Late last year, we pointed our readers in the direction of The Paramount Vault, a YouTube channel where Paramount Pictures uploads full-length films from decades past. Admittedly, most of the movies aren’t going to make you consider canceling your Netflix subscription, but there was one very interesting addition this week.
Great art occasionally requires great sacrifice, but not every artist is ready and willing to put everything on the line in order to chase perfection.
In fact, many of the biggest blockbuster movies of the past several decades have put their stars in increasingly uncomfortable scenarios, forcing them to step outside of their comfort zones to bring the world of the film to life.
It’s nearly impossible to overstate the impact that superheroes and comic books have had on the film industry over the past several years. From Spider-Man to Iron Man to The Avengers to Batman v Superman, superheroes have been the biggest draw at the theater (other than Star Wars and Jurassic Park) for nearly a decade. And now the trend is spreading worldwide.
I heard an interesting debate the other day regarding whether or not movie stars are replaceable as it pertains to film quality. In other words, would Deadpool have been any less or more cool with Matt Damon as the lead as opposed to Ryan Renyolds? Does a film like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button need the acting prowess of Brad Pitt, or would the film have worked just as well with an equally competent actor no one had ever heard of?
Even if we assume that most actors are replaceable, it’s hard to deny that there exists a small contingent of actors who are so talented – i.e Sean Penn in Milk or John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire – that it’s near impossible to imagine them being replaced by anyone else without affecting the resulting film. On top of this, some actors just have a knack for knowing how to pick the right type of projects that really enable them to show off their acting chops.
Following in the footsteps of the original trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t feature an especially complex story. A girl who was abandoned by her parents finds herself in the middle of a galaxy-spanning adventure while the remains of an evil empire rise from the ashes and attempt to regain power.
But despite the simple story, the movie is still holding on to plenty of secrets.
It might be April Fools’ today, but it’s also a Friday, which means it’s time to look at a new set of movie trailers. We have a bunch of interesting new clips for you, including the second trailer of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Somehow, though, comedies and horror titles abound this week, which means you’re bound to find some movies to look forward to no matter what your favorite genre.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a great one-liner. Those perfectly timed lines are often the most memorable of a movie, so for their latest video, Andy Schneider and Jonathan Britnell of the YouTube channel Burger Fiction have collected the top 100 one-liners delivered right before a killing blow. More →
Landing a big role very early in your acting career is the exception to rule. For most actors — even the biggest superstars on the planet — it has taken years of hard work for them to make a name for themselves. And along the way, they’ve all taken minor roles here and there to make ends meet and hone their craft. Of course, it’s always fun to look back on those roles now that they’re big superstars, and we’re going to have some fun right now. More →
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hasn’t exactly been on the receiving end of glowing reviews. It’s seemingly been panned by critics and currently sports a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In stark contrast, the whimsical and action-packed Deadpool sports a healthy 84% rating.
Nonetheless, it’s a safe bet that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will do reasonably well at the box office, thanks in no small part to a concerted marketing push from Warner Bros. On that note, Google decided to get in on the cross promotion action via a nice easter egg on Google Maps which lets users take a 360 degree tour of Bruce Wayne’s swanky condo and even the hallowed Batcave.
For all our misgivings about the direction the franchise took in its sequels, The Matrix remains one of the most beloved action blockbusters of the past two decades. Even as its special effects become increasingly dated, the movie still manages to creep its way into our conversations on a regular basis.
That’s why you might not be surprised to hear that some fans have concocted a fascinating theory about Neo and Agent Smith in the ensuing years. More →
Godzilla. Jurassic World. Ghostbusters.
These are just a few of the countless movie reboots we’ve had to endure over the past few years, and the industry shows no signs of slowing. Heck, Tom Cruise is set to star in a remake of The Mummy next year. No matter how much we groan and roll our eyes, reboots, remakes and sequels are here to stay.
Thankfully, some are actually worthwhile.
After a multi-week bidding war, Netflix edged out other big-name movie studios for the rights to a film called Bright. The film is said to be a cop thriller set in a seemingly futuristic world where humans live alongside and coexist with fantasy-style creatures like orcs and fairies. Written by Max Landis, the film will likely be directed by David Ayer and is set to star Will Smith and Joel Edgerton (previously of The Great Gatsby and Exodus: Gods and Kings).
What was that movie where all the old actors from old action movies get together in a single film and blow up lots of stuff? Which is the one where Brad Pitt plays death? And remember that movie where Tom Hanks’s best friend is a volley ball? Wait, what was that one movie where that girl was terminally ill but she got married anyway? No, the older one with the singer who was popular back then…
In can be beyond aggravating when you have the name of a movie on the tip of your tongue but just can’t seem to get it out. Now, there’s a site that can take the things you do remember about the movie and use them to find the name you’re thinking of.
It’s scary-accurate, and it’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. More →