In the past we’ve featured an infographic — almost a too-detailed one — that shows the timeline of events in Marvel movies. Now the company has issued an official timeline, and at the very least it is easier to read. What might be interesting to some more casual fans who haven’t thought as much about the precise timeline of the convergent story paths is this: a great many of the events in various Marvel films take place in the span of one week.

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Infographic: The Marvel Movie Universe Timeline

In the past few years Marvel has built a cinematic facsimile of its comic book universe. In practical terms that means that there is now a collection of films with interrelated plotlines, all of which come to a narrative point in The Avengers. With that film in theaters outside the US now, and opening in the States next week, it’s a good time to revisit the full timeline of Marvel’s movie universe. That’s where this infographic comes in — it maps out the major and minor events of all Marvel’s moving images.

You can find the entire image below, and because the text in the infographic is difficult to read, it is all pasted below as well. Read More »

Infographic: The 3D Bubble

For several years, 3D has been one of the most popular topics of discussion among cinephiles young and old alike. Is shooting in 3D better than post-conversion? What kind of films benefit from 3D? Are 3D ticket prices scaring away audiences? Should box office records with 3D be counted against those without? Are 3D re-releases here to stay? What will happen when modern auteurs get their hands on 3D? The questions go on and on.

A new infographic has made its way online that answers a lot of these questions in a simple, easy to understand way. It even charts out the future 3D based on its past successes and failures. You see a small sample of it above but hit the jump to check out the full image. Read More »

Infographic: Martin Scorsese is a Man For All Genres

Memory works by compartmentalization. Our minds often like to reduce data to patterns, and those patterns get compacted into simple categories. And so for many people Martin Scorsese, despite having made The Last Waltz, Kundun and The Aviator, is just a director of New York gangster movies. (Maybe with a slight detour up to Boston for The Departed.)

But those who really know Scorsese’s career know that the path he has taken isn’t even vaguely that simple. And while it is easy to think of him as a man who works primarily in one mode, it is far more fascinating to see how he has been able to apply his talent to a very diverse array of subjects.

If you need a reminder, check out the infographic below. Called ‘A Man For All Genres,’ it shows just how much Martin Scorsese has really done since he began to make movies for the public in 1967. Read More »

Gallery: Thirteen Hilarious Trends In Movie Posters

News flash: today’s movie posters generally suck. The days of Drew Struzan or Saul Bass are long gone and, instead, we’re left with bad Photoshop looking one sheets with a star’s face, a title and a tag line. That unoriginality is part of the reason why niche vendors like Mondo are doing so well. They’re bringing art back to the movie advertising.

Just how bad are today’s movie posters? A French site has broken them down into thirteen trends and illustrated their point with elaborate collages that show dozens and dozens of posters that look exactly the same. It’s both really funny and really not. Check them all out after the jump. Read More »

Infographic: Michael Bay’s Bayhem

Michael Bay is well-known for his use of explosions, helicopters, and sheer budgetary mayhem. But what is the breakdown, by movie, of the use of some of those factors? And which of the films managed to turn Bay’s excess into financial gain?

An infographic called The Formula for Complete and Utter Bayhem breaks it down. Check it out below. Read More »

Infographic: The Ultimate Nerd Guide to New York City

Hollywood may be synonymous with moviemaking, but when it comes to iconic cinematic landmarks, few cities can beat New York, NY. The Big Apple’s many facets are well represented in every type of story, for every type of person — including, of course, geeky types like us. While all the other tourists are running to Katz’s Deli to pay way too much for the sandwiches Sally made famous in When Harry Met Sally, BuzzFeed’s guide to nerd-friendly New York City spots will direct you to Avengers HQ and the future home of Planet Express. Check it out after the jump.

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Shane Carruth‘s time-travel film Primer is one of the smartest sci-fi movies of the past decade. It is also a particularly compelling one because it tells a time-travel story with a very unadorned indie aesthetic. The look of the film may be born out of budget and necessity, but it makes Primer stand out, and makes the very detailed explanation of the film’s mechanics feel more grounded, and consequently more effective. The film is Carruth’s only movie, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting a follow-up. (So much so that word of his participation on Rian Johnson’s new film Looper was enough to cause ripples of excitement.)

Primer is meaty enough to withstand a great deal of conversation and scrutiny. As we wait for another film from the director, there is still plenty of territory to explore in his first. If you’ve already memorized the DVD commentary track, check out the infographic below, which seeks to sort out all of the film’s many timelines. It could make the events of the movie more clear, but perhaps not at first glance. Read More »

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