The Terminator

Who doesn’t love a good time travel movie? Not only are they fun to watch, they’re fun to discuss and dissect after the fact, evidenced by persistent online conversation about films like Primer, Looper, Back to the Future, and The Terminator. A new flow chart has been created that attempts to break down those films, and dozens others, into a very specific group of rules. It’s a fun chart to mess around with, and the way it categorizes different films (and TV shows) in similar ways is almost as debatable as time travel movies themselves. Check it out. Read More »

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Confused.com has put together a neat infographic showing the top-grossing Christmas movies since 1980. The list is presented in order of top-grossing, but also includes the critic rating from Rotten Tomatoes as well as the Flixter audience rating for each film.
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Under what circumstances might you see Harry Potter and Don Draper taking a bath together? Hit the jump to find out. Plus:

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  • What does your favorite show say about your politics?
  • Brendan Fraser won’t be one of TNT’s Legends after all
  • AMC puts Hell on Wheels‘ Season 3 renewal on hold
  • FX isn’t so happy with the second Powers pilot, either
  • An adaptation of Tim Seeley‘s Revival is in the works
  • HBO goes forward with Stephen Merchant‘s Hello Ladies

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Where most movie franchises are lucky to span one decade, the James Bond franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with its 23rd installment, Skyfall. The trick behind its longevity is no secret — since the ’60s, the producers have reinvented the iconic agent several times so that he always feels of the moment.

But through it all, a few key characteristics remain the same. Bond is always first and foremost a martini man, though he may dabble in beer or other cocktails from time to time, and his knack for ladykilling is almost as well regarded as his talent for killing-killing. So which of the six Bonds is the deadliest, booziest, and sexiest of them all? The infographic after the jump has the answer.

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Even when director Rian Johnson spends 15 minutes talking about some of Looper‘s unanswered questions, it’s still not enough. Since its release a couple weeks ago, Johnson’s time-traveling sci-fi thriller has been quite¬†divisive, both thanks to its content and time travel paradoxes. Fans have enjoyed debating not only the intricicies of the film, but Johnson’s quotes and explainations too. From here we can go to a new place: the infographic.

Wired has created a cool, spoiler-filled, infographic that tries to explain the timelines of the film. It’s interesting but still can’t line everything up perfectly. Not that it was ever meant to. Check it out below. Read More »

Infographic: Hollywood’s Waning Creativity

Short of the Week compiled an infographic showing the changing landscape of the highest grossing films over the last thirty years, with the focus on how Hollywood (and the American public spending all this money at the ticket counters) have given up on original ideas. This should come as no surprise to anyone.

But lets not kid ourselves into thinking this is a problem isolated only to the big Hollywood blockbusters. In 2009, we published a column about how only eight best picture nominees from that decades were not based on previous works (be it remakes, sequels, adaptations, biographical). But I think the infographic is a fun way to see it visualized. Check it out after the jump.

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The Weinstein Company is banking on the popularity of The Dark Knight Rises to really elevate the public perception of Tom Hardy, and so now isn’t such a bad time to release a new trailer showing off TWC’s Hardy-starring film, Lawless. We’ve followed this one for quite some time, as John Hillcoat‘s bootlegging tale, scripted by Nick Cave based on Matt Bondurant‘s book The Wettest County in the World, died and came back to life over a year ago.

The first trailer was pretty great, especially as it showed off some crazed work from supporting actors Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. Now there’s a new trailer that minimizes co-star Shia LaBeouf in favor of pushing Tom Hardy to the fore; I don’t think many people are going to mind.

In addition, TWC has released an infographic breaking down the guns used by the main characters. Not a typical marketing tactic, but it’s a neat little chart. Check out both below. Read More »

Though they’re generally relegated to sci-fi movies, Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction was made for an infographic. The film’s innovative structure, taking what could have been a straight forward movie but chopping it up and putting it into a different order, was the blue print for a whole generation of up and coming filmmakers. It showed how even narrative placement can give a film unique surprises and kinetic energy.

And yes, after just a few viewings we can easily work out what happened first, second, third, etc. That doesn’t change the fact that seeing the whole thing¬†beautifully¬†illustrated is a delight. After the jump, check out the entirety of Pulp Fiction, in chronological order, as a flow chart. Read More »

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