20 items from 2013
When I was in sixth grade, the teacher told my class that by the time we could get driver's licenses hover cars would be all the rage and we'd be cruising around on air! Of course, it's 2013 now and we still haven't mastered the technology of Back to the Future Part II's hover board, much less mass-marketed hover mobiles. Still, at least society hasn't devolved so far that Manhattan has become a maximum-security prison. And while class struggle is frequent topic of conversation, let's be glad "bonejacking" a la Freejack hasn't come to fruition yet. And these are just a few of the observations we can enjoy thanks to Dan' Meth's sci-fi movie timeline. As you can see in the infographic above, Meth has charted the production dates and time settings of a wide array of science fiction features, from Blade Runner and Children of Men, to Dune and Alien. »
Movie cliches are unavoidable; the director only has two-odd hours to take you from start to finish, so whether a high school's social structure is built on a thin foundation of classic nerd and jock stereotypes or a wedding is abruptly interrupted by the aw-shucks nice guy who's finally ready to spill his guts, there's bound to be some shortcuts along the way.
But sometimes Hollywood takes it a bit further, hitting us with cliches that are so oddly specific (and frequently divorced from reality) that they make you wonder if they've been written by a random plot-generating robot with limited resources and a tenuous grasp on the human experience. So sit back, relax, and set your deja vu detectors to "on" as we break down ten insanely specific things that are commonplace in the movieverse.
1. Character Dislikes Past/Future Version of Themselves
- Adam D'Arpino
Warning: Spoilers all up in the conference room.
Never trust an organized entity, especially if it has a 401K plan.
As this week's new thriller "The East" chronicles a former FBI agent's transition to a private job at a sinister intelligence agency, we thought we'd look back at the rich history of evil movie corporations and separate the maniacally, outrageously, inexcusably evil from the "Aw, that's cute, look at them trying to be evil" evil.
Our extensive audit resulted in the following cinematic analysis. Proceed with caution, employees and non-employees alike.
15. Initech ('Office Space')
Peter Gibbons' corporate hell, personified in the passive-aggressive overtime demands of Lumbergh and stapler-fetishizing mumblings of Milton, wasn’t bent on world domination or the complete destruction of humanity. The evil here was much more subtle, realistic and soul-crushing. Thankfully, Peter escaped with a swanky blue collar job cleaning up filth — a better »
- Adam D'Arpino
As cinephiles, we love movie posters. Right now on my wall there are original double sided one sheets for The Dark Knight, Minority Report, Back to the Future Part II, Dick Tracy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and many more not even in frames. For us, posters are used to show our love for certain films, but first and foremost they are used to promote films. But not everyone has access to posters, and in the West African nation of Ghana, traveling movie shows have paintings created by local artists, and some of them are hilariously terrifying recreations of the films, and some of them are mind-numbingly ridiculous. Look! Here are some of these Ghana movie poster paintings from Awesome Robo: These are just a handful of these paintings, and you can see dozens more right here. Some of these will haunt your dreams and don't even resemble the films they're trying to promote. »
- Ethan Anderton
Luke Owen reviews the first issue of the 12-part Worlds Collide series...
"Worlds Collide: Part One" – The crossover event of 2013 starts Here! The Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog epic kicks off with a bang as the Blue Blur and Blue Bomber meet for the first time! And considering how hard they're fighting each other, it might be the last! Why are the heroes trying to take each other down? Drs. Eggman and Wily know, and they're loving every minute of it! You cannot miss this historic first meeting of two of the biggest video game icons in the entire world!"
There have been some great crossovers in the history of film, TV and comics, but this is one that I have been really excited for. I grew up a Sonic kid due to my Mega Drive obsession »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, The Avengers 2, Doctor Strange, S.H.I.E.L.D., Justice League, Dark Universe, Man of Steel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Kick-Ass 2, Arrow, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Inhumans, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Teen Titans Go! and more....
For those of us here in the UK, there's less than three weeks to go now until Disney and Marvel Studios kick-off Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe with the release eagerly-anticipated Iron Man 3 on April 25th (our North American readers will have to wait a little longer, with the film opening on May 3rd), and so naturally the marketing machine has continued to roll on these past seven days as we count down to the »
- Flickering Myth
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Solider, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Deadpool, Venom, Ninja Turtles, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Man of Steel, Arrow, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Superman: Unbound, Ultimate Spider-Man and more...
Wolverine trailers... you wait ages for one and then two come along at once. Yes, 20th Century Fox's marketing department finally remembered this past week that they have a big-budget superhero blockbuster coming out in the summer by giving us our first look at Hugh Jackman's latest outing as the adamantium-clawed mutant Logan in director James Mangold's The Wolverine. Things got underway on Monday with the arrival of two posters (one of which looks like it's been put together via a "Your »
- Flickering Myth
Follwing our interview with Dale Lloyd of Viva VHS, Jack Morris looks back at his VHS memories...
One of my earliest memories, other than seeing a parrot ride a tricycle whilst on holiday in Spain with my parents, is sitting on the living room floor at my parents friend’s house in front of their sideboard and being in shock and awe at the amount of videos they had. We never had many videos in our house growing up, simply because my parents were never really fans of movies (no idea where my love of them came from), so whenever we went round to our friends house I was able to gorge on their collection to my heart’s content.
It was here that I discovered films, on VHS, that have stuck with me throughout my life and have stayed in my collection in a variety of different formats; from video, »
- Flickering Myth
It’s not always the actors that are the stars of a film. Sometimes it’s the car. Here’s our list of the 10 most iconic cars in movie history.
Much like in our everyday modern life, cars are a big part of movies. They have created many memorable moments, been a part of many exciting action sequences, and helped to define characters clearly. Cars are much more than just another movie prop. Sometimes they are part of the cast, and others they are the main attraction.
This list commemorates those cars that went above and beyond simple transportation in a film. These are cars that define a particular movie or character. These are cars that, when seen in real life, conjure up images of their movie counterparts. These cars have infiltrated popular culture and become historic icons of both film and motoring.
Top Ten Most Iconic Movie Cars
10. Toretto »
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After all that has happened with Kickstarter this week, Fund This Film seems to be a more necessary regular feature than ever. Not all projects can be set up through a major studio and involve Hollywood stars and be based off a property with a built-in fanbase. Some are like this week’s selection, Momentum, an ambitious short with a much smaller goal and much bigger task in finding supporters. And yet there is some Hollywood talent involved, as the three creators of this film are professional concept artists in the biz: Robert Simons worked on Ender’s Game and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peggy Chung worked on Pacific Rim and Mark Yang is an Imagineer for Disney. And visual effects supervisor Kyle Spiker worked on Avatar. Director Michael Chance previously made Project Arbiter, one of those hot sci-fi shorts called “the next District 9” a while back. If their resumes aren’t enough, some »
- Christopher Campbell
Movie fans can be an industrious lot when it comes to paying homage to the things they love, and today we’ve got three new fan creations that prove our point. If you love Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Great Gatsby or Back to the Future Part II, you’ll want to check this stuff out. We get things started with this short film inspired by Michael J. Fox’s second time-traveling adventure. One of the things that impressed younger viewers most about Back to the Future Part II was the hoverboard – a floating skateboard that was sure to be available in the not-too-distant future. Every kid in my class wanted one of these things, and we’re all a little bummed they still don’t exist even now that we're adults. Sydney Freeland’s short film Hoverboard...
- Mike Bracken
The Hoverboard in Back to the Future Part II captured the imagination of kids everywhere. It's an iconic movie staple of the '80s, and every kid wanted one! Unfortunately our hopes and dreams were dashed when we found out that they weren't real. But I remember having conversations about them, I was the kid that was trying to convince everyone that they were real! Boy did I look stupid when I realized they weren't.
Here's a wonderfully made short film called Hoverboard that was directed by Sydney Freeland for the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival. The short was inspired by the classic Hoverboard, and it captures the fun, excitement and imagination that we all felt when we first saw the Hoverboard in the movie. I loved this adorable film, and I hope you enjoy it too!
- Joey Paur
We've seen one of the best parts of Back to the Future Part II become a faux reality with Mattel's collectible Marty McFly hoverboard, and fans with a lot of money could have even bought Griff's Pitbull hoverboard from the film. Now 2015 is just a couple years away, and the version of the future from the sequel hasn't exactly become a reality. There's no flying cars and unless Steven Spielberg steps up his game, there won't be a Jaws 19 directed by his son Max. But that doesn't mean the hoverboard isn't still something inspiring for young minds with an eye towards the future, and a cool short film illustrates that fact. Watch! Here's the short film Hoverboard from Sydney Freeland via SlashFilm: Hoverboard was created as part of the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival (you can vote for it to win right here), and it's certainly a charming lover letter to »
- Ethan Anderton
In his latest film, Maniac, the actor plays a serial killer searching out women to scalp. But, he admits, it's as the hobbit Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy that he will always be remembered
Hi Elijah, we need to talk about Frankie. I'm guessing he's not the most likable character you've ever played.
Probably the least likable. The challenge was to make him believable and give a sense of depth without making him too sympathetic. Sometimes you run the risk of providing too much back-story and that's a slippery slope.
To quote Frankie in the film: "Why did you do it? Why?"(1)
The idea alone was good enough for me: "You play the killer in a movie, but you're only seen in reflection." The whole film is primarily shown from the character's perspective, so 70% of the process involved working with the director of photography [Maxime Alexandre]. Maxime was effectively »
- Xan Brooks
Every time we watch the "Back to the Future" trilogy, we have just one reaction: When are we going to be able to buy those cool hover skateboards? You know what we mean: In "Back to the Future Part II," Marty and the gang travel to the year 2015 and all the kids are floating around on hoverboards, totally shredding. And yet, here we are, just two years away, and there's still no sign of hoverboards anywhere.
Until today, that is, because thanks to the magic of eBay, you can buy your very own official "Back to the Future" hoveboard right now.
Of course, there are a couple of caveats. First of all, the hoverboard in question does not, technically speaking, actually hover. That's because it's actually an authentic prop made for use in the film not by Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly, but rather by Griff Tannen, son of »
- Scott Harris
Last year, Mattel's adult oriented collectible arm Matty Collector released what was supposed to be a fantastic replica of Marty McFly's hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II. However, what once was a product approved by writer Bob Gale became a panned hunk of plastic that was better in theory than execution. As someone who has the replica in question, it looks nice on display, but I was hoping for more. If anyone else feels the same and they happen to have $13,000 lying around, they can pick up Griff Tannen's Pitbull hoverboard. Remember, the other board doesn't work on water, unless you got power! Here are a few pictures of the product on eBay which seems to be pretty legitimate (via Movies.com): The board measures 36" and is made of wood, resin and metal. The only thing that seems to be missing (according to the description) is the »
- Ethan Anderton
Back to the Future nerds everywhere have gone a little nutty in recent years with news that we're inching closer to the hoverboard technology featured in Back to the Future Part II. Not only that, but Mattel just recently put out a knockoff toy version of Marty's hoverboard from the movie (for the ridiculous price of $140, no less), and so those Bttf fanboys have something to obsess over while they wait for either a real hoverboard to come along or for Nike to finally perfect the self-lacing shoes we're all dying to own. In the meantime, while fans endlessly complain about Mattel's crummy hoverboard toy, the more exciting hoverboard from the Back to the Future sequel is now on sale over on eBay for the much more reasonable price of $13,000. Oh c'mon...
- Erik Davis
"The force is strong with this one."
The new year has brought one piece of incredible movie news after another for sci-fi fans, but none has sparked as much debate as Disney’s plans for its recently acquired Lucasfilm assets and the Star Wars movie franchise. January was dominated by questions and rumors about who would be chosen to direct the sequel to Return of the Jedi, currently titled simply Star Wars: Episode VII, with the month closing out with fiery debates over whether the man who reignited the Star Trek franchise for Paramount, J.J. Abrams, was the right choice to reignite Star Wars for Disney. Only eight days into February and the internet is practically melting down over the news that Disney is also developing solo movies featuring a young Han Solo and the mysterious bounty hunter Boba Fett.
With Star Wars on our minds, we decided that this »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Christopher Lloyd is guesting on tonight's Raising Hope in a plot about the family buying a used Back to the Future Delorean. Hey, you're probably saying, What a coincidence, because isn't today the day that Marty and Doc went to the future in Back to the Future Part II? You're probably thinking this because every few months someone posts a picture on Facebook of the Delorean's dashboard in the film doctored so it looks like Doc Brown, Marty, and new-Jennifer (Elisabeth Shue) time-jumped to this date in 2015. It's been July 5 and June 27, and it'll be today, and it'll be tomorrow. And every time people comment, "That's so cool!" and hum "Power of Love" to themselves while others leap in to figuratively wave their arms and cite Snopes or show screen grabs to prove that in the movie they actually go to October 21, 2015, and they beg »
- Jesse David Fox
I've watched Back to the Future Part II and It's A Wonderful Life countless times, but I don't think I've ever associated the two with each other until now. This video created by YouTuber skeejay shows us just how much these two movies are alike, and the similarities between them is scary and cool. Check it out! Have you ever noticed the similarities?
- Joey Paur
20 items from 2013
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