Back to the Future retrospective

While there are probably some cinephiles out there who have absorbed nearly everything they can about movies such as Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones or Back to the Future, there are plenty of younger, passionate movie fans who haven’t grown up with the film and may be learning about these classics in-depth for the first time.

That’s why we like to bring a variety of retrospectives and video essays to the front page, in order to enlighten and entertain movie lovers of all ages and experience levels. And today we bring a very well-done 30-minute retrospective that looks at the making of Back to the Future while also reviewing the film and why it’s held in such high esteem.

Watch the extensive Back to the Future retrospective after the jump! Read More »

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Artificial Intelligence video essay

While some movies are immediately beloved and acclaimed, destined to be one of the films we talk about every year for decades, others come and go without much pomp and circumstance. One of those movies seems to have been A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the former Stanley Kubrick project that was completed by Steven Spielberg and released in 2001.

The film certainly wasn’t a dud, but it wasn’t universally acclaimed either. At the time, Rotten Tomatoes wasn’t used as a reference point for the quality of a movie, but retrospectively, it has a 73%, which is a decent score for such a dense, wandering sci-fi fairytale of sorts.

Over the years, as the film has gotten older, some critics and bloggers have revisited the film, finding it to even improve with age and reexamination. And that’s just what a new video has done, examining the film in a 15-minute visual study. Watch the Artificial Intelligence video essay after the jump! Read More »

Jurassic World Sequel Announced For 2018

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Jurassic World dominated the box office, becoming the third largest grossing movie of all time and having the #1 global opening of all-time. And now Universal Pictures has announced that a Jurassic World sequel will hit theaters in 2018. Find out more, after the jump.

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100 Greatest American Films

Everyone now and then, someone takes the time to round up a new list of 100 of the greatest films of all time, and it always stirs up some debate, even though probably 75% of the list is the same as any other. A new list from BBC Culture, however, is a little different, because the news organization from across the pond has rounded up a list of the 100 Greatest American Films, as voted on by an international assembly of film critics.

Some of your favorites like The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Back to the Future and Jaws made the cut, but there are only two films from the past five years, and only five total from the 21st century. The top films likely won’t surprise you, but there are still some questionable inclusions and exclusions on this list.

See the full list after the jump! Read More »

Jaws shirts

This year marked the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg‘s classic thriller Jaws, one of the greatest blockbusters of all-time (actually, the first blockbuster in cinema’s history). Seeing the film in theaters again this year was a special treat, reminding me just how incredible a movie with a simple premise can be. It’s a master class in filmmaking.

And if you’re a big fan of Jaws, then you’re probably always eager to show off your love for the flick. And now some new t-shirts from Fright Rags and Last Exit to Nowhere have made it infinitely easier to do that. Check out the new Jaws shirts after the jump! Read More »

Bridge of Spies UK trailer

Following the first domestic trailer released last month for Steven Spielberg‘s latest thriller Bridge of Spies, a new international trailer has surfaced across the pond, laying out more of the Cold War set true story starring Tom Hanks.

There’s some moments from the first trailer here, but there’s a slew of new footage that really digs into the meat of this captivating story, showing off plenty of what promises to be another stirring performance from Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can and Saving Private Ryan star as a man thrust into a precarious and dangerous situation in unfamiliar territory.

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Robopocalypse concept art

Steven Spielberg big screen adaptation of Robopocalypse has been in the works for years now. The script was being developed by Spielberg and Drew Goddard based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel. Actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were all said to be in line for roles in the film about “a global war between man and machine.”  In 2012 it was supposed to be the filmmaker’s next movie, but in early 2013 the film was pushed back to development status with no indication of what the future might hold.

We’ve gotten numerous updates on the big blockbuster film over the years, all of which insist that Spielberg will eventually get to the movie, someday. We’ve even gotten a glimpse at possible storyboards for robot chase sequence from the film. Today, we get another glimpse at the movie, in the form of concept art. Hit the jump to take a look.

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Ballers

Is there a movie star more universally beloved right now than Dwayne Johnson? The guy is so powerfully charismatic, he’s been dubbed “franchise Viagra.” He can rock the hell out of a Taylor Swift anthem and make a gritty Bambi reboot seem like a good idea. He’s such a likable figure, in fact, that even Steven Spielberg can’t resist sending him fan mail.

Johnson revealed that he recently got an admiring letter from the iconic director, which he said made him “grin like a big ass kid.” Read the Dwayne Johnson Steven Spielberg letter, and see Johnson’s reaction to it, after the jump.  Read More »

Michael Crichton Micro

High off of the Indominus Rex-sized success of Jurassic World, Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg have set their sights on another Michael Crichton novel. Only this time, they’re going small — very, very small. Marshall and DreamWorks will produce an adaptation the late author’s Micro, about a bunch of people who get shrunken down.

Read all about the Michael Crichton Micro movie after the jump.  Read More »