New Releases

CivilWarSpiderManI’m facing a conundrum. This is one of the few times I can remember that my fandom has butted up against my cineaste tendencies in a significant way. I think Captain America: Civil War is about 30 minutes too long. This isn’t unusual, movies are long these days. And I even think there’s a pretty easy way to get some run time back without affecting the story too much. The problem is, that would involve cutting Spider-Man out of the movie.

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There are many, many, many, things you can fault the prequel trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III) of Star Wars with. The one thing you absolutely can’t say about them is that they in any way, shape, or form resemble the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI) of films, despite having quite a few of the same heroes and villains. The prequels are largely flawed and had they stuck a bit closer to the originals I think they would still have been seen as a failure for those same reasons. ¬†However, they are so completely, wildly different from general plot to planets to aliens to technology that most fans felt they had gone too far and were too¬†different from the movies they all knew and loved.

Did The Force Awakens then over correct and cater too much to the “old guard” of fans? Well, yes and no. Continue Reading

This site didn’t exist when Star Wars Uncut was released back in January of 2012. Luckily I can gladly present The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. It was released this past Friday and it is certainly just as fun and ambitious as the original.

For those not in the know, the Star Wars Uncut project recreates Star Wars, and now Empire as well, with 15 second long fan made scenes and then stitches them all together to form a single film.

Here’s the trailer to better explain for me.

And if you have 2 hours to spare, here’s the entire film:


I can imagine few things as awkward and uncomfortable as filming a sex scene. Two (or more) actors are naked in a room surrounded by people yelling things at them and filming it all.

This (NSFW) B-roll footage from Stretch gives us a short peek into what a set is like during a sex scene.

Luckily Joe Carnahan seems to make sure energy stays high and all involved are having a good time. Or as good a time as one can at least.

Stretch drops today on iTunes and Amazon.


Gone Girl is released today.

David Fincher is my favorite director working right now and his films are definitely event movies for me. Fincher has a reputation of being a perfectionist, reportedly going north of fifty takes to get the shot he wants. On the Fight Club commentary he admitted to having a stuntman (wearing a bathrobe and no padding by the way) throw himself down a flight of stairs seventeen times only to use the first take.

This is certainly an extreme and, presumably, very difficult way to work. But when it leads to cinema like this breakdown describes, it all seems worth it.