Edgar Wright Music Reel

There are a myriad of ways that we could compliment Edgar Wright. From his economical, near flawless scripts to his fast and fierce shooting style, you can spot an Edgar Wright film from a mile away. But one of the things I look forward to the most is how the director Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World uses music to enhance his movies, making for some of the most memorable scenes from his career.

A new video features some of Edgar Wright’s greatest uses of music in film, television and music videos. Even if you’ve seen all of Edgar Wright’s movies, there’s probably some footage here you haven’t seen before, especially in the music video arena. Watch the Edgar Wright music reel after the jump. Read More »

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Will Smith Regrets Wild Wild West

Will Smith was once the king of the summer. After hits like Independence Day and Men in Black made huge bank during blockbuster season, So Warner Bros. thought they could count on rack up some cash for the studio with a film adaptation of the classic TV show Wild Wild West, and they weren’t entirely wrong.

Wild Wild West raked in $222 million worldwide on a budget of $170 million, but it was obliterated by critics, and there’s probably been no moment in time where someone has unironically wanted to watch Wild Wild West at home. One of the worst summer blockbusters ever, Wild Wild West is an absolute nightmare, and Will Smith knew it.

After 17 years, Will Smith seems to be sorry for convincing audiences to go see a movie that featured Kenneth Branagh with some of the most ridiculous facial hair ever, Kevin Kline in drag, and a giant mechanical spider. Find out why Will Smith regrets Wild Wild West and what ultimately made him decide never to make a movie for the same reasons ever again. Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 6 finale recap

Game of Thrones season six is over and it went out with a few bangs (one of them very literal). “The Winds of Winter” is the finest season finale the series has produced so far and a frontrunner for the shortlist of all-time best episodes. Story threads years in the making come to a head, several characters of tremendous importance meet their maker, and revelations that shake up the entire show as we know it are finally unveiled.

There’s a lot to take in here, so let’s just dive in.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

Last week, I bought my ticket and settled in for Independence Day: Resurgence with some trepidation. After all, the publicity machine had been silent and there were no really screenings for critics. The belated sequel to director Roland Emmerich‘s 1996 alien invasion film was opening in theaters showcasing all of the telltale signs of stinker. The only thing missing was literal smell lines wafting out of the poster in the lobby.

And then the credits began to roll and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked Independence Day: Resurgence! I had a good time with it! I thought it was a worthy follow-up to the original, a film that I’m embarrassed to enjoy as much as I do! So I opened up Twitter to share this pleasant news with the world and quickly learned that I was very much alone. The rest of the world, including my /Film colleagues, thought the film was a big pile of irredeemable junk, an all-time stinker, a disaster, of epic proportions. I tell this anecdote to make it clear that I wasn’t reacting to the initial round of negative responses. I’m not just being a contrarian for the sake of it. I reached this humiliating opinion on my own, thank you very much.

A $200 million movie shouldn’t need a defense. This isn’t a misunderstood future classic or an indie in need of championing, But damn it all: I enjoyed Independence Day: Resurgence and there is no way I’m going to march into the future without going on the record. So follow my down this path – I will hold my head up high and try to justify being that guy who likes this movie.

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frontier airlines and discount movie theaters

Over the weekend I flew Frontier Airlines home from Orlando, Florida. It was my first time flying this discount airline, and while I had heard some bad things about the company, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. The experience was eye-opening and I fear that this model could be adopted by many other industries — like say for instance, the movie theater business. So while I sat in the very uncomfortable vinyl-covered thin plastic shell that Frontier somehow calls a “seat,” I wondered what movie theaters would be like if they were run like Frontier Airlines.

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Superhero Destruction

Back in 1996, the film Independence Day was an impressive piece of blockbuster spectacle. The amount of destruction on display done with outstanding visual effects for the time was a sight that demanded to be seen on the big screen. However, 20 years later, that destruction isn’t nearly as captivating in Independence Day: Resurgence, and it’s just one of the many problems the sequel has that keep it from measuring up to the original.

Perhaps the biggest problem is that all the destruction in Independence Day: Resurgence not only feels like a computer generated rehash of what we already saw done with more practical effects back in 1996, but it’s also been done countless other times in recent years in several of the Marvel movies and more recent DC Comics movies. Director Roland Emmerich has certainly taken notice, and he thinks the third acts are basically retreads of what he’s already done. Find out what Roland Emmerich had to say about superhero destruction after the jump. Read More »

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Independence Day 3

Independence Day: Resurgence only just hit theaters yesterday, but even before audiences were able to check it out for themselves, we knew this sequel would at least hint at the possibility of another movie to follow. Now director Roland Emmerich has confirmed as much, and he even teases that Independence Day 3 will feature an “intergalactic journey” for some of the characters. However, in order to talk about that sequel, we’ll have to dive into some Independence Day: Resurgence spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the sequel yet, beware of everything after the jump. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we try, and fail, to move out of our parent’s house, house ferocious animals in the middle of Harlem, get our haute bougie food on in Tokyo, murder some people for funsies, and peep the violent latest from the next director of the Sicario series. 

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mondo inforama

Info•Rama was founded in 2014 by artists Kevin Tong and Tom Whalen, who set out to create beautiful infographics that were full of meticulously researched information while also doubling as gorgeous pieces of art. Since both Tong and Whalen regularly collaborate with Mondo, the purveyors of the internet’s favorite pop culture posters and merchandise, a team-up was inevitable. Now, Info•Rama is the subject of the latest Mondo Gallery show in Austin, Texas, with Tong, Whalen, and Matt Taylor contributing pieces that break down some of your favorite movies, television shows, and comic book characters while also looking nothing short of gorgeous.

And you can check out every print from the show below.

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