Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The summer movie season is over and you know what that means – it’s time to hand out pointless imaginary awards to the best, worst, and weirdest films of the past four months!
Welcome to the 2016 Summer Blockbuster Awards, which is like the Oscars if the Oscars only covered a specific release window, were decided by one person, and were also really dumb. Here’s how this works: I have created 24 categories, from “Best Performance” to “Movie Most in Need of a Hug” and have awarded one winner and one runner-up. At the name of these awards imply, the focus here is on wide releases that arrived between May and August of this year. So while you really should go out of your way to see indie gems like Swiss Army Man and Don’t Think Twice, they won’t be the focus here. Got it? Good. Let’s just dive right in.
Be warned there are spoilers ahead for some of this summer’s films.
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Duncan Jones‘ first cut of Warcraft was two hours and forty minutes long. Around the time of the film’s release, the director made it sound like most of what was cut was removed for good reason, but there were some trims made that possibly weakened the film. We’ll see some of these extended/deleted scenes on the Blu-ray next month, but any World of Warcraft fans hoping to one day purchase an extended version of the fantasy film are sadly out of luck.
Below, learn why you’ll never see a Warcraft director’s cut. Read More »
The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This edition of The Toy Box includes an iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that you’ve never seen before from Sideshow Collectibles, the latest edition of the helpful tool that belongs to Doctor Who, a collection of Guillermo Del Toro‘s most important influences, a stylish jacket straight from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and more.
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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
In this edition of The Toy Box, there’s quite a bit of new stuff coming to San Diego Comic-Con. The good news is that some of those items will be available for sale after the convention after first being sold at Comic-Con. There’s plenty of new Star Wars figures, a couple new Ghostbusters items, goodies for fans of Transformers, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Warcraft, Breaking Bad and much more.
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Before Warcraft even hit theaters in the United States, box office analysts were already predicting that the video game adaptation from Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones wasn’t going to make much money domestically. However, Warcraft was already pulling in some serious bank overseas, and just a few weeks after hitting theaters around the world, it was already the most successful video game film of all time. And you know what that means.
In a post on the Chinese microblogging website Weibo, the official social media account of the Warcraft movie came out and said that this first film is just the beginning, meaning that a Warcraft sequel is in the works. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
If you live in the U.S., you might reasonably have assumed that Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft was an epic flop. After all, it’s scraped together a paltry $37 million in its first two weekends playing at home — a mere fraction of the $160 million it cost to make. But you’d be wrong. In truth, not only is Warcraft a hit, it’s actually the most successful video game movie of all time. And we have all the other countries to thank (or blame) for that. Read More »
When Warcraft opened last week, the big screen adaptation of Blizzard’s opeugely popular fantasy franchise was greeted with scathing reviews from critics and lackluster box office from domestic audiences. For many viewers, director Duncan Jones‘ high fantasy epic of orcs and wizards and magic and war was dead on arrival. Normal people, it seemed weren’t interested in this movie or its world. It was too outlandish, too nerdy, too inscrutable.
However, every movie deserves a fair shake and I decided the best way to approach Warcraft would be to view it through the lens of the nerdiest people I know, the people who would be most open to what this movie was selling. If my Dungeons & Dragons group couldn’t embrace Warcraft, who would?
So I gathered my fellow adventurers at the local tavern to chat about this divisive film and it turns out that even people who spend hours going on fantastical adventures that only exist on paper and in dry erase marker were also thoroughly divided. Here’s our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity. Each participant is identified by their D&D character class and race (I’m the human rogue, for the record) and we get into major spoilers.
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In this bonus episode of the /Filmcast, Jeff and Angie Han discuss Duncan Jones’ newest film, Warcraft. How does the film measure up for game fans and non-game fans? Listen to find out.
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Warcraft isn’t actor Toby Kebbell’s first rodeo with motion-capture. Following up his performance in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in which he played Koba, Kebbell stars in director Duncan Jones‘ fantasy film as Durotan, a noble orc more interested in peace than war. The Blizzard adaptation shows both sides of a war — and Durotan is unquestionably the moral compass on the orcs’ side.
It’s this nobility and thoughtfulness, as Kebbell explained to us, that informed the physicality of his performance. Below, read our Toby Kebbell interview.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Warcraft won’t open in the U.S. for another few days, but already the signs aren’t good. Early tracking suggested a limp performance in theaters, and that 23% Rotten Tomatoes score probably won’t help matters either. From here, Warcraft has all the makings of an epic flop. That is, except for the fact that it’s already a smash hit abroad. Duncan Jones‘ fantasy adventure has earned around $45.7 million in its first day playing in China — more than recent blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron or Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More »