Category: Movie Commentary

Movies at Comic-Con: From Tentpole to Shoestring

Movies at Comic-Con: From Tentpole to Shoestring

Notes from WonderCon 2011 Although the name "comic-con" is based on the event's origins as a convention for comic book fans, the comic-con has morphed into a broad survey of popular culture. Fans flock to these conventions in San Diego, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere, not just to complete their comic book collections or … Continue reading Movies at Comic-Con: From Tentpole to Shoestring

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

'Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles' by Philadelphia filmmaker Jon Foy, is about the kind of people who see signs, who look beyond the everyday surface of things to uncover what lies beneath. People drawn into the mysteries of the world. In this case, the mystery in question is a series of linoleum tiles inscribed with cryptic messages embedded into the asphalt of roadways in Philadelphia and other cities.

Penn’s Quad in New ‘Transformers’ Trailer

Penn’s Quad in New ‘Transformers’ Trailer

Although this has been reported elsewhere, in case you missed it, the University of Pennsylvania's Quad is featured in the new trailer for this summer's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Director Michael Bay along with cast members Shia LaBeouf, Isabel Lucas, and others filmed several scenes on the University of Pennsylvania campus (as well as … Continue reading Penn’s Quad in New ‘Transformers’ Trailer

Multiple Meta-fiction Perspectives and the ‘Blade Runner: Collector’s Edition’

Multiple Meta-fiction Perspectives and the ‘Blade Runner: Collector’s Edition’

Despite the annoying packaging (a silly "blade runner" plastic briefcase) and the bundled chotchkies (do I really need a plastic toy version of Gaff's origami unicorn?), I purchased the 5-disc "ultimate collector's edition" of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. I would have preferred to have avoided all the "collectible" junk included in this package, but apparently … Continue reading Multiple Meta-fiction Perspectives and the ‘Blade Runner: Collector’s Edition’

Great Movie Title Sequence: The First Four Minutes of “The Kingdom”

Great Movie Title Sequence: The First Four Minutes of “The Kingdom”

Yahoo! Movies Youtube has the first four minutes of Peter Berg's "The Kingdom" online, which provides a "fly-by" timeline of the U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia. Movie credits have come a long way from simple scrolling lists of creative and production talent. The previous work of graphic designers like Saul Bass and creative agencies like R/GA … Continue reading Great Movie Title Sequence: The First Four Minutes of “The Kingdom”