twister reboot

Watch out for flying cows, because a Twister reboot is officially in the works.

Universal is in talks with Joseph Kosinski, the filmmaker behind Tron: Legacy and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, to direct a reboot of the 1996 storm-chasing blockbuster that starred Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt. At the time, that film was hailed for its advanced visual effects, so it makes a certain amount of sense that Kosinski – a filmmaker known for his VFX work – is in discussions to tackle the reboot.
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Twister Honest Trailer

As if there wasn’t enough to worry about right now, don’t forget that it’s tornado season. And since there aren’t any new blockbusters hitting theaters, there’s no better time to take a look at Twister, one of the biggest hits of 1996.

Tornadoes are destructive cyclones that can tear apart entire buildings, but before they form, there’s just some regular old weather in the sky, doppler radars to check, and wind to stare at. Seriously, how did Twister make storm chasing so exciting? It seems by having a ragtag ensemble cast and a lot of weather jargon. The Twister Honest Trailer breaks it all down below. Read More »

quarantine stream twister

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Twister

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Storm chasers and estranged husband and wife Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt reunite to chase down some big digital storms, baby!

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Twister is dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb. But it’s also…wonderful? Look, Jan de Bont’s special effects blockbuster will never be as impressive on the small screen today as it was when it hit big screens in 1996, but that’s okay. It’s still fun to watch, and Paxton and Hunt are great together, as are the supporting cast they’re surrounded with, including a young Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Cary Elwes as the “bad guy” who we know is bad because he drives a black van.

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VFX Artists React to The Polar Express

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, visual effects artists react to the horror of the uncanny valley from The Polar Express, as well as digital effects in other movies like Interstellar and Twister. Plus, find out what it’s like to be an intern at Pixar Animation, and listen as Scarlett Johansson gives us a career breakdown, going as far back as the critically panned North in her childhood to this year’s turns in Avengers: Endgame, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, and more. Read More »

Joker Trailer Easter Eggs

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, explore over four dozen Easter eggs, hidden details and comic references you might have missed in the latest Joker trailer. Plus, see what real scientists have to say about the accuracy and realism of natural disaster movies like Into the Storm, San Andreas, and more, and find out some details you might not know about the oddball superhero comedy Mystery Men from 1999. Read More »

Inside The Mind Of Jimmy Fallon

Despite the recent additions of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, a lot of the earlier attractions and experiences at Universal Studios Orlando feel dated. And it seems like the Universal Orlando mandate is to replace a lot of the older attractions with new experiences (I hope they decide to refurbish and update E.T. Adventure rather than replace it entirely). The latest rumor is that the Twister…Ride it Out attraction will be replaced with a ride that will take us inside the mind of Jimmy Fallon. So essentially they would be replacing an old attraction based on a 1990’s movie with an experience ride based on a 2015 late night television series. More details, after the jump.

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Top 15 Best Natural Disaster Movies

Best Natural Disaster Movies

This weekend, Dwayne Johnson faces his most deadly big-screen foe yet. After fighting Vin Diesel in Fast Five and Jason Statham in Furious 7, this time The Rock is doing battle with an almost unfathomable earthquake threatening the entire state of California. And in honor of San Andreas, we’re counting down the Top 15 Best Natural Disaster Movies.

Before you start building your own list in your head, however, keep in mind that we’re counting down natural disaster movies. That means you won’t find any movies about monsters attacking cities like Godzilla or Cloverfield. We’ve also chosen to exclude alien invasion flicks that have plenty of destruction like Independence Day and Mars Attacks!, and also transportation or vehicle centric disasters like Titanic or Apollo 13. And finally, movies where a disaster has already struck, like Mad Max or other post-apocalyptic flicks, don’t count either.

Below you’ll find movies featuring volcanoes, fires, tidal waves, epidemics, tornadoes and asteroids. So without further adieu, let’s count down the Top 15 Best Natural Disaster movies after the jump. Read More »

The United States of Movies Map

Subtonix decided to create a map of the United States by pinpointing the movies which best represent each of the 50 states. For example, New Jersey is Clerks and Kansas is The Wizard of Oz. There will likely be some debate over some of these choices (is Fast Times at Ridgemont High the ultimate representation of California?) but it is an interesting concept none the less. It’s also interesting to note that more Coen Brothers films appear on the map than any other filmmaker. Hit the jump to see the whole map, and click to enlarge.

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