Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future

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 »

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aspect ratio video essay

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 »

The Martian Wall-E trailer mash-up

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 »

Mad Max Fury Road vehicles

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.

Best Opening Shots

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 »

The Circle movie cast

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 »

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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 »

Lego Jurassic World

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 »

DC Comics Cafe

Whenever there’s a big superhero movie coming to theaters, there’s usually a barrage of merchandising tie-ins and promotions that span toys to cereal to shaving cream to fast food and much more. However, did you know that there are DC Comics Super Heroes Cafes that serve food inspired by your favorite superheroes?

Over in Malaysia, there are two DC Comics Super Heroes Cafes, and you might be surprised to hear that these are actually officially licensed dining establishments. In fact, there’s actually a third one set to be opened next month in Singapore. If you’re curious as to what these DC Comics cafes look like and what kind of food they serve, we have some images you can check out. Read More »