star wars guardians of the galaxy

The music, the pacing, the visuals, Marvel’s first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy was incredibly memorable. In fact, the way the trailer sold the fun, exciting tone of the film was so memorable, Marvel pretty much just recycled the same idea they used at Comic-Con 2013 months before. They’ve since done a few different things with the film, which opens August 1, but that doesn’t mean the formula can’t be repurposed.

Case in point, Star Wars. The Unusual Suspect on YouTube took the full Star Wars Trilogy and edited a trailer that mirrors the tone, style and information from that first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. And it’s a ton of fun. Check out the Star Wars Guardians of the Galaxy below. Read More »

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Tuesday’s Star Wars Episode VII casting announcement made international headlines. The world stopped and looked at the photo posted on Star Wars.com featuring returning cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and new additions like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. That’s partially because social media has changed how we digest news and also because fans have wanted to see what’s next since 1983.

Things were a tad different in 1975 when the cast for a film then called The Star Wars was announced. Small blurbs in Box Office Magazine, the LA Times and Variety revealed to the world little known actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were going to be in an ambitious sci-fi film from the guy who did American Graffiti.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences dug deep into their archives and posted those original Star Wars casting announcements online. Check them out below. Read More »

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street
The still above from 21 Jump Street is an accurate representation of my reaction to the reveal that the sequel will be called 22 Jump Street. Also after the jump:

  • Check out pics from Transformers 4‘s Texas set
  • How much of Transformers 4 is set in China?
  • Freida Pinto and James Franco won’t return (duh) for more Apes 
  • Marc Forster is “open” to a World War Z sequel
  • Sofia Vergara gets another Machete Kills poster
  • See a trailer for Despicable Me 2‘s “Minion Rush” game
  • Watch tons of B-roll and interviews from Monsters University

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In the two years since its launch, Drafthouse Films has compiled an enjoyably eclectic lineup ranging from the retrofuturistic break-dancing apocalypse comedy The FP to last year’s foreign film Oscar nominee Bullhead. But even by those standards, their latest release Trailer War is a little bit different. It’s not so much a movie as it is a feature-length compilation of trailers — gloriously bizarre, gleefully tasteless vintage trailers from low-budget exploitation flicks, in the vein of the old 42nd Street Forever compilations. Hit the jump to read more, check out the poster, and watch the NSFW trailer.

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A decade removed, it seems crazy to think there was a time Spider-Man had yet to be given the big budget, Hollywood movie. In that time we’ve been given four movies and the character’s existence on the big screen is pretty much taken for granted. But imagine this. You’re sitting around in 2001 and a trailer plays touting not only the first Spider-Man movie, it’s directed by Sam Raimi, stars Tobey Maguire, and Spider-man has mechanical webshooters.

It happened. Maybe. Even if those webshooters never made the movie. After the jump check out a mysterious “unseen” trailer for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man that includes mechanical webshooters. Read More »

Although its limited rollout starts in just six weeks, James Ponsoldt‘s Sundance fave Smashed has yet to offer a traditional trailer. Instead, Sony Pictures Classics is rousing some buzz with four new clips that showcase star Mary Elizabeth Winstead‘s acclaimed performance.

Winstead and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul star as a young married couple united by their love of booze. When their habit spirals out of control, however, the wife decides to seek help. The stellar supporting cast includes Octavia Spencer and Parks & Recreation‘s Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. No wonder the drama won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance this year. Watch the scenes after the jump.

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For years, I avoided seeing David Lean‘s Lawrence of Arabia for one simple reason: I didn’t want to watch it on VHS. A film of this scope and majesty was simply too big for that format (figuratively and literally –  it took up two tapes) so I decided to wait for the optimal experience. Then it happened. 70mm screening at the Ziegfeld in New York City. So I went and marveled at what’s unquestionably not only one of the best films of all time, but most beautiful as well. Lean’s work is an absolute revelation on the big screen.

2012 is the fiftieth anniversary of Lawrence of Arabia and not only did it get a mini 3D version in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, it’ll be re-released in 4K digital projection on October 4th before a new Blu-ray release this holiday season. After the jump, check out the trailer for the re-release. Read More »

There’s a lot of Tintin around today thanks to the reviews that hit the web over the past couple days. But none of those items are as much fun as this unofficial opening credits sequence. The animation below is the work of animator James Curran, who stripped ideas and images from the twenty-four Tintin books by Herge down into icons, and then animated them into a lovely fluid credits sequence.

We know from reviews that Steven Spielberg‘s Tintin boasts a visually distinctive opening sequence of its own (it is drawing comparisons to the credits of Catch Me if You Can) so Curran was on the right track in imagining a way to open the movie. Check out his approach below. Read More »

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