When Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain was released in 2006, didn’t perform very well commercially or critically. But in the intervening years, the film has become somewhat of a cult hit, thriving on DVD and online streaming as more people have discovered it and attempted to plumb its depths.

I remember my first experience seeing the film in theaters. I was blown away by the raw performances, the gorgeous space/cell imagery, and the way Aronofsky seamlessly blended these three parallel storylines together. But many things also confused me. In my attempts to figure out what was actually going on, I realized that people actually had multiple interpretations of the film, several of which I just didn’t buy due to the evidence in the movie.

What follows is a video essay that represents my best attempt at explaining the events of the film. Find it after the jump and share your own theories in the comments.
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Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Second guessing the Star Wars prequels has become damn near as prevalent as praising the original trilogy. George Lucas had some really, really good ideas when trying to tell the story of Anakin Skywalker’s descent to the dark side; he just screwed it up at every single turn. Topher Grace reedited the films together trying to solve these problems, I’ve suggested remaking them, and numerous fans have imagined ways to make the films everything we hoped for in 1999, 2002 and 2005. We’ll never be able to truly fix the prequels, but everyone keeps trying.

The latest theory comes from a man calling himself “Binary Bastard.” He’s created a video suggesting how changing two scenes in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith could have radically improved the tragic fall of Anakin Skywalker. Check it out below. Read More »

I was browsing Reddit the other day when I happened upon a fascinating AskReddit thread, which posed the question: “How do Marty McFly’s parents not realize that they gave birth to their friend from the 50’s who mysteriously disappeared?” It’s a question that’s always vexed me as well. I mean, Calvin Klein made such a dramatic impact on the McFly’s lives, you’d think they’d have recognized their second son, Marty, was growing up to be this dude, no?

Well, maybe they did. The thread spawned some pretty fascinating discussion. I’ve excerpted some of the best responses below the jump, but make sure to check out the whole thread.
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VOTD: The Spielberg Face

If you don’t think 2011 has been a good year for movies, considered the fact that the most celebrated and influential filmmaker of our generation, Steven Spielberg, is releasing not one but two films before the calendar flips. The releases of The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse have not only put Spielberg back in the public spotlight, they’ve once again opened up a discourse about his masterworks of the past four decades.

One of the staples of all those films is popularly called “The Spielberg Face.” It’s described as a look with “eyes open, staring in wordless wonder in a moment where time stands still.” You see a double example of it above from Jurassic Park but it’s literally in every single one of his movies, and often way more than once. A new video essay has been posted dissecting the uses of “The Spielberg Face,” its origins, subversions and much more. It’s a great watch. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Spoilers Are Good For You, Says Study

In the world of film blogging, spoilers are an everyday battle. When you’re reading, or writing, about movies that won’t be released for months, sometimes years, there’s a thin line between feeding your frenzy but also preserving the final experience. The general consensus is that spoilers are bad and most of us do everything we can to avoid them. We believe that if you know who Kaiser Soze is, The Usual Suspects won’t be as good. If you know Tyler Durden’s identity, Fight Club is ruined. Or if you know Batman fights Bane on the steps of City Hall in The Dark Knight Rises, somehow, that knowledge will take away from your enjoyment of the movie when you finally see it.

Not so, says a new study. In fact, UC San Diego psychology researchers say that spoilers actually make audiences enjoy a story more. Spoilers are good for you. We’ll explain after the jump. Read More »

Black Swan was one of the /Filmcast’s favorite films of the year. But after watching the film, one of the things I was left wondering was: what the hell is going on in the relationship between Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mom, Erica (Barbara Hershey)?

Hit the jump for some theories, and feel free to share your own. And it goes without saying, but SPOILERS for Black Swan follow the break.
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VOTD: The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory

Ferris Bueller Fight Club

Last year we wrote about a wacky but fun movie theory called the Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory, which theorized that “Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden in Fight Club, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.” You can read the original post about the topic here. /Film reader Lee Keeler, the guy who made the “Lorax” Grindhouse trailer we posted a while back, decided to edit a trailer using The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory concept for ClassyHands. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.

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An 8-minute clip from the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, takes a look at the unintentional “gayness” of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Watch the clip now, embedded after the jump.

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I love crazy film theories, and try to from time to time, share them on the site. Let me first say, crazy film theories don’t have the be the hidden intention of the creator (be it screenwriter, director…etc), and might just be an alternative interpretation of the events. Actually, most times, it is nothing more than a creative interpretation. I always enjoy looking at films with a completely different interpretation, even when it is entirely invented.

That said, you should not read any further unless you have seen Toy Story 3, as it won’t make much sense if you don’t understand the story/plot references, and it will probably spoil important plot points from the film.

So if you’ve seen the movie, and are not afraid to consider a wacky film theory about how Toy Story 3 is really a story about the Holocaust, continue after the jump.

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