Captain America: The Winter Soldier
is racing towards another blockbuster weekend
and another hit for the Marvel cinematic universe. With future films planned out as far as 2028
, can any other studio succeed in grabbing at Marvel's crown?
And as the stars chafe at their multi-film contracts
and grow tired of fame
, waht next for Kevin Feige, the man behind Marvel's success
: a series of films about tiny machines in the city like a tiny bulldozer
, a tiny logging truck
, and a tiny submarine.
"Liquid Sky is one of the most visually ambitious films ever made about fashion, heroin, New Wave clubs, UFO saucers, ordering Chinese food and having them put it on your tab, the Empire State Building, androgyny, neon and tin foil. The 1982 cult classic may be the perfect embodiment of camp. "
The Awl talks to the director of the film about his plans for a sequel.
Paramount has ceased releasing films on 35mm film and will go forward distributing movies exclusively in digital formats.
The LA Times' sources said that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was the last Paramount movie with a celluloid release, and Wolf of Wall Street was the first major motion picture to be distributed entirely digitally.
"The rise in popularity of television is credited with inciting the move to the widescreen systems that flourished throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. This is only partially true. In the early 1950s, studios did begin to compose their movies so that the top and bottom of the picture could be chopped off and a wider screen would show the center of the old 1.37:1 frame. The aspect ratio used by the various studios varied from about 1.5:1 up to the common 1.85:1. But the real reason for the birth of a multitude of widescreen and large format systems was the 1952 opening of a movie made in a process that had its roots in a World War II aerial gunnery trainer. This Is Cinerama
(modern YouTube trailer; Wikipedia
) shook the industry to the core. The public and reviewers loved it. Its giant screen filled with three oversized 35mm images and an incredible new sound system called Stereophonic were a marvel to behold, and the studios immediately rushed to find something that could do what Cinerama did
(Google books preview of the August 1952 issue of Popular Mechanics
)." [more inside]
Chicago Sun-Times editor Robert Elder asked
35 film directors to name the movies they most admire that have been panned, forgotten or ignored. Some nuggets from the TOC
: Todd Solondz is sweet on The Honeymoon Killers
, Peter Bogdanovich finds Trouble in Paradise
and Danny Boyle shouts Eureka.
Do you turn off Old Yeller before the end so you can pretend that he lived a long and happy life? Did a cute pet on a movie poster make you think it would be a fun comedy but it turned out to be a pet-with-a-terminal-illness tearjerker instead? Are you unable to enjoy the human body count in a horror movie because you're wondering whether the dog's going to kick the bucket? Have you ever Googled "Does the [dog/cat/horse/Klingon targ] die in [movie title]?"
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then welcome - DoestheDogDie.com
is here for you! [more inside]
Former Great Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il
was a noted cinephile
with a personal video library of over 20,000 movies. In 1970, he said "The motion picture industry, when dealing with the socialist reality, has not yet reached the standard set by our Party."
To help it reach the standard, the Dear Leader wrote a treatise On the Art of the Cinema
(PDF), took an interest in minute details of film production (as recounted by film stars
), revamped the Taedongmun Cinema House
, and kidnapped a director (previously 1
But did this lead to better movies?.... [more inside]
The same kind of numbers analysis that has reshaped areas like politics and online marketing is increasingly being used by the entertainment industry.
"A chain-smoking former statistics professor named Vinny Bruzzese – "the reigning mad scientist of Hollywood", in the words of one studio customer – has started to aggressively pitch a service he calls "script new evaluation". For as much as $US20,000 per script, Bruzzese and a team of analysts compare the story structure and genre of a draft script with those of released movies, looking for clues to box-office success."
His research has lead to conclusions like
"If it's a targeting demon, you are likely to have much higher opening-weekend sales than if it's summoned. So get rid of that ouija board scene."
and "Bowling scenes tend to pop up in films that fizzle"
is a Twitter feed in which comedian Gavin Speiller
posts the first pages of his unfinished screenplays, covering genres such as science fiction
, family dramas
, financial dramas
, mob movies
, alien invasion films
, heist pictures
, spy thrillers
, and everything in between.
"Oh, Anne! With your small head and pert nose and oversized, ready smile and glossy pixie cut and squeakily tuneful speaking voice, uttering lines like “It came true!” as you gaze at your newly won Oscar with moistened doe-eyes, wearing a powder-pink Prada gown adorned with diamonds and bows: Why are you so annoying?
Without visual effects the average blockbuster movie would look like this
. However as Hollywood comes under financial pressure
they are putting the squeeze on the VFX industry
that they rely on, who are in turn passing the pressure onto workers. Now VFX workers are organizing a protest
in time for the Oscars, which will be celebrating visual effects as the companies responsible for them close down
. [more inside]
From The Weyland-Yutani Archives:
During Alien's pre-production, Ridley Scott drew up a story board presentation of Alien for 20th Century Fox. These storyboards are known as 'Ridleygrams'. This story board presentation contains scenes and FX shots that were later re-written or dropped due to budgetary reasons. [more inside]
The Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood
started humbly about 20 years ago. Nollywood movies were shot as cheaply and as quickly as possible, then released straight to VHS. The majority of Nollywood films are still sold offline, in outdoor markets from wheelbarrows or by the roadside from street vendors. In the early 2000s, Nollywood distribution shifted from VHS to discs — and now, the movies are also beginning to stream online. iROKO, one of the first companies to take Nigerian films online, is carefully tracking the viewing patterns of its growing audience
. While Nigerian internet access is often subpar
, streaming services are catering to the international diaspora. iROKOtv is a hub for streaming movies
, with plenty of free movies alongside movies available as part of monthly membership. Their website grew out of their YouTube channel
, which had over 400 movies online in 2011
, though recently they are mainly posting trailers. If you're not sure which movies to see, Nollywood Forever has plenty of reviews
, and Nollywood.com has a ton of African movie trailers
RIP Michael Winner
, director of the Death Wish
series among others
, restaurant critic, Esure advert star
) and clean underpants wearer
Links to 30 Screenplays
from films released in 2012, including Django Unchained, The Master, Looper, Lincoln, Amour...
Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie.
The movie in question is The Canyons
, the Kickstarter-funded
erotic thriller written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader. There's no release date yet, but the film does have several retro-themed trailers
Michael Caine is frank about his experiences on the set of The Muppet Christmas Carol
. [more inside]
Turns out many of Ridley Scott's Prometheus' flaws were the result of shoddy editing
and mismatching elements
from essentially two different scripts
New York Times Magazine "Hollywood Issue": Hollywood’s Year of Heroine Worship
. Accompanied by an online web series of 13 original, short films: Wide Awake
, each starring an actress whose performance helped 'define the year in film.' [more inside]
The Best WWII Movies You [Probably] Haven't Seen: Page 1
, Page 2
After 65 Years The Hollywood Reporter addresses its role
in the hollywood blacklist
, including an apology
from W.R. Wilkerson III, son of THR founder Billy Wilkerson whose "A Vote For Joe Stalin" editorial named writers such as Dalton Trumbo
, Lester Cole
, Howard Koch
and John Howard Lawson
as communist sympathisers.
The Red Letter Media guys have a miserable time watching the entire Resident Evil film series when the ending of Resident Evil: Afterlife
simply breaks their minds. Watch the full review
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
has three Youtube channels: The eponymous AIRBOYD features 2000+ videos for "aviation and aerospace enthusiasts
. Then there's the Nuclear Vault
: Vintage Military, War and News Videos, with 1200+ full-length documentaries, news reels and other assorted footage, including 200 episodes of "The Big Picture (Army Signal Corps)
" and a variety of Atomic and Nuclear energy films
. Last but not least is US Auto Industry
, an archive of over 450 vintage automobile films
, including commercials from Buick
. [more inside]
In 1962, the New York Times
called it a masterpiece, and it won the Oscar for best foreign film that year. If you can't see it any other way, one
reviewer on IMDB will rent a theater and screen it for you - if you don't mind a trip to Melbourne. Sundays and Cybele (Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray) is worth tracking down, however you manage. [more inside]
Wielder of Darth Vader's lightsaber
at 60 years of age (while wearing 6" platform shoes under the black cloak to match the character's height); swordplay instructor to Errol Flynn
and the cast of Lord of the Rings
; swordmaster on dozens of films, including The Princess Bride
, the modern Zorro franchise and Alatriste
: Bob Anderson
died today. A highlight reel of some of his work: part 1
In the Cut
: Piecing Together the Action Sequence. A video essay in three parts by Jim Emerson
The Formula for Complete and Utter BAYHEM
or, How Michael Bay has Made Billions in Box Offices Worldwide. SLInfographic (the last graph is particularly depressing)
Are small theaters punching a ticket to oblivion?
Radical changes in the traditional structure
of the lab processing
sides of the film industry have been filling the lives of small theater operators
with uncertainty and worry for the last few years. Will filmstock
be the next Kodachrome
? (And what will that mean for the future of film preservation
?) [more inside]
Simply the Worst.
Film blog Reverse Shot is looking this month at the worst (by various criteria) films of some major directors, including the Coen Brothers' The Ladykillers
, Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
, Woody Allen's Anything Else
, and more
Today is the 100th birthday
of Raymond Nicholas Kienzle
, better known as Nicholas Ray
. The seminal Hollywood-outcast
behind Rebel Without a Cause
, Bigger Than Life
, Bitter Victory
and the hallucinatory Western Johnny Guitar
made intensely emotional films about isolated people, often infused with profound desperation
and a sense of the nightmarish
. Francois Truffaut dubbed him "the poet of nightfall," while Jean-Luc Godard simply declared that "the cinema is Nicholas Ray." He studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright, mentored Jim Jarmusch
and let Wim Wenders film him as he was dying of cancer
. Bob Dylan even wrote a hit song
about one of his movies
. [more inside]
Winner of more Academy Awards
than any other woman in history, costume designer Edith Head
authored a 1967 bestseller titled How to Dress for Success
which featured her own illustrations
. [more inside]