In a turn of events that shouldn’t surprise anyone, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already setting box office records. Directed by JJ Abrams, the new Star Wars film appears to be resonating with fans in a way that the often-maligned prequels did not. Suffice it to say, Disney at this point is essentially just printing money.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just one day away from hitting theaters and the bulk of early reviews we’ve seen thus far have not only been encouraging, but overwhelmingly positive. Apparently, this J.J. Abrams character knows what he’s doing.
The Star Wars film canon is undeniably unique for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the films still resonate with and excite millions of fans around the world nearly four decades after the first installment’s initial release. This is nothing short of astounding, and certainly speaks to how beloved the entire franchise remains to this day.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” is a popular saying used to warn people about disastrous current events. And in preparation for the launch of Independence Day: Resurgence, Fox has created a special site dedicated to the War of 1996 that presents some of the most important events that happened in the 20 years that followed the release of the original film.
Below, you’ll find the highlights of this universe, from 1996 leading up to the second encounter with the powerful and dangerous aliens that are preparing for the second attack against Earth. More →
There’s a new trending topic on Twitter that you should be looking out for, especially if you love movies. The #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly hashtag seems to be pretty self-explanatory. You get a one-line explanation for movie plots, and the best results so far have been spectacularly funny.
Thought Reservoir Dogs put Quentin Tarantino’s name on the map, the release of Pulp Fiction is the film that emphatically catapulted the quirky director into the mainstream consciousness of moviegoers and pop culture enthusiasts.
Whether you’re a huge Tarantino fan or wholly indifferent, there’s one thing we can all agree on: his films are uniquely saturated with endless profanities and, at times, an almost cartoon-esque depiction and volume of violence.
The long tentacles of Lucasfilm’s Intellectual Property arm are pretty much impossible to avoid, a fact a couple of Star Wars fans from Iowa recently learned the hard way.
How often do you notice continuity mistakes in movies? Whether it’s a coffee cup that suddenly appears on a different side of the room or a character that isn’t quite in the right spot from one shot to the next, these errors can be extremely distracting, but when a lot of footage needs to be shot in a short amount of time, it’s often easier just to let them slide. More →
I’m not going to blow anyone’s mind by saying this: not every movie is entirely original. In fact, a huge percentage of the movies that make it to theaters are based on books, comics, TV shows or an assortment of other pop culture properties that studios believe they can mine for success on the big screen.
It’s a tried and true method, and much less risky than giving a creator free rein with a project. But when all else fails, studios can just copy the story of another movie for their own.
You know it’s been an incredible year for movie fans when the wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t really seem all that long. From Mad Max: Fury Road to The Martian, from Trainwreck to Dope, from Inside Out to Creed, there’s been at least one great movie for every type of movie fan out there.
In order to celebrate the year in movies, JoBlo’s Nick Bosworth has put together a mashup trailer that includes clips of dozens of films from 2015. It’s quite a sight to behold.
Have you ever seen something in a movie that just didn’t look quite right? If you’re in the theater, you just have to roll with the punches and move on to the next scene, but if you have a copy of the movie at home, you can take the time to rewind and see exactly what stuck out to you. Unfortunately, once you find a mistake, it’s nearly impossible to forget it’s there.
As moviegoing audiences become increasingly savvy, it’s more difficult than ever for filmmakers to surprise them with twists and turns they never would have seen coming. If you’ve seen enough movies, you can probably guess the big plot twist ahead of time… but did you know that some movies have plot twists that never actually made it to the screen?