From Raiders to Blade Runner: Simon Pegg and Vaughn Stein on their all-time favorite cinematic deaths

Writer-director Vaughn Stein and actor Simon Pegg collaborated on a new noir thriller Terminal, an interconnected tale of crime, revenge, and murder, set against the backdrop of a sprawling metropolis. In honor of their new film, we asked the pair to list their personal favorite cinematic demises, which include deaths…

The 25 best set pieces of Steven Spielberg’s career

Broadly defined, a set piece is a thriller within a film, a self-contained showstopper-slash-showcase whose success depends in large part on a director’s chops. Since the 1970s, Steven Spielberg has reigned as its Hollywood master; regardless of what one thinks of his sentimental or narrative instincts, it’s hard to…

Guy tries to mansplain Indiana Jones’ costume to the woman who designed it

Here’s another cautionary tale for men who plan to be obnoxious on the internet any time soon. After a screenshot from a recent Jeopardy! episode was shared on Facebook, one foolish dude took to the comments to argue that a question about the inspiration for Indiana Jones’ outfit in Raiders Of The Lost Ark was…

Indiana Jones-Star Wars mashup manages to brutally murder Jar Jar, so there’s that

The requirements for a successful movie mashup really depend on the ultimate goal of the one doing the mashing. Maybe you’re looking to prove two different movies are actually the same movie, so you match them up beat-for-beat like this Avatar/Pocahontas mashup. Maybe you’re aiming for maximum comedic effect, so you…

Molly Haskell’s Spielberg analysis ranges from disappointing to downright bizarre

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Last month saw the publication of George Lucas: A Life, a biography of the Star Wars director that suffered from favoring a basic kind of storytelling over a complex consideration of the man’s work and legacy. As if on cue, here comes Molly Haskell’s Steven Spielberg: A Life In Films, a work that’s basically all…

From home movies to The BFG, charting the evolution of Steven Spielberg

As reiterated by his latest film, The BFG, Steven Spielberg has made a career out of crafting stories of wonder, or strife, with emotionally resonant characters and a great touch for drama. Even though people are mixed on The BFG, it’s a good time to revisit the master filmmaker’s works, from his earliest home movies…

Raiders! shows how The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made got made

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Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation truly has to be seen to be believed. In the summer of 1982, three pre-teen kids in Mississippi—Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and Jayson Lamb—decided to make a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s movie, almost entirely from memory. (Home video didn’t really exist yet when…

Raiders Of The Lost Ark’s trailer remade entirely from that children’s version

It’s a tale as old as time: A group of kids sees a movie they like and spends the next seven years devoted to painfully recreating it shot for shot without any real training, budget, or adult supervision. Wait, that’s not an age-old tale at all! But it is an interesting true-life story of a group of Mississippi kids…

Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is finally released from the Well Of Souls

So it has come to this: A fan documentary about a fan film based on a big-budget tribute to Republic serials. Pop-culture Möbius strip and festival hit Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is finally making its way to theaters and VOD. The documentary, about three 11-year old boys attempting to make…

Drafthouse Films says Raiders! fan-film documentary doesn’t belong in a museum

Long before Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Psycho hit theater screens, three 11-year-old boys attempted to recreate their favorite movie, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, in their backyards. They did it not for fortune or glory, but simply out of their love for cinema. Eventually, Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos’…