The long take is a certain mark of cinematic achievement, particularly when the shot in question really works in a film. Anyone can show off — well, not anyone, but a good crew can put together an impressive long take. But to have it make sense for the story, and not draw attention to itself purely for the sake of doing so, is an achievement. So here’s a good video rundown of twelve particularly impressive long takes.
You might think you could name all the likely entries for this list off the top of your head, but chances are that’s not the case. Sure, there are the expected entries and usual suspects such as Touch of Evil and Children of Men, especially as we hit the top half of the list. But there are some surprises, such as a Tony Jaa movie, Tarkovsky’s The Mirror, and Godard’s traffic jam from Weekend. See the full video below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by David Chen
What do you get when you combine a hit song from the highest grossing animated film of all time with one of the most insanely popular TV shows of all time? A “Let It Go” mashup for the ages, of course.
My Cast of Kings co-host Joanna Robinson approached me to put together a music video of “Let It Go”, but using some fun Game of Thrones inspired lyrics performed by her talented friend Gail. Check out the results after the jump, and subscribe to A Cast of Kings to get your regular Game of Thrones podcast fix.
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Our friends at Blurpy have alerted us to Brian Taylor‘s awesome Ridley Scott movie poster print series. Taylor, who also goes by the nickname Candykiller, is a Scotland-based graphic designer and illustrator who has worked mainly at design and advertising agencies. Candykiller has released the first two prints for the movies Blade Runner and Alien, available for purchase on Big Cartel. He has also uploaded a preview of his poster for Legend, and I’m sure there will be more in this series. Check out the Candykiller Ridley Scott poster artwork after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
In his directorial debut, Christopher Nolan‘s longtime DP Wally Pfister serves up a dire warning about all the things that can go wrong when someone other than Christopher Nolan tries to make a Christopher Nolan movie. Transcendence is Inception, in spirit if not in plot, only without the heart, style, intelligence, or grace.
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The Simpsons Lego episode airs on May 4 and the first two images have been revealed. [Not that image above, which is of the actual Lego Simpsons toys.] Talking to Entertainment Weekly the two men primarily responsible for the episode, co-executive producer Brian Kelley and executive producer Matt Selman, also revealed the plot, the difficulties in the production, connections with The Lego Movie and more. Check out the images and read about The Simpsons Lego episode below. Read More »
In the comics, and the new movies, Peter Parker is a genius who constructs a device that shoots super-strong webs over incredibly long distances. It’s one of the absolute staples of being Spider-Man, because what’s a spider without its web? And while technology hasn’t yet created a substance like Parker generates in the comics and films, one man has created a super cool mechanism that attempts to shoot stuff like Spider-Man. Check out a video below of man who created a real Spider Man web shooter. Read More »
Directing a massive superhero film has lots of privileges. Money? Sure. Fame? Of course. But also the ability to geek out and see things before anyone else in the world. In a new interview, Zack Snyder – the director of Man of Steel and 2016′s Batman vs. Superman – admits he doesn’t know when fans will get to see the new Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman costumes. But he has a huge of them photo up in his office, geeks out over it daily, and really wants to upload it. He just knows he can’t.
He also talks about the first moment Batman was mentioned as a possible foil for Superman in the sequel, what it will be like when they finally show down, the “rivalry” with Marvel Studios and, oddly, Slashfilm. Read the quotes below. Read More »
Generally when a group puts on a live read, they pick a script of reverence. An Oscar-winner like The Usual Suspects, a classic comedy like Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters, maybe a stage masterpiece like Glengarry Glen Ross. When Funny or Die does it, they go a little out of the box. They do Space Jam.
Michael Jordan famously starred in the 1996 animated hit, which blended live actors with the Looney Tunes in a sci-fi, comedic, basketball romp. For kids of that era, the film became a classic. For anyone who has seen it since, it doesn’t quite hold up. But it’s fun, with a nostalgic appeal, and so Funny or Die recruited an all-star cast to read the script. Literally. NBA All-Star Blake Griffin read the role of Jordan and a slew of comedians and actors filled in the other roles, such as Seth Green, Ralph Garman, Danielle Fishel, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll and others.
Below, watch – not the whole thing – but a good 10-minute highlight of the Space Jam live read. Read More »
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