The Top Rated Movies of the Last 25 Years on IMDB

100 Greatest American Films

The Internet Movie Database is now 25 years old. When IMDB first began, it was a downloadable database software on the earliest version of the internet, but now it’s much bigger than that. The Internet Movie Database has a quarter of a billion customers, and some of those users spend their time rating movies on the site. Find out what the top rated movies of the last 25 years are after the jump.

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aspect ratio video essay

We’ve previously featured a video essay that dove into the history of aspect ratios in cinema and how they’ve changed in the relatively short history of filmmaking. But beyond the technical changes and differences, varying aspect ratios are now used to not only change the aesthetic of any given film, or even a specific scene or sequence, but to also create a different emotional effect within the viewer.

A new aspect ratio video essay takes a look at some of the different thematic effects that come from changes in aspect ratio, illustrating how they are used to invoke certain feelings or perspectives. This ranges from transporting viewers back in time to a more old fashioned way of life in The Grand Budapest Hotel to glamorizing a memory in (500) Days of Summer to giving an epic scope to action happening on screen in Interstellar. Read More »

Interstellar Tesseract

Even though Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi drama Interstellar ended up being a fairly divisive piece of cinema last year, it’s hard to deny that the film still left an impression on people. And while we can nitpick the story until we’re blue in the face, one element I think we can all take the time to appreciate is the abundance of practical effects used.

Miniatures and large sets were used surprisingly frequently with digital effects only being used to enhance what Nolan physically shot with a camera. And this is even more impressive when you take a look at how practical and visual effects combined to create what Nolan calls the “Tesseract,” which is the spatial plane where Matthew McConaughey can see across time and dimensions.

Watch the featurette on the Interstellar Tesseract after the jump! Read More »

McConaughey Star Wars reaction

An entire galaxy of moviegoers lost their shit yesterday at the second The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, but perhaps none loved it more than Matthew McConaughey. In a new video making the rounds, the Interstellar star laughs, gasps, and weeps while watching the epic trailer. See the funny Matthew McConaughey Star Wars reaction video after the jump.  Read More »

Interstellar honest trailer

Interstellar hit home video Tuesday and our friends over at Screen Junkies have picked Christopher Nolan‘s latest for their new installment of their signature Honest Trailers series. The four-minute-long Interstellar Honest Trailer begins “From the director who apparently gets a life time pass because he made The Dark Knight, comes the movie everyone respected for being ambitious and original but also made them say… What’s he doing in a space bookshelf?!”

Screen Junkies thinks Nolan has gone “full blown Shyamalan.” Even though I really enjoyed the film despite its flaws (including yes, the award winning “sound design”), it’s hard not to agree with some of their humorously well-presented points. Watch the Interstellar honest trailer embedded after the jump.

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original Interstellar ending

Back when Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar was in theaters, Peter wrote a very detailed breakdown of the differences between the original script by Jonathan Nolan, written for Steven Spielberg, and the version that Christopher Nolan shot with his own revisions. Now Jonathan Nolan has talked about some of differences between his script and the finished film while promoting the blu-ray release of the film. Specifically, he addressed the ending, which as originally written in one draft — potentially a different one from the 2008 Spielberg draft — was much more simple, and potentially far less happy. Read More »

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Interstellar Text Adventure

Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is the height of technical cinema. Whether you love or hate the story, the filmmaking used to bring it to life is extraordinary. The practical and digital effects, the cinematography, production design, IMAX sequences, sound effects, and score are just some of the best of the best. It’s pretty much as high-tech as a movie gets.

So what better way to celebrate Tuesday’s digital release (and the impending Blu-ray release) than with the lowest-tech game imaginable?

Paramount has launched the Interstellar Text Adventure, a text-based game similar to the popular computer games of the early 1980s. There are no images, just text; you have to type in your commands to travel through the galaxy. It’s a lot of fun and a nice throwback. Read More »

Rian Johnson Christopher Nolan interview

If you haven’t seen Interstellar, you’ll have one more chance to catch it in IMAX this weekend when the film plays some IMAX houses on Saturday. But for those who have seen the film, here’s something worth checking out: a discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan about Nolan’s latest film. Rian Johnson is the director of Brick and Looper, and the man who’ll make Star Wars Episode VIII. The two spoke after an Interstellar screening at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica a few weeks ago, and you can hear their Q&A below. Read More »

Interstellar imax re-release

Fans who want one final chance to see Christopher Nolan‘s latest film on the big screen will get that this weekend. Paramount is releasing the multiple Oscar-nominee Interstellar to select AMC IMAX Theaters on February 21. The screenings will take place at 3 p.m. local time and feature “more than 12 minutes of never-before-seen exclusive behind-the-scenes content.” That’s pretty enticing, and this will be probably your last-ever chance to see the film in IMAX. Read more details about the Interstellar IMAX re-release below. Read More »