“Peter loves being Spider-Man, but he doesn’t love being Peter Parker.” ScreenPrism contrasts the approaches of the three modern Spider-Man movie adaptations while breaking down the symbols and philosophies of Marvel’s teenage icon.
Awesome Film Essays
“The mysterious thing about telling stories is that it ends up changing you.” Lessons from the Screenplay relays how co-director Pete Docter and the rest of the story team for Inside Out got stuck in a rut, and how they eventually figured out how the movie would play out.
(SPOILERS) “Using an exploration of where we might be, to explore where it seems like we’re heading, in order to reveal exactly where we are.” CineFix compiles their favorite sci-fi films. They chose lots of obvious classics, but they also tipped their hat to many modern films.
(SPOILERS, Gore) CineFix compares the underrated Edge of Tomorrow aka Live Die Repeat with its manga counterpart All You Need is Kill, which is a more faithful adaptation of the eponymous light novel. The movie cut a lot of corners, but it’s still a great film.
In 2008, Marvel gambled on an unfinished script, an unproven director, a controversial actor and a B-list character. It went on to become a stepping stone and a blueprint for success that even Marvel has forgotten to follow. Films&Stuff looks back to Iron Man.
(Gore) Kaptainkristian highlights what David Fincher so deftly hides: the director’s extensive use of CGI and other digital effects in his films. From the Winklevoss twins to digitally perfected hair, Fincher stealthily bends reality in service of the story.
Blade Runner is one of the most visually influential films of all time, but there’s also much to be said about the film’s sound design, which seamlessly blends Vangelis’ score with atmospheric audio. Nerdwriter1 points out just how integral sound is to this 1982 masterpiece.
Film Radar digs into the techniques that director Michel Gondry used to create The White Stripes‘ most classic videos. Gondry’s sense of whimsy and effective use of simple visual effects were the perfect accompaniment to Jack and Meg’s reductive sound. (Thanks Daniel!)
“Time is the story and we are the characters.” The Royal Ocean Film of Society looks back at Michael Apted’s Up Series. Arguably the best reality show ever, its 48-year (and counting) span, grounded perspective and willing cast make for a fragmented mirror of our lives.
(Spoilers/PG-13: Language) The Showtime series Shameless is one of our favorite TV shows. The writing and acting is top notch, and its ability to blend laugh-out-loud comedy and tragedy is unmatched. CrackerJacked looks at just a small bit of what makes it work so well.
(PG-13: Language, SPOILERS) Wisecrack argues that Rick’s obsession with szechuan sauce is no bombshell. Instead, it’s merely another display of the show’s advocacy of Albert Camus’ brand of absurdism: existence is meaningless, and trying to find meaning is a fool’s errand.