The 20 Best Movie Posters of 2017

Best Movie Posters of 2017

We’re close to the end of 2017, and as we rush to catch up on some of the awards season contenders in order to finalize our lists of the Top 10 Movies of 2017 (coming next week), it’s time to take a look back at the year in cinema.

Before we ever see a trailer for a movie, we’ll often see a teaser poster that tries to set the stage for what’s to come on the big screen. A majority of official movie posters from studios are boring, familiar and don’t do much to get people excited. But every year, there are at least a couple dozen movie posters that deserve recognition. So without further adieu, here are the 20 Best Movie Posters of 2017. Read More »

Why Were So Many Major Animated Movies So Bad in 2017?

2017 animated movies

When I sat down to compile a list of the best animated movies of 2017, I realized that the selection was shockingly meager. Outside of Pixar and Disney, animation has never been the pride of Hollywood, often appealing to the lowest common denominator rather than stretching the limits of what animated storytelling can do. That’s a job for the foreign animated flicks or for the arthouse indie films. Mainstream animated films only have to keep kids occupied while their parents run errands.

But there was something exceptionally horrible about 2017’s mainstream animated offerings. Aside from CocoCars 3, and The Lego Batman Movie, Hollywood has had a pretty bad year for animated movies. Don’t remember what came out this year? The Emoji Movie, The Boss Baby, and Smurfs: The Lost Village, just to name a few. Now you see what I mean.

Compared to last year, which boasted fantastic widely released films from high-profile studios like Disney’s Moana and Zootopia and smaller studios like Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings, this year’s wide-release animated movies have little in the way of critical acclaim. How can there be such a difference in quality in one year? Let’s dive into it.

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Cars universe motorcycles

Disney and Pixar’s Cars films raise many questions: Where did all the humans go? What brought all those cars to life? Why do they keep making these movies? There are plenty of theories for some of these queries, but there’s one question that’s has long gone unanswered: why are there no motorcycles in this universe of sentient vehicles? It seems we now have the answer. Are you ready to learn the shocking truth about the Cars universe motorcycles?

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piper print

Cyclops Print Works will be releasing three brand new Pixar serigraphs at D23 Expo 2017 this weekend, including /Film favorite JC Richard‘s beautiful tribute to the short film Piper, as well as prints for Inside Out and Cars 3. We are excited to exclusively premiere them for you here today. Hit the jump to see them all now and find out where and when you can buy them.

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luxo jr ball in cars 3

With every new Pixar movie, we love searching for the fun easter eggs that the filmmakers hide throughout the film. We have compiled a listing of over 15 Cars 3 easter eggs. How many did you notice?

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Cars 3

During my conversation with Cars 3 director Brian Fee last week, I brought up the question of another Cars film. If this movie is a hit and they decide to make a fourth installment, could Owen Wilson‘s Lightning McQeen take a back seat (pun intended) while another character becomes the focal point of the series? Here’s what the filmmaker said about the possibility of a Cars 4.

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Cars 3 Batmobile Cameos

The universe in which Pixar’s animated franchise Cars exists is already confusing enough, and it was almost expanded to be even more perplexing in Cars 3 with several cameos inspired by a certain DC Comics superhero.

In a recent interview, director Brian Fee explained that a different version of Cars 3 almost saw Lightning McQueen end up in Los Angeles at a Hollywood party that would have been full of movie stars, including two different Batmobiles. That version of the story didn’t survive, but if it did, the existence of Batmobiles in the Cars universe would have been supremely strange.

Find out more about the cut Cars 3 Batmobile cameos after the jump. Read More »

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After graduating from film school, entering into the world of entertainment was a challenge.  I’d receive encouragement and praise from my peers, but there would always be an invisible shadow looming in the distance, the one that wasn’t exactly cool about me being a woman in a community and workforce dominated by the opposite gender. Sure, I finally found my place, but it is (and always will be) a bit more of a struggle – which is something I can connect with when it comes to the character of Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3.

In the film, Cruz is labeled as the energetic, spunky new trainer to the down-on-his-luck Lightning McQueen. Decorated in a colorful yellow coat and full of spirit, she’s trying her best to make her client the best he can be…while also secretly dreaming of becoming a racer herself one day. But she was constantly told in her past that she’ll never make it and those notions knock her self-esteem down to the lowest of lows.

Yet, as Cars 3 goes along, Cruz eventually finds her way down the road of life that she has always wanted, but the way she gets to those goals makes me a bit uncomfortable – both in how her dreams are achieved on the screen and in how a majority of the industry seems to be patting their back on how great Cruz’s role in this franchise is.

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Cars 3 - Final Image

The ending of Cars 3 makes the movie, but as with all Pixar films, it was a work in progress for many years. Last week, I spoke with director Brian Fee about how the Cars 3 ending evolved over the development and production of the film.

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Lightning McQueen 30 for 30 video

The time has come for Lightning McQueen to prove whether he still has some race left in him in Pixar Animation’s sequel, Cars 3. The next chapter in the racer’s story sees his career on the verge of ending as Jackson Storm and a whole crew of high-tech race cars enter the fray, leaving him as the resident old man on the track.

Now ESPN has chronicled Lightning McQueen’s career in a documentary short called 95: The Untold Story of Lightning McQueen, inspired by their acclaimed 30 for 30 series.

Watch the Lightning McQueen 30 for 30 video below. Read More »