"It showed a world drained of vitality and meaning." 1979 - the year of Ridley Scott's Alien, the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as well as the original The Muppet Movie, Escape from Alcatraz and of course James Bond's Moonraker. But aside from Alien, it was actually a great year for "scary" movies galore, from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead to the original The Amityville Horror with James Brolin, as well as David Cronenberg's creeper The Brood, John Frankenheimer's eco-horror Prophecy about a giant killer bear, Don Coscarelli's cult horror Phantasm, even Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre was released in 1979. Nelson Carvajal presents a new video essay about all the dark horror that summer. Enjoy.
Back in June, before Guardians of the Galaxy had stormed the box office with the best August opening on record, a YouTube user known as The Usual Suspect put together an incredible trailer edit of the Star Wars trilogy inspired by the Marvel cosmic adventure. It was an awesome way to present the classic trilogy with a fresh style. Now that editor has given the same treatment to the Harry Potter franchise by using footage from all the wizarding movies, but this time in the frame of the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. It makes us wonder what an energized, fast-paced Harry Potter would be like from Edgar Wright.
If you're a cinephile who loves original artwork, you might already be familiar with the work of Joey Spiotto, known for his illustrated faux album covers paying tribute to movies like Wayne's World, Ghostbusters and more. But his latest work takes a cue from the classic children's book series known as the Little Golden Books and has been given a full exhibition called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles. The show opens up on August 1st and features book covers honoring films like the timely Guardians of the Galaxy and other faves like Back to the Future and Pulp Fiction.
The main reason that most people know the name Tom Hiddleston is because of his turn as Loki, the mischievous brother who was introduced to moviegoers in Thor, and came to terrorize The Avengers in the unprecedented superhero assembly in 2012. The actor is well-aware of this fact, and has always been thankful and passionate when it comes to his role in the Marvel films. And if you really want to know just how thankful the British actor is for his role that director and writer Joss Whedon gave him, than you'll want to read the thank you letter he sent to the filmmaker after reading the first draft of The Avengers.
Hooray for filmmakers! On the same day as Christopher Nolan's birthday, news hits that Kodak has struck a deal with Hollywood movie studios to keep 35mm film alive. For now. The Wall Street Journal is reporting a big story that actually names some names saying that film production at Kodak is being saved thanks to a few filmmaker "lobbyists" who pushed the studios to make this deal. Officially numbers will be announced soon, but Kodak has partnered with the studios to "buy a set quantity of film for the next several years" even though they may not use it all, which will help keep one of their main factories open and running. Read on.
Today we all know Martin Scorsese as the director of acclaimed films like Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, GoodFellas, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and the Best Picture winning The Departed. But at a young age, Scorsese had a taste for Roman epics, and he actually drew some incredible storyboards to illustrate what his film would look like. These drawings popped up in David Thompson's incredible book Scorsese on Scorsese, but now they've been posted in great quality online. These are super impressive for an 11-year old kid, and what's even more awesome is that at this young age, Scorsese already knew who he wanted to star.
If you haven't gone our of your way to see Richard Linklater's stunning achievement that is Boyhood, make sure you see when and where it will be playing near you right here. But for those of you who have both seen the trailer for the coming-of-age masterpiece and are massive Harry Potter fans, you'll like this clever trailer that was put together to commemorate the wizarding franchise. Potterhood is exactly what you think it would be, framing the story of The Boy Who Lived as if it were the 12-year project Linklater made. The sound editing needs some serious work to make this more effective, but it's very touching to see the aging of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint framed in this cinematic fashion. Watch!
For those of you who may not know, aside from being a self-sustaining filmmaker, director Robert Rodriguez also has his own TV network now called El Rey Network. It launched earlier this year and has fun stuff like a series adaptation of From Dusk Til Dawn, but it also has more compelling programming for those interested in the filmmaking side of things. One such show is "The Director's Chair," an hour-long series that features Rodriguez conducting in-depth interviews with various filmmakers. His most recent victim was Guillermo del Toro, and the two had quite an extensive chat, but one of the more fascinating bits involved del Toro's process as he designs his incredible movie monsters for the big screen. Watch now!
To promote the upcoming (epic) two-part finale of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, at Comic-Con 2014, Lionsgate has built a massive Hunger Games "Samsung Experience". The interactive event is designed for fans to customize their own swag, delve into the universe more, see some new footage and promo material for Mockingjay, ending with a special teaser trailer debut exclusive to Comic-Con (it will be online Monday). It's a big promotion partnered with Samsung (we covered details here) meaning fans get to watch the teaser trailer on a Samsung tablet, which is amusing, but to us it's all about the movie.
We just featured a cool collection of custom Back to the Future LEGO Ideas sets that the creator hopes will be turned into real sets for LEGO enthusiasts to add to their collection. But now we're going to focus on a set that customers will be able to buy much sooner. The Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy will be getting the LEGO treatment by way of the brand's Ultimate Collector line. With 1,869 pieces, this is awesome for any Batman fan, or for anyone who just likes awesome LEGO sets. Plus, it comes with LEGO versions of Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger's version of The Joker. Look now!
Right now you can check out Boyhood in limited theaters, and it's slowly expanding to more around the country in the coming months. But for those who have already seen the Richard Linklater directed coming-of-age masterpiece, we have a very cool musical treat. In the film, Ethan Hawke gives his son (Ellar Coltrane) a gift he's called "The Black Album," which is a collection of what his character deems the greatest tracks from all of the solo albums by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr outside of their work as The Beatles. After the film premiered at Sundance, many wondered what was on the tracklist, and Buzzfeed has gotten the whole thing, hand-picked by Hawke and Linklater. Read on!
Most cinephiles are familiar with the collectible arthouse Mondo and the amazing pieces they sell in very limited supply to only the most rabid fans. Every now and then they have some other goodies too like t-shirts or an entire clothing and accessory line dedicated to The Shining, but now they're getting into the market of action figures, statues and toys. USA Today reports Mondo will kick off this new venture at Comic-Con with a first wave of toys that includes a 16-inch figure of The Iron Giant, a vinyl figure for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and an action figure of iconic director Alfred Hitchcock. More below!
All right, you might have that cool LEGO set of the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future sitting on your shelf. But don't little LEGO Marty McFly and Doc Brown look lonely? Wouldn't it be way better if they had a whole LEGO playset built around them? Well, that's what a couple LEGO Ideas community members thought, and they're trying to get their custom LEGO sets commemorating Marty's California hometown turned into real sets from the LEGO Group. The first is a simple clocktower from 1955, but then there's a slew of awesome sets for the 2015 Hill Valley that make for one epic playset. Look now!
"If there's a way to defeat Godzilla, we need to know." He lives. Found in the middle of Tokyo, Japan is an awesome 6.6 meter (~21.7 feet) "replica" of the King of Monsters from Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, where the film just hits theaters there (quite late) on July 25th this summer. The rather impressive sculpture features nearly life-like details, including a tail coming out of the ground and extending a bit behind, plus check this out: "the 'Midtown Meets Godzilla' project is in collaboration with the Japan release of the Hollywood film version of 'Godzilla', the Godzilla built on the lawns of Tokyo Midtown will host a light show everynight complete with mist, audio and fire rays." Get out of here, I need to see this! This is so cool.