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 »

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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 »

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 castRobert 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 »

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If you frequent /Film regularly, you’ve probably already been exposed to the brilliance/insanity/grammatical terror of The Room, Tommy Wiseau‘s failed attempt at a provocative, seductive drama-thriller. The film, which is as hilarious as it is downright baffling, has been declared by many to be the worst film ever made, and has gone on to receive a massive cult following.

One would assume that writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau would be less than thrilled to be the butt of the colossal joke that is his $7 million production, but since its release, he’s asserted that the comedic value of the film was wholly intentional—a claim that’s easily disputed by watching the first 30 seconds of any interview with him.

He tries to maintain the illusion anyway though, and his latest attempt at doing so is through a horror parody short film called The House That Drips Blood On Alex. Watch the teaser trailer after the break. Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. But have you ever seen the original theatrical trailer for the Star Wars sequel featuring a 1930′s-style radio voice over by Han Solo himself — Harrison Ford? Check it out now, after the jump.

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There’s a real art to cutting a good trailer. While the basics have remained the same over the years, some aspects of that art have changed greatly in the past two decades. Watch the original trailer for Tron, for example, and you’ll see a good tease for the film and the story, but one that is very much locked into the pulse of technology and storytelling common at the time.

In response to that, a fan has cut a new trailer for the 1982 film. It’s Tron as it might be sold today. The work is quite good; check it out after the break. Read More »

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans New Moon, that offer proof. Weekend Weirdness cocks its disoriented, nappy head to examine such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a review, or news of an excavated cult classic. The works discussed herein tend to make cinema a little more interesting, and in the best and worst cases do the same for life. In this installment: a doc on Norwegian black metal; a doc on the first Asian member of the Black Panthers; a forgotten Dennis Hopper outlaw flick from Down Under; and a dumb-catchy rap song from the Sudan about movies, birds and popcorn.

With the possible exception of Forever21-styled country music a la Taylor Swift, no other music genre is as stigmatized and sensationalized by acts of church burning and murda as Norwegian black metal. The documentary, Until the Light Takes Us, is a dedicated and almost clinical look at how Norway’s black metal scene was permanently transformed—and magnified—in the early ’90s by what are now infamous acts of violence and rebellion.

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dolemite_explosion.gifNSFW, Sundays, or her muddah!

Dolemite né Rudy Ray Moore has returned at the tender age of 71 from “Motherland Africa” where he apparently learned how to conduct and fire laser beams like Raiden from Mortal Kombat. Dive right into the trailer for The Dolemite Explosion, a poppin’ Jacuzzi of nonsense that will wash away Sex and the City‘s 1,001 cougar licks (Gross).

Do you think Rudy Ray Moore even understands the concept of a red band trailer? In your face Retired Dirty Harry! Note the above poster’s use of two taglines, a deadly disco ball on a cane (no big deal), and yes, that’s the Bishop Don Magic Juan. Moore’s blaxploitation sequel is set for release sometime this year, but until then, this trailer is the gift that keeps on giving all summer long.

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Discuss: Thoughts? Who knew that a movie announcer guy rhyming “thugs” and “drugs” could sound so right? Who’s funnier, Rudy or Al Sharpton?

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