The Wicker Man roller coaster

Understandably, many of you might primarily know of The Wicker Man thanks to Neil LaBute’s 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage, in which Cage’s character punches a woman in the face while dressed like a bear, and spends the movie furiously screaming things like “How’d it get burned?!” and “Not the bees!” But while it’s admittedly not nearly as meme-worthy, director Robin Hardy‘s 1973 original is a far superior and even more disturbing piece of filmmaking.

So naturally, it’s a perfect fit for a theme park ride! Wait…what?
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2017 movie comic strips

You’ve likely read a dozen or so Best Movies of 2017 lists by now, so how about a creative new way of highlighting the best films of the former year? Artist Ben Matsuya has put together some visually stunning comic strips that show off some of the best of the best that film had to offer in 2017. Check out the 2017 movie comic strips below.

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Fake Theme Parks Art Show

While you may have enjoyed going to the likes of Disney World or Universal Studios, there are plenty of theme parks from the world of movies and television that we’ll unfortunately never get to visit. Thankfully, pop culture artist Chogrin has given us the next best thing buy curating a whole art show surrounding these places  we wish we could go.

Fake Theme Parks is a new exhibition coming to Gallery 1988 starting January 12, and as you might have guessed, it pays tribute to a variety of theme parks from the history of pop culture. Jurassic Park, Westworld, Itchy & Scratchy Land, Anatomy Park, Walley World, Pacific Playland, Dinosaur World and many more will all be honored in the Fake Theme Parks art show.

If you want an early sneak peek at some of the pieces, /Film has exclusively debuted some of the artwork below. Read More »

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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Star Wars Secrets of the Empire

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get a sneak peek of the VR attraction Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.
  • The Edison is now open and drawing 5-star reviews at Disney Springs.
  • Find out about the Wrinkle in Time preview coming to Disney parks.
  • See video of the Hogwarts New Year’s Eve fireworks at Universal Studios.
  • Details on the upcoming Peanuts Celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm.
  • And more!

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Star Wars Timelines - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a Star Wars video remix bridges the original trilogy with the prequels and the new trilogy in a very cool way. Plus, watch Dunkirk and Darkest Hour get mashed up into one epic historical drama, and see how the cast of Saturday Night Live rushes from Studio 8H to the Rockefeller Center ice rink. Read More »

Final Cut 2017

Tonight brings the end of 2017, and it couldn’t come soon enough. This year has been a nightmare for a variety of reasons, whether it’s because of hurricanes, mass shootings, or the disaster that’s currently living in the White House. Thankfully, we got some relief from this year thanks to the movies.

Nick Bosworth, an editor for JoBlo, has created Final Cut 2017, an entertaining assembly of footage from hundreds of movies released over the past year. The movies all blend into each other with the perfect soundtrack fueling the edit, including the surprising prominence of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” which was featured in several movies this year. This is the perfect way for cinephiles to finish 2017 and get ready for the new year. Read More »

Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the crew of the USS Enterprise comes up against a threat the likes of which they’ve never seen in a mash-up of Star Wars and Star Trek. Plus, a Lost in Translation video essay shows how Sofia Coppola uses the frame to define her characters, and cartoon voice actors Rob Paulsen and Charlie Adler recreate a scene from Mission: Impossible III with some interesting character choices. Read More »

Metropolis_7x3

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get details on the new Up show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for its 20th anniversary.
  • More exciting news on the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge development at Disney parks.
  • See surreal video of Trump sharing the stage with Lincoln in the Hall of Presidents.
  • Few have been able to glimpse what Shanghai Disneyland’s Club 33 looks like inside … until now.
  • Ever wanted to visit the Hall of Justice or Metropolis and Gotham City? Soon you’ll be able to.
  • And more!

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last jedi backlash

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: addressing the toxic, dangerous fan backlash to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.)

It’s okay to dislike Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Your opinion is your own and no one can take that away from you. However, there’s something rotten in the Star Wars fanbase. People on the internet have decided to devote countless hours to tearing down a movie that plenty of others love. And while no movie is perfect — Star Wars: The Last Jedi least of all — what’s the point in taking the fun out of movies? Is it retribution for a ruined childhood or vindication that your opinion is right? Or is all this backlash to The Last Jedi simply another product of the internet’s penchant for knee-jerk reactions and instantaneous gratification?

This past weekend, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened to critical fanfare and skyrocketing box office numbers. But those accomplishments have been overshadowed by a looming force in the sci-fi franchise’s fandom. Some fans are calling it the worst Star Wars movie yet. A few more are harassing director Rian Johnson on Twitter. Others are petitioning that Last Jedi be removed from the series canon immediately. And the difference between the Rotten Tomatoes user and critical scores are very wide. So let’s examine what caused this rift between the critical community and the die-hard fans, and whether it says something about the movie itself, or a growing toxicity in fandom at large.

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead.

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