VOTD: How Important Is Realism in Cinema?

Speed Racer - Movie Realism

For most people, going to the movies is meant to be an escape from the real world. Therefore, it’s somewhat surprising that there are viewers who have a hard time connecting to movies simply because they’re not realistic. Whether it’s because the science of a movie isn’t accurate, or stylized visuals make it hard to relate to the narrative, some people just can’t suspend their disbelief enough to get lost in a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings or La La Land.

A new video essay attempts to explain the importance of realism in movies, why people seem to look for even the most fantastical of movies to have some semblance of realism, and why realism isn’t really what those viewers should be looking for. Watch the movie realism video essay after the jump. Read More »

/Answers: The Best Movie Vehicles

best movie vehicles

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition, tying in with the release of Cars 3, asks “What is your favorite vehicle from the movies?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. This week, we are also joined by Cars 3 director Brian Fee and writers Kiel Murray, Scott Morse, Bob Peterson, and Mike Rich.

If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite movie vehicle, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight Show - The Dark Knight

This past weekend saw the opening of the Hero Complex Gallery‘s latest exhibition: Blacklight.

The Blacklight show featured dozens of fluorescent and blacklight reactive artwork, which means we’re talking about some bright, electric and neon tributes by extremely talented artists to some of your favorite movies and TV shows. The gallery featured pieces honoring movies like Boogie Nights, Alien, Blade Runner, RoboCop, The Dark Knight, Mad Max: Fury Road and Collateral, as well as TV shows like Rick and Morty, Stranger Things, Futurama and more.

Check out our favorite pieces from the Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight show below. Read More »

guardians of the galaxy opening scene

How a film opens says a lot about its style and tone, and can turn people off or make them sit forward in their seats with curiosity. This week’s big new release, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, has a hard act to follow; its 2014 predecessor had a memorable opening in which hero Peter Quill/Star-Lord dances through an alien world, blasting “Come and Get Your Love” on his old Walkman. As we wait to see if Vol. 2 lives up to the original, let’s look at 15 of the best opening scenes in movies.
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Marvel vs Capcom Infinite - Sigma Ultron

Who is playing General Zod on this season of Supergirl? Which two villains combine to form one mega villain in the trailer for Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite? Has James Gunn told Chris Pratt the undiscovered easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy? Will Barbara turn into Harley Quinn on Gotham? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight Live at Coachella 2017

Though I’m personally more fond of the Batman theme that was composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader, there’s no denying Hans Zimmer wrote some incredible music for The Dark Knight trilogy. In fact, the music that Hans Zimmer has composed for all of his collaborations with Christopher Nolan have been rather influential on other film score composers, prompting plenty of imitation.

Fans attending Coachella this year were treated to a special performance by composer Hans Zimmer, complete with a full orchestra and some other choice instruments in an assembly of several medleys from his various soundtracks. We’ve already highlighted his showcase of Inception, and now you can watch and listen to The Dark Knight performance too.

Watch as Hans Zimmer performs The Dark Knight live at Coachella 2017 below. Read More »

Wonder Woman - Poster

When can you see some new Wonder Woman footage? How did the “Batman hates chocolate ice cream” meme get started? How will Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok be different from the comics? Are there release dates for Gotham City Sirens, The Flash and Man of Steel 2 in place? Can we send Stan Lee some good vibes after canceling a convention appearance due to health concerns? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Hot Toys Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Rocket Rand Groot Figure

Cool Stuff is your geekarific holiday shopping guide published all year round. In today’s edition we take a look at Mondo’s Aliens tiki glass, a special t-shirt release celebrating the 30 year anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors, A Batman Bat Signal scaled replica from The Dark Knight that also functions as a night light, Hot Toys’ deluxe Rocket Raccoon figure (alongside a huge gun and baby Groot) from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a black x-ray edition figure of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

 

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The Best Comic Book Movies of All Time

The Best Comic Book Movies Of All Time

Every week, we attempt to answer a new pop culture related question. This week’s edition of /Answers asks the following: Which is your favorite comic book movie adaptation? And when we say comic book movies, we don’t just mean superhero movies. Every movie based on a comic is up for grabs, including Scott Pilgrim, Persepolis, A History of Violence, American Splendor, Ghost World, Men in Black, Dredd, The Rocketeer, Hellboy, Sin City, V For Vendetta, Road To Perdition, 300, Snowpiercer, and more. Find out our personal favorite comic book movies of all time after the jump.

As always, we have the regular /Film writing and podcast team providing answers, alongside a special guest filmmaker. This week we are joined by James Mangold, director of comic book movies The Wolverine and the upcoming Logan, as well as Walk The Line, Girl Interrupted, Cop Land, Kate & Leopold, Identity, and Knight and Day.

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marvels villains

While talking to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the producer was asked about how the company approaches villains and responds to the criticism of “Marvel’s Villain Problem” and reveals that Thanos will (basically) be the main character of Avengers: Infinity War.

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