Thomas Jane Takes on #DirtyLaundry

What’s the difference between justice and punishment? #DirtyLaundry

Thomas Jane has put together a 1o minute work of art, released today and titled #DirtyLaundry.   On Twitter today, he states, ”I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.”  Enjoy!

That’s No Moon… It’s a Ping Pong Ball!

That broken sphere up there, that’s no moon. It’s a Death Star. Or, to be more specific, it’s the incomplete Death Star II, the second iteration of the intergalactic battle station, built by the villainous Galactic Empire after the smaller Death Star I was triumphantly blown to smithereens by Jedi apprentice Luke Skywalker at the end of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”

Since it first appeared on cinema screens in 1977, the Death Star has become an iconic image of science-fiction cinema, initially made famous by Alec Guinness’ ominous line, “That’s no moon. It’s a space station.” Well, now it’s about to become that little bit more famous, thanks to Japanese internet user tatumaru5963. Y’see, Mr(s). tatumaru5963 has intricately created his/her own miniature Death Star II, using just a ping pong ball and card stock.

The creator of this mini masterpiece provided some commentary on his/her glorious creation, as reproduced here thanks to the wonders of online translators: “Things repeatedly cutting the ping-pong ball, plastic board was finely cut of 0.2, we reproduce the internal structure.”

Umm, yeah. Check out pictures of the mini Death Star II below. [Read more...]

The Top 5 Pixar Movies

This coming Friday sees the American release of Pixar Animation Studios’ 13th full-length feature, Scotland-set fantasy adventure film “Brave.” Initial reviews point to it being yet another win for the celebrated film studio – a relief after the rusty 2011 sequel to their very own “Cars.” To mark its highly anticipated release, I’ve taken a look back at Pixar’s previous works and selected their five greatest, which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is no mean feat.

After all, Pixar have awarded us such an awesome collection of computer-animated classics in their 17-year history, and have left us with so little to fault. As such, I’m fully expecting to be verbally spat upon in the comments section below for leaving out some truly remarkable pieces of cinema. For this, I can only apologise. One thing we can all agree on, though: “Cars 2” is not listed below, just as it shouldn’t be. [Read more...]

25 Stunning Alternate Movie Posters

A semi-recent trend to pop up in the geek-ridden terrain of the internet movie blog is that of the alternate movie poster: basically, an amateurly produced piece of artwork intended to pose as marketing material for a full-length feature. Effectively kick-started by the sublime works of Austin-based company Mondo, the trend has ultimately stretched to the four corners of the earth, with movie-loving artists the world over designing and presenting their very own alternative posters to the ones displayed at one time or another inside a theatre near you.

Ranging from the clever to the ingenious, the simple to the intricate, the classic to the contemporary, and the funny to the utterly spell-binding, alternate movie posters really can prove that sometimes an amateur’s work can be better than a professional’s, as you shall see in the 25 stunning examples assembled below. [Read more...]

The Top 10 Alien Characters of the Big Screen

Today marks the release of “Men in Black III,” the sci-fi action comedy sequel that sees Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones returning as alien-hunting Agents J and K for the second time. Also, in two weeks, we will be treated with Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” the highly anticipated prequel to his 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece “Alien.” To celebrate, I’m taking a look at the ten greatest alien characters ever to feature on the big-screen, be they vicious monsters, quirky visitors or conquering invaders. Whatever they may be and whatever their intentions, they’ve all got one thing in common: they’re outta this world. [Read more...]