VW See Film Differently Ad

I admire Volkswagen for their support of independent film over the past decade. If you attend a regional or big time film festival, you’re likely to see them listed as a sponsor on the big screen before each film. In the past, we’ve featured some of their “See Film Differently” television spots which featured film fanatics sharing their vastly different interpretations of classic movies (if you haven’t seen those, check them out now). Last year we featured a series of “See Film Differently” ads directed by Seth Gordon, the filmmaker behind The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.

/Film reader James F recently sent over a couple of print ads that VW is running that “see films differently” by presenting them in police reports, Insurance Filings, and other forms. Check them out after the jump and try to figure out what movies each form represts.

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Gremlins Poster

A couple weeks back it was rumored that a third Gremlins film was in the very early stages of development, and that it was being created with 3-D in mind. If that is true, someone forgot to tell executive producer Steven Spielberg and screenwriter (now director) Chris Columbus.

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Gremlins Poster

Here we go again. Talk of a third Gremlins film (or potential remake) has come and gone over the past few years, and now MarketSaw is reporting news that will surely set off another round of speculation. According to their source, Gremlins 3 is currently in very early stages of development, and it’s being created with 3-D in mind. While the information is very vague, MarketSaw has proven themselves to be accurate on more than one occasion. And given the success of Avatar, it also makes complete sense for studios to start pushing forward properties with the potential to hit it big in 3-D.

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Cool Stuff: Mondo’s Alien and Gremlins Posters

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Update: G1988 is recommending that interested buyers lineup in front of the gallery around 5PM.

Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is holding a one-night event with the Austin Texas-based Mondo tomorrow night, Friday, November 20th 2009 from 7pm – 10pm

You’ve seen the incredible posters and t-shirts they sell over at Mondotees.com before – I know I have a few of those posters hanging in my place – and now you can see them in person here in LA. The show will be a literal cinema-inspired art explosion with cult movie t-shirts and exclusive, rare and already sold out posters from Texas based Mondo’s history! Which is nuts. We’ll have some some awesome in-gallery events which includes artist Skinner doing custom-painted art prints, Kevin Tong creating customized hand-drawn movie prints and Harry Diaz live screenprinting custom movie merchandise. If you’re a film lover, and are obsessed with with Mondo has done in the past, you can not miss this event. ALSO, when will you have the chance to buy posters from their sold-out archive again?

Mondo will be premiering two new posters at the event, both show exclusives – Alien and Gremlins! So if you’re in or around LA, you won’t want to miss this show. Full sized photos of the new posters after the jump.
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One of the best documentaries of 2009 is Best Worst Movie. Whether you have read about it on /Film or watched it unfold before your eyes at a film festival, its very existence is miraculous. At its core, the doc marks the unlikely, unflinching reunion between director Michael Stephenson—the child star of 1990′s Troll 2 (renown for being the worst movie of all time)and his estranged Troll 2 co-stars and filmmakers. Over the last few years, the notoriety and fandom of Troll 2 has exploded into packed screenings nationwide, fan-organized parties, utterly deranged Internet memes, and frothy endorsements from the likes of Patton Oswalt and the Upright Citizens Brigade. But similar to the broad and hearty appeal of Best Worst Movie, Troll 2′s allure reaches outside the niche yet increasingly mainstream gates of a celebrated B- or F-Movie.

Troll 2 is the Kubrickian starchild of terrible movies. It’s incomparable badness is such that it warps our very definition into slime-colored brain candy that pops with cinematic pseudo-genius. The basic plot is a fairy tale-gone-sour about an All-American ’80s family that vacations in a deserted town called Nilbog. Based on the name alone, it’s no surprise that Nilbog is a human trap created by small vegan creatures in burlap sacks; ones obsessed with milk and looking cheap. As played by Stephenson, the family’s uber-annoying son, Joshua Waits, is surpassed in corniness only by his confident, clueless Southern father (would-be actor, definite cult legend George Hardy). Now an esteemed small-town dentist, Best Worst Movie catches up with Hardy, and follows him as he rides out Troll 2‘s renewed popularity around the globe in the Era of Internet Fame and Unabashed/Fleeting Geekdom.

Stephenson also tracks down other cast members living at differing and fascinating levels of obscurity, normalcy, and dysfunction. In our interview with Stephenson below, he explains that after outgrowing the embarrassment, years later he found himself searching out this make-believe but very real family. And Best Worst Movie goes one step further. It documents how impossibly connective and family-esque movie culture has become outside the eye and coffers of Hollywood. Such is Troll 2‘s power to entertain and unite that it can break through the stale dung of 1,000 McGs like water rapids through a wicked temple built by Druid goblins. Combined, Best Worst Movie and Troll 2 get us back in touch with what it means to love movies, to make them, and to have our lives changed by them for better, and sometimes Worst.

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The Goonies Cast Reunion

Gremlins director Joe Dante tells Bloody Disgusting that while a third Gremlins movie or remake might happen someday, he won’t be involved.

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Gremlins vs. Batman, The Goonies, The Exorcist, Indiana Jones

The Pitch: Sacha Feiner created this incredible alternative fan sequence using the Gremlins 2 Film break scene. Created over two months using computer enhanced puppets. Sacha writes: “I made a new mold out of a hard cast of one of the original sculptures from the production. I created a batch of new foam puppets especially for this project. Their performances are enhanced by computer effects, which makes them able to do nearly anything, from running to jumping or facial expressions. The entire shooting takes place in a bluescreen studio, arranged in my basement, in order to superimpose the gremlins in the chosen movies.” … “This is a fan, non profit project. I did everything alone, from the filming to the compositing. I only had assistants for the puppeteering. The overall budget, including the purchasing of the original sculpture, the HD and studio equipment, the molding and painting of the puppets and the editing, was about US $3000.” Thanks to the Movie Blog for the tip.

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Cool Stuff: Scott Campbell and Dave Chung Artwork

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You might remember Gallery 1988: LA as the art gallery who held the I am 8-bit (video game), Crazy4Cult (Movie), and Stan Lee themed art exhibitions. Their next exhibition begins on May 20th and is called “One to Grow On”. The highlights include movie related artwork from Scott Campbell (“Friends with E.T.”) and Dave Chung (Gremlins). Check out some of Campbell and Chung’s art below.

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