Must-own Star Wars art

Is there a major pop culture property that’s had more artwork devoted to it than Star Wars? You could fill multiple museums with all of the art released since the pop culture art boom that’s been dedicated to a galaxy far, far away, but there are still incredible Star Wars-related pieces being produced on a regular basis. Case in point: tomorrow, Bottleneck Gallery and Acme Archives are releasing some stunning new art from Ise Ananphada, Juan Ruiz Burgos, Gianmarco Magnani AKA Silence TV, and Andy Fairhurst. You’ve gotta check these out.
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the matrix sequels

It can’t be understated how hugely influential the Wachowski’s The Matrix was. Many a film after it tried (and often failed) to imitate its look, its tone, its groundbreaking visual effects. And the man responsible for the stylish look of the 1999 sci-fi film was cinematographer Bill Pope, who would go on to shoot the film’s much-maligned sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions to less than satisfactory results. There are a lot of things that can singled out for the reasons of The Matrix sequels’ failures — bloated plots, convoluted narratives, what have you — but Pope knows the real reason. And that reason is…Stanley Kubrick?

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tenet runtime

In April of 2019, actor Robert Pattinson teased that his upcoming collaboration with director Christopher Nolan was “the craziest thing [he’s] seen in years” and “the length of three movies.” While we anxiously await seeing Nolan’s new spy thriller Tenet for ourselves to determine if it is also the craziest thing we’ve seen in years, the latter part of Pattinson’s comment is being called into question. The Tenet runtime has just been revealed by the Korean Media Rating Board, and it turns out the film isn’t some five or six-hour behemoth after all. (Not that anyone realistically expected it to be, but still.)

Here’s how the newly-uncovered runtime compares to the other movies in Nolan’s filmography. Read More »

hanna season 3

The pint-sized assassin will kill again. Amazon Studios announced that it has ordered Hanna season 3, renewing the action thriller series less than two weeks after its second season debuted on Prime Video.

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The Princess Bride remake scene

Last year, we heard rumblings that Hollywood was considering tackling a The Princess Bride remake. Frankly, that sounded like an awful idea because Rob Reiner’s 1987 movie managed to strike a perfect balance of tones and it seemed unlikely that any new version would be able to recapture its spirit – especially without original writer William Goldman on board (Goldman died in 2018.) Then, a few weeks ago, Jason Reitman (Juno, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) announced that he had recruited an A-list cast for a Princess Bride remake for Quibi that was shot in everyone’s backyards during the coronavirus quarantine, all to help raise money for the World Central Kitchen charity. How could anyone be mad about that?

Now Quibi has released a lengthy clip from the homemade version of the movie on YouTube, so keep scrolling to see an all-star cast recreate the movie’s memorable sword fight, the Man in Black’s confrontation with Fezzik, and the hilarious battle of wits. Read More »

The Old Guard director interview

Gina Prince-Bythewood is a director known for authenticity and intimacy. In Beyond the Lights, Love & Basketball, and Disappearing Acts, audiences feel how close she is to her characters, their dreams, and their conflicts. That’s a part of what makes her new Netflix movie, The Old Guard, stand far apart from the typical action movie.

Prince-Bythewood, who’s the first black woman to direct a comic book movie, tells an ensemble story with The Old Guard in which the characters are as fully-realized as the propulsive fight scenes. The Old Guard is what you get when a director knows her characters inside and out. What may very well be the only big action movie we see all summer is a movie driven by character, not setpieces.

Recently, we spoke to Prince-Bythewood about crafting the setpieces, the pains of writing, and how her experiences as an athlete drive her as a filmmaker.

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f9 in space

We’ve joked about it time and time again: what if Fast and Furious went to space? After all, the action franchise has escalated so far beyond the bounds of its gritty street racing beginnings — the latest films have basically turned them into world class superspies — so why not? Well, after eight films of NOS, bank heists, and sending cars flying out of airplanes, Fast and Furious may finally be going supersonic. Fast and Furious star Ludacris, who has starred in six of the films including the upcoming ninth installment, hints that F9 might be going to…outer space.

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Indiana Jones Trilogy Honest Trailer

The adventures of Indiana Jones make up a near-perfect trilogy where the biggest problem is that they didn’t just come to an end. Instead, we got the disaster that is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is why we’re getting an Honest Trailer of just the original Indiana Jones trilogy. Though you may not have realized it after repeat viewings, Dr. Henry Jones Jr. is actually both a terrible professor and an awful archaeologist, and it’s kind of an undeniable fact. Read More »

his dark materials novella

When The Amber Spyglass brought Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy to an end in 2000, that seemed like the end of the story of its protagonist. But 20 years later, and we’re still following the bullish heroine on adventures in her parallel-world Oxford — both on screen in the excellent HBO/BBC TV series adaptation, and in new books published by Pullman.

While Pullman’s latest novel The Secret Commonwealth, the second in a new trilogy of books set in the world of His Dark Materials, picks up with Lyra as an adult, Pullman had been keeping an unseen His Dark Materials novella about teenage Lyra in his pocket since 2004. Finally, Pullman will be releasing that novella, titled Serpentine, this October.

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top gun maverick story

Tom Cruise‘s Pete Mitchell in Tony Scott’s 1986 classic Top Gun was an idol for every every aviation lover back in the ’80s. And why wouldn’t he be? He was a wild card, he was cocky, he looked great playing shirtless volleyball, and his code name was Maverick, of all things. But what happens when a maverick is nearing middle age? That’s what the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick will grapple with, director Joseph Kosinski said, teasing that the story of the highly anticipated sequel will be a “rite-of-passage story, much like the first film was,” but at a “different stage” of Pete Mitchell’s life.

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