The Black Panther teaser trailer looks amazing

It may be less than two-minutes long, but the Black Panther teaser trailer is already one of the best things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler, Black Panther will be the MCU’s first superhero film with a black lead, although Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa already made his debut in Captain America: Civil War. Along with the teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, it looks like there are a lot of promising things in Marvel’s future. You can read a detailed breakdown of the trailer over on the Cinematic Universe website. Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018. Read the rest

Trailer for surreal sci-fi flick, Quadrant

I'm looking forward to Quadrant, an upcoming, utterly fantastic-looking movie created by Woodrow White and David Lauer. It looks like a collaboration between Devo and Alejandro Jodorowsky. I met Woodrow on a plane a few years ago. He's a fantastic painter (who happens to be the son of artists Wayne White and Mimi Pond). Read the rest

You could own the light-up dance floor from Saturday Night Fever

The fantastic light-up dance floor from Saturday Night Fever (1977) will go up for auction in a couple of weeks. The 24' x 36' floor, outfitted with more than 250 lights, was built and installed at Brooklyn's 2001 Odyssey nightclub specifically for the film. When the place closed in 2005, former employee Vito Bruno bought it. Auction house Profiles in History expects it to fetch $1 to $1.5 million.

Can you dig it? I knew that you could.

(Reuters)

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Wonder Woman smashes box office records

Wonder Woman earned $100.5m in its first weekend at the box office, breaking the record for a woman director and taking in $223m worldwide. Patty Jenkins's only previous feature film was the very different Monster, an award-winning biopic of serial killer Aileen Wournos. Critics say Wonder Woman is also the first DC universe movie that isn't a grim, tedious trudge through the dark end of superhero fandom. Read the rest

Director of Wonder Woman on why the word "cheesy" is banned from her world

Here's a great quote from the New York Times interview with Patty Jenkins, director of the well-reviewed new "Wonder Woman" flick and the Aileen Wournos biopic "Monster". Read the rest

Trailer for Alien (1986), the comedy film

"In space, no one can hear you purr."

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A countdown made from countdowns in movies

100 Movies 100 Numbers 100 Seconds. Read the rest

Watch this vintage horror film's HYPNO-VISTA intro

HYPNO-VISTA was an experimental opening sequence used in the late 1950s on a few horror movies. The film would be spliced to start with a hypnotist practicing that dark art. Read the rest

Remembering the original, Harold Pinter screen adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale

Zachary Smith writes, "Almost 30 years before Hulu's take on Margaret Atwood's feminist classic, a less-successful adaptation was filmed in Durham, NC. Here's a well-researched look at the making of that film, and its strange parallels to the community." Read the rest

Watch: 'Bannon's War' on FRONTLINE (PBS)

The PBS FRONTLINE television documentary on Trump's alt-right consigliere Steve Bannon is required viewing. The film aired tonight for the first time on PBS.

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Blomkamp to make experimental film series

Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (of District 9 and Chappie fame) is producing a series of experimental short movies to be released on Steam and YouTube.

He'd teased the idea in a tweet posted in April, and the response was good enough to get the green light, with the director promising a level of transparency and public collaboration rarely seen in Hollywood.

Here's a teaser:

Embedded up top is the "Presidential Motorcade" clip Blomkamp released during the presidential election campaign, with its freaky gold nightmare limousine crawling along to 14 seconds of tense synthetic murmurs. More! Read the rest

Studying the sounds of Blade Runner

If only you could hear what I have heard with your ears.

Vangelis's fantastic score was reissued on a beautiful picture disc for Record Store Day 2017. Check your local independent record stores for any that may be left or, of course, Discogs.

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First-person 360 VR: You are an Alien neomorph bursting from a chest

In VR, everyone can hear you scream.

(Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Playstation VR, Google Daydream, and other mobile VR devices)

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Trailer for Blade Runner 2049

Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star in Blade Runner 2049. Ridley Scott, who directed Blade Runner in 1982 (35 years ago!), is the exec producer. It was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival).

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Blade Runner 2049 trailer

The Internet says it looks good, and I'm inclined to agree with it. Read the rest

Watch the final Wonder Woman movie trailer

Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2. Looks like a rather intense three hours, yet I still wish it was Lynda Carter, in her satin tights, fighting for our rights, and the old Red, White and Blue.

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

This was a Fun movie, and a very funny one, too. Until the end, I wasn't sure if it was a good one. Hell, it is good. The first was well-made and profoundly clever in its use of nostalgia as part of its storytelling soul rather than just appearances, but the sequel has a more perfect magic: emotional honesty.

It's about a team of famous yet bickering mercenaries and their unseemly associates, all outmaneuvering enemies and gravitating toward epic destinies that turn out to be mirages obscuring the smaller truths of family. I suspect this will make older viewers like it more, but younger ones like it less, because they don't sleep with the sort of well-settled emotional tangles that the movie vicariously unravels.

I don't really feel like more should be said, frankly, than that. It's a light show, lacking any suggestion of physical threat or danger, yet it wields its human weaponry so well. Read the rest

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