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 »

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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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 »

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 »