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Tomorrowland is a big-hearted film, a Disney-financed sci-fi blockbuster that, like Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, can be read as an eco-parable. It fuses Mouseketeer-style whimsy with extreme portentousness. With scenes of rocket-fuelled baths and hidden spaceships inside the Eiffel Tower, robotic villains and occasional moments of bleakness, the film plays at times like a cross between Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Blade Runner. »
Last year, Christopher Nolan drew—and divided—audiences with his epic space spectacle, “Interstellar.” And while a full third of the nine features he directed were Batman related, it’s impossible to have a thorough discussion of Nolan’s body of work without including his 2010 blockbuster, “Inception.” One of the more mind-bending films of his consistently mind-bending filmography, “Inception” is Nolan’s third most financially successful film to date (behind the second and third installments of the Dark Knight franchise), and the sixth highest grossing film of 2010. With it, Nolan created a multilayered, complex story about dreams and dreams within dreams, adding tiered levels of reality and time. It was nothing short of an inspiring achievement, especially in writing and editing. Read More: Video Essay Exploring The Surrealism in Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'. In a newly resurfaced video essay, Kevin B. Lee contests that, incredible as “Inception” was, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Simon Pegg is still a nerd and proud of it.
This week however the nerd community was ready to cast him out on account of some comments he made to the Radio Times. Pegg, who despite writing Star Trek 3 and leading the Cornetto Trilogy and likely cameoing in Star Wars VII, felt that he might one day “retire from geekdom” and pursue “serious acting” because of the “dumbing down” of our culture due to these movies.
“Part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste,” Pegg said. “Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes… Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously…It is a kind of dumbing down in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or »
- Brian Welk
Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was beloved by fans, critically praised, won 11 Oscars and featured some truly stunning battlefield sequences, but I'll always remember it for being a butt-numbing 3 hours and 21 minutes long. There's no excuse for that! I was crying by the end of that movie. Crying because I never thought it would end. Let's face it: blockbuster movies are getting too long, and the worst offenders in this regard include such A-list directors as Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises" at 165 minutes), Michael Bay ("Transformers: Age of Extinction" at 165 minutes) and James Cameron ("Avatar" at 161 minutes and can you imagine how long those sequels are going to be?). Thankfully, we have a high-profile savior in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who promises that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel won't represent a cinematic endurance test in a new interview »
- Chris Eggertsen
If the cinematic landscape in recent years has revealed a zeitgeist forming around the cultural anxieties of artificial intelligence, then perhaps not far behind as a rapidly crystallizing notion in the collective consciousness is an ad-astra-esque optimism in the face of dystopian ruin. Christopher Nolan looked to the stars in his sci-fi drama “Interstellar,” and while Disney’s “Tomorrowland” does not explore our solar system per se, the sci-fi mystery adventure does employ inter-dimensional travel and similar themes of imagination, wonder, the power of dreams and other abandoned qualities of human idealism to shine a beacon of hope and guide humanity through its darkest passages. But if Nolan’s ambitious “Interstellar” was undone by its sentimentality and quantifying-the-power-of-love miscalculations, then “Tomorrowland” buckles under the weight of another kind of romanticism: its own futurist themes, the need to incessantly repeat them and a drinking-the-kool-aid intoxication »
- Rodrigo Perez
Simon Pegg has responded to the controversy around his belief that cinema has been 'dumbed down' in recent years.
The actor, who is currently co-writing the script for Star Trek 3, criticised the industry's focus on 'childish' comic book and superhero subject matter.
However, he has now published a blog post to clarify his position and reassure fans that he is "still a nerd and proud".
He wrote: "The 'dumbing down' comment came off as a huge generalisation by an A-grade asshorn. I did not mean that science fiction or fantasy are dumb, far from it. How could I say that? In the words of Han Solo, 'Hey, it's me!'
"In the last two weeks, I have seen two brilliant exponents of the genre. Ex Machina and Mad Max: Fury Road, both of which had my head spinning in different and wonderful ways and are both very grown up films. »
If you’re all caught up on Arrow then feel free to keep reading to find out the first non-spoilery news about Season 4. But if you’re still working your way through Season 1, 2 or 3 then perhaps you should just hit the back button as there will be some Spoilers ahead…
Season 3 of Arrow recently came to a close and undoubtedly contained some of the darkest moments on the show so far. So much so that it has been compared to elements of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Not a bad comparison by anyone’s standards but will the show continue the trend or will it branch away for Season 4?
Well show runner Marc Guggenheim has recently been speaking to io9 about his new comic book series The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum and the topic of Arrow came up, obviously. Guggenheim didn’t give too much »
- Gavin Logan
Even with his Oscar beside him, Matthew McConaughey showed he's still open to more than small-to-mid budget features today with last year's Interstellar. Of course, not every movie is directed by Christopher Nolan, but certainly that's not going to stop studio executives from coming up to him and his agent with new hot properties. That is, unless they read the reviews to his new Cannes feature. But the actor remains open to the prospects -- even some certain franchise properties -- if they can provide the goods he wants. In an interview with Variety to discuss his much maligned Gus Van Sant feature Sea of Trees, the conversation transitioned to talk to superhero movies today when the actor discussed how he and his Dallas Buyers Club cast and crew were allotted $5 million and 27 days to make their Oscar-winning film, yet tentpole projects like superhero movies get free reign. When asked »
- Will Ashton
Director Brad Bird has an almost immaculate run of form when it comes to bringing larger-than-life entertainments to the screen. The Iron Giant was one of the most acclaimed animated films of the 1990s. The Incredibles and Ratatouille are among Pixar's best films so far. His live-action debut Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, while not perfect, was perhaps the most entertaining movie entry since the first.
Bird brings his blue-sky storytelling to bear on Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, a eyed sci-fi fairytale with elements taken straight from classic pulp magazine stories. It’s The Wizard Of Oz retold by Ray Bradbury or Hugo Gernsback, with bits of The Terminator and Buck Rogers thrown in for good measure. It’s an entertaining yet sometimes befuddling bag of intricately moving parts, not all of which fit together too well. »
Humour remains more important to Marvel films than going dark, argues Kevin Feige.
The interviews and promotional work for Avengers: Age Of Ultron are pretty much done and dusted now (well, until the DVD and Blu-ray turns up), but Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige had time for one last piece of publicity. Well, a report of it at least, as a Reddit user has posted details of a screening where Feige did a Q&A after the event.
To paraphrase the report, there won't be a darker turn in the Marvel cinematic universe. For whilst Feige concedes that the trailers "may seem ominous or have a sense of impending doom", the movies will never quite be like that. Instead, Feige argues »
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Warner Bros. Pictures
Back in 1979, George Miller dreamt up a movie showing a haunted man seeking vengeance in a gasoline starved wilderness. That idea came to fruition as Mad Max and was later refined in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, but you have to imagine the film that the doctor-cum-filmmaker originally had in mind was much closer to Mad Max: Fury Road than any of his previous features. Expanded scope, precise cinematography and flat-out commitment to a single, movie-length car chase driven by anger, regret and underlying morals, this is the Mad Max movie where vision and realisation become one.
Fury Road’s had a notoriously protracted production; first conceived decades ago and, once things finally got moving, suffering location issues and release date postponements (although the only sign of it in the film itself is the casting of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). And it’s this development hell that, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Chicago – Far more marvelous than imperfect, “Interstellar” is the answer for moviegoers who have lost the zeal for massive films, citing a lack of ideas, heart, or general passion for filmmaking. Director Christopher Nolan’s 2014 space odyssey is an event of beauty, with the rare experience of showing viewers something they haven’t seen before.
As a blockbuster of familiar features but unique successes, “Interstellar” welcomes comparisons to numerous films but consistently stands apart from them. Nolan has fashioned a singular experience that works with the busy simplicity of his previous movies, like “Inception”: It’s recognizable and easy to follow along, but with a clear interest in the philosophy that puts these tales into action.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Hollywood has had a long love affair with the heist sub-genre. Dating as far back as the silent film era with 1928’s Alias Jimmy Valentine, and transcending various genres like westerns (The War Wagon), war (Kelly’s Heroes) and even animation (Toy Story 3), the heist has tantalized our fantasies and outsmarted our wits for decades. Whether it’s for the very last time before retirement, gathering the gang back together for a big payday or for the thrill of pulling off the perfect robbery, all heist films share one key element: commitment to a plan. »
- Shane Ramirez
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3,” “The Town”), Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon (“Man of Steel) and Ben Foster (“Lone Survivor”) will co-star in mystery film “State Like Sleep.” The film is to be written and directed by Meredith Danluck (“North Of South, West Of East”).
“Sleep” is the story of a woman (Hall) whose celebrity husband commits suicide. She discovers his double life and struggles with the truth to unanswered questions.
Fortitude International is handling foreign sales and is presenting the project to buyers at the Cannes Market.
Fortitude co-founder Nadine de Barros is supported by a sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of international and Samantha Peel, director of international sales and marketing. ICM Partners, which represents Danluck, packaged the film and will represent domestic North American rights.
Hall burst onto »
- Patrick Frater
Marvel may have crafted their own wide-spanning cinematic universe, but DC and Warner Bros will strike back next year with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel.
Digital Spy rounds up everything you need to know on the superhero epic below...
Batman will be older and more grizzled...
Hollywood has traditionally cast a thirtysomething as the Caped Crusader, but Ben Affleck is a little more experienced than those who've come before. The idea of bringing in an older Bruce Wayne should create an interesting dynamic between Batman and the younger Superman (a returning Henry Cavill), which is something Snyder has discussed when addressing Affleck's casting.
"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," he commented. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the »
The man, the muscle, the mouth. Tom Hardy may have gained international attention only two short years ago thanks to his part in Christopher Nolan's labyrinthine Inception but the London native is no overnight sensation. A student at the Drama Centre London in the '90s, a winner of a modelling competition at age 21, Hardy has already lived a lot of life in his short 35 years, battling alcoholism and drug addiction and emerging on the other side with great success first on the small screen and then unleashing his special brand of suave, menacing, bulked-up and multifaceted bad guys on the big screen. His latest big-screen outing is Mad Max: Fury Road oppositeCharlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic reboot.
An undeniable talent with a flair for the unpredictable - he caused a stir when he nonchalantly admitted in an interview that he's been intimate with »
- Andrea Miller, Emma Badame and Rachel West
Community delivers its weakest episode of the season yet. Perhaps it was unwise to venture out of Greendale?
This review contains spoilers.
6.10 Basic Rv Repair And Palmistry
“If ever there was a time to flash back to three weeks earlier, this would be it.”
The end tags have really been on form in this season of Community, but there's a fundamental problem with any episode where it feels like there's more story there than in the 20 minutes that precede it.
We'll get to the experimental tone of Basic Rv Repair & Palmistry, but it's worth praising the demented final reveal of a man called Blake, (Matt Besser) who arranges to buy a giant hand from Greendale Community College to go with the giant watch he's purchased online and with the variety of other giant accessories he has acquired in order to fill the giant hole left by his missing son who »
A quick review of this week's "Community" coming up just as soon as I wonder what's wrong with me if that's hot... Don't have much to say about "Basic Rv Repair and Palmistry" beyond noting how right Abed was when he admitted there wasn't much story here and he became too focused on the Christopher Nolan flashback gimmick of it as a result. That's the episode in a nutshell: a couple of funny moments (Jeff's reaction to Britta in the giant hand, Abed and the Dean doing the Kid 'N Play dance, Space Elder Britta being just as much of a spaz as present-day Britta) in an episode where there was no real there there, even with Abed delivering the Jeff Winger speech about the meaning of the hand, and even with the vague allusions to the "4 Days Out" episode of "Breaking Bad." That said... that final sequence with Matt Besser »
- Alan Sepinwall
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