the dark knight michael mann influences

If you ask me, Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is a masterwork, not just as a superhero movie but as a film. But like most great filmmakers, Nolan wears his film influences on his sleeves, and it’s very evident in his work. We’ve talked previously about how Nolan’s love for the James Bond franchise has shown up in his films from time to time (For instance, The Dark Knight Rises opening sequence was clearly inspired by 1989’s Licence to Kill). A new video essay presents scenes from director Michael Mann‘s films side by side with sequences from Nolan’s work on The Dark Knight.

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Being Batman Documentary

What kind of person decides to put on a superhero suit and patrol the streets of their hometown? You would think that it’s only in comic books and movies that these kind of people exists, but there are real people out there who take it upon themselves to suit up like superheroes and fight crime. It seems easy to brush them off as being off their rocker, but a new documentary short just might have you sympathizing with one of these heroes that would might otherwise disregard as crazy.

Being Batman is a documentary short that profiles a man named Stephen Lawrence, who dresses up like Batman, drives around a suburb called Brampton in Toronto, Canada, and walks the streets looking to apprehend criminals. And this isn’t just some scrawny kid being some kind of aggressive hall monitor. This is a buff, athletic man with martial arts skills and ninja weapons. That might sound ridiculous, but this short doc shows he’s the real deal. Read More »

Every best cinematography winner ever

Burger Fiction has put together a beautiful video compiling clips from every film to have won best cinematography at the Academy Awards, from 1927 to 2015. It’s not only great to see clips from these films but to watch how cinematography has evolved over the course of these 88 years of cinema (which included a time when there were two awards handed out to both films in color and black & white. Hit the jump to watch the best cinematography winner video now.

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Westworld City Slickers Crossover

In the years since Westworld has been operational, so many narratives have come and gone. One of the more popular storylines from years past was that of City Slickers, inspired by the story of a group of friends who just want to relax on the frontier, rope some cattle, and sleep under the stars for a night away from the stress of the city.

Though the City Slickers narrative has been retired for some time, hosts Mitch (Billy Crystal) and Phil (Daniel Stern) have been left to their own devices, annoying the hell out of each other in the desert. But more recently, they’ve started to go off their loop, so they’ve been brought in for some routine maintenance by Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) to see what the problem is.

This Westworld City Slickers crossover is something that I didn’t know I wanted to see, but I’m so glad that someone took the time to make it. Watch below! Read More »

How Doctor Strange Should Have Ended

At the end of the month, Doctor Strange comes to Blu-ray and DVD, but if you can’t wait until then, you’ll be able to download it before then on February 14. But before you can sit down and scrutinize every detail of Marvel’s mind-bending superhero origin story, the folks at How It Should Have Ended have taken on Scott Derrickson‘s mystical adventure.

When you’re dealing with mystical powers that operate even further into the fantastical world than most of the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, you’re bound to find more plot holes and fallacies in logic. That’s exactly what How It Should Have Ended calls attention to when they tackle Doctor Strange.

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Star Wars

After Disney announced that the eighth episode of the Skywalker saga would be titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Frozen star Josh Gad posted a video on facebook jokingly grilling Daisy Ridley, his co-star in the currently filming Kenneth Branagh remake of Murder on the Orient Express, about who is the titular Last Jedi.

A week later, Gad has returned with another video inside of his on-set trailer, grilling Ridley about other questions about the future of the Star Wars film franchise. Of course, don’t expect any answers, just some laughs. Watch Josh Gad continue to annoy Daisy Ridley about Star Wars, after the jump.

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Every Day in Groundhog Day at the Same Time

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today. It’s coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?

No matter if Punxsutawney Phil tells us we’re getting six more weeks of winter or an early spring, we still get to enjoy the magic of Groundhog Day. I’m not talking about the holiday, but the movie starring Bill Murray that was co-written and directed by the late Harold Ramis. It’s a brilliant comedy classic, and it’s the movie everyone uses when trying to describe any kind of narrative with a day or events that keeps happening over and over again.

But rather than watching all the days unfold in sequence in the confines of the film’s timeline, what if we could watch the events of the day simultaneously? One editor has made that possible, and you can watch every day in Groundhog Day at the same time after the jump. Read More »

Barry Jenkins Critterion Collection Picks

It’s been a hell of a year for director Barry Jenkins. The filmmaker has been getting all sorts of acclaim for his powerful coming of age drama Moonlight, which was just nominated for Best Picture last week. Jenkins himself also landed a nomination for Best Director, which isn’t a bad accomplishment for his sophomore effort behind the camera.

With the Academy Awards less than a month away, and Moonlight getting plenty of nominations at various awards ceremonies, Barry Jenkins has been making all sorts of publicity rounds (including the usual roundtable interviews with the major awards contenders in the directing arena). One of his more recent appearances will be something that cinephiles who have a fondness for the Criterion Collection will enjoy quite a bit. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Back to the Future Hill Valley Comparison Video

Anyone who is a fan of the Back the Future trilogy knows that there are plenty of visual and narrative parallels shared between the three films. One of the most obvious examples is when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) walks into the town square of Hill Valley. Throughout the course of the film franchise, Marty enters three versions of his hometown that are very different from the one he’s used to early in the first film.

A new video essay takes footage from these sequences in Back to the Future and compares all five versions of Hill Valley side-by-side. The parallels aren’t anything new, but there is something very cool about seeing the footage compared side-by-side so you can see just how similar the Hill Valley sequences are.

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Nicolas Cage Marathon Appearance

Nicolas Cage is undoubtedly one of the most unique talents working in Hollywood today. Sadly, he’s been spending his time making some pretty terrible movies as of late. At the very least those movies feature Nicolas Cage bringing his eccentric acting style to the screen, and sometimes that’s entertaining enough.

The folks at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX have been paying tribute to Nicolas Cage for a few years now with their C4GED marathon celebrating the actor’s birth month with a batch of his movies on the big screen. Each year they invite Nicolas Cage so they can sing “Happy Birthday” to him, but he never showed up. But that changed this year at C4GED 4-EVER, the fourth and final iteration of the event.

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