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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »