It’s Donnie Darko, but without Donnie’s impassioned Smurfette monologue and with 8-bit graphics — the result looks like a very, very mad world, indeed.
CineFix regularly turns beloved movies, like The Big Lebowski and The Shining, into shortened, 8-bit videogame-style versions of themselves, and 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko is the latest creation. Darko fans won’t be disappointed by this retro version of the intense film: The three-minute video is complete with a still-terrifying Frank the rabbit, an appropriately modified “Mad World,” and Donnie’s fiery, self-inflicted demise. Disturbing? Slightly. Really cool? For sure.
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- Ariana Bacle
What true geek doesn't love a great science fiction film? Ever since I saw E.T. in the movie theater as a kid I was hooked on sci-fi. Over the years I've gone back and watched a ton of older films before my time, and continue to enjoy the awesomeness of this genre. Vimeo user 60fotogramas created a fantastic supercut that pays homage to the best sci-fi movies ever made. He calls it "Sci-Fi: Since 1902," and says:
This is a montage of some of the best science fiction films ever made. A total of 62 films ordered by release year, from 1902 to the present. Thanks for watching, enjoy.
I've included a list of all the movies in the video below:
1902- Voyage dans la lune
1929- Fraud in Mond
1933-The invisible Man
1936-The Devil Doll
1953- The War of the worlds »
- Joey Paur
Films would be nothing without their accompanying scores, lets face it, would we all love Jurassic Park as much without John Williams’ rousing theme? What would Star Wars be without it’s catchy opening music? As part of a season celebrating the wonder of classical music and film, The Royal Albert Hall have been showing famous films with a live orchestra – the fantastic 21st Century Symphony Orchestra. We were lucky enough to attend one of the Star Trek performances, and what an evening it was.
The evening kicked-off with Star Trek actor Simon Pegg taking to the stage to tease the audience with what lay ahead. He spoke briefly about what an honour it was to make the film and admitted that he didn’t really know much about scoring a film and so swiftly brought on Michael Giacchino, the film’s composer.
Giacchino told of growing-up in New Jersey, »
- Kat Smith
The latest episode of Cinefix's 8-bit cinema series transforms the 2001 cult classic film Donnie Darko into a retro style video game. It quickly takes you through the full story of the film, and they got really creative in telling it with the limited use of 8-bit visuals. I'm a huge fan of Donnie Darko. It was one of those films that kind of blew my mind the first time I saw it. I hope you enjoy the 8-bit retelling of it!
- Joey Paur
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Godzilla Is 100% Better […]
- Peter Sciretta
The word “Xenia” refers to the Greek tradition of generous hospitality toward strangers – an appropriate title, then, for a film that gladly accommodates all manner of curiosities, from giant talking rabbits to chest-rug dream sequences to a cameo from venerable Italian pop diva Patty Pravo. Seemingly drawing equal inspiration from Gregg Araki, early Almodovar and the Eurovision Song Contest, writer-helmer Panos H. Koutras’ fourth feature follows a gay Cretan teen and his golden-voiced older brother as they seek their future (and their estranged father) in Greece. Brashly uneven and wildly overlong, this comedy of brotherly love and outsider acceptance nonetheless boasts a spirited, audience-pleasing core; with some strict cutting, “Xenia” should find numerous festivals and queer-friendly distributors more than hospitable.
Warmly received by Cannes crowds following its premiere in the Un Certain Regard strand — where frisky light relief is generally a rare commodity — “Xenia” represents a sparkier side of its »
- Guy Lodge
There are plenty of lists waxing nostalgic about revisionist history online. Some even border on irritating, know-it-all anecdotes to drop on people at parties. “Speaking of Denzel Washington,” the partygoer will undoubtedly interject during the ongoing debate about Malcolm X’s role as a historical figure, “did you know he was in Death Wish?”
It’s easy to miss the Person of Interest star/Jesus as the fighter pilot who drops a load of bombs on Alcatraz, blowing Nicolas Cage out of the water (something we’ve secretly all wanted to do). That may have to do with the pilot oxygen mask covering his face during most of his screentime.
Jack Black was struck by lightning »
- Kenny Hedges
Oh has been one of the show's stand-out performers throughout its 10-year run, but has starring in such a time-consuming role limited her career path until now?
To mark Oh's decision to escape the restraints of commercial network TV, Digital Spy has collected just a few other actors who perhaps should have 'done a George Clooney' by getting out early and made the transition to top movie star, not that movies are obviously better than TV nowadays of course.
This list only names actors who starred in long-running commercial network shows, rather than cable, as most shows in the latter have shorter seasons with longer gaps in between - just in case you were wondering where Jon Hamm and Alexander Skarsgård were...
1. Sandra Oh »
Since "The Whispers" has some pretty tony credentials (executive produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo"), we have every reason to think the new ABC show will be sufficiently polished. What the trailer (posted below) tells us is that it might be damn creepy as well. Here are the five reasons why we'll have our hands in cover-the-eyes position when we watch the first episode, just in case. 1) The idea of evil imaginary friends will ruin your childhood if you think about it. Did you have an imaginary friend, someone to go to your tea parties or play hopscotch or whatever? It seems like such a nice concept, at least in kids. In older kids and grown-ups, it goes all "Donnie Darko" and "Fight Club" and usually gets violent and ends badly, so that's not as adorable. But kids creating people to play with? That's so cute! »
- Liane Bonin Starr
The creepiest rabbit we have seen this side of Frank from Donnie Darko; this 200 foot long, 20 foot high, handmade, stuffed bunny sits in the Italian Alps. Why? The artist collective known as Gelatin put “Hase” there for you to visit while it slowly decays. Here is the full explanation in their own words:
"The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent; and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy. The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbitÌs body, a »
- Chris Connors
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on zombie-themed charities working to fight Cancer, DVD release details for Raze, first details on Autumn Moon and The Infected, and much more:
The Walking Hope Charity Details: “Do you Relay like I do? Are you a supporter of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society? Are you a fan of the AMC Show “The Walking Dead?” Yes…Yes…and Yes!! This shirt is for you! All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society via Rfl!
The Walking Hope has broad support of fans and cast and crew of the show like Melissa Mcbride, Norman Reedus, Addy Miller, Kyla Kenedy, Jon Bernthal, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney, Lauren Cohan, Brighton Sharbino, Chad Coleman and more!
Each year, millions of people in 21 countries take place in Relay For Life events. »
- Tamika Jones
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to joeyhegele for this week’s winning caption!
Dan Savage on the “Gay Mafia.”
Uganda’s Tallest Peak Now Topped With Rainbow Flag
Fox is developing the “event” series Nazareth, which will look at the formative years of Jesus.
These 7 careers are allegedly no longer available to Christians thanks to the gays
You have to watch this Colbert vid to the end, as Stephen … deepthroats a burrito … with a hot beardo.
Coming soon to Ed Kennedy‘s neighborhood.
In the past few years, time loop movies have been making a slight comeback in mainstream Hollywood. The genre is one rarely ventured into, with good reason, but the quality we’ve seen recently has been spectacular. So with baited breath, and fingers cross, I am wholeheartedly looking forward to Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow this summer.
Blunt has been rising through the ranks over the years, making huge strides across a slew of genres with movies like The Adjustment Bureau, Your Sister’s Sister, and Looper, not to mention Disney’s upcoming Into the Woods. She traverses independent and blockbuster movies like few are capable of, and seeing her return to blockbuster territory here is what’s got »
- Kenji Lloyd
Produced by Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films, Josh Anthony’s directorial debut Happy Camp tries to add a little something new to the found footage trope. Anthony was kind enough to take some time to speak with us about his love for the genre amd the challenges of taking the trip to Happy Camp.
He also discussed his high hopes for his first film to be successful enough that he’s allowed to make a second. That’s the dream, right?
DC: There are so many found footage films on the horizon and many that came before. Just to separate you from the pack a little bit, can you talk about the story of Happy Camp?
Ja: I wanted to try to evolve it a little bit more. When we first started doing this, it was a little bit stagnant and everyone was trying to do the Blair Witch model. »
- Drew Tinnin
Our earliest memories of films we love usually come from a trip to the cinema. The strange, silent communion to which we are drawn again and again to live other lives, walk in other worlds and be changed forever. Well, that’s the plan at least…
A cinema trip is a ritual. Precious to some, holy to others. And whether you have your favourite seat picked out in advance, your preferred confection (except Revels – no-one really likes those do they?), go alone or with friends, flip out your phone with the Cinime app or sit in silent anticipation of the BBFC advisory, there is nothing quite like enjoying a film as it was meant to be seen.
Here are our choice moments from five films to feature scenes of our favourite pastime. Down at the front, phones off. The show is about to begin.
Dir: Joe Dante
Taking a »
- Michael Walsh
There are, essentially, two different worlds in cinema. In one, it is about art and original storytelling – the expression of unique ideas and voices for the purpose of thought-provoking entertainment. In the other, it is specifically designed to make money. The former gives us films such as Donnie Darko, Whip It and Being John Malkovich. The latter gives us Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Occasionally, a rare individual demonstrates the possibility of crossing that divide, and participates in projects that – sometimes - have feet in both camps. Alfonso Cuaron can do it. The Coen Brothers can do it. Tom Hanks can do it. And sometimes, believe it or not, Kevin Costner can do it, too.
There are some less than fragrant titles on Kevin Costner’s resume – as you would expect from an actor whose breakout role happened almost thirty years ago, in Silverado. The difference between Costner and most other long-serving filmmakers, »
- Sarah Myles
With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.
You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...
Al Pacino - Star Wars
Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t, »
Don't let the title fool you, because Happy Camp isn't the bright and cheery movie you might think it is. This found footage thriller centers on Michael Tanner (Michael Barbuto), who goes back to Happy Camp, visiting his hometown nearly 20 years after his brother mysteriously disappeared. His brother's disappearance is just one of hundreds over the years, 628 to be exact, making the town world-famous for these unsolved absences. He brings his friends (writer-director-producer Josh Anthony, co-writer-producer Anne Taylor and Teddy Gilmore along for the ride to document everything on camera, as they soon begin to realize that the town of Happy Camp holds several secrets. Ahead of this thriller's release on VOD outlets such as iTunes, Time Warner, Comcast, DirecTV and other platforms starting March 25, I had the chance to speak with writer-director-producer-actor Josh Anthony about the production, how this story came together, shooting in the actual town of Happy Camp, »
Jake on the set of Everest (2015)With Enemy, Dennis Villeneuve's trippy new thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal opening this weekend, it's time to look back on this actor we've loved ever since he stared in a mirror and saw a demonic rabbit staring back at him. Jake's been picky in his career making less features than other stars who've been in the business for nearly a quarter century. (Since his parents are both in the industry, he started young.) Jake recently turned 33 -- the Jesus year (!) which we'll pretend explains the hair -- and he's already built an enviable filmography having starred in at least one bonafide classic (Brokeback Mountain) and two others that might also stand the test of time (Donnie Darko, Zodiac).
So the question is now, what kind of a second act is his career going to have now that he's in Hollywood's preferred age »
- NATHANIEL R
The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.
30. Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »
- Joshua Gaul
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