(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Transformers: The Last Knight.)
After hundreds and hundreds of years, and a detour into Guy Ritchie’s clutches, King Arthur is finally in a Transformers movie. This is the world we live in now. Might as well get used to it. Dogs and cats living together is next.
The fifth installment in the absurdly profitable, Hasbro-fueled series will be the last to feature Bayhem. Michael Bay is stepping away after one last ride, but not after introducing Medieval lore and Sir Anthony Hopkins to a universe of urinating alien cars and mechanical dinosaurs. I mean, if you’ve already put fried chicken next to your lasagna at the buffet, you might as well toss a shepherd’s pie on top.
Chaos reigns in this franchise, which is why this installment of the Mixtape might seem even more randomized. Grab your sword, and just go with it.
/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:
I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.
Think of all the ridiculous, crazy things you’ve ever seen in science fiction movies: X-Wing Fighters flying through trenches, aliens bleeding acid blood, giant robots that transform into cars. Take all of those things into consideration and then realize this. NASA has named Roland Emmerich‘s film 2012 the least plausible science fiction movie ever made. They also made an inverse list, naming Andrew Niccol‘s Gattaca as the most plausible science fiction movie ever made. Want to know what else is on each list? You’ve gotta hit the jump. Read More »
Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump. Read More »
Two ferns and two of the greatest men of their generation, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and Between Two Ferns‘ Zach Galifianakis, sit in the dark and cut a slab of funny magic. Excerpt:
ZG: You are in The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Hamm: Yes. [nods]
Hamm: That’s a good question.
Sure, you might have seen it already, watch it again. And write a letter to AMC demanding that Galifianakis get a small role on Mad Men as Peggy’s new one night stand. And that concludes this installment of Slashfilm’s Video of the Day.
Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra and Adam discuss their apprehensiveness about a Crow remake, ponder the cheesiness of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer, and debate the choice of Chris Weitz to take over New Moon. Special guests Neha Tiwari and Laremy Legel (from the Film.com podcast) join us. Devin Faraci from CHUD also joins us to report from Butt-Numb-A-Thon and explains the use of the term “Watchmen” in the new film.
ComingSoon has confirmed that the first (non Comic Con exclusive) movie trailer for Wolverine will be attached to The Day The Earth Stood Still on December 12th. And apparently Fox isn’t going to put the trailer online until some later point, forcing comic book geeks to see their potentially bad sci-fi remake (I say potentially, because I have yet to be impressed with the footage released thus far, and the move of announcing the attachment of a Wolverine trailer smells of desperation).
And we all know that the trailer will be bootlegged and leaked onto YouTube. It always happens. And its a shame because hundreds of thousands, if not millions are subjected to these subpar quality bootleg trailers, and its all the studios fault. If I were Fox/Paramount/Insert Studio here, I would release new movie trailers online on Saturday morning. Give the theaters 24 hours of exclusivity, forcing hardcore fans to make the journey, yet preventing hordes of Internet readers from being exposed to an inferior trailer presentation. After all, this is an advertisement we’re talking about. Wouldn’t you want your potential audience to see it in it’s best possible presentation?
I just got home from seeing Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (yes again… what a wonderful film) and noticed the new posters for David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button hanging in the lobby of the Sundance Kabuki theater in San Francisco. I snapped some photos with my iPhone (hence the low light artifacting). Click on the images to enlarge.
Also, /Film reader Christopher M found a digital copy of the poster for Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler. The design is a little different than the one that was on display at the red carpet during the AFI Fest.
And below that we have an extremely cool poster for The Day The Earth Stood Still, found on IMPA.
And RopesofSilicon found this explosive poster for Quantum of Solace (how did we miss this? And is it even real?).
Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 by David Chen
Fox has officially launched “Gort Lives,” as part of its Day The Earth Stood Stillwebsite. The new site feature allows you to submit your own interpretation of what Gort should look like. You can also check out and rate the submissions of others. To those unfamiliar, Gort is the robot sent to destroy earth, and his appearance/design in the original 1951 film was rather iconic.
While this is foremost a publicity project, aspiring Gort designers should know that the highest rated submissions will apparently be displayed in sleect IMAX theaters and also featured on the eventual DVD. So if you’ve ever thought that the original Gort was a bit too bland for your tastes (blasphemy!), it’s time to dig out the ol’ digital canvas.
20th Century Fox has released a five minute trailer for The Day The Earth Stood Still on Yahoo. As expected, much of the extended trailer was featured in the television presentation last month. From what I gather, I think I’m the only one who thinks this looks bad. But even I’ll admit, Gort looks cool.
Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is 20th Century Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.”
The Day The Earth Stood Still hits theaters on December 12th 2008.