Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? Star Wars gets an incredible Oculus Rift Vr trailer, the science of shrinking in Ant-Man is broken down and a Jurassic Park "special edition" puts everyone in high heels. We also have a sneak peek at future 8-Bit Cinema episodes and discover "everything wrong" with the first three Mission: Impossible movies. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The Science of Shrinking in Marvel's Ant-Man
With last weekend's release of Ant-Man, which follows Paul Rudd's Scott Lang as he gets shrunk to the size of an ant by wearing an incredible suit, VSauce teamed up with Paul Rudd himself for a new video, where they break down the science of shrinkage. »
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
Either I’ve been staying on top of my homework or 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for film scores already. From blockbuster disappointments to indie oddities and mindless action sequels, film music has once again shown it can transcend its respective dreck just as much as it can enhance the cinematic experience. With film festival season on the horizon, let’s check in with the best movie music of the year:
Neil Blomkamp’s movies seem to be getting worse, but Hans Zimmer’s sensibilities are getting more exotic and daring. Course-correcting from the massive publicity stunt that was The Amazing Spider-man 2, the master of bombast continues to experiment with digital textures, recruiting pupils Kawczyksnki and Mazzaro for a score that humanizes and contextualizes the childish perspective of its Robocop with a heart of gold.
“It’s a Dangerous City” introduces »
- David Klein
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
If there’s a reason Miguel Branco’s Christopher Nolan supercut strikes you as epic, it’s because that’s exactly what most of the British filmmaker’s movies are. Ambitious in terms of scope, concept, and often runtime, Christopher Nolan’s films have grossed well over $4 billion worldwide, and Branco pays modest and genuine tribute to the visionary writer-director in his not quite three-and-a-half-minute video. The 206-second supercut spans the world, as well as dreamt worlds, and the galaxies. It witnesses the rise and fall of heroes and their villains. And it features gorgeous music from Hans Zimmer, including “A Watchful Guardian” from “The Dark Knight,” which he wrote with James Newton Howard. Of course, for those whose first introduction to Nolan came in the form of either a “Dark Knight” film, “Inception,” or “Interstellar,” it’s forgivable to forget the helmer’s first features were more humble. “Following »
- Zach Hollwedel
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
Sam Mendes has declared now that he will not direct a third James Bond movie. I would like to declare that I don't believe a word of it. It was absolutely a career transition for Mendes when he took the job making "Skyfall," and he was a surprising choice in many ways. Before he ever broke through as the filmmaker behind "American Beauty," he was already acclaimed for his stage work, and he has continued to return to the theater between film jobs as often as possible. Normally, I'd say, "film is where the money is," but Mendes has been behind some genuinely massive stage successes, including the recent theatrical production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which is one of those shows that will play for the next 50 years in various touring productions, lining the pockets of Mendes as well as the Roald Dahl estate. I have no doubt »
- Drew McWeeny
While the move to digital is ongoing, there are still those that hold on to the old form of film. But how does a film projector work?
Luckily for you, Bill Hammack, known as Engineer Guy on YouTube, debuted a look at the inner-workings of film projectors to offer a basic knowledge for the curious film fan. Hammack mainly looks at how the mechanisms work and what makes those film reels work the way they do. This is something that is coming more prevalent with directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan sticking to film in a digital age.
The video is an informative look at how the movie reels work and how they motion creates the optical illusion that most of us cherish so much. With The Hateful Eight coming out later this year in 70mm, it is a nice lecture on what makes that decision so dramatic for Tarantino and company. »
- Zach Dennis
"Spectre," the 24th movie in the James Bond franchise will shake - not stir - its way into theaters October 26 in the U.K. and November 6 in the U.S. It took director Sam Mendes five years to make the latest Daniel Craig Bond movie, following their collaboration in "Skyfall." Sam talked to BBC Radio about the new movie and his decision that "this is probably it" for him when it comes to directing Bond movies. He did say that once before, but this time he added, "I don't think I could go down that road again," because it swallows up so much time and energy. So if he's not around for Bond25, we'll have to stay tuned for who might be jumping in. (Christopher Nolan? Wes Anderson - kidding! Although that would be interesting...)
"Spectre" follows a cryptic message from Bond's past that sends him out to uncover still another sinister organization. »
- Gina Carbone
“We’re not the ones you should fear,” Kate Mara’s Sue Storm tells some government honchos in the latest TV spot for next month’s Fantastic Four – despite the tremendously disturbing fact that the Thing (Jamie Bell) seems set to save the world au naturel.
All kidding aside, the latest look at 20th Century Fox’s “contemporary” reimagining of Marvel’s First Family dispenses with the pleasantries rather quickly, instead focusing on some hard-hitting superhero action and yet another interesting look at Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell). At this point, Fox has done what it can to get rid of the dour, Christopher Nolan-esque severity showcased in the first footage from the pic, favoring a tone that’s both realistic and action-packed.
The jury’s still out on whether audiences will take to it and disregard the bad buzz that has surrounded the blockbuster since its early days, when »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s a common complaint from comic book fans whenever the first images of their favourite characters from a new movie are released: “they don’t look like the comics”.
Even going back as far as Bryan Singer’s X-Men, there were those in the comic book community who bemoaned the fact Wolverine was not in the classic yellow suit, or that Cyclops wasn’t clad in blue, or Storm wasn’t in white. Daredevil’s suit looks like it’s left over from a bondage party, Thor isn’t wearing his trademark helmet, Superman is missing his red panties. The list goes on.
But what people seem to forget is that these are movie adaptations and interpretations of comic books, not literal translations. And, as such, things are going to change.
- Luke Owen
There are a special collection of films that the masses tend to endlessly gravitate around; films that the collective human race are somehow pre-programmed to re-watch over and over again on a regular basis, for no reason other than: “This… again!”
You know the films. Romantic comedies slapped with slightly suggestive two-word titles like Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. Lengthy, hopeful dramas with life-affirming messages such as The Shawshank Redemption. Mainstream flicks with just a hint of edginess, like Fight Club. And, of course… anything that Christopher Nolan turns out.
Not that there’s anything nothing wrong with these particular movies; they’re popular for a reason, and people go back to them time and time again because they offer up a sense of tried and tested goodness – they’re comforting, like your favourite hot meal.
But whereas a lot of very popular motion pictures deserve their good reputations, »
- Sam Hill
It has been years since we saw Robin on screen in a Batman movie. Chris O.Donnell notoriously played the Boy Wonder in two Joel Schumacher movies, but Christopher Nolan completely sidestepped the Dark Knight.s crime-fighting sidekick. Well, Robin.s making a comeback, albeit in Lego form. The Hollywood Reporter breaks the story that Michael Cera will lend his voice to the character of Robin in Lego Batman, the spinoff Lego movie that Chris McKay plans to direct. Will Arnett, who voiced the grim and gruff superhero in The Lego Movie, will return to the lead role, meaning that this upcoming stop-motion animated comedy will have a sweet Arrested Development reunion on tap. Batman stole numerous scenes in The Lego Movie, tapping into Will Arnett.s usual self-confident bravado to create an amusing sense of delusion swirling around the brick-shaped superhero. He sings metal music, parties with the Star »
The concluding chapter to Christopher Nolan.s celebrated Batman trilogy in 2012.s The Dark Knight Rises showcased a number of intriguing female characters. However, one notable actress who was unsuccessful in an apparent attempt to join that group was Zoë Kravitz. In a recent interview, the actress reveals the rather offensive reason she was allegedly given for her failure to land the Gotham City gig. In an interview with Nylon, Kravitz discusses her personal mandate to pick roles that progress the poignancy of female characters. However, despite being the daughter of rocker/actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, the 26 year-old actress claims to actually hit occasional roadblocks when it comes to her mixed ethnicity. Kravitz reveals that in an attempt to simply audition for a role in The Dark Knight Rises, her chances apparently fell victim to some horrendous stereotyping. As she explains: In the last Batman movie [The »
Read More: Interview: Judd Apatow Talks 'Trainwreck,' Working With Amy Schumer, And Why He Should Be In TV Instead Of Movies Judd Apatow has long sung the praises of fellow filmmaker John Cassavetes, but the influence of the dramatic auteur on the raunchy R-rated comedy director isn't as evident as that between, let's say, Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan, Ernst Lubitsch and Wes Anderson and so on. And yet, in exploring the relationship between the icon behind "Shadows" and "A Woman Under the Influence" and the 47-year-old director of "Trainwreck," the latter's filmography becomes more personal, intellectual and independently minded. A popular actor ("The Dirty Dozen," "Rosemary's Baby") turned landmark independent film director, Cassavetes challenged Hollywood by eschewing many of the formative trademarks that had driven the studio system in favor of a performance-driven aesthetic. While the titans of the industry »
- Zack Sharf
Zoë Kravitz's film career has been taking off in recent years thanks to parts in X-Men: First Class and Mad Max: Fury Road - but the actress has revealed one role that got away, and for very disappointing reasons.
The actress told Nylon that she was ruled out from appearing in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy closer because they weren't looking to "go urban".
"In the last Batman movie [The Dark Knight Rises], they told me that I couldn't get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren't 'going urban'," she said.
"It was like, 'What does that have to do with anything?' I have to play the role like, 'Yo, what's up, Batman? What's going on wit chu?'"
Though Kravitz doesn't say which role she was declined for, we're guessing it was that of Selina Kyle's roommate Jen (eventually played by blonde British actress Juno Temple »
The X-Men movies took comic books seriously, exploring themes of isolation and prejudice present in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Marvel creations. It's fair to say that without the X-Men movies there'd be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.
To mark X-Men's birthday, Digital Spy dived back through all seven franchise instalments to present a (non-definitive) ranking:
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Oh, Fox. If this is how you try to make up for The Last Stand, we need to have a serious talk. Logan's origin story proves, at best, an unnecessary and forgettable outing that could have been so much more.
For all his hard work, Hugh Jackman couldn't elevate this film above its poor script, by-the-numbers storytelling and laughably bad CGI. Now »
It's early days in the DC movie universe. We're effectively one movie in, with Zack Snyder's 2013 Superman reboot, Man Of Steel, proving fairly divisive. For Warner Bros itself, it just about did the job, proving a far more commercial successful venture than its other recent non-Dark Knight trilogy comic book blockbuster, Green Lantern.
Over the weekend, the new, extended trailer for the second DC movie universe film, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice debuted, and seemed to be met more positively than the last. Warner Bros debuted the footage, along with material from its other 2016 DC release, Suicide Squad, at San Diego Comic-Con. The footage from both films has subsequently made it (legally) online.
What's interesting is that the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer »
When it comes to seeking advice from actors who.ve previously played Batman on screen, there aren.t a lot of places that Ben Affleck can turn. Maybe a sit down with Michael Keaton, or a lunch with Adam West? As it turns out, Affleck told the crowds in San Diego Comic-Con that he ran into Christian Bale in an unusual place, and also received an unusual piece of advice. Ben Affleck was taking part in Warner Bros.. Hall H panel on behalf of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the growing DC cinematic universe when he recalled bumping into former Batman Christian Bale in a costume shop. Affleck was there with his kid, shopping, when he heard an "Oy!" from behind. It was Bale, and they started talking all things Batman. Affleck praised Bale.s work, and said this was the one thing that Chris Nolan.s Dark »
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