The Future is Now! Today is the day. It's Back to the Future Day! Why? Because in Back to the Future II, this is the day Marty arrived in the future to help Doc Brown sort things out - October 21st, 2015. Yep, we're totally living in the future, but like, right now. To capitalize on the geeky celebration, news media the world over are going all out. USA Today has re-published the front cover of the newspaper as seen in the movie (image below). Universal is re-releasing another anniversary Blu-ray box set this week and put out a special video with the Doc himself, Christopher Lloyd. Mondo is re-releasing a new vinyl version of the trilogy's original soundtracks, plus more artwork. Strap in and get ready to go back, to the future, right now.
Your mission: Outrun the War Party! The 8-bit Cinema guys have decided to take on Mad Max: Fury Road next, turning one of this year's best movies into an NES-style video game. Or maybe SNES, because it goes up to 16-bit at times. But it's still awesome. We've featured many of these 8-bit cinema videos in the past, and they're just so much fun to watch, because it makes me really wish I still had my old NES still and this game was real. I would be playing it right now. The Doof Warrior gets his ass kicked pretty quickly with one bop on the head, but other than that, this is a full-on video game version of the plot in the movie. Enjoy!
"We control the engine, we control the world. Without that, we have nothing." We're excited to exclusively debut the new artwork by Alice X. Zhang being sold at the New York Comic-Con coming up in New York City next weekend. FAMP Art has officially licensed and will be selling 24"x18" prints of this art for Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer - an archival giclee print on Somerset Velvet fine art paper. FAMP Art, located at booth #2366 at New York Comic-Con 2015, specializes in creating officially licensed, limited edition screen printed posters of foreign films, classics and more. This is their latest poster unveiling - view in full below.
"After we lost it at the movies, a later era of cinephiles lost it at the video store, and this is their story in their words – nostalgic, vivid, and important, because video germinated a new generation of great filmmakers." -Peter Biskind. There's a new book out on shelves today called I Lost It at the Video Store, from Tom Roston, subtitled "A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era". In the book, Roston collects interviews and discussions from various prominent filmmakers discussing the era of the video store and video rentals. It seems to be a nice companion to that VHS documentary Rewind This! from a few years ago. With the book's release this week, they've also debuted a trailer featuring some of the audio recordings.
Have you always wanted to wear Freddy's red and green striped sweater to your Christmas party? Well, here's your chance! Mondo has revealed a fantastic line of horror Christmas sweaters, themed after a few classic slasher flicks (found via EW.com). They've got a sweater for Friday the 13th featuring Jason, then there's Michael from Halloween, and of course Freddy's classic sweater (seen above) from A Nightmare on Elm Street (different versions, too). Hopefully they're making more of these down the line, but for now you can already place an order and get your hands on any of these sweaters if you want. Mondo is killing it.
The only person standing in your way is you. With Fantastic Fest coming up very soon, MondoCon will be hosting their 2nd annual expo also in Austin, Texas. One of the big items Mondo will be selling at their own Con this year is a brand new vinyl pressing of Clint Mansell's Black Swan gorgeous score, for Darren Aronofsky's film starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina. The score is actually Mansell's own interpretation of Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, which is also unfortunately why the Academy decided to disqualify the score from Academy Awards consideration, even though it was clearly one of the best scores that year. Those who are dying to get their hands on vinyl, especially music by Clint Mansell, you won't want to miss this.
These are stunning! Of course they're already sold out, but that doesn't mean we can't admire the artwork anyway. Bottleneck Gallery out of NYC and ACME Archives from California have partnered to launch this Lucasfilm-licenesed set of Star Wars Noir art prints by Macedonian designer Marko Manev. Manev is a well-recognized artist that has done impressive work for many pop art galleries in the past, but this set is exceptional. My favorites in this are the "Droids" and "Smugglers" prints, the other two (the Dark Side!!) are also gorgeous but I'm not sure I need to have them up on my wall to stare at every day. View in full below.
"I live, I die. I LIVE AGAIN!" Time to check your bank account balance. Mondo has announced a timed sale next week, meaning it will be very easy to get your hands on any of these prints if you really want one. The new prints are for Mad Max: Fury Road, licensed officially with Warner Bros, made by two different prominent veteran Mondo artists - Ken Taylor and Mike Mitchell. Mitchell's set features a face-to-face dyptich showing the new Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy, with this face mask on - looking across at the brutal Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne. The other print shows the war party chasing down Max on the front of the car in the beginning, with a beautiful blue sky in the background. I might end up actually ordering one of these myself, we'll see. Take a look at both prints below - on sale on August 11th.
With Comic-Con 2015 coming up this week, it's not uncommon to find auspicious fans finishing up final touches on their costume to wear around the showfloor. There have always been Ghostbusters cosplayers at Comic-Con, but eager fans are already building the new proton pack from Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters movie - which is literally still in the middle of shooting right now. Last week Feig took to Twitter to debut a few photos, one showing the uniforms, the other showing a proton pack. Per the request of fans, he has posted more specific schematics (found via SlashFilm). It's impressive that Feig is so open with fans about these details, especially this early on in production. If you want to build your own proton pack, here you go.
Welcome to Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow's new entry in the Jurassic Park series has broken numerous global box office records, and is still playing strong in theaters around the world. One of the better parts of the film is the score from composer Michael Giacchino, who does his best to hold his own and deliver an exciting soundtrack for the dinosaur movie. There's no point in comparing John Williams work because he really is in a league of his own, but I'm just as impressed by the score Giacchino came up with for Jurassic World. Austin based art house Mondo is releasing a special limited vinyl pressing of Giacchino's Jurassic World score with art by Stan & Vince. Even if you don't really need the vinyl, the artwork is worth viewing.
Here's Jonny! Oh so much fun. We've featured plenty of YouTube video versions of movies turned into 8-bit video games, but how about one you can actually play? Game maker/critic Pippin Barr has created a tiny browser game called Let's Play: The Shining, which is kind of like an 8-bit version of Kubrick's The Shining. He takes you through various scenes of the movie and you get to play through most of it (the maze, the hotel, riding the tricycle) complete with retro sound effects. It's pretty rad. It's just an experiment and fan-made game creation, but it is unique and worth a quick play, especially if you're a big fan of the movie.
I love this guy's art so much I'm proud to say I have one of his pieces on my wall. There's a new show from artist "Raid71" opening at the fantastic Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY this weekend. The show is called "Illuminate" and focuses on his unique style with vivid colors. His pieces are inspired heavily by Blade Runner, but he also has work from Tron, Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, Dark City, Akira, Mean Streets, The Fisher King and more. He does some excellent work, and it really stands out on a wall, it's the kind that you want to buy and hang everywhere. Luckily we've got an early look at some art from the show.
Brilliant! A fine example of when Hollywood marketing actually turns out okay. Universal has partnered with shaving cream manufacturer Barbasol for a special edition shaving cream can to promote the release of Jurassic World. Why? Well, we all know why! One of the most iconic and unforgettable scenes in the original Jurassic Park involves Dennis being given a special Barbasol can that contains storage racks for dinosaur embryos. Fans have replicated the prop and created working versions they've sold on Ebay, but now Barbasol is making Jurassic World cans themselves and they've gone all out. To celebrate, they've launched an entire marketing campaign complete with photos and a video. A Secret Has Been Left Behind…
Big screen, big sound, dinosaurs, beer, popcorn, pizza, no texting. Can it get any better than that? Alamo Drafthouse is providing one amazingly sweet deal by offering an exclusive, custom-made Jurassic World pint glass to customers who pre-order tickets to the see the new dinosaur movie in theaters this June. The pint glasses are actually velociraptor pint glasses, featuring a motif from the scene where Chris Pratt rides on his motorcycle with the raptors. It was illustrated by Eric Manche, and looks awesome in the photos. I want one, or two, or three, or all of them. No but seriously, this is cool, and I love that they're doing this and making it so easy to get them - just by pre-ordering. A few may be available to buy at theaters but that's it.