Mondo Empire Strikes Back Poster

Mondo has unleashed a cool new Empire Strikes Back poster from artist Jock. The poster recreates a moment from the Star Wars film in which Luke Skywalker takes down an AT-AT Walker. See the Mondo Empire Strikes Back poster, and its variant, below.

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On the February 19, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson presents interviews with Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan Coogler and actor Andy Serkis, who plays the villainous Ulysses Klaue. Warning: very light spoilers ahead!

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Black Panther Chinese New Year Poster

Want to see concept art of Shuri with her own Black Panther suit? What did Chadwick Boseman do to help with a slam dunk at the NBA All-Star Game last weekend? Will Martin Freeman return as Agent Ross sometime in a future MCU movie? What was on Ulysses Klaue‘s mixtape he mentioned in Black Panther? How many Black Panther stories are there in this edition of Superhero Bits?  All that & more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Four Great Marvel Movie Audio Commentaries

Marvel commentaries

Marvel has been a giant machine conquering the global box-office ever since they kicked down Hollywood’s door a decade ago with Iron Man. In less than 10 years, Marvel President Kevin Feige and all involved made the Marvel logo mean something to audiences everywhere. It’s quite an extraordinary feat, one that couldn’t have been pulled off without the long, long list of great talent they’ve hired. That talent also produces some fun audio commentaries.

Marvel’s finest movies, like this weekend’s Black Panther, have struck a balance between art and commerce, and that’s a running theme throughout the commentaries for Marvel’s movies: trying to make a popcorn movie with taste, substance, and above all, character. There’s very little talk of special effects, as most of the conversations revolve around character, but maybe that’s not surprising since the Disney-owned studio has always maintained the characters are the stars of these movies. Years of work went into getting these superheroes right, which you can hear all about in some of the Marvel commentaries recommended below.

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Star Wars toys

Just in case you have some preconceived notion that franchise moviemaking is purely an artistic endeavor, here’s a story about toys. Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended up changing the design of Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter in the hit sequel after laying eyes on a toy.  

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Seven Seconds review

Netflix’s new series Seven Seconds is an addictive procedural drama that starts off as a murder mystery and turns into something else. The show isn’t so much concerned with the crime at hand as it is the fallout – the trauma that befalls relatives, and the way such events can impact several different lives. Seven Seconds has big issues on its mind, particularly tensions that arise in a community when dealing with a racist police force. Ultimately, it’s not entirely successful with its bigger issues, but a series of stellar performances elevate Seven Seconds into something worth watching.

Our Seven Seconds review continues below. Some minor spoilers follow.

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Black Panther Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther.)

Let me start with this: Run, don’t walk, to the theater to see Black Panther. This is not hyperbole. It’s just that good. Heck, saying it’s just “good” is underselling it.

Black Panther is not only Marvel Studios’ best superhero film to date, it’s also an immediate shoo-in for one of the best films, if not the best film, of 2018. It’s only too easy to say director Ryan Coogler’s vision for Black Panther has simply moved the needle in terms of representation. What Coogler has done is create a space that didn’t exist before, a space for specifically black diasporic stories to have space on the big screen.

The distinction between “black” and “black diasporic” is an important one to make. Up until now, the mainstream has assumed “black” means a catch-all experience that can be boiled down to stereotype. But in actuality, our experiences as a people are much more diverse. In some ways, I think we ourselves forget just how rich and differentiating our life experiences as black diasporic people can be. But Black Panther tells a story that doesn’t just slap black faces on the front of a poster. This story is about the push and pull between black diasporic peoples as a whole, specifically the relationship between the African-American and the native African. In this way, the film is transcendent.

This story isn’t just meant for black viewers, though; Black Panther can definitely be used as an entryway by all into understanding more about Africa and the African diaspora. Just as important is the film’s ultimate message of empathy for everyone’s struggles, regardless of societal, racial, and ethnic divisions.

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All the Marvel Big Bads, Ranked By Badness

Black Panther Trailer

This past weekend saw the release of Marvel’s Black Panther and the debut of Michael B. Jordan’s striking new villain. So you know what that means: it’s time to update our Marvel villain ranking.

If you’re still reading, there are two things to keep in mind regarding this particularly ranking of Marvel’s bad guys. One, I’m judging them all based on Personality and Plan Points. How magnetic are they? How stupid is their plan for world domination (or whatever else they’re seeking)?

Two, Thanos isn’t on it because he doesn’t count. He’s not a villain; he’s a Postmates customer with the munchies. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to Infinity War, when he can legitimately join this list.

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2018 DGA Nominees DIscussion

The Director’s Guild Of America awards have already been handed out, giving Guillermo del Toro one of several major victories on his path to potentially (and seemingly likely) winning Best Director at the Academy Awards. But before the awards took place, all of the DGA nominees got together for an extensive conversation about their filmmaking process and more.

At the Director’s Guild of America’s Los Angeles Theater on February 3, 2018, Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), and Jordan Peele (Get Out) all sat down for a three-hour conversation for the annual Meet the Nominees symposium.

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Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Visual Effects

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out a ton of Easter eggs you might have missed while being enamored with Marvel’s Black Panther. Plus, see how the visual effects of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle brought the jungle of the mystical board game turned video game to life, and see what Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread would be like with a different character in the lead role. Read More »