One of my all-time favorite Comic-Con memories was walking the floor, glimpsing over to a small booth in the 4000s and seeing Larry and Andy Wachowski. The writers and directors of Bound and The Matrix were just sitting there. No line, no nothing. That’s what happens when you make one of the most influential and revered films of a generation but refuse to do interviews about it. You gain a certainly level of anonymity and mystique. The kind that allows you walk around unnoticed Comic-Con, which is exactly how the Wachowskis wanted it.
Since my Comic-Con encounter, where the brothers couldn’t have been nicer, Larry has become Lana and the pair have teamed up with Tom Tykwer to make Cloud Atlas, Warner Bros.’ 2012 Oscar hopeful starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and others, scheduled for release October 26. The film had a long, difficult road to the big screen and is a huge risk, both personally and professionally, for the siblings. To combat that, they’ve finally begun to shed some of their press armor and open up about not only this film, but everything else as well.
We saw a brief video introduction to the film, another clip discussing technique and now The New Yorker has published a stunning profile on Andy and Lana. In it, we learn all about how they became filmmakers, their influences, background, Lana’s gender transformation, the difficulties of financing and adapting Cloud Atlas, the success of The Matrix and even some revealing details on film they partially shot called Cobalt Neural 9. It’s a must read for all film fans. Get the link after the jump. Read More »
“Everyone steals from everyone, that’s movies.” The guys in Swingers knew it and we all know it too. Everyone who has ever made a movie has been influenced by someone before them; even the people who invented the art form had influences from outside film. Of course many people innovate, only to to have their techniques ripped off later, but it’s almost impossible to find something that is 100% original in every aspect. That’s more or less the thesis of the video series Everything is a Remix, produced by Kirby Ferguson. He produces videos (some of which we’ve highlighted on the site) that visually show how some of our favorite movies borrow from movies before them.
Ferguson is still working on the fourth installment of the series, but in the meantime he has released a video dedicated to the 1999 hit film The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers. Part of the reason we all love The Matrix is that it takes a cool, innovative (but not wholly original) concept and infuses it with a plethora of familiar and awesome cinematic references. After the jump, you can see a full video breakdown of all of those references. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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/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.
Some of what he had to say might surprise you. Read More »
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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Posted on Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 by David Chen
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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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
No matter the extent of one’s Neo-burnout, the following video recreating the bullet-time dodge scene in 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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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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