How Guardians of the Galaxy Should Have Ended

Complete with the James Gunn seal of approval, the How It Should Have Ended crew has taken on Guardians of the Galaxy.

It’s a good thing Gunn liked it, too, because the video points out several instances in the film where things could have logically gone a very different way. The result is one of the longest How It Should Have Ended videos yet, but one with tons of jokes and references. Those are aimed not only at the film, but at the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe and other comic book series. There are even some cameos from characters from Star Wars, Harry Potter and more.

It’s a hilarious, clever, and well made video that’s worth checking out. Below, watch how Guardians of the Galaxy should have ended. Read More »

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Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is getting a lot of attention for its tone, its performances, and Steve Carell’s nose. But that title proved to be irresistable for one editor, and now we can show you something that was probably inevitable. Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher is exactly what you think it might be: a mash-up of the trailers for Foxcatcher and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Specifically, it uses the audio from the new film with the images of Anderson’s movie. Some parts work better than others, but the bits that do work are, well, fantastic. Read More »

Interstellar ending explained

Major Spoilers For Interstellar

The finale of Interstellar has been quite a point of contention among film fans. Some intrinsically understand and decipher what Matthew McConaughey‘s character, Coop, experiences. Others are just totally in the dark and can’t grasp what’s happening once he goes into the black hole. And a very few actually know exactly what’s going on. No matter what, it would be nice to understand exactly what is happening once Coop begins floating around at the end of the film.

Enter Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has already had lots of interesting things to say about Christopher Nolan‘s film. In a new video, he explains how the five dimensions needed to understand the ending of Interstellar work in very plain, simple English. Watch the Interstellar ending explained by Neil deGrasse Tyson below. Read More »

Captain America Winter Soldier IMAX header

Back when Captain America: The Winter Soldier was only known as “Captain America 2,” everyone involved kept saying one thing. The film was going to influenced by political thrillers of the Seventies. The end result definitely bore that influence, as Cap uncovered the mystery of what was happening behind the scenes at S.H.I.E.L.D.

But “political thriller” was definitely not the only box you could place The Winter Soldier in. Cap fights his superhuman equal and a secret organization hellbent on world domination. Heck, it could have been an old-school Eighties action movie. And that’s exactly what YouTube user ChiefBrodyRules has created. He turned Captain America: The Winter Soldier into an ’80s B-Movie trailer. It’s really clever. Check out the Winter Soldier 80s trailer below. Read More »

Inception

In honor of the release of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar this week, I’ve been working on a musical project for the past few months: Attempting to perform the final music track from Inception (“Time” by Hans Zimmer) using a single, looping cello. I’ve been re-discovering my love for the cello recently, and by incorporating an electric pickup and a looping pedal, I have tried to create large-scale sounds using repeating chords on a single instrument.

Hit the jump to see a music video of “Time” performed using a single cello.
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LOL: A Mom Explains Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’

Inception

In the four years since Inception has come out, we’ve seen roughly a half a million infographics and perhaps another half a million thinkpieces attempting to explain Inception. Still, you’ve probably never seen it broken down and analyzed quite like this.

Filmmaker Joe Nicolosi got his mom to watch the sci-fi mind-bender and then tell him “what she thought happened, and who she thought it happened to.” He then illustrated her version of the story for the rest of us to enjoy. What do Matt Damon, the NSA, and a mole have to do with the plot of Inception? Watch Inception Retold By Mom after the jump to find out.

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How A Projectionist Prepares a 70mm IMAX Print of 'Interstellar'

Fort Lauderdale Florida’s AutoNation IMAX Theater Chief Projectionist Armando Mena recorded a video explaining how a 70mm print of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is prepared and projected. I don’t think many people realize just how big IMAX film really is, or how much work goes into projecting the 70mm film onto the huge IMAX screen. A few IMAX theaters I’ve visited have a room which lets you look into the projection room and see the huge IMAX film platter feeding into the IMAX projector before you watch the film. Seeing it in action, you can understand why the company is eventually abandoning celluloid for a digital laser projector system. I wish IMAX corporate would put together more informational videos like this one. You can watch the video from DiscoveryandScience embedded after the jump.

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Casting Elliott in ET

I really love what The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences has been doing lately with their Academy Originals series of videos which take a look at the art and stories behind the making of the movies we love. The latest video features Casting director Marci Liroff (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Mean Girls) recounting the story of how Henry Thomas was cast as the lead in Steven Spielberg‘s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

As it turns out, Thomas was not the first choice for the role of Elliot. Liroff describes how a game of Dungeons & Dragons at screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who is finally returning to screenwriting for Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG) changed the corse of a cinema classic, leading to the audition video I’m sure you’ve seen before. Hit the jump to watch the video now.

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