VOTD: The Significance & Importance of Movie Props

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While there are certain movie props such as a lightsaber, a time machine or a briefcase that have become iconic pieces of cinema, it’s easy to forget that movie props are everywhere when we’re looking at any single frame of a motion picture. Sometimes a movie prop is so important that it’s in the title of the film and the driving force of the entire story, as with The Maltese Falcon or Raiders of the Lost Ark, and other times they just add to the authenticity of any given scene.

A new video essay takes a look at the importance of movie props on film, whether they’re big or small, subtle or in your face and how they enhance the characters, story or setting of films across the board. Watch! Read More »


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Ethan Anderton's Favorite Movies

Hey there! We haven’t been properly introduced. I’m Ethan Anderton. Back in May, I joined the /Film crew as the Weekend Editor, and while some of you have gotten to know me and my film tastes over the past few months, I never got a chance to truly arrive here at the site like our new writers Jack Giroux and Jacob Hall.

Therefore, I figured I’d follow suit by delivering my own favorite films of all time. These are the movies that have stuck with me over the years, some more recently than others, and have defined and changed my life in a variety of ways. Read More »

Jacob Hall’s Favorite Movies of All Time

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Hi, /Film. My name is Jacob Hall and my favorite movies are part of me on a molecular level. Cut me open and the films that have defined my life come spilling out in a great, red heap. So when I was asked to introduce myself to you guys, the community, via a list of my favorite movies of all time, I prepared myself for some gritty, Robert-De-Niro-in-Ronin-style surgery. This list is me being cut open for your amusement.

Read on all about my favorite movies after the jump.

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indiana jones bar menu

The Indiana Jones themed “Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar” is set to tomorrow (September 22nd 2015) at Walt Disney World’s revamped Downtown Disney, now called Disney Springs. This brand new lounge will feature small plates and unique cocktails with an “expansive bar with aviation decor and have seating for 150 guests.”

We’ve shown you concept art in the past, one of which you can see in the header above, but now Disney has revealed the restaurant/bar’s full menu which is filled with fun little Indiana Jones easter eggs and references. Hit the jump to check out the full Indiana Jones bar menu at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

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JC Richard indiana jones well of souls

Bottleneck Gallery is teaming up with Acme Archives and Lucasfilm for an Indiana Jones print from artist JC Richard. If you’ve been reading /Film for any length of time, then you’ll remember the name JC Richard as he is one of our favorite pop culture artists. I personally have a bunch of JC’s prints on my walls, including his amazing Raiders of the Lost Ark print “The Map Room”.

The new print titled “Well of Souls” takes JC Richard’ signature widescreen framing and puts it into vertical. Find out more information about the JC Richard Indiana Jones print “Well of Souls” after the jump.
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Paul Shipper's Raiders of the Lost Ark

Fandango is sponsoring a pop-up art gallery at the Santa Monica Pier, and have given us two posters to exclusively premiere: Paul Shipper’s Raiders of the Lost Ark and Chito Arellano’s Star Wars. As you know, we’ve featured a bunch of Paul’s work in the past. Hit the jump to see the two posters, find out about the other 18 pieces which will be part of the galley and information on where and when you can visit the gallery.

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Raiders of the lost ark documentary

In 1981, when Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark was released, everyone was changed by the world of Indiana Jones. However, few changed as much as Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala. The then teenagers decided they wanted to remake the film, shot by shot and did so over the course of the next seven years. It’s a story that’s very well known on the Internet because the Internet pretty much brought it to the masses. The end game of that story is a new documentary called Raiders!, directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, which not only documents the process and struggles behind the original version of the remake, but incorporates new footage as Strompolos and Zala come back decades later to complete the one scene they were never able to do: the airplane fight scene.

Raiders! had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival over the weekend and you can continue to read our Raiders of the Lost Ark documentary review below. Read More »

Raiders of the Lost Ark

It’s usually hard sci-fi pics like Interstellar or Gravity that spark scientific discussion, but in truth you can look at just about any film through a scientific lens. You could consider the cognitive science behind cons while watching American Hustle, or try to sort out archaeology fact from fiction while watching Raiders of the Lost Ark. And this year’s Science on Screen encourages you to do just that.

The annual program pairs a movie with thematically linked lecture from a scientist, researcher, or professor. For example, this year Space Jam is paired with a talk about the physics of sports, while There Will Be Blood sets up a discussion about geology. Get all the details on Science on Screen, which takes place in a variety of cinemas around the US, after the jump.  Read More »

Gary Whitta Star Wars

Screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth) is about to release his first novel, Abomination. To promote the pre-order of the historical fantasy novel, Whitta sat down with us for an extensive interview spanning his career thus far. Over the course of this week we will be posting all of the parts of this interview broken up into digestible thematic bites — we’re calling it “/Film’s Week Of Whitta”.

In the first installment we wanted to cut to the chase and present the meatiest Gary Whitta Star Wars comments. As you know, Whitta wrote for a year on the first Star Wars spin-off film being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), which will hit theaters on December 16th 2016. We talked to Whitta about growing up with movies, which includes the original Star Wars trilogy. We also discuss the controversy over comments he’s made about the Star Wars prequels and special editions. (I’m not sure how the comments are controversial, considering most everyone I know shares a similar viewpoint.) And, of course, we talk to Gary about working on the upcoming Star Wars spin-off film, and while his Lucasfilm NDA prevents him from revealing any details, its worth reading. Read the Gary Whitta Star Wars interview after the jump.
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