Hands up those of you who had never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy before this year. That’s a lot of hands, but not as many as I’d expected. Those who follow Marvel’s comic universe—and the Avengers in particular—will be more than a little aware of the Guardians, but those who know Marvel for simply Spider-Man or The Avengers have something wonderful in store. Come, let me tell you about it.
Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity took many a breath away. Those who saw the film may be interested to know that the director has a darker alternative ending in mind, one that would have crushed the spirits of our good Dr. Ryan Stone.
An alternate opening sequence has recently come to light and Gravity would have turned out differently had it not been rejected by the studio. It’s super-cool. Check it out below.
In their “100 Years” series for 2005, the American Film Institute celebrated the best of American cinema by compiling the top 100 movie quotations. This formed the dataset for Flowing Data’s Nathan Yau as he attempted to convert the quips to informational charts.
Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore’s love of certain incendiary devices in Apocalypse Now gets converted into a graph of the love of napalm smell plotted again the time of day, and The Terminator’s foreboding catchphrase is plotted as a recursive event. Have a look at those and more famous movie quotes as charts after the jump.
The rather specific time of 3:07 am is considered by some to be the most haunted time of the day, the devil’s hour. A dive session is about to wrap but there’s just enough time to go down for one last look-see. The diver uses his flash light to make his way through the murky water and makes a chilling discovery. Can you guess what happens next? Check out One Last Dive below.
Well that got the heart beating! This creepy one-minute-long horror film was created by film maker Jason Eisener for VICE Magazine’s 3:07 AM Project. See the other three horror films inspired by the haunting hour after the jump.
Imagine if Meg Ryan’s diner scene in When Harry Met Sally was so orgasmic that it blew her head off, or if Baby burst with excitement in the iconic lift scene from Dirty Dancing. Thanks to YouTube user Simone Rovellini, we don’t have to. Using visual effects software, After Effects, Rovellini takes scenes from popular movies and shows the actresses literally losing their heads. Check out Exploding Actresses below.
For more hilarity and exploding heads, check out http://explodingactresses.tumblr.com.
[via Dangerous Minds]
If time is money, then I’d wager this might be the best minute you’ll spend today.
The folks over at 1A4STUDIO have created an awesome, abridged version of the first film in the epic space opera that is Star Wars. It’s minimalist right down to the dialogue, colour palette, and running time of just 60 seconds. Check out the speedrun of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
[via Live for Film]
The designer from Kansas City imagines what lies beneath the exteriors of fictional spaceships like the TARDIS with its bony chest and two hearts. Lane sketches similarly strange skeletal structures for Serenity, the NCC-1701, a Colonial Viper, and the Millennium Falcon. Have a look at them all after the jump.
2012 has been a year like no other. Like she has done for the past two years, video editor Gen Ip captures the highlights of the year in film though a most captivating compilation.
From Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to Zero Dark Thirty, Filmography 2012 splices together scenes from over 300 movies, an inclusive list that contains big budget action flicks, horror films, indie movies, animated tales, documentaries, and bottom-of-the-barrel b-movies. Gen Ip weaves together the scenes and common themes that we see in film year in and year out. Take a look back at the year in movies with Filmography 2012.
For a full list of the films used in the compilation, be sure to visit Gen’s blog.
[via The Verge]
In his series What If, illustrator Peter Stults imagines what the posters for popular modern movies would look like if they were made in a different era. Stults keeps the name of the movie the same but changes the actors and the visual theme of the poster to suit the time.
Instead of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, Stults re-creates a famous scene from the movie using 50s actors Charlton Heston and Harry Belafonte. James Dean makes a handy replacement for Ryan Gosling in Drive, and steel-toothed Richard Kiel plays an alternate T-800 in a 70s pre-make of Terminator.
Have a look at some of Stults’ wonderful What If movie posters after the jump.