VOTD: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’

We post a fair amount of montages here on /Film, but this one’s extra special. Back in 1993, well before the days of Final Cut Pro, a 19-year-old Edgar Wright holed himself up in an editing suite for several weekends to put together this montage, “Gun Fetish.” The clips are pulled from VHS tapes, which explains the low quality. Even so, it’s apparent that Wright has an excellent sense of rhythm and timing, as well as real affection for the films he’d go on to reference and parody in work like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Watch it after the jump. Be forewarned — the video is, as Wright puts it, “a little NSFW and spoiler heavy.”

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Thirty-five years have passed since Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese unleashed the classic film Taxi Driver upon the world. With its radical world view, brutal ending, classic quotes and incredibly chilling lead performance by Robert De Niro, the vibrant film quickly became a classic. To this day, the film spawns discussion, imitation and references all across popular culture.

On April 5th, a brand new Blu-ray of the film will be released and in celebration of that, AMC Theaters will be showing a 4K digital print of the film at 8 p.m. March 19 and 22. Hit the jump to check out a special trailer and poster for the event, link to the theater list and more. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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The United States of Movies Map

Subtonix decided to create a map of the United States by pinpointing the movies which best represent each of the 50 states. For example, New Jersey is Clerks and Kansas is The Wizard of Oz. There will likely be some debate over some of these choices (is Fast Times at Ridgemont High the ultimate representation of California?) but it is an interesting concept none the less. It’s also interesting to note that more Coen Brothers films appear on the map than any other filmmaker. Hit the jump to see the whole map, and click to enlarge.

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Mondo Tees and the Alamo Drafthouse, who have been making limited edition movie posters together for several years, now have some rising and welcome competition in the custom movie poster game. Tommy Good and the Astor Theater, an Melbourne, Australia based theater, have already produced beautiful posters for their screenings of Predator, Die Hard and Blade Runner and now they’ve got two brand new ones. Methane Studios has designed beautiful prints for the classic ’70s films Taxi Driver and Easy Rider. Check out full versions after the jump as well as purchasing instructions. Read More »

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Lars von Trier Has No Plans To Remake Taxi Driver

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Yesterday, a rumor was quickly making the rounds that Lars von Trier had approached Martin Scorsese at the Berline Film Festival about doing a remake of Taxi Driver, possibly even featuring Robert De Niro, reprising his role as Travis Bickle. The reported plan was to enforce a set of extreme restrictions ala The Five Obstructions. The story sounded crazy… Too crazy. And as expected, it turns out to be also untrue.

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This is easily my favourite film news story of the year so far. According to reports coming out of the Berlin Film Festival, Lars von Trier and Martin Scorsese are to team up for a remake of Taxi Driver and that Robert De Niro will star, presumably still in the role of Travis Bickle.

This sounds like Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant squared, or even to the power of von Trier’s own The Five Obstructions. I hope – hell, I pray – that Scorsese or De Niro don’t pull out and scupper this.

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans The Tooth Fairy, that offer proof. /Film’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review, or an interview. In this installment: the perverse and obscure ’60s thriller, Who Killed Teddy Bear?, being shown tonight at NYC’s Anthology Film Archives; the doc, Nick Nolte: No Exit, which finds good ol’ Nick candidly Q&Aing himself on topics ranging from god to drugs. For a special Weekend Weirdness posted yesterday about the imaginative skateboarder fantasy Machotaildrop, click here.

Photographed above is a real deal, shrink-wrapped, limited-edition VHS for The House of the Devil, promoting its release on DVD/Blu-Ray early next month. It’s one of the coolest pieces of swag I’ve received for this column thus far; to my knowledge only a few peeps were sent one, including Devil-supporter Drew McWeeny at HitFix. And even fewer peers have watched the tape. Some are scared, others are sans VCR. I’ve seen last year’s best horror flick at least thirteen times now, so I’d rather keep it sealed. Similar to the wizard-bong approved THotD poster design by Kellerhouse last year, the VHS packaging has faux rental scruffs, in addition to a retro “new release” starburst. A disclaimer on the back reads, “Caution: This film contains Satanic references and graphic violence.” Haters would add: “…and so much pointless walking.”

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