2013 Summer Movie Preview

Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.

If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.

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Watch: ‘The Matrix’ in 60 Seconds

We’ve been watching with interest as the Wachowskis move forward on their next film, Jupiter Ascending, but it’ll be some time yet before we find out how their efforts actually pan out. The project hasn’t begun shooting, and likely won’t hit theaters until 2014 or later. In the meantime, then, we can look back at the film that started it all — The Matrix.

While the sci-fi actioner wasn’t the Wachowskis’ first directorial effort, it was the one that made the siblings a household name. At over two hours long, though, it’s not the easiest film to revisit on a hectic weekday evening. Fortunately, this new speedrun by 1A4 Studio provides a handy refresher in just 60 seconds. Hit the jump to watch.

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Everyone has an opinion in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump:

  • Zachary Quinto and Roberto Orci are happy for J.J. Abrams,
  • Read the official statement from Disney announcing the spinoffs,
  • Author Timothy Zahn has thoughts on young Han Solo casting,
  • Check out an epic, action-packed fan-made trailer for Episode VII,
  • And legendary makeup artist Stuart Freeborn has died at the age of 98.

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Earlier this week, the news broke that Hasbro is (still) developing movies based on Monopoly, Action Man and Hungry Hungry Hippos. The first two made lots of (or at least some) sense. The latter? Not so much. How do you make a movie about a bunch of hippos that are just constantly eating? You do it pretty much like you do a movie about pegs on a board. Amp up the action to the max and let the eye-rolling begin.

Film School Rejects has created a hilarious fake trailer for Hungry Hungry Hippos the movie and, you’d have to expect, the movie isn’t going to be much different. Check it out below. Read More »

If the sheer amount of The Amazing Spider-Man teasers, trailers, spots, and clips released so far have you wondering if you’ve already seen the whole damn film… well, you might not be that far off. A Vimeo user going by Sleepyskunk has cut together the footage we’ve already seen into a 25-minute version of the movie that covers the basics of the entire narrative. Watch it after the jump (but be warned that, duh, spoilers follow).

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The success of a trailer can be measured in a million different ways — through total views, through audience tracking, through informal polls, through detailed analyses — but of the newest, and most enjoyable, methods may be to see how many parodies spring up around it. After all, in the digital age, can a movie really say it’s made a mark on pop culture until it’s spawned at least a couple of sweded versions or oddball mash-ups?

By that standard, the marketing for Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises are doing very well indeed. Two new videos have sprung up recent days, one a painstakingly recreated Prometheus trailer done all with paper and flashlights, the other a goofy take on the Dark Knight Rises paper done with hot dogs. Watch both after the jump.

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Over a decade since its release, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream remains a visceral and disturbing piece of modern cinema. The filmmaker’s gnawing portrayal of drug addiction coupled with a hyper stylized aesthetic can make even the most tough-stomached person squirm in their seat.

You’d think seeing the same images with puppets would soften the blow, but Brendan James Boyd‘s 60 -econd film for the 2012 Vancouver Fake Film Fest proves likewise. Hearing puppets say “tail to tail” in place of another famous line, watching a fuzzy arm get chopped off or puppet electroshock therapy is almost more disturbing when it’s non-humans. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: ‘The Batman Complex’

Probably all of us have entertained fantasies at some point about becoming one of our favorite superheroes, whether as children playing with action figures or adults watching the latest comic book blockbuster. Generally, it’s just harmless fun — but take that drive to the extreme and things can get really weird, as seen in today’s Video of the Day. The Batman Complex is a (sadly) fake film trailer about about a paranoid schizophrenic who comes to believe that he is actually Batman. Or something. Watch it after the jump.

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