/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:

I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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Greg Berlanti is the co-writer/producer on The Green Lantern and The Flash, the latter of which he’s also a potential director. He recently directed his second film, Life as We Know It, and has been making the press rounds to promote it. Naturally, everyone is more interested to learn about his work on Green Lantern and Flash than Hollywood’s latest Katherine Heigl romantic comedy, so he’s being pressed for as much as info as he’s willing to divulge.

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LOL: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Matrix

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With Scott Pilgrim vs. the World being the financial disaster that it is, the blame is likely to be placed largely on the marketing. Where did the trailers go so wrong?

But more importantly, a question you’ve clearly been wondering ever since Pilgrim bombed: If The Matrix had been anything like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, would it still have found success?

That’s not at all the question posed by the video Scott Pilgrim vs. The Matrix, a craftily edited mash-up of Scott Pilgrim trailer audio and footage from The Matrix trilogy, but what the hell, it should give you guys something to talk about in the comments. Watch the trailer, complete with perfectly utilized “Woah” usage, after the break. Read More »

/Film reader Jonathan Kiwanuka decided to create a fan made trailer for The Matrix trilogy, showcasing all three Wachowski films in under six minutes. Jonathan explains:

“I’ve always wished to see an ultimate trailer for the Matrix trilogy and since there was no one to be found, I always wished to do it, so here is my attempt. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for the comments.”

Watch the fan created “Ultimate” Matrix trilogy trailer embedded after the jump.
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What do our movies say about us and the world that we live in?

As 2009 has come to an end and 2010 is already upon us, a myriad of “Best of the decade” lists have been unleashed, many of them in the realm of film. Whether or not I agree with their choices, I find many of them to be fascinating reads. It’s always interesting to reflect upon the vastness of the body of work we’ve witnessed over the past decade. But comparing the films of this decade to the films of other decades may offer even more insight into how our sensibilities are changing.

I was home for the holidays, playing cards with my brother, and listening to my iPod music playing on the shuffle setting, when I heard a track come on from the soundtrack of The Truman Show, entitled “Raising the Sail.” Hit the jump to hear the track, and for some more thoughts on how movies have changed over the past few decades.

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VOTD: Lego Matrix (440 Hours in the Making)

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No matter the extent of one’s Neo-burnout, the following video recreating the bullet-time dodge scene inĀ The Matrix using stop-motion and Lego deserves a shout on /Film. Its makers estimate the clip—less than a minute and a half long with credits—took 440 hours and $500 to make using a Canon 850IS camera and painstaking attention to detail. (They calculate that the entire film (relax, not in the works) would take 25 years to finish—or nine hours in a Martyrs-like scenario against free will). Included after the jump is the final result as well a shot-by-shot comparison.

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VOTD: Charlie Chaplin in The Matrix

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What if The Matrix was made in 1905 as a silent comedy starring Charlie Chaplin? It would probably look something like this 7-minute Russian television skit, embedded after the jump.

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Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has recorded a list of his top 20 favorite films which have been released over the last 17 years. What’s so special about the last 17 years, or the year 1992? That was the year Tarantino became a filmmaker.

Films on Tarantino’s list include Battle Royale, Anything Else, Audition, Blade, Boogie Nights, Dazed & Confused, Dogville, Fight Club, Fridays, The Host, The Insider, Joint Security Area, Lost In Translation, The Matrix, Memories of Murder, Police Story 3, Shaun of the Dead, Speed, Team America, and Unbreakable. It think it’s interesting that Tarantino mentions that The Matrix sequels ruined the mythology, enough to push the first film off the top of his list. Watch the full list after the jump, complete with commentary from Tarantino himself .

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