Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
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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 »
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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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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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 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 »
One of last year’s pleasant surprises was Wes Ball‘s The Maze Runner, a cool sci-fi action film masked as a YA adaptation. I mean, yes, the books by James Dashner are technically “young adult” in that they are about a group of teens mysteriously trapped in the center of a giant maze. But much more than the rest of its YA companions, The Maze Runner caters to guys and girls with plenty of action, intrigue and suspense to go along with the hints of young love.
A sequel is already set for September of this year, which means it’s a perfect time for the Screen Junkies to give The Maze Runner their patented funny, smart, treatment. Watch the Maze Runner Honest Trailer below. Read More »
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When you think post-apocalyptic movies, you probably think about action. You think zombies, or destruction. You probably don’t conjure up water wheels, a turkey dinner, and romance. But that’s what you get with Z for Zachariah. Directed by Craig Zobel (Compliance), the film is almost an anti-post-apocalyptic movie as it’s much more concerned with human relationships than anything else going out around them. With a cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine, that’s both a blessing and a curse. Read more of our Z for Zachariah review below. Read More »