The Last Blockbuster

Remember Blockbuster Video? If you’re younger than I am, there’s a good chance you don’t! But at one point in history, brick and motor stores dotted the land, offering customers an opportunity to rent video tapes (and later, DVDs and Blu-rays). Blockbuster Video was the reigning champion of franchised video stores, but the birth of streaming video all but killed the company off. Now, only one Blockbuster Video remains, and a Kickstarter aims to create a documentary about the final location: The Last Blockbuster.

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spider-man kickstarter

Have you ever wanted to swing through the air like radioactive superhero Spider-Man? What about death – are you interested in that? A new Spider-Man Kickstarter product might give you the chance to achieve both of those dreams!

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in a heartbeat

Love can’t be contained in the animated short In a Heartbeat, a sweet and affecting love story told in four minutes.

It has all the trappings of a story of first love — lovely, funny, and touching — only it’s about a young schoolboy who has a crush on another boy at school. Funded on Kickstarter and developed as a thesis film by two Computer Animation majors at Ringling College of Art + Design, the video has gone viral, accumulating more than 3 million views on YouTube. Turns out, love is universal.

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back to the future documentary

Back in October of last year, the filmmakers of an upcoming Back to the Future documentary called Back in Time asked for the help of /Film readers. They had just landed a big interview with one of the film’s two co-stars, Christopher Lloyd and wanted a few questions. Things have changed significantly since then. For the better.

Since then, director Jason Aron not only talked to Lloyd, but has spoken to Robert Zemeckis, Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Bob Gale, Alan Silvestri, superfans including Community creator Dan Harmon, The Goldbergs creator Adam Goldberg and more. The list goes on and on.

In short, Back in Time has become a much bigger movie which means, of course, more funding. The documentary is now back on Kickstarter and with it comes a brand new trailer featuring some of those interviews as well as footage of the real life Hoverboard, the Secret Cinema event and almost anything else Back to the Future you can think of. The campaign also brings news the documentary will be released in October 2015, the same time Marty arrived in 2015 in the film.

Watch the new Back in Time trailer below. Read More »

Shoot the Moon trailer

For all the movies we watch about attractive heroes zipping around between planets, the number of actual people who’ve been to outer space is quite small. But that could change if Michael Laine has anything to do with it.

For the past several years, Laine and his team at LiftPort have been working to try and make a space elevator a reality. The new documentary Shoot the Moon chronicles their efforts, specifically their ambitious attempt to send an unmanned robot up the tallest free-standing human structure in in existence. Watch the Shoot the Moon trailer after the jump.

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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

After Veronica Mars successfully Kickstarted its way to a movie sequel, it seemed like every dead TV series was talking up the potential for a crowdfunded revival. So far, most of that chatter hasn’t amounted to much.

But LeVar Burton has already gotten a step further than most of them by starting an actual Kickstarter campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow, the long-running educational kids’ series. Naturally, this means he’s got some special Star Trek prizes to offer his geekier supporters. Hit the jump for all the details on the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign.

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Back to the Future 2 documentary

Back to the Future fans surely know that next year, 2015, is the year Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. However, when the film was released in 1989, the possibility of flying cars, self-tying shoes and hoverboards seemed within the realm of possibility 25 years down the line. Now that 2015 is upon us, despite the odd viral video, we’re no closer to much of the tech. Or are we?

That’s the subject of an in-production Back to the Future 2 documentary called Back to the Future Again. Directed by John Plaskett, the film explores the technology imagined on the set of Back to the Future Part II versus how close science actually is to achieving it now that the year has arrived. Why can’t we make cars fly? Are Hoverboards possible? Will shoes tie themselves? All those questions will likely be answered in the film.

Below, read more about the Back to the Future 2 documentary and help its last minute push on Kickstarter, where funds are needed to officially license expensive footage from the original movies. Read More »

‘Inception’-Inspired Board Game Is a Dream Come True

Inception board game

If you walked out of Inception wishing you could spend a little more time in Christopher Nolan‘s lush sci-fi world, a new (unofficial) Inception board game could be just the thing to make your dreams come true.

Created by Bruno Gervasi and Reid Cuddy, Inceptor unfolds pretty much like the inceptions from the movie — only players roll dice and collect cards to manipulate the Mark, instead of injecting mind-bending chemicals and plugging in futuristic technology. Learn more about it after the jump.

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Kung Fury

Think of your favorite crazy, low-budget off the wall genre movie. Imagine that as “normal,” and maybe you can understand the madness that is Kung Fury.

Directed by David Sandberg, it’s the story of a renegade kung-fu cop who travels back in time to kill Adolf Hitler. I know what you’re thinking: “Been there done that.” But not like in Kung Fury. Shot in a style similar to what Robert Rodriguez did with Sin City, the film takes that wacky premise and adds dinosaurs, vikings, gods, robots, and video games, rolls them up, and uses them to beat logic to death. It’s kind of the ultimate Fantastic Fest movie and now you can check out the first trailer.

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We here on /Film have been covering pop culture art long before it became what it is now. Years ago, Mondo posters sat on their website for days at a time, Gallery 1988 shows didn’t have people camping out overnight, and eBay wasn’t a wasteland of people buying posters only to turn a profit. By consistently being passionate about the world, we likely contributed to the simple thought of “That poster is cool” turning to “I will kill someone to get that poster, so help me God.”

During that time the hype increased, new galleries opened, talented artists emerged, prices inflated, and several people have made movies about the various facets of the poster craze. Just Like Being There traced its roots in the gig poster scene, Officially Limited is exploring the legal ramifications and now a new documentary is doing a bit of both. It’s called Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six (the standard poster size in the poster collecting world) and will look at the history of the movie poster up through, and including, the current craze for limited edition collectibles. Read more below.

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