As every single Star Wars movie has told us since 1977, the space opera adventure takes place “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” But what if that galaxy wasn’t so far, far away? What if the adventures of Star Wars actually happened in proximity to Earth? Or what if, at the very least, these stories made their way to our galaxy along with some interesting artifacts from the past? That’s what the new short film Star Wars: Origins (which we teased awhile back) presupposes, and we gotta say, this is an impressive and imaginative project that fans will enjoy. Read More »
What would happen if archeologists in a serial-inspired adventure stumbled across alien artifacts? No, I’m not asking you to recount the plot of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but instead presenting the premise of Star Wars: Origins, an upcoming fan film shot in the Sahara desert which blends the worlds of two of Lucasfilm’s biggest intellectual properties: Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Check out the trailer below, and let the countdown begin for Disney actually implementing their own version of this concept. Read More »
Topher Grace has done it again. Seven years after the BlacKkKlansman actor assembled all the Star Wars prequels in an 85-minute fan film, Grace has released another amazing Star Wars fan edit in the form of a 5-minute trailer. But this time, he’s got a much bigger playground: all 10 Star Wars films, including all the standalone films released in the past three years.
Together with with Jeff Yorkes, Grace has proven his fan-edit accolades and created a Star Wars mega-trailer that gives a stunning picture of the entire franchise in just five minutes.
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If you were itching for a dark and gritty reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, you’re in luck. No? You never wanted one in the first place? Well too bad, because Adi Shankar has made it part of his “Bootleg Universe” which includes the likes of his famously violent Power Rangers fan film, and the The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, which brought Thomas Jane back into the role. Now, the cheery children’s show The Powerpuff Girls gets the dark and modern treatment in a 20-minute short film titled Powerpuff Girls: The Long Way Back.
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In 2005, Rian Johnson burst onto the indie film scene with Brick, a stylish film noir inspired by the writings of author Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon). 12 years and several films later, Johnson released Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the most divisive film in the franchise thus far.
Now a group of fans has created a short film that ties those two projects together – a fan film shot in the style of Brick (using many of its same exact locations) but directly addressing some of The Last Jedi controversies, like Kelly Marie Tran being driven off of Instagram and that idiotic Last Jedi remake that vocal fans promised to make. Check out Star Wars: Revenge of the Incels below. Read More »
Dunkirk is a feat of cinematic splendor, a visual and auditory assault that is less a standard film than it is a visceral experience.
There is barely a plot to Dunkirk — you could probably summarize the entire thing within five minutes — but it makes the film all the more affecting. There’s no need for dialogue telling you who, what, when, where, why when you can read the fear in the battle-worn soldiers’ eyes and the apprehension in every British citizen’s face. But is that enough to create a substantial silent film? A YouTube video essay channel decided to find out.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 by Ben Pearson
Artist Ralph McQuarrie is arguably as responsible for the look of Star Wars as George Lucas himself. McQuarrie’s original designs and concept art shaped not only Lucas’s original movie, but multiple films and TV projects throughout the franchise’s storied history. McQuarrie passed away in 2012, but his influence on the world of science fiction will live forever.
A group of students at DAVE, the digital animation and visual effects school in Orlando, Florida, took McQuarrie’s iconic original artwork and brought it to life in the form of a live-action fan trailer, and the results show what Star Wars might have looked like if Lucas and his team had incorporated every aspect of McQuarrie’s art instead of just using them as a starting point. You’ve gotta check this out.
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It was only a couple of days ago that we posted a new jaw-dropping clip from Disney/Pixar’s Coco, but the studio has released yet another new look at their latest animated feature in an attempt to drum up some excitement. And this time, they’ve included a couple of brief glimpses at connections to other Pixar movies like Toy Story and Finding Nemo. See if you can spot the easter eggs in the new Coco clip below.
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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, Jim Carrey‘s passion and talent for creating gorgeous paintings is explored in a documentary short. Plus, a Star Wars fan film called Days Past explores some of the time that passed between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, and a video explores the abandoned plans for a theme park called Disney’s America that was once in development in the 1990s. Read More »
The future of the Ghostbusters franchise is currently uncertain. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movie, says there are still multiple movies in development, and he has some big ideas for how to take them worldwide. Meanwhile, Dan Aykroyd, the actor/writer who birthed this whole franchise, doubts that a sequel to Paul Feig’s female-led reboot will ever happen. It doesn’t seem as if things are going according to plan at Ghost Corps right now, and it’ll be interesting to see how they pivot to keep the series alive.
But all of the Hollywood strategy falls away when you see something like this. An eight-year-old boy named Braeden Rios, who suffers from a condition called bronchomalacia, loves the original movie, so an organization called the For The Win Project flew him and his family out to Los Angeles so Braeden could become a real Ghostbuster for the day. And who were they gonna call to help out? Aykroyd, of course.
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