Get Out college

Regular movies tend to come and go, but Jordan Peele‘s astonishing directorial debut, the four-time Oscar nominated Get Out, is more than just a regular movie. It’s a cultural touchstone with imagery that instantly became iconic, a deeply layered satire, and an exploration of race and relationships that has made an indelible impact on the world in the year since it debuted.

You may remember seeing that the film inspired a college course last year (Peele himself famously dropped in once while class was in session), and now the people who teach that course have opened it up to the general public. Read more about the Get Out college course below.
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nicolas cage justice league

Remember when Nicolas Cage was supposed to play Superman in Tim Burton’s ill-fated Superman Lives project in the ’90s? As the superhero boom has taken over Hollywood, a documentary has been made on the subject and Cage has been grilled about it endlessly — and he is probably done talking about it, thank you very much.

But people still want to know what the former coulda-been Superman thinks of the latest incarnation of the Man of Steel on the big screen. Which leads to a patently hilarious five-second review of Justice League from film critic extraordinaire, Nicolas Cage.

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Here Are Letterboxd’s Highest Rated Movies of 2017

Letterboxd highest rated movies

All last week, the /Film staff rolled out lists of our favorite movies of 2017. And now Letterboxd, the movie-centric social network where users can rate and review films and share their viewing habits with friends, wants to get in on that action as well. The site has released its top rated movies of 2017 as voted on by its users, and they’ve sifted through 30 million scores to rank the final results.

While many of the choices align with movies that are in the midst of the awards conversation right now, two entries in its top 10 stand out: a sci-fi film and a superhero movie. What are they, you ask? Check out the full list of Letterboxd highest rated movies to find out.
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justin timberlake filthy

Justin Timberlake may stepped away from music to launch his acting career, but after five long years, he’s bringing sexy back to pop music. But that he’s also brought a bit of the movie industry back with him.

Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek has accompanied Timberlake’s return to pop music, directing JT’s Black Mirror-inspired music video for “Filthy.” This is not their first time working together either – Romanek directed the music video for “Can’t Stop This Feeling,” Timberlake’s one-off musical stint in the midst of his acting career to produce the theme song for Trolls. Is their second collaboration another hit? Watch the music video to find out.

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wargames teaser

If you ever watched the 1983 sci-fi hacker movie starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy and thought, “I could totally beat that computer,” then you’re in luck. A WarGames reboot is coming in 2018, as an “experimental interactive series” in which the viewer can finally answer the AI’s iconic taunt: “Shall we play a game?”

MGM and the interactive video company Eko have teamed up with the HerStory creator Sam Barlow to put a modern spin on the campy ’80s sci-fi film. The new WarGames, called aptly #WarGames, substitutes Cold War paranoia for “modern espionage, hacking and government conspiracy” — so basically, daily life in 2017.

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dwayne johnson gym

You may have read about Dwayne Johnson‘s insane workout routine that starts from the wee hour of 5:00 a.m. and involves 40,000 pounds of workout equipment. But when Johnson is on a movie set — which he is a lot — how does he maintain his arduous workout routine? By bringing the gym to him, of course. You can’t look like the Rock without rocking a small portable gym that offers the full services of a proper recreational center.

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the shape of water creature

Until The Shape of Water begins floating into theaters next month, the details of the mysterious fish creature and romantic interest at the center of Guillermo del Toro‘s film will remain mostly in the depths of the acclaimed filmmaker’s mind.

But the sexy fish man played by Doug Jones is steadily emerging from the black lagoon of del Toro’s imagination in the form of the filmmaker’s tweets, where he explained (in amazing detail) how this creature was designed.

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john oliver wax presidents

Remember that time that John Oliver spent $13,700 in a bidding war for wax figures of U.S. presidents against Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Rachel Maddow? That super wonky and pricy move begat Oliver’s movie trailer for his ideal Warren G. Harding biopic, featuring Anna Kendrick and Laura Linney acting the hell out of their wax co-star.

And because we’re nearing the closing months of 2017, it’s only fitting that Last Week Tonight pulls off something even more admirably ridiculous. Think of this as a highly anticipated sequel to “Harding,” in a shared cinematic universe of world-saving wax presidents, led by a resolute Tom Hanks.

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avengers puerto rico

Real-life heroes do exist. And they look a lot like our fictional ones.

Scarlett Johansson has rallied her fellow Avengers (you might even say assembled) to participate in an event from which the proceeds would go toward relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is still reeling from the destruction inflicted by Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico a month ago.

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steven soderbergh rejection

If you’re struggling with job rejection after job rejection in your 20s, don’t worry. Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was Steven Soderbergh an indie darling director immediately after he joined the film industry. It took work, and rejection by one of the top movie studios of the day.

In April 1984, Soderbergh was an aspiring 21-year-old filmmaker scraping by as a game show scorer and a freelance film editor. But in an effort to break into Hollywood, he decided to send a demo reel of short films shot on Super 8mm to Lucasfilm. They rejected him. And Soderbergh still has the letter.

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