A movie isn’t finished until it’s playing on the big screen in front of you, and sometimes not even then if you’re someone like George Lucas. But leading up to that final cut, a lot of decisions are made, whether it’s in the writing process, during filming or sometime in post-production, that can drastically change a movie from how it was originally conceived.
Recently we’ve seen how that process works, mostly for the worse, with the reboot of Fantastic Four. However, our friends at ScreenRant have rounded up five alternate movie endings that could have been for First Blood, I Am Legend, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 28 Days Later and more recently, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Find out how those movies could have ended below! Read More »
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Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
Among Back to the Future fans, it’s a well-known fact that Michael J. Fox wasn’t the first actor cast as Marty McFly. Eric Stoltz had already shot a significant portion of the film before producers decided it wasn’t working out. They fired him and went back to their first choice, Fox, who’d been unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.
You wouldn’t know that just by watching the film, as all of Stoltz’s scenes were re-shot with Fox. However, if you were looking really, really carefully, you may have noticed a tiny bit of Stoltz’s footage remains in the finished film. Find out where you can see Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future after the jump. Read More »
We’ve previously featured a video essay that dove into the history of aspect ratios in cinema and how they’ve changed in the relatively short history of filmmaking. But beyond the technical changes and differences, varying aspect ratios are now used to not only change the aesthetic of any given film, or even a specific scene or sequence, but to also create a different emotional effect within the viewer.
A new aspect ratio video essay takes a look at some of the different thematic effects that come from changes in aspect ratio, illustrating how they are used to invoke certain feelings or perspectives. This ranges from transporting viewers back in time to a more old fashioned way of life in The Grand Budapest Hotel to glamorizing a memory in (500) Days of Summer to giving an epic scope to action happening on screen in Interstellar. Read More »
Here at SlashFilm, one of the films we’re looking forward to the most before the end of 2015 is The Martian, the adaptation of Andy Weir’s book of the same name, directed by Alien and Gladiator helmer Ridley Scott. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it right here. Or simply know that the film follows an astronaut (Matt Damon), who is left behind on Mars and is forced to figure out how to survive for four years until his crew can return to rescue him.
Some clever editor has taken footage from Pixar’s sci-fi adventure WALL-E and cut it with the voiceover from the most recent trailer for The Martian, resulting in a survival story that is just as intense as it is adorable. Watch The Martian WALL-E trailer mash-up below! Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Mad Max: Fury Road finally came out on Blu-ray this week, after hitting VOD last month. But as much as we enjoy watching Max and Furiosa battle Immortan Joe from the comfort of our own living room couches, it’s just not the same. This is a film demands to be seen on the big screen if at all possible. And starting next weekend, it will be again. IMAX just has announced that Mad Max: Fury Road will be returning to its theaters for one week only starting Friday, September 11.
The long-gestating sequel from George Miller originally debuted in theaters May 15. To date, it’s made $374 million worldwide — not bad, but not great. It’s been a much bigger hit with critics, including those of us right here at /Film. Whether you missed the train the first time around, or whether you just want to go for another ride, head over to the IMAX website for tickets and information.
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Just a couple weeks ago we highlighted a video essay taking a look at the importance of opening shots of movies and how they convey the theme of the movie and introduce us to the story we’re about to see unfold. And now a new video supercut takes a look at some of the best opening shots from the history of cinema.
From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Star Wars to The Matrix to Lost in Translation, there’s quite a variety in this selection of 35 different opening shots from movies spanning decades. The oldest comes from 1915 while the most recent comes from 2013. Check out the video below! Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
The onslaught of Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing continues today with another magazine cover and a couple of new stills. What sets this particular magazine cover apart, though, is that it focuses on the most adorable new member of the galaxy: rolling ball droid BB-8. See the BB-8 cover and new images after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Love the new Joker or hate him, Jared Leto is done with him for now. With Suicide Squad done shooting, the Oscar winner has taken a moment to say goodbye to his neon-green locks. See the Jared Leto Joker hair sendoff — and relive its many ups and downs with us — after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
There was a lot to like about this summer’s Jurassic World. Chris Pratt! Velociraptors! T-Rexes! Hybrid dinosaur monstrosities even bigger than T-Rexes! Bryce Dallas Howard’s apparently supernatural ability to sprint in stilettos! The one thing it didn’t have, though, was Legos. Which seems like an especially glaring oversight when we all know how well Chris Pratt and Legos go together.
A new video short thankfully fixes that by remaking all of Jurassic World in Lego form. Plus, it gets the job done in just 90 seconds, saving you approximately 122 and a half minutes. Watch the Lego Jurassic World video after the jump. Read More »