True Story review

Though it doesn’t say it at the beginning, True Story is indeed a true story. It’s the story of Mike Finkel, a New York Times reporter who is oddly drawn into the world of Christian Longo, an Oregon man accused of killing his wife and three children. Playing against their usual types, Jonah Hill plays Finkel and James Franco plays Longo in first time feature director Rupert Gould’s crime mystery that is mostly good, but falls short of its full potential. Read more of our True Story review below. Read More »

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The Flash cast

When Warner Bros. announced their major plan for the DC Universe, one of the biggest surprises was The Flash. For the lead role they’d cast Ezra Miller, an extremely talented young actor known specifically for odd roles in independent films like We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

Since that announcement, Miller has been mostly off the radar but his latest movie, The Stanford Prison Experiment, just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. And with that, the actor finally talked about accepting the role as the speedster superhero. Below, find out how Ezra Miller joined The Flash cast, as told by Ezra Miller. Read More »

Fantastic Four Screengrab 4

Though Tuesday’s teaser was the first we’d seen of Fox’s Fantastic Four, we (and the rest of the Internet) couldn’t help but notice it felt awfully familiar. The somber voiceover contemplating human nature and man’s place in the universe, the shots of all-American cornfields and high-tech labs, the furrowed brows of serious scientists doing serious science… it all felt straight out of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar.

And indeed, a new Fantastic Four Interstellar trailer mashup making the rounds shows that the two films might not be very different at all. Give or take a Dylan Thomas poem, the Fantastic Four teaser may as well be another Interstellar promo. Watch the video after the jump.  Read More »

Star Wars sequel trilogy

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18 of this year. The first Star Wars standalone film opens December 16, 2016. After that, we have a good idea of what the next few years have in store for Star Wars but nothing is 100% set in stone. For example, though every single outlet in the world has confirmed Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars Episode VIII, along with the filmmaker himself, the company has yet to acknowledge it. And though we’ve heard there will be a Star Wars movie every single year, only the two dates above are confirmed.

However, the long-term future of Star Wars was recently mentioned by Disney CEO Bob Iger. In a Disney shareholders report, he talked about seeing footage from The Force Awakens, confirmed the release years for the next two films in “this” trilogy, and failed to mention the second standalone film. There’s more, too. Read the extremely loaded Star Wars sequel trilogy quote below. Read More »

Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights Infographic

Why isn’t Spider-Man allowed to join The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Why won’t we ever see “Mutants” in the Marvel movies? Why can’t the Fantastic Four meet the X-Men on the big screen? The answer to these questions is that the Marvel character movie rights are owned by different studios who are (so far) uninterested in working together. Artist Maurice Mitchell of The Geek Twins (found via LaughingSquid) has created “The Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights” Infographic which illustrates the current state of the Marvel movie universe, divided by which studios own the rights to which Marvel characters. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Tracie Ching's Tarantino Tintypes Art Prints

Hero Complex Gallery is holding the Young Guns Invitational, a show featuring emerging artists, opening on Friday, January 30th at 7:00pm (unsold prints will be sold online the following week, TBD). Tracie Ching sent me a preview of her Quentin Tarantino inspired series of prints which will debut at the show. See a ton of images of Tracie Ching’s Tarantino Tintypes Art Prints, after the jump.

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the history of horror movies video
Filmmaker IQ has published another one of their long-form video essays. This 30-minute Film School lesson teaches you the history of horror movies “from it’s roots deep in Gothic literature, through B-movie status and director’s proving grounds to ultimate respectability as an important filmmaking genre.”

The history of horror is a vast and perhaps foolhardy thing to tackle. No matter how hard you try, there are films and horror subgenres that will slide through the cracks.. But horror is somewhat unique among the film genres in that there is a recognizable pattern that happens again and again. A film will come along and terrify an audience capturing their imaginations and making bank- Filmmakers flock to the cash cow like vampires to blood which leads to sequels and imitators – sometimes better than the original. But eventually the sequels run out of steam and the subgenre created by the original smash hit fades into memory lurking in the corners of history waiting to be rediscovered and reborn- this process is commonly referred to as cycles. Although other genres behave similarly, the unique appeal of horror from its low budget requirements to broad multinational appeal, make horror especially susceptible to these boom and fade cycles. But as we look at how the genre changes over time, we must not think of the history of horror as being a rigid one way street. New films borrow from old films all the time, a constant remix of subgenres and new techniques to make something for the contemporary culture.

Watch the history of horror movies video essay now embedded after the jump.

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Lego Avengers Helicarrier 2

Lego has just announced their most massive, epic Marvel set ever. It’s the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier, a 2,996 behemoth of a set featuring mini-figures of Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill. The Helicarrier hits shelves in March and will retail for $349.99. Below, see a bunch of images and more info about the Lego Avengers Helicarrier. Read More »

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