Empire Strikes Back Voted Greatest Movie

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back has been voted the greatest movie of all time in a poll conducted by the British film publication Empire Magazine. More than 250,000 film fans voted in this latest poll, resulting in a list of the 301 greatest movies of all time. When the poll was last conducted six years ago in 2008 with 10,200 voters, The Godfather took the top honors. This year the Star Wars sequel displaced the Francis Ford Coppola adaptation for the top spot. Who else did Empire Strikes Back beat for the top slot? How has the list changed in the last six years? Find out after the jump.

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‘Inception’-Inspired Board Game Is a Dream Come True

Inception board game

If you walked out of Inception wishing you could spend a little more time in Christopher Nolan‘s lush sci-fi world, a new (unofficial) Inception board game could be just the thing to make your dreams come true.

Created by Bruno Gervasi and Reid Cuddy, Inceptor unfolds pretty much like the inceptions from the movie — only players roll dice and collect cards to manipulate the Mark, instead of injecting mind-bending chemicals and plugging in futuristic technology. Learn more about it after the jump.

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Christopher Nolan‘s Inception was never meant to be simple. The film features a final shot that explicitly doesn’t tell us what happens in the end and a plot that mirrors the world it creates, featuring many layers of story rolling out simultaneously. And it’s a movie about entering other people’s dreams. For that reason alone, it was bound to have plot holes. At least it keeps us entertained long enough to ignore them.

Wait, is this a dream? Haven’t you read that last paragraph before? Yes you have. In January, the “Honest Trailer” for Inception was released, pointing out all of the film’s flaws. Now we’ve got a similar video from a competing team that’ll aim to point out everything wrong with Inception in 4 minutes or less. Read More »

Christopher Nolan‘s Inception was never meant to be simple. The film features a final shot that explicitly doesn’t tell us what happens in the end and a plot that mirrors the world it creates, featuring many layers of story rolling out simultaneously. And it’s a movie about entering other people’s dreams. For that reason alone, it was bound to have plot holes. At least it keeps us entertained long enough to ignore them.

But no matter. The team at Screen Junkies has decided to set Inception in its sights for the latest Honest Trailer. Really, what did Inception do to deserve that? Nolan’s brief detour from Batman was minding its business, quietly playing on HBO and living on your DVD shelf. And while this trailer, like the others, is funny and makes some good points, I think it stretches more than most. Do you agree? Check it out below.

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VOTD: ‘the films of [Christopher Nolan]‘

From the earliest installments of his “[the films of]” project, I’ve noticed /Film commenters wondering if and when Kees van Dijkhuizen would get around to spotlighting Christopher Nolan. The British director inspires fervent devotion from movie geeks as few other filmmakers do, thanks to his wildly ambitious imagination, his masterful storytelling, and his eye for cool beauty, and van Dijkhuizen notes that he’s received “hundreds, literally hundreds of requests” for a video showcasing Nolan’s unique style.

Now, for the eleventh installment of his yearlong, twelve-part montage series, van Dijkhuizen has finally released “[the films of] Christopher Nolan,” with a sleek stylishness that serves fitting tribute to the Dark Knight director. Watch the video after the jump.

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I’m not sure exactly why this is happening, but hey, I’m not about to complain. As part of something called IMAX Big Movie Week, AMC Theatres is bringing back three past blockbusters to IMAX screens for one week starting today: Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, J.J. AbramsStar Trek, and Fast and the Furious five-quel Fast Five. And the best part is, tickets will cost just $7 each. That’s significantly cheaper than regular, non-IMAX tickets cost in many AMC theaters, so it’s a pretty sweet deal. More details after the jump.

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VOTD: ‘The Batman Complex’

Probably all of us have entertained fantasies at some point about becoming one of our favorite superheroes, whether as children playing with action figures or adults watching the latest comic book blockbuster. Generally, it’s just harmless fun — but take that drive to the extreme and things can get really weird, as seen in today’s Video of the Day. The Batman Complex is a (sadly) fake film trailer about about a paranoid schizophrenic who comes to believe that he is actually Batman. Or something. Watch it after the jump.

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You might not recognize the name Zack Hemsey, but you’ve certainly heard his music. Hemsey is the 27-year-old composer who created the song “Mind Heist”, which was used in the third trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Inception. You can hear it here. I was just commenting yesterday on Twitter about how influential the Inception trailer score has been on the marketing of movies. So many of the film trailers and tv spots these days feature variations of that epic bassy blast popularized by Inception.

It should be noted that Mike Zarin scored the first Inception trailer (listen here), and is the composer responsible for the now infamous “BRRRRRRRAAAAAWWWWRWRRRMRMRMMRMRMMMMM!!!” which not only the other Inception trailers built upon, but went on to influence Hans Zimmer’s approach for score for the film. But Zack Hemsey’s “Mind Heist” theme from the third trailer is more fleshed out, longer, and is more remembered (and downloaded).

Our friends at the SoundWorks Collection have created a video profile of Hemsey, who has composed music for the movie trailers of Inception, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, Ben Affleck’s The Town and more — all created using Logic on his computer in upstate New York. Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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