This morning I came across a well-edited video essay titled Star Wars – The Force of Abrams by Dan Fox (aka Hello Film Guy). The video is essentially an examination of filmmaker JJ Abrams‘ visual storytelling skills, theorizing how his methods might affect Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How will the JJ Abrams visual style affect the next installment of the Star Wars series? Find out after the jump.
Note: The video essay focuses only on visual style and doesn’t delve into the reoccurring plot devices or story beats of Abrams work. So you can feel free to watch this if you’re trying to avoid spoilers or speculation about the plot of The Force Awakens. That said, the video does use clips from the two released trailers.
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Movie fans are well-aware what Bad Robot is: the production company of J.J. Abrams, responsible for a multitude of hit TV shows and movies. Among the TV shows are Fringe, Lost, Alias, Revolution and Person of Interest. The films? Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III and soon, Star Wars Episode VII. The company is a powerhouse of geeky goodness.
This week, Bad Robot adds yet another impressive line to their resume: art show subject. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles has teamed up with Abrams and crew to host the first ever Bad Robot Art Experience. Featuring art by over 100 artists based on all the above films, shows and more, it’s going to be a can’t miss event for art fans and pop culture fans alike.
The show opens April 26 and remains on display through May 18. After the jump, look at more than forty of the pieces in the show. Read More »
Oscar season is over, and so we’re at the point where everyone can spend a day or two talking about the actual winners before moving on to enjoying the great bounty of films that 2012 has to offer. But before we move on, take one last moment to enjoy a fake Oscar tribute reel. This one is for all the films that didn’t get nominations in 2012. There’s a good chance that one of your favorite filmmakers is represented here. Read More »
After playing a small but significant role in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek, Bruce Greenwood again worked with the director on his follow up, Super 8. Instead of showcasing his famous mug, though, Greenwood channeled his inner Andy Serkis and performed partial motion capture for the film’s monster. This, in itself, isn’t news because Greenwood has been fairly open about it in recent months. What is news is that on the Super 8 Blu-ray, which hits stores November 22, there’s an extra that shows Greenwood in action. But you don’t have to wait, you can watch it right now. Read More »
Much has been said about the posters for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 and now we’ll continue to say. The first poster was a total tease revealing almost nothing. A later image was thought to possibly give away too much. And, at one point, half the internet was fooled by a Drew Struzan-esque fan poster. Well, Struzan’s presence is alive and well in these two posters made by Daniel Skubal and Veronica LaPage. Unlike the aforementioned fan image, though, these posters were legitimately commissioned by Bad Robot for use in the marketing of the film. They simply weren’t chosen by Abrams in the end. Even so, you can see them in their full glory and read the great story of how artists Skubal and LaPage got involved after the jump. Read More »
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Most of the time deleted scenes are deleted for a reason. Sometimes they provide information that is already given in another scene. Other times they disrupt the flow of a movie. Then there are scenes that remain almost the same, but are just trimmed on the edges like fat on a steak. New deleted scenes from Super 8 and Sucker Punch have found their way online and both fall into a few of those categories. The Super 8 clip is largely a scene that’s in the final cut of the film, it’s just happens to feature some of the fat that was nipped and tucked away. As for Sucker Punch, the scene is an entire excised musical number called “Love is the Drug.” Check them both out after the jump. Read More »
This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue their discussion about Tree of Life, find something redeemable about the Pirates sequels, and get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s next project. Special guest director Rian Johnson returns. Check out Rian’s films on Netflix and Amazon. His newest film, Looper, will be in theaters September 2012.
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JJ Abrams is obsessed with mystery, and often hides a lot of easter eggs in his films and tv shows. In the past we’ve chronicled easter eggs in the Pixar movies Toy Story 3, WALL-E, and Up, as well as some other films. So it should come as no surprise that his latest movie, Super 8, is also packed with fun hidden bits.
For example: Did you know that Leonard Nimoy appars in the movie? How about that another one of JJ’s Star Trek stars plays “the monster”? Did you spot the references to Lost, Alias and The Twilight Zone? After the jump I’ve compiled 16 hidden easter eggs which can be found in the movie.
Be warned: for those of you who havent seen the film yet, the following article may contain spoilers.
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You’ve seen the awesome trailer. You’ve read Germain’s review. You’ve maybe even caught the film yourself at a special screening presented by /Film. This weekend, J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 finally hits theaters for all to see. Does Abrams successfully channel that nostalgia for Amblin films from the 1980s?Does Abrams continue to prove himself as an able director for the big screen? Can Super 8 live up to the high expectations that Abrams’ fans and sci-fi geeks have set for it?
Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Assume SPOILERS lie after the jump and in the comments.
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