@Midnight

Welcome to The Water Cooler, a weekly feature where the /Film staff is free to go off-topic and talk about everything except the movies and TV shows they normally write about. In this edition: Jacob meets the creator of his favorite comic, Ethan attends one of the final tapings of @midnight, Ben checks out a wild musical comedy based on ’80s movies, Hoai-Tran visits a unique art exhibit, Jack reads a new comic, and Peter waxes poetic about his new favorite soda.

Read More »

The Breakfast Club prints

Even though this year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for the pinnacle high school movie The Breakfast Club, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate one of the classic 1980s films that John Hughes gave us.

Artist Andy Fairhurst has created a new set of prints in honor of The Breakfast Club, each one focusing on one of the five teens stuck in detention at Shermer High School from a unique perspective. Check out The Breakfast Club prints after the jump. Read More »

2016 National Film Registry Movies

Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry has added films to its roll that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking” and will be preserved in the Library of Congress. They’ve announced their picks from this year, including staples from John Hughes, Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Rob Reiner, Robert Zemeckis and much more.

Get the full list of 2016 National Film Registry movies after the jump. Read More »

Best Improvised Scenes

While the art of improvisation is most commonly associated with comedy, it’s a creative process that is used on movies of every kind. Sometimes improvisation happens during a table read and inspires something to be written into the script, other times it happens on set while the cameras are rolling. No matter how it happens, it has resulted in some classic moments in cinema.

Now a video attempts to pinpoint the Top 10 Improvised Scenes In Movie History. That’s a pretty tall order, and I can almost guarantee that once you watch the video after the jump, some of you are going to be upset, or will at least have some different opinions on how this list was put together. Read More »

Our 25 Favorite Gifts in Movie History

Christmas Story BB Gun

Whether you’re giving or receiving, there are few things better than a gift. It feels great to get one, it feels wonderful to give one, it’s just a nice thing. Gifts in movies are kind of the same. They represent a bond between characters that can be layered with meaning. The person getting the gift can be either appreciative or disappointed, the person giving it either sincere or malicious. There’s just so many ways you can go with it.

Being as it’s the holiday season, we decided to pick out our favorite gifts in movie history. Not necessarily the best ever, just our favorites. That means not all of these are “good” gifts. Some, in fact, are awful. But it’s the act of giving them, whether in the context of an overall film or series, that makes them awesome and memorable. So, below, we count down our 25 favorite gifts in movie history. Read More »

Andrew DeGraff Lord of the Rings

The best movie posters transport us into their world. In a single image, they sum up the characters, settings and emotions of a two hour movie. Most posters do this pretty easily, with a crucial image or actor from the movie, but others take the long way. For example, by literally mapping out the entire path of every character in a movie in one image.

Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff does exactly that. He watches a movie, hand draws and paints all the locations, then guides each character via a specifically colored line, from location to location. At the end, you’re left with a stunningly detailed representation of an entire movie. Andrew DeGraff maps the movies.

In the past, DeGraff has done this with the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy and more. Saturday March 29, he’ll open his second solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called Cartography. This time, he’s mapped out films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club, Alien, The Shining, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Below, see a few of the images from the show and read more about DeGraff’s process.

UPDATE: We’ve added an exclusive reveal of Back to the Future and a hi-res version of Lord of the RingsRead More »

Spectacular Now poster header

James Ponsoldt‘s wonderful film The Spectacular Now hits theaters August 2. It’s one of those serious, emotional, yet magical coming of age stories in the mold of films from the Eighties and Nineties. Films like Say Anything, Dazed and Confused, Almost Famous and The Breakfast Club. All four of those certainly influenced The Spectacular Now and they’re being screened to solidify that connection.

Nine cities across the country will be hosting four screenings on Tuesdays in July called The Spectacular Classics. The four films above will be preceded with an exclusive video introduction by Spectacular Now and 500 Days of Summer screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter discussing the specific connections. And, if that’s not enough, audience members will also get a free ticket to see The Spectacular Now. Read More »

These days, animation isn’t as defined by age as it once was. Once upon a time, a Disney movie was only thought to be for kids. But recently, Pixar has tackled mature themes, the humor of South Park has become a cultural institution, Star Wars is an animated TV series, comic book characters have cartoons and thanks to genres like anime, R-rated animation isn’t an oxymoron.

Enter Justin White, an up and coming artist made popular through sites like Threadless. He’s decided to take that thought one step further and turn some of your favorite live action movies and TV shows in to animation. His first solo show is called Rated G and opens at Gallery 1988 Melrose, in Los Angeles on Friday. We’re proud to exclusively the entire show.

White’s familiar yet flithy animated style has reimagined scenes from 30 films and shows never meant for animation. Films like Fight Club, Fargo, Casablanca, The Breakfast Club, Oldboy, Kindergarden Cop, Alien, Reservoir Dogs, There Will Be Blood and a whole lot more have been reimagined as high quality animation cels. He even tackled TV shows like Community, The Office, Breaking Bad and more.

After the jump check out all 30 images from the show and find out when and how you can grab them. Read More »

Our friends at Gallery 1988 in Venice, CA have a new art exhibition, “The Road To Shermer, a tribute to John Hughes”. The show opening on February 11th and runs until March 4th, 2011. As you know, John Hughes is the writer/director responsible for some of our most beloved teen films of the 1980s: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Mr. Mom, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Plaines Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Dutch, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many others.

After the jump you can find a gallery of the best artwork from the show (in my opinion).

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Page 2

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 46 (!?!) 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!

Read More »