Crazy 4 Cult 11 Art

Gallery 1988 has delivered another round of incredible pop culture artwork with Crazy 4 Cult 11, the latest iteration of the recurring exhibition of artwork paying tribute to some of our favorite movies.

This time we have a collection that includes pieces honoring movies like Gremlins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Big Lebowski, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, and even The Room. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Crazy 4 Cult 11 art show below. Read More »

Alphabitz Art Show

Two of our favorite pop culture artists working today are undoubtedly Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. We’ve featured their work when they’ve had shows together, and we’ve even featured them when they tackle two different animated shows for adults. Now they’re back for another team show, this time delivering the ABCs of pop culture in a new show called Alphabitz.

Alphabitz does exactly what you would expect it to by having Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo create pop culture pieces inspired by the alphabet. For example, there’s P for Predator, V for Voltron, B for BB-8 and much more. But beyond having these familiar characters from pop culture representing a letter, what they’re doing is also indicative of the letter chosen, which makes for some goofy scenarios, like Freddy Krueger filing his nails in France, or Dracula driving Miss Daisy in a Dodge.

Check out pieces from the Alphabitz art show below, including some debut images given exclusively to /Film. Read More »

The Fifth Element Vinyl Soundtrack

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Luc Besson‘s outstanding sci-fi action movie The Fifth Element. The actual anniversary already passed us by on May 9th, but this week is when the film is being celebrated by a return to the big screen. Not only can you see the movie on the big screen again, but Mondo is releasing a special edition vinyl double LP of the film’s soundtrack by Eric Serra with album artwork by Shan Jiang.

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The Fifth Element - Born Sexy Yesterday Video Esssay

Every film genre has tropes, recurring themes or elements that sometimes help define the kind of movie we’re watching. They can be portals in the sky, training montages, the final girl, or as a new video essay called Born Sexy Yesterday explains, a naive but mature, sexualized female character with the mind of a child.

Jonathan McIntosh, aka Pop Culture Detective on YouTube, put together this video essay to explain a trope that you might not have even realized was so prevalent in sci-fi. But it’s right there in movies such as TRON: Legacy and The Fifth Element, not to mention other sci-fi-esque fantasy movies Splash or Enchanted. Watch the Born Sexy Yesterday video essay after the jump to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy movie connections

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.)

Cue the Electric Light Orchestra, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this week. That means Star-Lord (who?), Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Baby Edition Groot are back for a new neon-tinged adventure. When the first installment of the franchise-within-a-giant-franchise landed, it breathed new life into the MCU by re-engaging with its sarcastic, hero may care roots.

It also walked in the footsteps of some of the biggest nostalgia targets of this generation. Namely, Indiana Jones and Star Wars. It was a space opera in the midst of Iron Man and Captain America, complete with a banging ’70s soundtrack. A black sheep in its family, there was a time people were absolutely convinced it would tank the Marvel brand name. Now, it’s essentially its second pillar upon which James Gunn gets to goof off and throw a dance party.

While the first was about abandoned child Peter Quill forming an unusual family, Vol. 2 is about keeping that family together after reuniting with the father you’ve been searching for your whole life.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Poster

This summer, director Luc Besson returns to sci-fi in a big way with an adaptation of the French comic Valerian and Laureline in the form of the feature film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The movie came in at #7 on our list of anticipated wide releases coming to theaters this summer, and it looks like it’s going to be something wild and action-packed.

Normally, we try to veer away from highlighting just a single poster unless there’s something special to observe within it. Today we’re featuring a poster for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, not just because we want to keep promoting this movie so people will see it and help support big, strange sci-fi movies like this, but because the poster contains a rather intriguing easter egg referencing The Fifth Element.

Check out the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets poster after the jump. Read More »

the fifth element

A 4K restoration of Luc Besson‘s The Fifth Element will be returning to movie theaters next month in celebration of its 20th anniversary. And alongside the visionary science fiction film will be an exclusive preview of writer-director Besson’s upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Find out where, when and how you can attend one of these limited time The Fifth Element rerelease screenings below!
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Luc Besson reddit

How was it working with Gary Oldman? Like driving a Ferrari for the first time, according to Luc Besson. The writer-director behind this summer’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets recently took to Reedit to promote his upcoming comic book adaptation. The gregarious filmmaker shared a few memories from some of our favorite works of his, The Fifth ElementLeon, and La Femme Nikita.

If you want to know which other actors the director had in mind for Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) and Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), then check out some of the more entertaining answers from the Luc Besson Reddit AMA below.

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Adam Savage's Fifth Element gun

Easily one of the coolest sci-fi weapons of all time is the ZF-1 from The Fifth Element. If you’re not as familiar with the Luc Besson sci-fi film starring Bruce Willis as you should be, it’s the weapon that Gary Oldman demonstrates for his alien crime partners who are trying to steal the elemental stones for him. The gun has a rocket launcher, arrow launcher, net launcher, flamethrower, ice blast, a feature that allows every bullet shot to hit the same target, and of course a self-destruct button. It’s been an object of desire for Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage to build his own for years, and now after 17 years of work, he’s finally completed it.

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Crazy 4 Cult X

We’ve been covering the Crazy 4 Cult art exhibitions from Gallery 1988 for years now, and this year marks a milestone for them with their 10th show featuring some of the coolest and weirdest pop culture art inspired by some of your favorite movies and TV shows.

Crazy 4 Cult X has unveiled all the pieces from the show, and they’re on sale in their online shop right now. New pieces available for purchase pay tribute to Back to the Future, The Iron Giant, Beetlejuice, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, The Fifth Element, The Blues Brothers, The Big Lebowski and tons more.

Check out the Crazy 4 Cult X art after the jump! Read More »