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.

Watch the Back to the Future Hill Valley comparison video after the jump. Read More »

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.

Watch Nicolas Cage marathon appearance below. Read More »

star wars roller coaster

Right now if you want to ride a Star Wars themed theme park attraction, your choices are limited between Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Hyperspace Mountain, Season Of The Force’s retheme of Disneyland’s Space Mountain. But the mouse house is quickly building Star Wars themed lands in both their Orlando and Anaheim-based parks. But we’re still a couple years away from the grand opening, at earliest.

But today we bring you a fan-created Star Wars roller coaster is cooler than any of the Star Wars rides that exist in the real world, and it’d very possible it could be better than anything in Star Wars Land (I’d be happy to be wrong but the sheer size and cost of this simulation is tough to beat). Watch a video of the Star Wars roller coaster after the jump.
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La La Land Movie References

When the Academy Awards are presented on February 26 on ABC, we’ll see how many awards La La Land can take home out of the record-setting 14 nominations the film received earlier this week. If you haven’t seen the movie yet (it’s my favorite of 2016), it’s playing in theaters everywhere and you need to see it immediately.

After you see La La Land (go ahead, we’ll wait), you might want to check out a video put together by editor Sara Preciado, who took the time to create a side-by-side video with scenes from the 2016 musical compared to the classical musicals that director Damien Chazelle was trying to emulate.

Watch the La La Land movie references after the jump. Read More »

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Honest Trailer

Screen Junkies is continuing their Fan Appreciation Month with another Honest Trailer that their most loyal viewers have been clamoring for. With just one more left to go before January is over, the film that landed in second place is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Author Roald Dahl adapted his own book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for director Mel Stuart, and the result is a fever dream of candy and imagery that might seem a bit crazy by today’s standards. But for a film created in 1971, it was completely normal. However, there might be some things you didn’t realize before, like the fact that Grandpa Joe is a con artist who has two coke nails.

Unlike most Honest Trailers though, this one has a special guest in the form of Michael Bolton. Why? Well, he has an album to promote, so there you go. Watch the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Honest Trailer featuring Michael Bolton after the jump. Read More »

Shrek Movie References

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost 16 years since DreamWorks Animation released the first Shrek into theaters, launching a multi-billion dollar franchise (that is supposed to continue sometime in the near future). If it’s been awhile since you sunk your teeth into the animated fairytale comedy, you might have forgotten just how many movies Shrek and Shrek 2 parodies and paid homage to.

For those who may not have time to sit down and watch the first two Shrek movies just to soak them all up, one fan has put together a video taking a look at the various references to other movies, from Beauty and the Beast to Alien to Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring. You just may have forgotten how many gags there are referencing other movies.

Watch the Shrek movie references video round-up after the jump. Read More »

A Series of Unfortunate Events Comparison Video

In case you haven’t heard, the first season of Netflix’s series adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is available right now. It sounds like it’s a much more loyal adaptation of the book series by Daniel Handler, one that can properly expand the mythology and character roster without being condensed into a limited window.

But how does the series adaptation compare to the original film adaptation directed by Brad Silbering and starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, as well as a younger Emily Browning and Liam Aiken? One fan decided to put together an extensive video comparing the two different adaptations and how they handle the same events from the book series.

Watch the A Series of Unfortunate Events comparison video after the jump, and obviously beware of spoilers if you haven’t seen either the movie or the series. Read More »

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Chris Evans Escape Room Prank

Since Chris Evans plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everyone assumes he’s a good guy. And since we’ve seen his visits to children’s hospitals suited up as Captain America, we can pretty much accept that as true. But that doesn’t mean Chris Evans doesn’t like to have some playful fun at the expense of his fans.

As part of a charity initiative at Omaze, the Captain America and Avengers franchises star took part in a little prank at a comic book ship in Boston, Massachusetts. Speaking through a big Captain America action figure, Chris Evans tries to get unsuspecting fans to participate in a makeshift Escape Room inside the comic book shop, and the results are pretty damn funny.

Watch the Chris Evans Escape Room prank after the jump. Read More »