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Lisa Simpson is now a Disney Princess

'Disney now has its hands on Fox’s key franchises including “X-Men,” “Alien,” “Predator,” “Avatar,” “Die Hard,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Kingsman” and “Fantastic Four” (which is listed in the press release). Disney now also controls the full rights to all “Star Wars” films with the previously Fox-owned 1977 original likely to go back to Disney’s Lucasfilm – meaning theatrical re-releases and a potential home video version of the original theatrical cut.' [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Dec 14, 2017 - 79 comments

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

Trailer for The Star Wars based on the concept art of Ralph McQuarrie (SLVimeo)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 13, 2017 - 21 comments

Bruce Brown, 1937-2017

Bruce Brown, foundational documentary filmmaker in two sports—surfing and motorcycling—is dead at 80.
posted by Sokka shot first on Dec 12, 2017 - 20 comments

Only one Lucas won an Oscar for Star Wars.

David Welsh breaks down how Star Wars was saved in the editing room during the three months leading up the the release in May 1977. In February of that year, George Lucas had screened a rough cut of his new science fiction epic for some of his closest friends including Brian DePalma and Steven Spielberg. The reviews were bad, very bad. Lucas and his editing team headed by his wife Marsha Lucas went back and massively re-cut for the next ninety or so days to produce a coherent and exciting film from what had been confusing and flat.
posted by octothorpe on Dec 11, 2017 - 97 comments

Now We Have a Competition!

Top 25 Films of 2017: a perfectly edited video montage of David Ehrlich's annual favorites (SLVimeo). Via kottke.
posted by Maecenas on Dec 4, 2017 - 17 comments

Play it.

- David Youngblood on La Marseillaise in Casablanca
posted by
the man of twists and turns on Dec 3, 2017 - 66 comments

Hi, my name is Tony…

Postmortem: Every Frame a Painting After a year and a half without new content, the film analysis channel, Every Frame a Painting (YouTube, Vimeo) is officially over. Tony Zhou, the narrator and creator of the video essays, along with his now disclosed collaborator, Taylor Ramos, discuss the reasons for shuttering their channel and the process they used to create the essays. (via Medium) Previouslys: 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7.
posted by coolxcool=rad on Dec 3, 2017 - 25 comments

"Number one: I want the movie to end with a biiiig explosion!"

Veteran screen actor Rance Howard died this past Saturday at the age of 89.
The name might not ring a bell, but chances are you know his face, perhaps as That Guy in Ed Wood; or maybe as That Guy in Chinatown; or maybe That Guy in Nebraska; or That Guy in that Seinfeld episode; or That Guy in that other Seinfeld episode; or That Guy in The Burbs; or That Guy in Babylon 5; or That Guy in the Andy Griffith Show. Or any of the other 200+ character roles he performed in over 60 years of professional acting. (You might also be familiar with his sons Ron and Clint, and more recently, his granddaughter Bryce Dallas.)
posted by Atom Eyes on Nov 30, 2017 - 10 comments

Inspired by a true story

The articles behind the movies:
Coyote Ugly trailer
The Bling Ring trailer
Adaptation trailer
Saturday Night Fever trailer
The Fast and the Furious trailer
Blue Crush trailer
The Insider trailer
The Perfect Storm trailer
Shattered Glass trailer
Argo trailer
Fast Times at Ridgemont High trailer [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 25, 2017 - 33 comments

Not a Christmas Post

Die Hard is not a Christmas Movie.
posted by Artw on Nov 22, 2017 - 125 comments

Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall? Storm powers?

Why the Movies are So Obsessed with Capes [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Nov 15, 2017 - 23 comments

State of the Space Gay

Thor: Ragnarok Is Quietly the Queerest Superhero Movie Yet versus Thor: Ragnarok's Valkyrie Shows How Far We've Got to Go for LGBTQ Representation on the Big Screen
posted by Artw on Nov 8, 2017 - 42 comments

"Piata Mai Nei"

Before New Zealand director Taika Waititi (previously) hit the box office big leagues this week with Thor: Ragnarok, he helped usher in another blockbuster when he wrote the initial screenplay for the Disney hit Moana. More recently, he took time out of his busy schedule to translate the entire movie into Maori. So now you can now enjoy Jemaine Clement getting his Bowie on in this Maori translation of "Shiny".
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Nov 6, 2017 - 9 comments

Artworks with problematic creators

After the LA Times reported how Disney uses its power to dodge paying its fair share of Anaheim local government, the company banned the newspaper from its press events, in effect preventing them from reviewing and reporting on their movies before public release.
posted by grobstein on Nov 3, 2017 - 24 comments

Half Vampires are bullshit

Fright Night vs The Lost Boys - which 80s teen vampire flick rules the night?
posted by Artw on Oct 31, 2017 - 102 comments

Three Minutes Of The Condor

Michael McKean wonders: how can you ruin old movies with cellphone technology?
posted by Chrysostom on Oct 30, 2017 - 70 comments

Women Who Run As the Wolves

Why Are There No Great Female Werewolves? Lycanthropy has clearly been stolen from women over the years, and yet, while the condition is indeed connected to many supposedly “masculine” traits, the state of werewolfism is also very similar to menstruation. According to most werewolf narratives, the wolf cycle follows the lunar month, and is characterized by behavioral and physical changes caused by chemical fluctuations, much like the menstrual cycle. An Artsy editorial by Julia Oldham [more inside]
posted by gusottertrout on Oct 27, 2017 - 39 comments

The Taika Waititi Fan Post

Taika Waititi is a New Zealand film director, writer, actor, painter, and comedian. While you may soon be watching Waititi's latest film - Thor: Ragnarok - it's worth checking out what convinced Hollywood to bank on him. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert on Oct 25, 2017 - 54 comments

The bloody rise and frightful fall of Fangoria

With no new print issues since 2015, most readers and contributors have concluded that classic horror movie magazine Fangoria will be an internet-only phenomenon going forward. EW delves into how Fangoria got to where it was, and what went wrong. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Oct 22, 2017 - 12 comments

On today's episode of Long Attention Span Theatre: Essays on Directors

Cameron Beyl, creator of The Directors Series has developed an impressive and epic (yet accessable) ongoing series of video essays examing the careers of the Coen Brothers (3.5 hrs in 7 parts), Stanley Kubrick (3 hrs in 5 parts), David Fincher (4 hrs in 5 parts), Paul Thomas Anderson (2.5 hrs in 5 parts), and Christopher Nolan (3.5 hrs in 4 parts.) In addition to the video essays there are many (too many to count) short articles covering everything from Captain Eo to Rob Zombie's CSI: Miami episode, "L.A." (h/t Open Culture)
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 21, 2017 - 13 comments

Beating on someone else’s drum is a big no-no. It’s a big dis …

An oral history of the 2002 movie Drumline. Nick Cannon's greatest gift to popular culture (and arguably the 'most sports movie ever' despite not featuring any actual sports) was inspired by superstar music producer Dallas Austin's years in his high school band, but it ended up becoming about the culture of halftime events at HBCUs. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband on Oct 20, 2017 - 18 comments

...where the reckoning of self happens.

What Miyazaki’s Heroines Taught Me About My Mixed-Race Identity, by writer and poet Nina Li Coomes. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 20, 2017 - 6 comments

How Much More Are You Hiding?

The new trailer for Marvel's "Black Panther" is here (SLYT).
posted by Ipsifendus on Oct 16, 2017 - 75 comments

Mr. Vampire (and kin) - experience the adventure! Embrace the darkness!

Clear some time for kung fu comedy with spooks and spirits, because here comes Mr. Vampire (YT, trailer)! While the Sammo Hung production isn't the first Hong Kong comedy horror fighting film to feature a jiangshi, or hopping corpses or vampires of Chinese folklore, it's the one that created a franchise and inspired numerous sequels and tributes. As a successful special effects driven 80’s comedy, it is often compared to Ghostbusters, but, you know, with martial arts. Let's dive into the world of Chinese folklore in HK comedy horror! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 14, 2017 - 12 comments

Mean Girls: The Forbidden Lesbian Romance

Is what it says on the tin. (A few days late for Mean Girls Day, October 3rd) TwoLYT
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 7, 2017 - 3 comments

The Haunting of Netflix House 5: The Netflix Dimension

What’s up Octobocops, it’s Halloweason. Let’s get spooked. Here are some movies of the horror and horror-adjacent genres that you might watch by yourself or with a party of friends or with the spirit of a long-deceased duke who lives in inhabits your house. This is part five; you know the goddamn drill by now.
posted by Artw on Oct 2, 2017 - 66 comments

Remembering Robert Mitchum

For the centenary of Robert Mitchum's birth, Film Comment offers a podcast that looks back at what made Mitchum such a unique star in motion picture history. [more inside]
posted by gusottertrout on Sep 30, 2017 - 13 comments

"Man Your PIPS! And may the force be with you!"

Photon induced photoacoustic streaming um... er... Blue (via SyFyWire).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 29, 2017 - 10 comments

Beasts of the Southern Reach

Annihilation (slyt) - trailer for the forthcoming movie by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Dredd), based on the Southern Reach Trilogy books by Jeff VanderMeer.
posted by Artw on Sep 27, 2017 - 77 comments

"To be eligible, a movie has to be at least partly set in space"

The 25 Best Space Movies, Ranked [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 11, 2017 - 310 comments

"Eight spices?! Some must be doubles. Or-a-gano? What the hell?!"

Binging with Babish is a cooking show "dedicated to discovering what the delectable (and occasionally horrible) foods from fiction actually taste like." The website includes both video and written instructions for recipes such as Chocolate Babka (Seinfeld) and Blood Pie (Game of Thrones). More videos, like The Moistmaker (Friends) and Tampopo Ramen (Tampopo) can be found on his YouTube channel. Bonus: Title reference.
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 6, 2017 - 14 comments

On the year, domestic box office is down 6.2 percent. The sky is falling

A week ago, in the face of Hurricane Harvey, a “fight of the century,” and the conclusion of the monoculture’s last true symbol, the box office turned in its worst performance since September
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 4, 2017 - 176 comments

"Chamberlain! I challenge!"

Back in May, it was announced that Netflix would be producing a limited series prequel to the classic Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. And in keeping with the spirit of the original, the new series will feature all new puppetry and animatronic characters. For fans of the original film who also have an artistic bent, the filmmakers have decided to hold a very unique contest: Design your own creature for the series and Jim Henson's Creature Shop will bring it to life.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 3, 2017 - 25 comments

The boondock saints is bad, but the scathing documentary...

Nathan Rabin looks back at a fascinating portrayal of the power of delusion and the dangers of instant fame.
posted by Pyrogenesis on Sep 1, 2017 - 14 comments

Shoot, dammit! Shoot each other in your faces!

The Emmy-nominated team at Honest Trailers is back with another hilarious fête, this time for the movie Face/Off. With over 200 titles under their belt, there's something for everyone, from old favorites like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Feat. Michael Bolton) and The Princess Bride, current hits like Deadpool (Feat. Deadpool) and Fate of the Furious, and even a few TV shows. Keep an eye out for special features like Retro TV Themes! w/ Michael Bolton & Friends and The Oscars (2017). Submit your own sugesstions on Twitter.
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 30, 2017 - 22 comments

John's Fake Nantucket Crisis

The sound of the ocean. Two men walk along a waterfront. A young narrator, "People tried to help him. They knew he was searching. He listened... but he knew he was alone." A man stands alone on the beach. "They didn't know him." ... I think? It's mumbled. Anyway, that's it, the whole video: is the first clip on the erbp production company's vimeo channel since their last film, Upstream Color. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 27, 2017 - 9 comments

The Tax Shelter Era

In 1974, in order to boost the Canadian film industry, the Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) was increased to 100%. This meant that as long as their productions met a number of standards that made it “Canadian”, investors could deduct 100% of their investment from their taxable income. Thus began the Tax Shelter Era (1975-1982) of Canadian film. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Aug 27, 2017 - 19 comments

There's a storm coming in

“It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves” - Terminator 2: Judgment Day as a movie obsessed with nuclear apocalypse.
posted by Artw on Aug 23, 2017 - 71 comments

Idiolects in movies

Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 31 Actors Playing Real People
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Aug 23, 2017 - 14 comments

Will Adam Sandler finally win his Oscar?

The first teaser trailer for Noah Baumbach's new movie, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) has just been released prior to its appearance at the New York Film Festival in late September. [more inside]
posted by gusottertrout on Aug 15, 2017 - 28 comments

In a world where...

The Auralnauts present How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer in 2017. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Aug 14, 2017 - 42 comments

Of Valley Girls, Hoobastank, and Dirk Diggler

Two longreads from "Valley Week" at Curbed LA:
How ’80s pop culture typecast the Valley (Chris Eggersten): The region was overlooked in movies and music for years until Frank Zappa and ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ came along
The rise of ‘three-car garage rock’ (Jennifer Swann): How the tony suburbs of the West Valley launched early 2000s alternative rock
Bonus 1: ‘Boogie Nights’ filming locations, mapped
Bonus 2: Bing Crosby - San Fernando Valley
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 11, 2017 - 8 comments

I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares

Every Movie Poster Saul Bass Ever Designed [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 11, 2017 - 17 comments

It Belongs in a Museum

Defending Indiana Jones, Archaeologist
posted by Artw on Aug 10, 2017 - 73 comments

There goes Godzilla

Haruo Nakajima, the first actor to portray Godzilla, has died at the age of 88.. He donned the suit 12 times over 18 years from 1954 to 1972. He also had parts in other Japanese tokusatsu movies, and even bit parts in The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and The Hidden Fortress. Here's an interview with Nakajima from 2014.
posted by adamrice on Aug 8, 2017 - 15 comments

"In the end, the only person who got really screwed was Sting."

"The mystery of time is such that some of the truly hidden gems of cinema do not fully bloom until all of the historical context surrounding their creation can be stitched together and applauded for the sheer impossibility of the mission and the absurdity of the serpentine path taken to get there. As it turns out, the story on screen and the story of the creation of the story on screen can find a groove so completely and utterly in-sync that the only option is to stand a generous distance back from the epicenter and say "Let's ignore for a second that you literally have groove in your title and ponder longingly that there is no other word that can describe the other-timedness of .... THIS"" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 7, 2017 - 18 comments

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

How Hollywood Came to Fear and Loathe Rotten Tomatoes (Chris Lee, Vanity Fair) -- As Wonder Woman soars and Baywatch flops, the power of the review aggregator is looking greater than ever—and studios are looking for a way around it How Rotten Tomatoes became Hollywood's most influential — and feared — website (Ryan Faughnder, LA Times) BONUS: ‘The Emoji Movie’ has achieved the impossible—a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (Michelle Jaworski, The Daily Dot)
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 28, 2017 - 126 comments

Dull Universe

How The Mummy did Sofia Boutella dirty
posted by Artw on Jul 26, 2017 - 64 comments

"If I do less next year, that's OK by me."

Rape Choreography Makes Films Safer, But Still Takes a Toll on Cast and Crew by April Wolfe, LA Weekly
With this many on-screen rape scenes being produced, people like MacNair are needed more than ever on set to supervise. "These actresses are playing a vulnerable part, and they're half naked, so I'm assisting for safety reasons," MacNair says. "If [the production] didn't have a choreographer, I would not trust it."
[CW: numerous descriptions of fictional and real sexual assault; several still images of sexual assault scenes from films]
posted by melissasaurus on Jul 12, 2017 - 18 comments


They're found on dusty warehouse shelves; buried under flea market knick-knacks; Googled, Ebayed, begged for; commissioned from blacksmiths, painters, and model makers for one-time use; and constructed out of whatever $5 can buy at the local craft store. They are sketched out, improvised, or placed in scenes by the fate of logic, existing to serve the performances or action around them. But while iconic movie props make us laugh, gasp, scream, and/or sit in absolute silence, they rarely start iconic; as a property master will tell you, the best on-screen objects go unnoticed, silently winning you over with truth.
posted by DynamiteToast on Jul 10, 2017 - 79 comments

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