From the moment we learned that Warner Bros. and DC Comics were planning on moving forward with a new big screen version of Batman, comic book fans have been speculating wildly about what the latest version of the costumed vigilante would look like. Would Batman Vs. Superman.s gear be radically different than what we saw in Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher and Christopher Nolan.s movies? Would it be based on a recent graphic novel, or would director Zack Snyder and his team go old school? Finally we have our answer, and it.s pretty stunning. Yesterday, Snyder took to his Twitter account to reveal our first look at Ben Affleck as Batman, and fans have been buzzing about it ever since. Practically every pixel of the image is fascinating, from the shrouded figure in front to the stylish vehicle in back to the dark, moody atmosphere that takes over »
“I was only pleased with Alien,” said H.R. Giger. “The other things I was not very happy with.” Giger was 69 at the time, talking to Vice, throwing aside his entire career in movies. He had other careers. He was a painter, a sculptor, a man who built bars whose interiors resembled spinal cord wormholes into embryonic hellscapes. He did album covers, back when album covers were real things you could hold in your hand. He dabbled in videogames — and by “dabbled,” I mean “worked on a CD-rom game that played on Dos, Amiga, and the Sega Saturn,” which are words barely anyone understood, »
- Darren Franich
Holy cape and cowl Zack Snyder!
On Tuesday, the director for the "Man of Steel" sequel posted a photo on Twitter of the costume fans can expect Ben Affleck to don as Batman. The cowl seems to be a throwback to the Adam West era of Batman with shorter ears, while the larger chest emblem looks very familiar to the Batman from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" franchise.
I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham http://t.co/WPHKLxgBLM pic.twitter.com/p5DEf6fLzJ
- ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014
Along side the Dark Knight was a brand new Batmobile.
On Monday, Snyder tweeted out a photo of a partially-covered Batmobile as a teaser for the yet-to-be-titled Superman/Batman movie. Based on the two photos, it looks like the Dark Knight's new set of wheels will feature the aggressive design of Christopher Nolan's »
- Brian Trinh
H.R. Geiger, the artist and designer of the iconic Alien from Ridley’s Scott’s original 1970s movie has died. He ws 74. The legendary artist reportedly died after falling down the stairs at his home in Zurich.
Giger’s Necronom IV artwork inspired the ‘Xenomorph’ alien design in Scott’s 1979 masterpiece, a film that he recieved an Academy Award for visual effects the following year.
As well as working on the film, his style continued on through the subsequent sequels, and the designer came back to work on the third film in the franchise under the direction of David Fincher.
Giger also worked on the films Poltergeist II: The Other Side, an unproduced Dune movie from director Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Species, designing the famous ‘Sil’ character. He also worked on Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever, designing a new version of the Batmobile, which did not make it into the final movie. »
- Paul Heath
Snyder tweeted a photo of his Batmobile covered by a tarp, promising to reveal the whole thing tomorrow. So for now, all we can do is speculate, speculate, speculate. Check out the tweet below:
Could be time to pull the tarp…Tomorrow? http://t.co/Nmm0QqWYYHpic.twitter.com/E6iKluZNDj
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 12, 2014
- Samantha Highfill
Whatever we're calling the Zack Snyder Man of Steel sequel that has Henry Cavill's Superman, Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in it is currently shooting and the director took to twitter to tweet a tease of the new Batmobile.
Could be time to pull the tarp...Tomorrow? http://t.co/Nmm0QqWYYH pic.twitter.com/E6iKluZNDj
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 12, 2014
"Pull the tarp" could mean the Batmobile is being filmed, though people seem to be interpreting that as some sort of promise that we, the audience will see the Batmobile tomorrow.
The new Batmobile
Batman Forever Mobile
The Dark Knight's Tumblr
What think you? »
Though shooting has been underway for a while now on the yet-to-be-titled, Batman-filled follow-up to Man Of Steel, Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. have been careful not to let too much slip. Now, though, it appears the wraps are coming off both figuratively and literally, as the director has teased a look at Superman Vs. Batman's Batmobile in readiness for a likely reveal tomorrow. Tweeting the image via his official account, Snyder shows off a look at the vehicle still mostly covered in a dingy, disused factory. It’s tough to tell from this initial peek, but the shape appears to be favouring the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher era vehicle with a hint of the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s Bat-universe. But we’ll have to wait to see the whole thing.The superhero mash-up, which brings Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and other DC characters »
Oh, that Zack Snyder.
The director of such hugely expensive studio movies as "300" and "Man of Steel" is also a big fan of social media... And today tweeted a tease of the new Batmobile that should feature heavily into 2016's still-untitled Batman vs. Superman movie, as well as his cumulative "Justice League" project (to follow either in 2017 or 2018). The image certainly seems to signify the direction the filmmaker is going in, with a promise to unveil the whole vehicle sometime tomorrow...
Could be time to pull the tarp...Tomorrow? http://t.co/Nmm0QqWYYH pic.twitter.com/E6iKluZNDj
- ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 12, 2014
The black-and-white photo was taken inside a large industrial space, complete with blacked-out windows and puddles of fetid water. While the Batmobile is heavily covered (by a large tarp), you get what Snyder was going for: the back wheels look like the more all-terrain, "realistic" wheels that »
- Drew Taylor
Sometimes auditions lead you to the opposite of what was intended: sometimes you just don’t end up with the role, while other times the failed audition process can lead to a future role in the same franchise (as Christian Bale found when he was turned down for Joel Schumacher’s Robin). And then there are the actors who turn up to audition for a villain, but end up being cast as a hero, like Gary Oldman’s switch from Ra’s Al Ghul to Jim Gordon, or those heroically aligned screen testers who end up playing the bad guy.
It is the last group who are arguably the most intriguing, for their crossing of the divide implies that the director saw something in their audition or in their general demeanour that convinced them that far from being convincingly good, the actors before them were inherently drawn to evil. In short, »
- Simon Gallagher
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott, Marton Csokas, B.J. Novak, Sarah Gadon | Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner | Directed by Marc Webb
After the debacle that was Spider-Man 3, Sony Movie Studios set out to remove the bitter taste it left by rebooting the franchise only ten years after it began. Now only two films in it appears that sour taste has returned. Lessons learned from past mistakes have quickly been forgotten. Subtly and articulate storytelling have been sacrificed in favor of manipulative world building. There is such a fixation on setting up for the future that the present is nearly disregarded. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a great deal of talent behind it, including actors who may even fit into their roles better than their predecessors. What it lacks is the discipline »
- Dan Clark
The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t a good movie. It’s sloppy, has a half-baked villain, and, for a huge blockbuster picture, it lacks scope and style. In fact, a lot of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies feel more modern and photo-realistic than what director Marc Webb has done so far. With every sequel you hope lessons will be learned from whatever past mistakes. Sometimes a series needs to go through a learning curve before getting to the goods. Sadly, that’s not the case with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Webb has managed to make an even worse film. While this sequel is more polished, its script is disastrous in parts. It’s easily the most frustrating movie Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (and co-writer Jeff Pinkner) have ever written. The wildly varying tone, the cheap character motivations and poor plotting all scream Joel Schumacher. It has some things going for it, most »
- Jack Giroux
I'll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it's unique. I can't recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I'll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn't change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx's Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he'd be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. »
- Jason Barr
While some fans are calling The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the worst entry in the franchise, it is faring quite well with general audiences and even some critics. The Sony sequel pulled in $35.5 million on opening day Friday ($8.7 million coming from advanced Thursday screenings). That's only $5 million less than Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 saw back in 2004, when it earned a little over $40 million, opening on a Wednesday in June.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the fifth movie in Sony's Marvel franchise, and audiences may be feeling a bit of fatigue. It also doesn't help that fans have been bombarded with marketing material, including a number of clips, trailers and TV spots, that gave most of the film's big secrets away before its release in American theaters. Opening the film internationally two weeks in advance of its stateside debut didn't help either.
With all of that taken into consideration, the sequel is faring better than expected. »
Meanwhile over at Sony's take on the Marvel cinematic universe, things have gotten ugly. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rides a high wave of comic book fandom in the movie world, but that doesn't mean it carries with it the same weight or impact we've seen recently. The first film of this ill-timed reboot was worthless, a cheap retread over familiar territory that added little to the Spider-Man universe. The sequel, however, is littered with moments and ideas that bring about some very genuine emotion. Unfortunately, those moments are few and far between, and instead of getting something fun, fresh, or original, we are bombarded by the same cartoonish tropes and over-the-top performances that nearly killed the comic book movie in the 1990s. Congratulations, Marc Webb, some comparisons to Joel Schumacher are in order. But while he'll inevitably get the blame for how messy and rancid this film is, director Webb »
- Jeremy Kirk
In the superhero movie genre, the second part in a series is typically better than the original (Iron Man 2 being one of the few exceptions to the rule). That’s because the first movie is burdened with the task of setting up the hero’s origin, while the sequel gets to jump right in. Such is the case with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The only difference with the Spider-Man franchise is that we’ve seen old web head’s origin twice in less than a dozen years. While Amazing breathed new life into the franchise, it was pretty tedious watching because of the plot retreads necessary to tell Spidey’s origin. Thankfully, while a flawed movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t get caught in a web of similar constraints.
The films opens up with a prologue that provides more insight into Richard and Mary Parker’s back story prior »
- Dane Jackson
Talking to himself in delusional outbursts, an increasingly mad genius develops super powers that make him finally feel as if the world might take him seriously. Or at least notice him. The eternal dweeb, he sets out to get revenge on a personal hero who slighted him (an unforgivable sin to the bullied psyche) and to find the fame he deserves. That’s how Jim Carrey’s Riddler is born in Batman Forever, and it’s also how Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is born in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. They are both brilliant losers who worship at the feet of superheroes (Bruce Wayne for Ed Nygma and Spider-Man for Max Dillon). Both are transformed by injured anger, both are crushed under the heel of asshole middle management bosses and both boil over when they don’t receive the respect they feel entitled to. Early on in Spidey’s latest adventure — especially whenever Foxx is on screen — it »
- Scott Beggs
Here’s the first official entry to “Summertime with the super heroes 2014″(Cap’s return last month would be considered Spring, one supposes). And it’s an old familiar masked face who got a major overhaul (re-boot, re-imagining, etc.) just two Summers ago. 2012′s The Amazing Spider-man proved to click with audiences, so the director and principal actors are back for number two (no bathroom jokes, please!). They’ve gotten the revamped origin story out-of-the-way, so it’s on to new challenges, and a new super villain. Well, things need to be ramped-up, so it’s three, count em’, three super villains from the classic comic book rogues’ gallery: Electro, the Rhino, and, returning to the big screen from the original Sam Raimi-directed trilogy, the Green Goblin. Will they triple the excitement factor from the first flick, or will they cancel out the charm factor, mainly being the romance of Peter and Gwen? »
- Jim Batts
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ review: ‘Professionally mediocre’ sequel is ‘loud, dull, and, forced’ (photo: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′) Part of the appeal of Spider-Man, in all his paper and celluloid incarnations, is the character’s recognizably human scale. Neither a trillionaire industrialist (Batman), a Norse God (Thor), nor an indestructible Christ figure (Superman), Spider-Man is just awkward, orphaned teenager Peter Parker, living a drab middle-class existence in Queens, where he juggles girls, schoolwork, and superheroics. Yet it’s peer pressure, that classic teenage hardship, which seems to be the motivating force behind the professionally mediocre The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony, the studio that owns the rights to the Spider-Man character, has publicly admitted to coveting Disney’s massively successful multi-character Marvel universe and thinking how much they’d like one, too. So in this sequel to 2012’s redundant The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s not enough »
- Mark Keizer
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50. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Directed by Lars von Trier
Signature Song: “I’ve Seen It All” (http://youtu.be/d9zFt6M_GLo)
Who says people in a musical have to be able to sing? The list starts with a film directed by the director of Melancholia, Antichrist, and the recent Nymphomaniac films. Starring Björk, Dancer in the Dark takes place in the fantasy world of Selma, an immigrant from the Czeck Republic living in a blue-collar town in the United States. She lives on the property of a local police officer named Bill (David Morse) and his wife. She finds herself the object of a shy co-worker’s affection (Peter Stormare), but doesn’t entirely reciprocate, partly because she knows that she is slowly going blind. Terrified that her disease is hereditary and her son most certainly will get it, she works long hours at the factory, »
- Joshua Gaul
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique has collaborated with Darren Aronofsky on all of his features save “The Wrestler.” This includes “Black Swan,” for which Libatique earned an Oscar nomination, and Aronofsky’s latest, “Noah,” a fanciful take on the Old Testament patriarch who built the ark.
The d.p. has repeated projects with Spike Lee (“Inside Man,” “Miracle at St. Anna”), Jon Favreau (the first two “Iron Man” films, “Cowboys & Aliens) and Joel Schumacher (“Tigerland,” “Phone Booth”). We spoke with Libatique, who will be participating in a cinematography master class on April 26 at the Newport Beach Film Festival, about “Noah,” the process and director/d.p. dynamics. This is an edited version of the conversation.
The setting and look of “Noah” suggests both a pre-civilized and post-apocalyptic world. What was your aesthetic approach in achieving this?
It was a focus on naturalism. The film ultimately goes in a place where you’re »
- Steve Chagollan
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