Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »
Thirty-five years have passed since Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese unleashed the classic film Taxi Driver upon the world. With its radical world view, brutal ending, classic quotes and incredibly chilling lead performance by Robert De Niro, the vibrant film quickly became a classic. To this day, the film spawns discussion, imitation and references all across popular culture.
On April 5th, a brand new Blu-ray of the film will be released and in celebration of that, AMC Theaters will be showing a 4K digital print of the film at 8 p.m. March 19 and 22. Hit the jump to check out a special trailer and poster for the event, link to the theater list and more. Read More »
When you popped a VHS into your VCR in previous decades, chances are you saw a colorful, animated logo before the feature. At the time, these logos seemed as normal as the act of hitting the Rewind button after the movie. They were just matter of fact. As tends to be the case with almost anything, though, time puts a unique filter on these kind of things. YouTube user RobatSea2009 has gone ahead and created several montages of all of these logos and watching for just a few seconds makes it painfully clear that what seemed forgettable 20 years ago now looks overly designed, incredibly cheesy but insanely nostalgic. Check out the first three montages after the jump. Read More »
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So The Avengers is really happening, and Marvel’s hopefully mighty team–up movie now has a start date: Superhero Hype got info that says The Avengers will shoot in February 2011. We don’t know how long the Joss Whedon-directed project will be before cameras, nor exactly where it is shooting. (LA most likely.)
We do know the cast: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson.
But what about the 1950s version of The Avengers? That one never actually existed, but a fan-made trailer teases the film anyway. Read More »