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Awesome Vine Trailers for Modern Classic Movies

As you may or may not have noticed, your Flavorwire didn’t bother covering this week’s maddening, seemingly frame-by-frame unveiling of the trailer for The Wolverine, a movie we’re not all that worked up over to begin with (seriously, didn’t we already do that once?). It was bad enough when we started getting 30-second teasers for movie trailers — an item that is, when you break it down, a commercial for a commercial. But Wolverine director James Mangold went a step further, first putting out a six-second Vine “tweaser” (yep, that’s what he called it), then the teaser, then the trailer, meaning that the Vine was a commercial for a commercial for a commercial and good God make it all stop please. But one good thing did come out of it: trailer editing house Tokyo got the nutty idea of recutting the trailers for eight modern classics into six-second form and posting them on Vine. The results are oddly captivating; check them out after the jump. … Read More

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Awesome Storyboards from 15 of Your Favorite Films

With storyboards on our mind lately thanks to their use in both the opening sequence and the climax of Argo, we decided to put together a gallery of our favorites from iconic… Read More

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Classic Movie Scenes Recreated Around the World

We’re officially obsessed with “movie mimicking,” an ongoing project by world traveler and film fanatic Allen Fuqua, which we first spotted over at My Modern Met. In the photo series, Fuqua goes to far-off countries and takes pictures of himself and his friends standing in for the actors in his favorite films, the shots recreated almost perfectly. The results are amazing — there’s something wonderful about realizing that some of the places inexorably connected to our favorite movies actually exist, and the juxtapositions tap into our subconscious memories in an incredibly satisfying way. Click through to see some of our favorites from Fuqua’s series, and then be sure to check out his website for even more from the project. … Read More

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The Best Pop-Culture 'Mad Men' Mash-Ups

Are you as excited for the return of AMC’s Mad Men as we are? Probably not, because we’re pretty pumped over here, so much so that we’re constantly tempted to insert Mad Men references in completely unrelated posts. Luckily, there are some fantastic crossovers out there to keep you entertained until the premiere on March 25th, and we’ve put together a list of the best ones for your perusal, featuring everything from Mad Libs to Muppets. If you can think of any we didn’t catch, let us know! … Read More

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Surreal Kaleidoscopic Photos of Urban Architecture

A documentary/sports photographer who creates dizzying experimental works, Simon Gardiner flips architecture upside down in striking, kaleidoscopic perspective. Initially inspired by Christopher Nolan’s Inception, the artist set out to bring the film’s dreamscapes to life in his photos. Gardiner essentially deconstructs buildings, bridges, and staircases to create surreal visions of towering heights and labyrinthine compositions. The photographer also looks to the Vortograph (abstract photography focused on repetitious arrangement) — particularly Kawahara Kazuhiko’s work — and Architectural Deconstructivist movements to inform his distorted, alternate realities. Click through to see Gardiner’s striking photos, many of which were taken in Paris. Visit his website for the full story behind each image. … Read More

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10 of Cinema’s Most Dazzling Dream Sequences

As we recently reported, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have brought the work of sci-fi scribes like Philip K. Dick to life with the invention of cutting-edge technology that allows scientists to peer through the keyhole at our internal visual landscape. They now have the ability to record our brain’s patterns by reconstructing the images our mind composes after exposure to visual stimuli (in this case, movie trailers). Eventually, researchers say they’ll be able to tune in to the secrets of our memories and dreams.

Filmmakers have long explored the vibrant dreamscapes of the human psyche. At its worst, cinema’s dream sequence is a lazy storytelling device. At its most compelling and complex, the hazy reverie of a character’s fantastical world draws you deeper into their narrative and offers a stunning palette for the senses. Inspired by science and cinema, here are several of film’s most visually intoxicating and riveting dream sequences. We can only hope that when scientists are finally able to tap into our mind’s eye, our dreams are as wild and gorgeous as these. What are your favorites? … Read More

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Image Gallery: Your Favorite Movies as Pictograms

Normally, we wouldn’t write about minimalist posters twice in one day, but these pictogram film posters by graphic designer Viktor Hertz are just too good not to share. As is always the case when a designer distills an entire movie into one image, it’s fascinating to see what icon he chose to represent each film. “I try to bring a twist to it, and not get too simple, he explained to My Modern Met. “I want to be unpredictable and entertaining, and make something that communicates the film instantly, yet in an original way.” Click through to check out a gallery of his work, which is available for purchase on Zazzle. … Read More

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Oscar Nominations 2011: The Year’s Biggest Snubs and Surprises

“So glad they finally announced the Oscars,” our friend Eugene Mirman tweeted this morning. “I was getting worried that no one would give any awards to films this year.” No worries, Eugene! Hollywood’s season of self-congratulation will crash to a conclusion on February 27th, when America’s Secret Boyfriend James Franco and Secret Girlfriend Anne Hathaway host the 83rd Academy Awards. After the jump, we’ll take a gander at the surprises and snubs in this year’s noms. … Read More

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Anne Hathaway Is Christopher Nolan’s Catwoman

Crazy, right? And she beat out Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, and Natalie Portman for the part. Hopefully her performance will be more Michelle Pfeiffer than Halle Berry. From the official press release: “Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s… Read More

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