Derek Cianfrance and Bradley Cooper on The Place Beyond the Pines set Though he only has three features to his name — one of which, Brother Tied, was little seen to begin with and isn’t even available on home video now — Derek Cianfrance has already established himself as a filmmaker worth paying attention to. Today, a new video does just that. Described as a “guided tour” of the process behind Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the PinesKees van Dijkhuizen‘s Insight: Derek Cianfrance combines the footage and Cianfrance’s DVD audio commentary from the two movies. Think of it as a commentary track for people who don’t have four hours to spend re-watching the films, if you like. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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As much time and money and effort as Hollywood pours into big-budget franchises, only a handful manage to make a real lasting impression on moviegoers. But the best of them live on long after the last installment has hit theaters, and one that falls into that category is Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter series.

From 2001 to 2011, the studio released eight films based on J.K. Rowling‘s books. Collectively, they’re are one of the most successful cinematic series of time by any standard — critically, commercially, culturally. Even now, after all the cast and crew have moved onto other projects, fans still harbor a deep affection for the Boy Who Lived.

In tribute to the beloved fantasy saga, Kees Van Dijkhuizen Jr. has edited together a gorgeous thirteen-minute retrospective titled “Mischief Managed.” Hit the jump to watch his video, and be warned that you may get a lump in your throat once John Williams‘ iconic theme kicks in.

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Comic book adaptations may be a cinema staple these days, but when Sam Raimi‘s first Spider-Man opened a decade ago, Hollywood still wasn’t entirely sure about this whole superhero movie thing. In fact, it was in part thanks to the critical and commercial success of that movie that we’re in the middle of a costumed-hero glut at the moment.

The trend came full circle this week with Marc Webb‘s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, which starts fresh with a brand-new Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and a revamped origin tale. As that film takes the box office by storm, Kees van Dijkhuizen has taken it upon himself to revisit Raimi’s original trilogy. Watch his 6-minute montage of highlights from the Tobey Maguire movies — yes, even the disappointing last one — after the jump.

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VOTD: Kees van Dijkhuizen’s Cinema 2011

One of the “best of the year” videos we’ve featured over past years is created by editor Kees van Dijkhuizen (see the videos for 2008, 2009 and 2010). So now that 2011 is coming to a close, Kees  has released Cinema 2011. Here are some words from the editor:

A mix of laughs, kisses, fights, tears and everything in between. Here’s what brought us together this year. God, I love cinema. Each year I’m reminded of the sheer force a couple of frames can hold, and it’s something only found in film. It seems to just fly by, and if you don’t pay attention, you might miss it all. A gorgeous masterpiece about one family coping with the end of the world, the portrait of a young man diagnosed with cancer, the end of a ten-year adventure that reached millions, a cynical writer discovering the magic of Paris… No matter how you look at it, 2011 had something to offer for everyone.

After Cinema 2008, 2009 and 2010, I decided to take a new approach. Artists like Gen and Matt have explored new terrain of the end-of-the-year montage and the urge to keep Cinema’s identity intact became bigger than ever. After experimenting with a more personal vision last year, I decided to focus more on the year itsself rather than my vision on it. The Cinema series has a special place for me because bringing so many films together makes it so very clear why we want to spend hours and hours in a dark room filled with strangers. As always, thanks a million to my wonderful subscribers and viewers, everyone who I’ve had the joy of sharing my passion with and everyone else who’ve made my YouTube career such a wonderful success. This one’s for you.

Kees van Dijkhuizen’s Cinema 2011 is almost seven minutes in length. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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