Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon is a beautifully shot yet polarizing film. It’s either shallow, pretentious, sensationalistic and self-indulgent or a bold haunting hypnotic work of suspense. I’m still not sure if I liked it or not, but It has certainly remained with me since my viewing of the film over the weekend. My reaction is typical — the movie has gotten a very mixed reaction from critics and film geeks.
My viewing has prompted a deep dive into interviews and analysis of the film, and I thought I’d share some of the insights into The Neon Demon ending, the symbology and metaphors both obvious and more hidden. I’ll also attempt to answer some of your The Neon Demon questions.
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Whenever a new Pixar Animation movie hits theaters, you just know there are going to be a bunch of Easter eggs and references to other movie from the computer animation studio. Finding Dory is no different, and even though the film has only been in theaters for a few days, there’s already a list of Easter eggs out there that you may not have noticed.
Some of the Finding Dory Easter eggs are really easy to spot, such as the traditional A113 nod to the classroom number at the California Institute of Arts where many Pixar and Disney animators got their start. Others, like references to the brace-face Darla from Finding Nemo and a reference to WALL-E are a little more difficult to spot in your first viewing. Plus, there’s a few Easter eggs that we know are in the movie, but we’re not entirely sure where they are
Get a rundown of the Finding Dory Easter eggs we know of so far after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »
Now that Captain America: Civil War is in theaters and millions around the world have seen it, we can start digging into the finer details of Marvel Studios first film in Phase Three of their cinematic universe. This was quite the big sequel for the Captain America franchise, so much that it surpassed the entire domestic box office of Captain America: The First Avenger in just three days and nearly doubled the opening weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
But as many have said, this is also like Avengers sequel, and even a better one than Avengers: Age of Ultron. That means it’s chock full of Easter eggs and comic book references, especially for those who read the major Marvel Comics storyline from 10 years ago. A new video runs through a bunch of the Captain America Civil War easter eggs and more, and you can watch it below. Obviously, beware of spoilers. Read More »
Its not a new phenomenon, a lot of movie trailers feature shots from movies that don’t end up on the big screen. This usually takes the form of scenes or moments that hit the cutting room floor in the time between the early marketing and release date. And with big budget visual effects films, its not uncommon to see many different iterations of a computer rendering that evolves into a much better looking effect by the time it hits multiplexes.
And we’ve already talked a bunch about the deleted scenes that were glimpsed in the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but didn’t make it to the theatrical release. But now that the movie is on Blu-ray and VOD fans are noticing some of the smaller details that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film, the most recent of which is a reference to George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels and specifically Anakin Skywalker. Hit the jump to see the deleted Anakin Skywalker Force Awakens reference.
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Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Unlike their Star Wars or Marvel movies, Disney’s animated features don’t fit into a single shared universe. They do, however, very often reference each other, via sneaky little Easter eggs. Even their latest, Zootopia, gets in on the fun, despite taking place in a universe where human beings don’t actually exist. We told you about one of Zootopia‘s many Easter eggs back before the film even hit theaters, and now that it’s actually out, several more have been discovered. Below, check out some of the Zootopia Easter eggs you might have missed. Read More »
Earlier today we told you how a character created for the Star Wars animated series may have already appeared in one of the original trilogy films. Well, that’s not the only bit of Star Wars canon retcon we have for you today. Did you know that we already saw The Grand Inquisitor during The Clone Wars?
During the first season of Star Wars Rebels, the Grand Inquisitor was tasked by Darth Vader with taking out the possible Jedi in our hero’s rebel faction. We never got to find out the backstory of the Grand Inquisitor, but his appearance in an episode of Star Wars Rebels season two got some fans wondering about his origins. And as it turns out, show runner Dave Filoni confirms that we’ve seen the Grand Inquisitor before. Learn the details of The Grand Inquisitor’s backstory after the jump.
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It’s been one week since the second season of Daredevil debuted on Netflix, so hopefully you’ve binged all the episodes by now and you’re excited for Luke Cage to arrive later this year (check out the teaser that appeared at the end of Daredevil‘s second season right here).
If you haven’t watched Daredevil‘s new episodes yet, we’ll keep any spoilers after the jump, but if you’re looking for some insight into what kind of comic book Easter eggs can be found in the second season, as well as references to other facets of the Marvel cinematic universe, then we have the video for you.
Watch the round-up of Daredevil season 2 Easter eggs below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
Disney Animation features don’t officially share a single universe, even if we get the occasional wackadoodle theory explaining how they could. But the animators do love sneaking in references to previous Disney films. Like the time Tangled‘s Rapunzel dropped by Frozen‘s Arendelle, or the time Wreck-It Ralph‘s Saitine made an appearance in Big Hero 6.
Usually, these little details slip out after the movie’s actually opened, as fans pore over the imagery and share what they’ve seen. But in the case of Zootopia, a new batch of images has already revealed one adorable Frozen Easter egg. Find out where — and see a whole bunch of new Zootopia stills, after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
In the comics, mutants play in the same sandbox as all the other Marvel superheroes. So Deadpool regularly crosses paths with the likes of Spider-Man and Daredevil, and gets mixed up with Hydra and the Avengers. In the movies, though, it’s a whole other story. 20th Century Fox has the rights to the X-Men and all associated mutant characters, while Marvel Studios owns all the non-mutant superheroes. Their universes are completely separate entities.
But Deadpool’s never been one to care about what’s “right” or “appropriate” or “legal.” And he’s certainly not going to let some silly Hollywood deal stop him from bringing along a Marvel-owned buddy for the Deadpool movie. So writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick found a way to sneak in a certain Marvel-owned character without setting off alarms for Marvel’s lawyers. Find out who, and how, after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: An observant reader actually found the Pizza Planet truck exactly in the same place it was found before, but it’s actually much bigger and cooler than we thought. Our original story follows with an update at the end with the new image.
Just yesterday we highlighted a still from The Good Dinosaur featuring a famous Pixar Animation Easter egg that you may never have noticed or even thought was possible to easily include in the movie that takes place during prehistoric times. It was the inclusion of A113, the room that many Pixar filmmakers worked in while at Cal Arts. And now one more seemingly impossible Easter egg may have been unveiled thanks to a keen-eyed viewer: the Pizza Planet truck. Read More »