The Walk Visual Effects

Hot on the heels of a visual effects reel that showed how pretty much an entire city was created in post-production for Deadpool, the geniuses at the digital effects company Atomic Fiction have revealed another showcase of even more impressive work. This time a visual effects reel takes a look at how the company created the crux of Robert Zemeckis‘ vertigo-inducing true story The Walk.

See how the now-fallen Twin Towers of New York City (and basically the city itself as seen from on top of the buildings) were recreated pretty much entirely with visual effects so that Joseph Gordon-Levitt could appear to be suspended between them on a high wire.

Watch The Walk VFX breakdown after the jump. Read More »

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WWII Film Release Date

Robert Zemeckis is coming off of one of the rare bombs in his career. The Walk, which cost a reported $35 million, has made under $40 million worldwide. The director of Back to the FutureForrest GumpCast Away, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? hasn’t made too many financial duds in his career, but The Walk is now amongst them. Zemeckis is quickly moving forward, though, as his next project, a WWII romantic thriller, begins principal photography soon for release in 2016.

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/Filmcast Ep. 337 – The Walk

The Walk IMAX trailer

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the uselessness of origin stories, the brilliance of Rick and Morty, and why the Tivo Bolt is ushering in the end of art. Be sure to read up on why Pan bombed.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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Ranked: All 17 of The Films of Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis films ranked

This weekend brings the true story of The Walk to theaters everywhere after an exclusive IMAX 3D engagement began last week. Director Robert Zemeckis has finally figured out a way to use 3D to his advantage, and without hollow, haunting motion capture characters , by crafting one of the most breathtaking, suspenseful sequences that film has seen in a long time.

So as the tale of wire walker Philipe Petit’s daring stunt between the Twin Towers gets a wide release this weekend, it’s the perfect time to look back at the films of Robert Zemeckis. Beginning with his first feature film in 1978 and running through this year’s The Walk, we have all of the Robert Zemeckis films ranked. Which one made #1? Read More »

Back in Time trailer

Robert Zemeckis has never talked much about recasting Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future. The actor was completely wrong for the movie, and after a few weeks of shooting, Zemeckis decided to recast the role. To see the director of this weekend’s The Walk discuss the casting change, check out the video after the jump.

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The Walk

As what IMAX calls “An IMAX 3D Experience,” Robert ZemeckisThe Walk is excellent. From the moment Joseph Gordon-Levitt touches his toe on that tightrope, The Wire becomes the kind of intensely visceral experience you can only truly experience in a movie theater*, preferably one equipped with an extra-jumbo screen and 3D projection.

As a narrative feature, however, The Walk is somewhat less accomplished. Gordon-Levitt is as watchable as always, but the film never truly reveals Philippe Petit. In trying to make Petit feel universal, Zemeckis erases what makes him special.

* Well, at least until virtual reality becomes a more common form of entertainment — but more on that later.  Read More »

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The Walk Early Buzz

The New York Film Festival is in full swing, and this past weekend brought the premiere of Robert Zemeckis‘ drama The Walk, a narrative chronicle of the real life stunt featured in the documentary Man on Wire, where French high wire artist Philippe Petit walked across a high wire placed between the Twin Towers in 1974.

Now that the film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been seen, some of The Walk early buzz has hit the web, and at the very least, it sounds like there’s plenty of suspense and thrills to be found, even if the move as a whole seems to stumble a bit here and there. Read More »

The Walk IMAX trailer

Robert Zemeckis‘ The Walk is the kind of movie that demands to be seen in IMAX 3D, or at least the kind of movie Sony would like you to think demands to be seen in IMAX 3D. So the studio has just issued a nearly five-minute IMAX trailer to convince you that those pesky surcharges will be totally worth it.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Philippe Petit, a French high-wire artist who in 1974 attempted to walk between New York’s Twin Towers on a tightrope strung between the two buildings. Needless to say, it looks like an intense experience. Watch The Walk IMAX trailer after the jump.

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Fall 2015 Movie Preview

We’re well past the midpoint of the year, and we’ve already delivered our list of the Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far. And as we reach the end of the summer, the movie business starts slowing down, giving a little calm before the storm that is awards season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still tons of movies to look forward to before the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve collected a list of 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. And since there are so many great movies coming up before the end of the year, this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of the list, and next week we’ll deliver a completely different list for independent movies. But until then, here’s a list of movies we think you won’t want to miss over the next four months. Read More »