Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, Vertigo, It's a Wonderful Life. All of these famous films have one thing in common — they all started off as flops. It's a running theme in cinema that films once rejected or considered box office bombs receive praise years later from a new audience. In this video essay, The Royal Ocean Film Society focuses on Greed, Heaven's Gate, and Peeping Tom to explore the phenomenon of the re-evaluated film.
There's no guesswork involved here. Candice Drouet compiled this cut of Anderson's work with references that he himself has claimed. Drouet's work reminds us that no matter how original we think we are, we're always building on the work of those before us.
Is there an afterlife? According to Dr. Thomas Harbor, yes there is. In this Netflix film, Dr. Harbor scientifically verified that there is life after death, and people began killing themselves to get there. Although his son Will, played by Jason Segel, isn't entirely convinced that his father has really discovered the existence of an afterlife. The Discovery will be available for streaming March 31, 2017.
Before its May 19th release, the Covenant crew is inviting you over for dinner to get to know them a little better. The five-minute prologue sees the team, led by captain James Franco, enjoying one last supper before they enter cryosleep on their journey across the galaxy. The also cast includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride, but we wouldn't get too attached. It this film is anything like its predecessor, most of these people will shortly meet their demise.
Hollywood is great at making movies, but not so great at accurately portraying science and scientific concepts. While we don't want our flying superheroes subject to the reality of gravity, some of Hollywood's attempts at science in film shatter our suspension of disbelief. But hope is not lost — the last several years have seen a resurgence in science fiction and writers and directors that want as much scientific realism as possible. Vox looks at the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a consulting service that connects writers and scientists with the goal of sprinkling our science fiction with a little more science fact.
Kings hate prophecies — especially when that prophecy involves usurpers with legendary swords. Director Guy Richie brings his vision of the legend of King Arthur to the big screen, with all the action and smart dialog you'd expect. Starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword comes to theaters May 12, 2017.
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After nearly six years since filming began, Terrence Malick has finally released the first look at his latest feature. The film is set in the Austin music scene and follows an indie rock duo trying to make it big with the help of a music mogul and waitress girlfriend. Multiple love triangles follow. Starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman and cameos by Iggy Pop, John Lydon, Arcade Fire, Alan Palomo, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes and The Black Lips, Song to Song is slated for release March 10, 2017 at South by Southwest.
The traditional THWACK! of Hollywood fight scenes sounds like anything but flesh and bone being pounded by flesh and bone. Easily the most disturbing quality of David Fincher's 1999 masterpiece Fight Club is the sound design: every time someone gets hit or thrown to the ground, you feel it. You cringe. It hurts you in the same place they were hit on the screen. Film Radar discovers the ingredients for realistic fight sounds — chicken carcasses, walnuts, celery, and plastic wrap, with a side of punching each other in the chest.
College is expensive. So instead of forcing their daughter into an eternity of student debt, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler decide to pay for her tuition themselves — by operating an underground casino in their basement. This makes them either the best parents ever or the worst. We're still trying to figure that one out. The film is set for release June 30, 2017.
If you haven't seen Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, be warned that there are major spoilers ahead. Go watch it. And then come back to the Nerdwriter's exposition on how the film takes the safe-bet swill that Hollywood cranks out on a monthly basis and shreds it. Nerdwriter looks at the high concepts of Arrival — time, language, communication — and how a film is, in the words of Andrei Tarkovsky, "a mosaic made of time."
Apple pie, baseball, block-long cars, Woody Allen: few things are more American. From comedies, dramas, Oscar-winners and critical bombs, and the sordid rumors of his personal life, Woody has been kicking out nearly a film a year for over half a century. This retrospective from The Solomon Society breaks the director and actor's long career down into ten of his most fascinating, memorable lines.
The Best Animated Feature category wasn't created solely to hand Pixar Oscars — although they've definitely dominated. From traditional, stop-motion, and anime to computer animation, the award has gone to a variety of deserving films. With the Oscars almost here, here's every Best Animated Feature winner since its inception in 2001.
There are few things more inseparable than love and cannibalism. A young woman falls in with a group of outcasts in the Texas desert, where romance and humans are on the menu. Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, and Keanu Reeves star in The Bad Batch, coming to theaters June 23, 2017.
In a distant future, the counter-terrorist network Public Security Section 9 is hunting the elusive cyborg Kuze. The Major, leader of Section 9, is told by Kuze that her past might not be the story she's been told — and the hunt for the truth becomes as important as taking down the villain. Scarlett Johansson stars as Motoko Kusanagi in the first live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, coming to theaters March 31, 2017.
It's almost time for the Oscars, and that means another anthology of winners, this time from the Best Visual Effects category. From Wings, the WWI fighter ace epic, to landmarks that pushed the boundaries of what is possible like 2001: A Space Oddessy, nothing is left out. Get primed on effects before 2017's awards ceremony and see how far film has come in convincing you to suspend your disbelief.
Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Privacy is theft. This is the ethos behind tech conglomerate the Circle. When Mae lands a coveted job at the company, she's thrilled — but the thrill soon devolves as the Circle's authoritarian philosophy comes to the surface. Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in The Circle, adapted from David Eggers' 2013 novel. The film comes to theaters April 28, 2017.
Some of you may not have been too impressed with Zack Snyder's superhero duel, but you will be impressed with the visual effects. The director and his wife have released a full breakdown — 12 minutes — of their production company Cruel Films' work, and the results are mind blowing. Seeing each delicately crafted detail come together to create a scene just might give you a new appreciation for the film.
Something is out there. Safe in their isolated home, a father and his family hunker down while the world outside is consumed by an unnatural terror. But everything is rapidly upended when another young family arrives at their house seeking shelter. It Comes at Night arrives in theaters August 27, 2017.
Keanu Reeves' name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian. And sometimes, the Reeves' acting is just that — cold with less weight than air. Sometimes loved, oftentimes despised, Keanu has had a career full of hits and his share of misses. Burger Fiction takes a look back at the ups and downs of Keanu's career over nearly 30 years.
Just before The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters, Warner Bros. is rolling out a trailer for their next brick blockbuster. The film takes place in Ninjago City, where Master Builder Lloyd and a group of secret ninja warriors — led by Master Wu — try to take down the evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd's deadbeat dad. The voice cast includes Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, and Jackie Chan, and is slated for release September 22, 2017.
Although Paul Thomas Anderson claims his 2012 film The Master isn't an exact retelling of the birth of Scientology, the similarities can't just be a coincidence. Not only do characters seem to be inspired by the religion, but one scene in particular greatly resembles their auditing process. In this video essay, Evan Puschak dissects the exchange between Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman to show how the film directly links to their Oxford Capacity Analysis, and therefore gives some insight into how the religion of Scientology functions.
Directors often have their production crew watch films that portray a similar experience to one they're looking to capture in their own work. For Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, that film was Michael Mann's 1995 crime thriller Heat. The latest video essay from Glass Distortion puts scenes from Mann's Heat and Nolan's The Dark Knight side-by-side to show the influences on — and references to — Mann's film.
Moving to Mars may not be the best strategy after the latest look at Daniel Espinosa's space thriller. While aboard the International Space Station, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds find out why the Red Planet is vacant when they take in a seemingly harmless life-form. Now the entire crew is in jeopardy, as well as the human race. Also starring Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Ariyon Bakare, the film is slated for release March 24, 2017.
Aaron Sorkin's screenplay for the 2010 film The Social Network is the writer at his best. Building on his reputation for quick, witty dialogue and non-linear story structure first seen in The West Wing, Sorkin and director David Fincher packed the story of Facebook's founding full of drama and intrigue. Lessons from the Screenplay breaks down the film, detailing how he uses dialogue and the importance of collaboration to make the film a dramatic masterpiece.
In 2002, actor Woody Harrelson had a run-in with the constabulary of London. After damaging the inside of a cab that had picked him up from the Chinawhite Club, he hopped another cab, was chased by the police, and finally arrested. Like any great artist, Woody took this incident as inspiration for landmark cinema event. Lost in London, written by himself, is the first movie live-streamed to theaters and shot in one take. The film stars Harrelson, Owen Wilson, and Willie Nelson, and was streamed to theaters in the US and Uk on January 20, 2017.
This isn't about acting, music, or special effets. The Best Cinematography category is all about the imagery. Starting all the way back in 1927, this supercut pulls together all of the most beautiful shots to ever grace the big screen, featuring films like Gone with the Wind, Braveheart, and most recently The Revenant.
In the mid-1800s, Young Tom Morris was, along with his father Old Tom Morris, a pioneer of professional golf. By the age of 21, he had won the Open Championship four consecutive times, a record that remains to this day. While the game of golf would put Young Tom's name on the map, it would also be his downfall. Based on the book of the same name, Tommy's Honour tells the story of a father and son, the role of class in British society, and Old Tom's mission to keep the memory of his son alive. Tommy's Honour comes to theaters April 17, 2017.
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California, Hill Valley may have changed a lot over the years, but it's still a nice place to live. Marty McFly's hometown has a long history, most of which Marty got see on his time travels with Doc. Lost in the Movies took scenes from all the Back to the Future films to show all the little details that went into creating the fictional town and a sense of continuity between the past, present, and future.