Nicolas Cage in Left Behind

Nicolas Cage is a worker. Sometimes I wonder if him and Samuel L. Jackson have a bet on which one of them can appear in the most movies in a year. Of course there’s nothing wrong with liking to work. Sometimes working at that rate just means a filmography becomes more about quantity than quality, which has been the case with Cage’s career over the past few years. Don’t bother worrying about the actor, though, because Nicolas Cage has no regrets. The only regret might be never working with director Quentin Tarantino — but will a Nicolas Cage Quentin Tarantino collaboration ever happen?

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Hell's Club mash-up

There’s a good chance no one has ever thought that they’d like to see a movie that intersects the worlds of films such as Star Wars, Scarface, John Wick, Collateral, Terminator, Trainspotting, Saturday Night Fever and more. But that’s exactly what Antonio Maria Da Silva has done with a wholly strange, mesmerizing and fantastic cleverly edited short compiled by using clips from all these movies.

We’ve featured supercuts and trailer remixes before, but this Hell’s Club mash-up is something completely different. We don’t want to give anything away, but Da Silva sets up the video by saying, “There is a place or fictional characters meet. Outside of time, outside of all logic, this place is known as Hell’s Club. Just watch it and be mesmerized. Read More »

Best Opening Shots

Just a couple weeks ago we highlighted a video essay taking a look at the importance of opening shots of movies and how they convey the theme of the movie and introduce us to the story we’re about to see unfold. And now a new video supercut takes a look at some of the best opening shots from the history of cinema.

From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Star Wars to The Matrix to Lost in Translation, there’s quite a variety in this selection of 35 different opening shots from movies spanning decades. The oldest comes from 1915 while the most recent comes from 2013. Check out the video below! Read More »

The 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time

Best Movie Robots of All Time

This weekend, director Neill Blomkamp adds a new member to an exclusive club: movies with really cool robots. It’s a cross-section of movies big and small that drive the story forward with characters made of metal and wire. Sometimes they’re menacing, sometimes they’re hilarious, but the best movie robots are always unforgettable.

In honor of Blomkamp’s movie, Chappie, I’ve ranked my 25 favorite movie robots of all time. It wasn’t an easy task. There are so many subtle differences you have to consider. Is a cyborg a robot? Is an alien a robot? For example, Darth Vader is “more machine than man,” just like RoboCop. Are they both robots? In the end I went with my gut. If the character felt like a robot, or its robotic nature added something to the movie, it made the list. Also, this is (once again) a personal list. I didn’t grow up on Westworld or The Day the Earth Stood Still. I never really felt like Blade Runner‘s replicants were robots. So it’s a little weird and surprising but hopefully that’s why you want to check it out. Hit the jump to find out the 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time.

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Matrix 700

No matter how old you are, you remember the moment you were introduced to The Wachowskis. For me, it was February 1999. I was sitting in a screening of what I figured was some dumb new Keanu Reeves movie with about 1,000 of my fellow college students. A girl in black leather started to get into a fight and as she jumped in the air she froze. The camera spun around her, and she delivered a bone-shattering blow. Every single person in the room cheered wildly at the iconic visual moment at the beginning of The Matrix and, for the next two hours, we continued to be amazed at what was unfolding on screen.

The Matrix went on to gross almost $500 million worldwide and spawn two hugely anticipated sequels. More importantly, it supercharged the careers of Lana (then Larry) and Andy Wachowski. The filmmaking siblings have since gone on to make several films that are technical marvels and intellectual thrill rides. This past weekend, their latest film, Jupiter Ascending, finally hit theaters, so we saw a perfect opportunity to rank the films of The Wachowskis. Read More »

French Connection Matrix

The phrase “When it rains, it pours” applies to Mondo posters Wednesday. After a cavalcade of great work by Ken Taylor for their Austin-based gallery, Mondo revealed two out-of-left-field posters that’ll go on sale Thursday May 29. There’s the Oscar-winning thriller The French Connection by Adam Simpson and the sci-fi masterpiece The Matrix made by Kevin Tong. Check out both posters below. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

The Matrix Fan Film Trickster

A couple weeks ago a rumor circulated the movie blogosphere that the Wachowskis siblings were already deep into developing a new trilogy of films as part of The Matrix franchise. We don’t know if there is any truth to those early reports, but you won’t have to wait a couple years to see another Matrix adventure: Technical 3D artist  Felix Joleanes has released the fun little Matrix fan film Trickster online for you to enjoy. Hit the jump to watch the short film and find out more information about how the film was created.
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New Matrix Trilogy?

Will there be a new Matrix trilogy? A report says claims that Warner Bros. wants one, and that Andy and Lana Wachowski have already started work on stories, “with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio.” Read More »

The Wolverine

On November 1st 2012, I visited the set of The Wolverine in Sydney, Australia. To give you an idea of the timeline of my visit, Hurricane Sandy had just wreaked havoc in New York, and I woke up early one morning from the constant noises coming from my computer because I was getting so many notices of the breaking news that Disney had purchased LucasFilm and was making more Star Wars movies.

It is five in the morning and I’m standing in a street lined with Japanese houses covered with snow. The elaborate set was  built in a huge parking lot that was built for the 2000 Olympic games. Flakes of snow fall as ninjas run and ride motorcycles along the rooftops. Hugh Jackman is hanging off the top of a snow plow as it barrels down the street, away from a crowd of masked ninjas. Jackman, employing safety harnesses, flips to his feet on top of the snowplow and “activates” his claws. The second unit director calls “cut”, and Hugh notices our little grouping of press off in the corner and yells out “So you guys a pulling an all nighter? Why don’t you put some ninja suits on and get in the action?”

After the jump you will find a compilation of interesting facts I learned while visiting the set.

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