Once you’ve seen a movie a few times, the main story just isn’t as exciting. Your eyes begin to wander around the frame seeking other details. You might find surprises the filmmaker put in there on purpose, or happy accidents, but either way, the best movies always find ways to reward a viewer over and over again.
A movie that definitely fits that description is the first Pitch Perfect. It’s an immensely entertaining and rewarding film that gets better with every single rewatch. Want to know why Pitch Perfect 2 just made $70 million at the box office opening weekend? It’s because fans watched the first film so many times, they were dying for something new from the characters.
Since its release, I’ve watched Pitch Perfect dozens of times and have gotten to a point where the big moments aren’t my favorites. Instead, I’ve become semi-obsessed with some smaller moments. Forty-five of them, to be exact. Some of these are tiny nuances in a performance, weird line deliveries, or an odd piece of production design. Others are funny lines, random asides, touching moments, or scenes that I look at in a different way than most people. Either way, add this odd collection of randomness with the obvious stuff, like the music, and you’ve got a fantastic movie that made a really great sequel.
Below, read along with what I feel are the most random, funny, under-appreciated and best Pitch Perfect moments.
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Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
As far as TV series finales go, Breaking Bad‘s was pretty great. Vince Gilligan gave satisfying sendoffs to our favorite characters, tying up all the loose ends in a big, beautiful bow. Well — most of the loose ends. The last we saw of Huell, he was waiting in the safe house for Hank and Gomez.
For the past two years, fans have wondered: Is Huell waiting there still? Thankfully, Gilligan finally has an answer for us. Hit the jump to learn about Breaking Bad Huell’s fate. Read More »
In a movie that involves time travel and a climax that involves a car harnessing the power of lightning at the exact second that it hits, we don’t usually look too hard at the scientific accuracy. Well when it comes to Back to the Future, BullittRide did the math and it turns out that Marty McFly wouldn’t have even been able to go back in time in the first place because the Twin Pines Mall would not have enough room to allow the Delorean time machine to get up to the necessary 88 miles per hour.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is inspired by George Lucas‘ creations, but it is not itself a George Lucas creation. Lucas has stressed that he has “no idea what they’re doing,” and expressed his eagerness to “enjoy it like anybody else.”
But there was a time before the Lucasfilm sale when Lucas was developing his own Episode VII, going as far as to approach Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill about reprising their roles. Now a new report sheds some light on what the George Lucas Episode VII would have been — and why it didn’t go forward at Disney. Get the juicy details after the jump. Read More »
Avengers: Age of Ultron exploded on the movie world this weekend and, after it was over, much of the talk was likely about the credits scene. We won’t spoil it above the jump but, suffice to say, it’s a big tease to what Phase Three has to hold. It does raise more questions than it answers, though, and we asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about it. He clarified one of the biggest questions held within the scene and then offered an interesting tidbit about it too. Read about the Age of Ultron credit scene below, but beware of spoilers. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Marvel loves burying Easter eggs in their movies. Sometimes they turn out to be set-up for future films, but often they’re just fun little gags. Falling into the latter category is this genius Star Wars reference, which has managed to make it into every single Phase Two film. Find out what the Marvel Phase Two Star Wars Easter egg is after the jump.
Be warned that spoilers lie ahead for Marvel Phase Two, including minor implied spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
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“Boba Fett is both simultaneously alive and dead in the Sarlaac Pit until a story pulls him out.”
That’s Pablo Hidalgo, one of the members of the Lucasfilm Story Group, trying to explain how and why their team makes story choices. The Story Group is a new group of Lucasfilm employees, headed up by Kiri Hart and created by President Kathleen Kennedy, whose job is to make sure every single Star Wars movie, TV show, book, comic book and video game tell one, big Star Wars story. At Star Wars Celebration Hidalgo and fellow Story Group member Leland Chee sat on a panel called One Big Story, along side editors from Del Ray Books, DK Publishing, Disney Publishing and Marvel Comics, to talk to fans about this new initiative to make sure all Star Wars stories tell the same story.
Unfortunately, there were no definitive big answers given about fan questions such as Boba Fett’s fate or The Old Republic, but there was lots of teasing and insight. Plus there was discussion on the overall plan the Story Group has, how they interact with creative people, their willingness to explore new things in the Star Wars Universe, the Expanded Universe and the potential length of this plan. Read all about the operations of the Lucasfilm Story Group below. Read More »
Over the decades, the 20th Century Fox fanfare has become synonymous with Star Wars. It’s so intrinsically part of the feel of those first six movies that some versions of the soundtracks actually include it as the first track.
That’s going to change. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it was pretty obvious no future Star Wars movies would have those recognizable drums and horns in front of them. So one of the first questions (literally) we asked after hearing this news is what would Lucasfilm do without that music? We now know.
Though 20th Century Fox still owns the rights to the first six films, most of the new digital releases remove the Fox logo and fanfare, going instead with a John Williams-penned riff over the Lucasfilm logo. Listen to the new Star Wars Fox fanfare below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
This week brings the release of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, a film that is, in a weird way, based on another film — it’s inspired by an urban legend that has surrounded Fargo for years. The connection between these two films is undeniably unique, but the idea of making movies about other movies isn’t.
Below, we present a list of films about films. By that, we don’t simply mean films that remake or reference other movies, or films about the filmmaking process, but movies that center around other movies that actually exist in our world. Read More »