it: Amazon

3. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Adapted from a teleplay of the same name, Sidney Lumet’s iconic drama美女视频黄频大全视频 joined the National Registry in 2007 for its complex, enduring portrait of jurors deciding the fate of an 18-year-old on trial for murder. Questioning evidence that initially seems crystal clear, Henry Fonda leads an amazing cast of character actors including Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden, and E.G. Marshall, as each man makes his case to the rest, wrestling with individual prejudices and the rule, and principle, of law to come out the other side changed—as the audience is too, even today.

Where to watch it:美女视频黄频大全视频 Amazon Prime

4. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Nearly two decades after 12 Angry Men, Sidney Lumet directed this oddball drama, based on a true story, about a pair of inept bank robbers who mount a confrontation with the authorities after their half-baked plans fall apart. Featuring Al Pacino and John Cazale as the crooks and Charles Durning as the cop assigned to negotiate with these increasingly feckless criminals, Lumet captures the strange, amusing, and oddly relatable relationships that evolve throughout the film—first as motives to put the plot in motion, but eventually they underscore the choices, paths taken and abandoned, that lead us all to inevitable crossroads in our lives.

Where to watch it:美女视频黄频大全视频 Amazon, Vudu

5. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Writer-director John Hughes reached the peak of his popularity—and skill capturing the personalities of teenagers—with this 1985 dramedy, which remained a template for high schoolers for decades to come. When a diverse group of kids are locked together for detention in their school library, they start off making mischief before quickly beginning to learn some unexpected lessons about each other—and themselves. The movie’s success certainly opened up the careers of its cast to new heights, but there’s something about its concentration of very specific teenage clichés and broader universal truths, forced from that compressed space and time in detention, that allows it today to endure, and transcend.

Where to watch it:美女视频黄频大全视频 Amazon, Hulu, Vudu

6. Clue (1985)

As the first ever movie based on a board game, Clue takes all of the classic tropes of the one it’s based on and scrambles them up into a delightful romp that has since become a cult classic. Set in a secluded New England mansion, the film features an all-star cast including Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael McKean as characters who all have a reason to kill, an instrument to do it, and an alibi when they become the prime suspect. Three different endings were created to keep audiences in the dark (and offer different options for multiple viewings), but the big thrill is getting locked inside that creaky mansion and trying to figure out the mystery.

Where to watch it: Amazon, Vudu

7. Die Hard (1988)

An action formula so popular it not only spawned four sequels but created a set-up that literally dozens of other films would follow, John McTiernan’s Die Hard tells the story of a scruffy cop fighting against a team of international thieves in a Los Angeles skyscraper where his wife works. The basic premise—locking the hero in a confined space, and robbing him of his usual tools—has been poached with varying success over the years, but from John McClane’s lack of shoes to his marital dilemmas, McTiernan’s film does it all flawlessly, exerting ever more pressure on the hero to survive, prevail, and just maybe take away a few life lessons himself.

Where to watch it:美女视频黄频大全视频 Hulu, Amazon, Vudu

8. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Quentin Tarantino’s directing debut was a bracing blast of cold water to Hollywood, a riveting, character-rich drama about a group of thieves assembled for a heist that devolved into violence and infighting. Taking place almost exclusively inside a warehouse, the various members of this motley crew exchange profane barbs as they attempt to work out what happened during the job, and what to do now that it’s over. Featuring one of the most gruesome scenes Tarantino ever wrote (which, notably, you actually don’t ever see), the film feels as powerful and revelatory now as back in 1992, as you’re trapped inside that room while the dogs turn on each other.

Where to watch it: Amazon

9. Clerks (1994)

Shot for a little over $25,000 at a pivotal moment in the growth of independent cinema, Kevin Smith launched his career with this film set inside the convenience store where he used to work. Featuring two twenty-something nobodies musing about romance, adulthood, and pop culture美女视频黄频大全视频, Smith captured the voice of a generation even as he conceived an escalating series of side-splitting scenarios and created his own C-3PO and R2D2, Jay and Silent Bob, who became the eventual observers and connective tissue of the View Askewniverse.

Where to watch it: Hulu, Amazon, Cinemax On Demand

10. Panic Room (2002)

美女视频黄频大全视频 David Fincher was still working his way through the Hitchcock playbook when he directed this delightful nailbiter about a divorcée (Jodie Foster) and her daughter (Kristen Stewart, in case you forgot) hiding from home invaders in the one room they most want to enter. Ratcheting up tension as Foster’s Meg tries to reach the outside world and even the burglars fall at odds with their plans, Fincher employs clever storytelling and inventive camerawork to keep the audience not just locked inside the elegant townhome that provides its setting but keeping them connected to each corner and cranny where the action takes place.

Where to watch it:美女视频黄频大全视频 Hulu, Amazon, Vudu

11. Pontypool (2008)

Directed by Bruce McDonald from an adaptation of Tony Burgess’s novel written by the author himself, Pontypool conceives a uniquely fascinating idea: what if an infection or virus could be caused not by blood or bacteria but the human voice? Stephen McHattie plays a shock jock trapped inside his radio station after people in his audience—and the outside world—begin succumbing to this unknown, unexplainable phenomenon. A zombie movie that takes that familiar epidemic from a uniquely intellectual perspective, McDonald’s film creates both visceral tension and the unique existential terror of an unseen, detectable, and yet impossible-to-pin-down threat.

Where to watch it: iTunes

12. The Raid (2011)

Gareth Evans put Indonesia on the action movie美女视频黄频大全视频 map with this brutal, beautifully violent movie about a cop trapped inside a run-down apartment building that serves as a stronghold for a crime lord. Fighting his way from one floor to the next as dozens upon dozens of gun-, sword-, and fist-toting opponents try to take him out, Iko Uwais showcases blindingly fast choreography that absolutely seems like people died or were seriously injured making the film. Meanwhile, a slender, elegant emotional thread keeps the action rooted in emotional dimensions that carry the audience forward as they watch him fight to escape, and for his very life.

Where to watch it:美女视频黄频大全视频 Amazon, Vudu

13. Dredd (2012)

Before moving on to direct Ex Machina and Annihilation and create FX’s Devs, Alex Garland wrote this franchise reboot for Judge Dredd in which the comic character (played here by Karl Urban) gets locked inside a high rise run by crime lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey, as ruthless as on Game of Thrones美女视频黄频大全视频). Brutally violent but visually gorgeous, Garland and director Pete Travis reinvent the character for a new generation in a decidedly more serious and imposing way, but it’s the looming building containing all of the characters that creates a pressure cooker that cannot help but explode in the biggest, most glorious way possible.

Where to watch it:美女视频黄频大全视频 Amazon, Vudu

14. Locke (2013)

Writer-director Steven Knight helmed this acting showcase for Tom Hardy美女视频黄频大全视频 about a construction foreman attempting to juggle the biggest job of his career while dealing with the fallout from a one-night stand. Set entirely in his car as he drives to the hospital where the woman is giving birth, Hardy’s title character wrestles with his own moral obligations and fears while navigating his job duties, his marital expectations, and his financial responsibilities. As uninteresting as it might sound for a guy to take 36 phone calls in his car over 85 minutes, Hardy’s performance lends a level of exasperation, pathos, and humanity that is absolutely mesmerizing to watch.

Where to watch it: Netflix, Amazon, Vudu

15. The Invitation (2015)

Karyn Kusama directed this thriller about a man named Will (Logan Marshall-Green) who attends a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard), only to learn that she and her new partner David (Michiel Huisman) have quietly locked guests inside their home for mysterious, possibly deadly purposes. Kusama maximizes both Will’s claustrophobia and the cinematic possibilities of the pristine, modern home—a beautiful, threatening prison that the grieving father wants desperately to escape as he uncovers a sinister plot taking place not just to him, but across the city around them.

Where to watch it: Netflix

16. Gerald’s Game (2017)

Mike Flanagan is easily one of the great journeymen of the modern era of horror, and his adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game美女视频黄频大全视频 expertly captures the feverish, hallucinatory uncertainty of a woman left to fend for herself—and figure out a way to survive—when her husband dies of a heart attack after handcuffing her to a bedpost. Carla Gugino gives a showstopping performance as Jessie, stuck in frantic circumstances that propel her through some particularly unhappy reflections, repressed memories, and (possibly?) real visions as she attempts to escape the prison of a beach-house bedroom.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Disney Will Kick Off Star Wars Day With This Limited-Edition Collectible Lightsaber Key


With the recent debuts of The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and the highly anticipated last season of The Clone Wars animated series, Star Wars美女视频黄频大全视频 fans have had a lot of content to digest over the past few months. But the real highlight of the yearly Star Wars calendar usually comes on May 4—a.k.a. Star Wars Day.

Star Wars Day is typically reserved for a flood of merchandise sales, countless events around the globe, and special announcements about upcoming projects, and this year should be no different. To kick things off, Disney will be releasing a limited-edition Star Wars key . This is part of the company’s ongoing line of collectible keys based on their biggest properties like Frozen II and Aladdin, along with special promotions like a Tigger key celebrating Leap Year and one that was released for Minnie Mouse’s 90th birthday.

This key is, of course, modeled on a lightsaber and will be available in limited quantities at 10 a.m. EST for $12.99. As with anything that gets released on Star Wars Day, don’t expect these to last long.

The key is far from Disney’s only offering on Star Wars Day—the company will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back美女视频黄频大全视频, which was released on May 21, 1980. Though nothing about that campaign is known yet, Disney will reveal more on May 4, including the announcement of new products to go along with the anniversary.

If you’re looking to do a little pre-Star Wars Day shopping, the site also has a pre-order for an 11-inch , a giant , and a , for those looking to bring order and security to their outdoor gatherings.

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5 Axed Ideas From the Original Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Script


By December 1977, not even a year after the original Star Wars美女视频黄频大全视频 hit theaters and became the champ, a science-fiction writer named Leigh Brackett was already at her typewriter, clacking away at the script for the next chapter in creator George Lucas's nascent blockbuster franchise.

Known as the "" for her work in sci-fi magazines like Planet Stories and Astounding Science Fiction in the ‘40s and ‘50s, Brackett certainly understood what it took to make an entertaining piece of space fantasy. She had even found success in Hollywood, having written screenplays for The Big Sleep (1946), Rio Bravo (1959), and The Long Goodbye美女视频黄频大全视频 (1973). Armed with a deep understanding of the genre, bona fide screenwriting chops, and Lucas’s own story outline to follow, it seemed like the perfect recipe to deliver the follow-up fans were waiting for. But, what Brackett wrote [] was far from what Lucas had in mind.

The characters in Brackett's script just didn’t sound like they were supposed to, George Lucas: A Life, and there were story decisions that were inconsistent with the first movie (her script implied it was Luke who damaged Darth Vader’s Tie-Fighter in A New Hope rather than Han, for example). Many of Lucas's notes just consisted of him scribbling “NO” on parts of the draft he wanted removed wholesale, and director Irvin Kershner wasn’t happy with the snow battle or the ending, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Unfortunately, before Lucas could give Brackett notes for a second draft, she had taken ill and soon after from cancer at just 62. Though she received a writer’s credit for her script, much of the final product was penned by Lawrence Kasdan, who’d go on to write Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi for Lucas. Still, Brackett’s original draft for what would become The Empire Strikes Back remains one of the franchise’s more intriguing "what if?" stories. And here are some of the original ideas from that script that never saw the light of day.

1. Darth Vader wasn’t going to be Luke Skywalker’s father.

There’s a thought out there that the complicated Skywalker family tree was all part of George Lucas’s . But if it was, he must have forgotten to let Brackett in on the secret, because while she did reveal Luke’s father in , he certainly wasn’t wearing a black cape and mask.

Like in the final script, Luke still trains with Yoda (who is referred to as "Minch" in the first draft) on a swamp planet as he prepares to become a Jedi and fight Vader. In Brackett’s version, however, one of Minch’s final tests is for Luke to conjure up Obi-Wan's Force ghost for guidance, since dead Jedi can't just appear at will. Not only does Kenobi show up when Luke calls for him, but he brings Luke’s unnamed father's Force ghost (he’s just called “Skywalker”) along for the trip.

美女视频黄频大全视频It’s here where Luke’s father makes his son take the (ridiculous sounding) Jedi oath, and afterward Minch, Obi-Wan, and Skywalker officially declare Luke a Jedi Knight by literally knighting him with their lightsabers during an induction ceremony, according to Den of Geek's . Though not much is revealed about the elder Skywalker, it could be that he was a victim of Darth Vader's Jedi purge after the Clone Wars, as Obi-Wan detailed in the original.

2. Luke was going to have another sister (and he loses Leia to Han).

If that wasn’t enough, it's also revealed that Luke has a twin sister named Nellith somewhere out in the galaxy, according to his father. We never actually meet Nellith in the script, and the whole subject is dropped almost instantly, but it's possible her role was meant to be expanded upon in later movies, as producer Gary Kurtz at a fan convention. Because of this new wrinkle, Leia has nothing to do with the Skywalker family and was probably never meant to be Luke's sister until the Return of the Jedi writing process was underway.

This means the love triangle that Brackett presents between Luke, Han, and Leia early on in the movie is far less creepy than it could have been. But even that doesn't last long, because once Han and Leia are alone on the Millennium Falcon in the second act, their hands are all over each other. And because Star Wars is nothing if not romantically awkward, they're usually watched by Chewie and C-3PO as they kiss, with Threepio remarking, "I’ve never been able to understand the pleasure human beings get from placing their mouths together."

3. Darth Vader lived in a giant castle with his pet gargoyles.

With the familial conflict missing, Darth Vader doesn’t have a whole lot to do in Brackett’s draft; he basically spends his time searching for Luke through the Force from across the galaxy until their eventual face-to-face showdown at the end of the movie. But while Vader lacks the imposing presence he has in Empire, he does have one thing the final product does not: A giant castle where he can brood in the company of his pet gargoyles.

Described as “black iron that squats on a rock in the midst of a crimson sea,” this castle is where Vader feeds his winged pets from a big gold bowl and attempts to use Force telepathy to seduce Luke to the Dark Side. But the whole scene gets spoiled when the Emperor calls him on a video chat and basically chews him out for not just killing Skywalker in person. It wouldn't be until 2016's Rogue One that Darth Vader's castle actually makes the jump to the screen.

4. Lando CAlrissian was a clone.

Until Attack of the Clones was released in 2002, the only clue fans had about the Clone Wars was the one throwaway reference Obi-Wan made during A New Hope美女视频黄频大全视频, fueling decades of theories and speculation. If Brackett had her way, though, we would have gotten answers far sooner, because her version of Lando Calrissian (Lando Kadar here) would have actually been a clone of a solider from the original war.

In Lando’s case, he was cloned from his great-grandfather in order to keep his bloodline pure, and he was originally conceived as having the genetically perfect good looks of a Rudolph Valentino-type, according to the about the script. This version of Lando gets introduced when Han and Leia visit “Hoth” while fleeing from the Empire. Here, Hoth is the name of what would become Cloud City, and the city’s natives are described as noble beings with white skin and white hair that travel through the skies on giant manta rays (think the Kaminoans from Attack of the Clones.)

5. Han Solo’s stepfather was the key to victory.

美女视频黄频大全视频So much of Han Solo’s appeal comes from his loner status (it’s literally in his name), but in this draft, he gets involved in some very Star Wars-y family drama when it’s revealed that he has an estranged stepfather named Ovan Marekal, the head of the Transport Guild and one of the most powerful men in the galaxy behind Emperor Palpatine and Vader.

It’s Leia who convinces Solo to reach out to Marekal to join the Rebel Alliance and use his influence to help take down the Empire, but before we see how it plays out, the script ends. Han’s journey to meet his stepfather is basically the cliffhanger at the end of the movie—there’s no Boba Fett or carbonite freezing chamber in sight. And like Nellith before him, Ovan Marekal winds up a casualty of later rewrites.