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 visit Brussels to watch God and his daughter do their thing, give some attention to chefs who don’t possess a Y chromosome, get to know a low-rent art forger, say goodbye to an era in the pit, and get weepy in the neonatal department. Read More »
What honor was bestowed upon Wonder Woman for her 75th anniversary today? Why was a variant cover of Invincible Iron Man featuring Riri Williams canceled? Want to see a new photo of Wonder Woman from Justice League? What is the working title for Black Panther? Can we expect to explore the multiverse in the Marvel cinematic universe? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Even though we won’t see Doctor Strange until November 4th here in the United States, the trailers have already indicated that Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) will quickly become a master of the mystical arts, despite the fact that he doesn’t really believe in all that spiritual nonsense at first. However, it appears some wires got crossed and Jimmy Kimmel thought Doctor Strange was just a magician who could entertain at a kid’s birthday party. While Strange does his best to put on a good show for the kids, he doesn’t really know how to deal with them properly.
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One of the new planets introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a small desert moon located in the galaxy’s Inner Rim called Jedha. Director Gareth Edwards has described the world as “a Mecca or Jerusalem within the Star Wars world” where people who believe in the Force come to worship. In the years before Star Wars: A New Hope, the planet has become occupied by Galactic Empire and serves as a key location in this first Star Wars standalone movie.
However, a new fan theory suggests that Rogue One might not be the first time we’ve seen Jedha on the big screen. Some fans believe that the planet was later used by the First Order as Starkiller Base, as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is it true? Could it be possible? Let’s explore the Jedha Starkiller Base theory, after the jump.
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Desierto is Jonás Cuarón‘s sophomore effort as a filmmaker. The co-writer of Gravity made his directorial debut in 2007 with Year of the Nail, a movie he wrote, produced, shot, co-edited, and did the art design for. He had slightly fewer jobs to do on his second feature, but that doesn’t mean it was less of a challenge to make, thanks to some brutally hot weather.
But harsh weather conditions hardly compares to what the characters in Desierto experience. Cuarón’s lean thriller, which is almost more of a horror movie at times, follows a group of men and women illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, hoping to find better lives in the States. Most of the people Moises (Gael García Bernal) is traveling with are killed at the start of the film by a lone gunman (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a deadly racist who ends up in a game of cat and mouse with Bernal’s character.
Cuarón recently made the time to discuss crafting his thriller with us. Below, read our Jonás Cuarón interview, in which he discusses the film’s unnerving use of sound, a horrific death scene, movies that inspired the thriller, the Zorro film he’s directing, and the significance of Steven Spielberg‘s Duel.
Below, read our Jonás Cuarón interview.
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Even though Scott Pilgrim vs the World was praised highly by critics, resulting in an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was a disappointment at the box office for Universal Pictures. After costing $60 million to make, the movie only made just over $47 million worldwide. The film has become a bit of a cult classic, and it’s found a decent sized audience on home video, but it deserves so much more attention than it’s gotten, if only because it’s evidence of Edgar Wright’s skills as a masterful and economical filmmaker.
A new video essay examines an easily overlooked element of the graphic novel film adaptation: the transitions. If a film is directed and edited properly, each scene moves seamlessly from one into the next and you may not even notice. The Scott Pilgrim vs the World transitions are some of the most efficient and meticulously planned, so much that you maybe didn’t realize how many of them happen in a short span of screentime. Read More »
Living with an ailment than keeps you confined to a wheelchair most of the time when you venture out of the house is undoubtedly difficult. But luckily, a nine year old boy named Jeremy with spina bifida has some spectacular parents who make him feel like the coolest kid on the block when heading out into the neighborhood on Halloween.
You might remember a story in Star Wars Bits last year where a father turned his son’s wheelchair into a snowspeeder from The Empire Strikes Back. The flaps even moved, and the laser canons shot glowing NERF darts. That was Jeremy in that snowspeeder. Now his father has done something magical again by turning his son’s wheelchair into the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. Read More »
Who is the best villain across any of the Marvel movies we’ve seen so far? Where does Logan fall in the timeline of all the rest of the X-Men movies? Just how hard did Scott Derrickson campaign to get the job directing Doctor Strange? Want to see the first Logan trailer in black and white? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
There are lots of Star Wars fans who’d love to see Joss Whedon take a crack at the franchise, and now you can count Joss Whedon among them. The Avengers director admitted he wants to make a Star Wars movie — but not just any Star Wars movie. He would like to direct one of the Star Wars Story spinoffs, like Rogue One. Read the Joss Whedon Star Wars quote below to find out why. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Fred Topel
After the enormous success of Grease Live, Fox is putting on another musical this year. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not live, but it has a twist. The new remake of the 1975 film includes an audience who participates in the show, like performance groups have done at midnight shows of Rocky Horror for 40 years.
Fox presented a Rocky Horror panel to the Television Critics Association this summer that included director Kenny Ortega, cast members including Tim Curry himself, and producer Lou Adler. At the Fox TCA party that evening we got to speak with Adler about the history of Rocky Horror leading up to the new version. Read More »