Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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What Was The Most Pirated Movie of 2010?

TorrentFreak has compiled a list of the most pirated movies of 2010. So which film takes the top honor?

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Anne Thompson’s Hans Zimmer Interviews

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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while now, then you know I love long form interviews. The normal 10-minute junket interview doesn’t allow for much exploration, and sadly that is becoming the norm now-a-days. I always try to highlight the better long form interviews available online (be it a film festival discussion, Charlie Rose, or what not).

This weekend, Indiewire‘s Anne Thompson posted her 25-minute interview with composer Hans Zimmer, who talks about his work on Christopher Nolan‘s Inception. And because we didn’t post it the first time around, I’ve also embedded Thompson’s 30-minute interview with Zimmer from Sherlock Holmes, which features an awesome in-depth tour of the composer’s Santa Monica studio (if you havent seen this, you must check it out).

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Daniel Day-Lewis as Moriarty

Who will play Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2? How about two-time Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis?

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES
Robert Downey Jr. charms and amuses yet again, and composer Hans Zimmer offers up a wonderfully oddball score, introducing the world to a new subgenre of music: neo-classical gypsy folk synth. This knockout pairing breathes considerable life into Sherlock Holmes, a film which otherwise feels strictly perfunctory—so mechanical in structure and storyline that I can only imagine a studio exec was at the ready to quickly nix even the slightest deviations from formula. Director Guy Ritchie keeps it all moving at a quick enough pace, but going through the motions swiftly is still going through the motions. Even the revelation at the end of the movie seems like an afterthought, with the film focusing far more on its obligatory cliffhanger set piece climax than Holmes’ crime-solving abilities. Sherlock Holmes is perfectly sufficient attention-diverting entertainment, but is it something I plan to revisit? Was I ever emotionally invested? Did I have loads of fun watching it? Would I go gay for Robert Downey Jr.? No, no, not really, and most definitely.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented featurette. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as WB Maximum Movie Mode (Director Guy Ritchie Walk On, PIP, Focus Points, Storyboard Comparisons, Still Gallery Timeline), deleted scenes, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST DVD PRICE
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Amazon – $16.99

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
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$24.99 $24.99 $22.77
Amazon – $24.99

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VOTD: 50 Movie Spoilers of 2009 in 4 Minutes

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The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again.  Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.

And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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VOTD: Meet the Musicians Behind Sherlock Holmes

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Warner Bros has released a music video to help promote the original music composed for Sherlock Holmes, timed to let the Academy members get one last look before casting their ballots. The video introduces the musicians behind the music:

The musicians are Hans Zimmer, the composer nominated for his 8th Oscar for this score. The gentleman on the boat in the red pants is Lorne Balfe, (co-music producer) Alexsey Igudesman is the gentleman playing the violin on the beach and on the elephant, and the women are Ann-Marie Calhoun who is playing the violin and also in the box and Tina Guo plays the cello on the car. Davey Johnson has the long bleach blonde hair playing the banjo and Diego Stocco is banging on a cello like a drum towards the end of the video.

All of these people featured in the video are the original musicians that played on the film’s score and director Guy Ritchie and star Robert Downey Jr. also joined in on the fun. Watch the video, embedded after the jump.
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