The start of a David Fincher commentary is kind of like the start of a David Fincher movie: you know you’re in store for something good. Sometimes after listening to hours upon hours of commentary tracks, I question how I spend my time, but listening to Fincher’s commentaries is always time well spent. He’s concise and candid, he’s as funny as his movies, and he’s a great storyteller. The co-founder of Propaganda Films is completely open about his choices and how a scene and film was put together, and never attempts to preserve some sense of mystery about his work.
Everything you’d want to know about one of Fincher’s movies can be learned in one of his commentary tracks, which are usually joined by other excellent and informative bonus features, including a highly reccomended Panic Room commentary featuring screenwriter William Goldman. Audio commentaries don’t get much better than Fincher’s, though, so if you’ve yet to listen to one of his, do yourself a favor and check one out.
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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, find out how Pixar’s The Incredibles should have ended. Plus, take a tour of the new Jim Henson exhibition on display at the Museum of the Moving Image and watch a video essay looking closely at how David Fincher uses music in his films. Read More »
Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with the upcoming release of The Dark Tower, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie adaptation of a beloved book?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.
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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “Who is your favorite movie mentor?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. This week, we are also joined by Cars 3 director Brian Fee.
If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite movie mentor, please send your thoughts to email@example.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!
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For some movies, the opening credits are just a mundane way to remind the audience who is in the movie and give credit to a handful of the key crew members who helped make it. But for others, the opening credits not only deliver that information, but they do so in a stylish way that sets the tone for the story that’s about to unfold, even providing integral pieces that set the stage for what’s to come.
For cinephiles, a truly memorable opening credits sequence can be hard to come by, but there are plenty of them out there, and not just in the James Bond franchise. A new countdown video attempts to name the 10 best opening credits sequences in movies, and it will surely spark a bit of a debate for those who have their own favorite credits sequences. Read More »
Even though many movies end up being shot on the backlots of studios, there are plenty that end up shooting on location in real places around the world. One photographer has decided to visit the real shooting locations of movies like Halloween, Fight Club, Blade Runner, Wayne’s World, Back to the Future and more, but instead of just shooting a photo of the location without any context, he’s been posting them matched up perfectly with the original shots from the movies.
Check out the movie locations then and now after the jump. Read More »
Just last month, we called your attention to a countdown of what CineFix believed were the Top 10 Opening Shots of All Time. But every movie that starts with an iconic shot must also come to an end, and now we have a list of what CineFix thinks are the Top 10 Closing Shots of All Time. The closing shot of any film can be even more important than the opening shot as it’s the last impression the film gives you before you leave the theater. So let’s see if you agree with these picks for the best closing shots in cinema. Read More »
We’ve previously featured videos taking a look at some of the most beautiful opening shots on film, not to mention the importance of opening shots in cinema, but this next video is going to stir up some debate. CineFix has rounded up what they believe to be the Top 10 Opening Shots of All Time. On the list you’ll find shots from Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and more. Check out the full list of the best opening shots after the jump! Read More »
We’ve featured artist Joey Spiotto‘s work many times on the site over the past few years. You might recognize his little Golden Book parody covers or his fictional band Vinyl record cover art. We even featured him earlier in the week as his book Alien Next Door hit stores nationwide.
To coincide with his book release, Gallery 1988 is hosting Joey’s second solo art show which debuts tonight. Storytime 2 will see a return of Joey Spiotto’s demented children’s books. Hit the jump to get a preview of some of the 50-or-so pieces which will be on display at the exhibition.
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Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 by David Chen
One of my favorite music cues from all of cinema is the ending of David Fincher’s Fight Club. “Trust me. Everything’s going to be fine,” Edward Norton’s character tells Marla Singer, as explosive charges blow and their surroundings start to come apart. The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” roars to life in the background, and Norton intones, “You met me at a very strange time in my life.”
That song, with its stream-of-consciousness lyrics and its simple but poignant refrain, has always struck me as the perfect song to end the film with. In recent days, “Where Is My Mind” was used to great effect in an episode of the hit show Mr. Robot.
Inspired by the song and its use in popular culture, I tried to tackle a unique rendition of it using my cello and looping. With vocalist Annie Jantzer, I shot a video featuring a reverse lip-sync of the song. This required the tedious process of recording the song in studio, filming it, reversing the audio, learning the reversed version, filming the music video in reverse, and then reversing the music video to obtain the final result. Was it worth it? Check out the final product after the jump.
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