How can you improve a movie as perfect as The Godfather? With superheroes, of course. Well, OK — perhaps Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece wouldn’t benefit from being relocated to the comic-book universe, but the notion certainly adds some levity to the poster. In a well-executed series of minimalist reimaginings, Brazil-based designer Luiz Arthuso has inserted beloved superheroes into a selection of appropriate movies. See what might happen if Superman starred in Back to the Future, or Wolverine in Kill Bill after the jump. … Read More
Back to the Future
[Editor's note: It's Labor Day, so your devoted Flavorwire team is taking a break. To keep you entertained, we're leaving you with our most popular features of the summer months. This post originally ran July 30th.] If you’re a regular Flavorwire reader, then you already know that we love behind-the-scenes photos from classic (and cult classic) films. We can’t get enough of seeing great directors at work and movie stars laughing it up between takes, but the set photos we like best are the ones that mess with our mind. These are the pictures that cast our favorite cinematic moments in a new light, exposing some epic landscape shot for the scale model it is or revealing that some iconic outdoor scenes were actually created in the controlled environment of the studio or merely reminding us that intimate exchanges between lovers are usually filmed with a full crew. After the jump, we round up 25 behind-the-scenes snaps sure to take you right out of the movie. … Read More
Our friends at Mental Floss published an article yesterday revealing a list of literary characters that almost had entirely different names. We agree that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bladorthin the Grey wouldn’t have rolled off the tongue as nicely as Gandalf the Grey does and felt relieved that J.K. Rowling, Raymond Chandler, and other writing giants had the good sense to wise up.
The list left us wondering about the original names of film characters. The best fictional heroes and villains aren’t remembered solely for their names, but a creative and original moniker can make an otherwise forgettable figure truly stand out. It’s also a great way to shed an interesting light on a character’s backstory. Click through to find out what disastrous, cinematic names directors and screenwriters evaded throughout film history. If you know of a particular lemon we didn’t cover, drop it in the comments below. … Read More
Like everyone else, we’ve been swooning over Wes Anderson’s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, since well before it hit theaters. But now that it has, we’ve swooned even more — and not least because the movie stars a girl with a suitcase full of awesome-sounding (and totally made up) books. We’ve already explored wonderful fake books by TV characters, and imaginary books written about in real books, so we thought we’d round up a few fictional books on film that we wish really existed so we could sit down and read them. Click through to see the made up tomes we picked, and let us know if we missed the one you’ve been most itching to read in the comments. … Read More
The bustle of Cannes always makes the summer cinema season feel extra thrilling. We’re anxious to see where the movies take us for the remainder of the year, and we have a few guesses as to what films will leave us with the most memorable images and will feature the best writing. After exploring films that wowed us with their opening dialogue, it naturally got us thinking about the movies throughout history with parting words we won’t soon forget. Sometimes they refer to the punch line in a joke, a character’s dying words, or poetic thoughts about the future. It’s the filmmaker’s final chance to make a lasting impression that will get people talking. With that, here are some of cinema’s most memorable parting words. Leave us something to remember you and your favorite lines by in the comments section. Beware of a few spoilers ahead. … Read More
We’ve been fans of Rhode Island-based artist Rich Pellegrino for a while, having featured several of his works in shows hosted by fellow pop culture fiends, Gallery 1988. Website houhouhaha recently reminded us of how awesome the artist’s iconic movie character paintings are, and we thought it seemed like a perfect time to share more of Pellegrino’s work with you. His illustration-style portraits set amongst painterly backgrounds are loaded with lively textures and frenzied markmaking, capturing the spirit of each pop culture personality. Organic caricatures of The Dude, Doc Brown, Willy Wonka, and Steve Zissou await you past the break. Visit Rich’s website for more info on how to own one of these lovelies, and check out his blog for a closer look at his artmaking process. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we tried not to look at this hot dog stuffed crust pizza. We learned about a fish from hell that has been terrorizing Maryland for the past ten years. We got cat fancy reading about this hyperliterate, proto–LOL Cat. We boggled time itself by watching this silent-era version… Read More
The ruthless bully character has been a movie staple for decades, but the limited theatrical release of the new documentary Bully on March 30 ushered in a new kind of example – the heinous, reprehensible real-life bully. While we certainly don’t advocate bullying in real life situations, we’ve got to admit that we don’t mind seeing a little fictional bullying take place on the big screen. So here’s our breakdown of ten of the biggest, and baddest, movie bullies of all time, from nightmare-inducing teen thugs like Scut Farkus and Biff Tannen to more recent (but equally vicious!) additions to the canon, like Regina George. … Read More
The weekend’s big movie, as you well know, was The Hunger Games, while DVD and Blu-ray players have been firing up Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since its release last week. The two films have a lot in common: powerful female protagonists, adaptations of bestsellers, probable franchise kick-offs. As such, they were also each objects of carefully considered casting. It’s become part of the pre-production process, the bandying about of potential name actors for high-profile roles; Fincher reportedly talked to Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, and Scarlett Johansson before settling on Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, while Hunger Games director Gary Ross’ alternate Katnisses included Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Chloe Moretz, and Saoirse Ronan.
Contemplating proxy casting choices is a fun parlor game for movie fans (perhaps second only to considering movies that never came to pass at all). After the jump, we’ll take a look at a dozen iconic movie roles, and the actors who almost, almost filled them. … Read More
Mondo’s milkshake brings all the movie geeks to the yard. Their website nearly explodes every time a new poster is released by the Alamo Drafthouse’s art boutique, and many a wallet has been drained thanks to badass designs from talents like Tyler Stout, Jay Shaw, Dave Perillo, and more. Now the… Read More