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Nicolas Winding Refn, director of films such as Drive and Valhalla Rising, is a big horror fan. In fact, to hear him tell it, a horror film is responsible for his desire to make movies in the first place. At Cannes this year, Refn introduced a screening of the 4k restoration of Tobe Hooper‘s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as part of the the Directors’ Fortnight program.

Refn’s long intro to the movie is an enthusiastic expression of love for the film, and has plenty of humor. After Tobe Hooper is introduced he mentions “my dear friend Nicolas,” to which Refn quips “we just met.” But Refn’s estimation that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a masterpiece is spot-on, however. There’s no other horror film like it. Watch the intro below. Read More »

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Everything Wrong With the Movie Gravity

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been critical of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity in the past, and in particular, some of the film’s scientific inaccuracies. For the latest edition of their insanely popular “Everything Wrong With Movies” feature, CinemaSins was able to get Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson to narrate a 9-minute long Everything Wrong With the movie Gravity video. Yes, this is really Neil deGrasse Tyson narrating this video, and not a stupid parody. Tyson participated in the fun video to help promote his podcast Star Talk Radio. You can watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Part of the reason Star Wars still resonates with audiences today, much like it did in 1977, is that it is simultaneously familiar and new. George Lucas created something wholly original while being inspired by a great many things that came before his work. From Akira Kurosawa, Flash Gordon, and Stanley Kubrick to Fritz Lang, the list of things Lucas channelled is long and distinguished.

That’s where this video comes in. Michael Heilemann, an interface director at Squarespace, edited clips and images into the original 1977 Star Wars to show Lucas’ influences. Check out the annotated Star Wars below. Read More »

VOTD: The Visual Comedy of Edgar Wright

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Who doesn’t love a good video essay, especially when it’s timely and eye-opening? Enter Tony Zhou, who ade an 8-minute video called “Edgar Wright – How To Do Visual Comedy.” The thesis here is basically that most mainstream comedy is directed in a very lazy way. There are close-ups of people talking, recognizable landmarks, pop music playing, and other such staple elements. For his own films, on the other hand, Wright comes up with fun, innovative ways to portray scenes other movies would do simply. This energy and pizazz naturally creatures humor in the filmmaking, instead of just relying on a screenplay.

This thesis is especially interesting considering the rumors of Wright’s departure from Ant-Man over creative differences. Did Marvel and Disney not trust Wright would make Ant-Man everything they wanted it to be? Check out the video Edgar Wright comedy below. Read More »

Luke Cage

As Marvel preps their first Netflix TV show, Daredevil, fans are already looking toward the other four shows: Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, with them all leading to The Defenders. It’s a unique time for each of those properties, as each has yet to cast anyone. Actors big and small are eyeing and vying for some of the leads.

One actor who’s both big and small has now put his hat into the ring to play Cage. His name is Mars Crain and while you may not have heard of him, he’s a hulk of a man, easily the personification of Cage. He got his start in Will Smith’s Hancock and was recently cast by Paul Thomas Anderson for his upcoming film, Inherent Vice. Crain seems poised to break out. To help facilitate that career upswing, he’s made a sizzle reel showing off his desire to play Cage for the Netflix show. Check out the Mars Crain Luke Cage video below. Read More »

Godzilla Pacific Rim crossover

Legendary Pictures is the production company behind last year’s Pacific Rim and this year’s Godzilla. They’re two very different movies featuring building-sized monsters battling other massively-scaled creatures. Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is a huge Godzilla fan and Legendary CEO Thomas Tull obviously loves the idea of big monsters fighting. Since both films were produced by the same people, and released by the same studio, a crossover seems possible, right? Well, the filmmakers have jokingly toyed with fan notions of a possible crossover, and both films have sequels in development, but it’s very unlikely to happen.

On the Internet, though, anything and everything is possible. A really good trailer mashup of Pacific Rim and Godzilla, called Paczilla, is now online. Check out the Godzilla Pacific Rim crossover you’ve been waiting for below. Read More »

Let's Go to the Movies with Patton Oswalt

Plenty of comedians reference pop culture, but few are better at actually talking about pop culture than Patton Oswalt. Whether he’s taking George Lucas to task or imagining a Star Wars / Marvel mega-crossover, his affection for all things geeky comes through loud and clear.

Now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is taking advantage of his film knowledge with a new web series called Let’s Go to the Movies with Patton Oswalt. In the first episode, he’s given the opportunity to screen any movie from the Academy Film Archive. He chooses to watch the 1961 noir Blast of Silence with his friend, comedian Karen Kilgariff. Afterward, they head to the thematically appropriate Shaky Alibi cafe to discuss it.

Watch their delightful conversation after the jump.

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X-Men Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens this weekend and with it, all the previous X-Men movies have been blended together. Bryan Singer‘s groundbreaking first two movies, Brett Ratner’s terrible third, the good and bad Wolverine movies, and Matthew Vaughn’s First Class all come together in an ambitious story involving time travel and a massive, star-studded cast.

Which is basically to say, if you don’t have a least a working knowledge of those films, some of what happens in Days of Future Past is likely to result in copious head scratching. No matter. The team at Vulture has created a quick, 3-minute Days of Future Past primer that includes all the important pieces of information you need to know about the X-Men movies before heading to the theater this weekend. Check it out below. Read More »

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