Matrix reboot

Writer Zak Penn has been offering updates on the potential Matrix reboot since March of last year. Now, Penn, who is out on the circuit promoting Ready Player One, has offered new details, telling us where his The Matrix reboot currently stands.

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Ready Player One posters

The end of this month will see the release of the anticipated adaptation of Ready Player One. The novel from Ernest Cline is coming to the big screen courtesy of director Steven Spielberg, who seems like the only director who could pull off a pop culture mash-up of this scale – especially with all of its key references to some of the most iconic blockbusters ever made.

Now a new set of Ready Player One posters ups the ante when it comes to mashing up nostalgic movies from decades past. Each of the posters takes the film’s digital characters and places them on the poster of a beloved movie from the past. Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Beetlejuice, Blade Runner, The Goonies, Risky Business, and more posters were fully recreated with Ready Player One‘s game avatar characters from The OASIS. Read More »

Craig Drake Artwork - Solo Show 4

Craig Drake is one of our favorite artists paying tribute to our favorite movies and TV shows year after year, and he’s also one of the few who can be relied upon to have a solo gallery exhibition every couple of years. This past weekend brought the Craig Drake Solo Show 4 to Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, including pieces paying tribute to The Iron Giant, Kill Bill, Gremlins, Suicide Squad, The Royal Tenenbaums, Ex Machina, Labyrinth, Spider-Man and more.

The entire collection of new work from Craig Drake is available for you to check out (and purchase) below. Read More »

movies leaving netflix

Typically, the end of October and start of November signals the heart of autumn: crisp air, falling leaves, Halloween, pumpkins (David S. or otherwise), and the proliferation of pumpkin spice flavors applied to every type of food imaginable. But it’s 103 degrees in Los Angeles today and there are at least more 100-plus degree days on the horizon, so please forgive me if I’m not quite in the spirit of the season yet.

When I’m done shaking my fist at the heavens, I’ll go inside and try to drown my weather-related sorrows in a solid batch of Netflix movies. movies. Luckily, we have a list of all of the TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in November 2017, and we’ll highlight a few of them that are worth cramming in before this month comes to a close.
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Replicas NYCC Panel

How many times can we see the Frankenstein concept of bringing back dead people play out on the big screen, you ask?  Short answer: countless times. Keanu Reeves is starring in Replicas, the latest in a long line of films, mostly told from a male perspective mind you, which tampers with death and recreation. If you haven’t seen it already.

I have nothing against films that explore the idea of cloning. Though, I think BBC America’s small screen gem Orphan Black did an exceptional job taking on themes of feminism, sisterhood, and the politics of science.

But according to Reeves, Replicas is more about how man manipulates nature for his own selfish needs, which makes me significantly less excited about it. “There’s an idea of control, an impulse to create and manifest. This film is having a conversation with that.”

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THE MATRIX reboot

In March, word broke that a potential reboot of The Matrix, the influential 1999 sci-fi hit that reshaped the action movie landscape and made billowy coats cool again, was in the works at Warner Brothers. X-Men: The Last Stand and Ready Player One screenwriter Zak Penn was mentioned as being attached to the film, and Penn later tried to set the record straight by saying the film was not really a reboot. Now Penn has offered a new update. Get the details on the new Matrix movie below.

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Captain America Civil War VFX - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, we have an extensive Captain America: Civil War visual effects breakdown revealing all the impressive post-production work on display, which includes most of Iron Man‘s suit. Plus, we have a video essay looking at how the scene transitions in The Matrix enhance the movie, and another about the intricate details of costume design that you may not have noticed. Read More »

The Defenders Release Date

Summer is coming to a close soon enough, and Netflix will be doing their best to keep you tethered to your couch with a new wave of programming being added to their streaming library. An assembly of licensed movies and TV shows as well as plenty of Netflix originals will debut in August, and we’ve assembled a list of the best titles for you to check out.

Find out all the noteworthy TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in August 2017 down below. Read More »

WAr for the Planet of the Apes

Hollywood loves a good apocalypse. Post-apocalyptic films continue to flourish, and with the way current events seem to be headed, these movies are becoming even more relevant. Be it exciting adventure films or bleak existential reflections, the end of the world is big business for show business. After all, who doesn’t want to see the human race meet its demise at this point?

This week, those damn dirty apes are back for War For the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the surprisingly excellent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Once again, humanity inches ever-closer to extinction while intelligent apes claim the planet for themselves. Good for them! In the grand scheme of post-apocalyptic films, it’s not that bad, especially when compared to some other films in a similar vein. In the spirit of this latest cinematic excursion into the aftermath of the end of the world, let’s rank some cinematic post-apocalypses from how tolerable they seem to how devastatingly awful they are. Sounds pleasant! Ever wonder how you might fare in the aftermath of the end of the world? Reading this list is the only way to find out!

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/Response: Your Favorite Movie Gunfights

raiders of the lost ark

(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)

Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about their favorite movie gunfights of all time. We then opened the floor to our readers: what is your favorite cinematic gun battle? And you let us know!

We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: what comic book series (superhero or not) should be made into a TV series? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com!

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