Pop Culture Roundup 20
by TeemunnyPublished on Friday, June 1, 2012
Ridley Scott‘s epic thriller Prometheus takes its name from the spectacular, state of the art spaceship that transports its crew to a distant, foreboding world. Take a voyage with the exclusive video joint above at the header.
A decent b-roll from the sci-fi epic below.
A Prometheus B-movie style vintage poster art by Cucaracha Borracha.
While we’re talking posters, an exclusive, limited edition Prometheus IMAX poster will debut and be handed out at the 12:01AM Friday morning showings. Want. Need. Be sure to hop on this one.
Here is a well-crafted 3-minute showcase of Ridley Scott’s incredible command of cinema’s visual language, from his first film The Duelists in 1977, to 2012 and the upcoming Prometheus.
Keeping with the Ridley theme, we present one of the Blade Runner Convention reels featuring interviews with Ridley Scott, Syd Mead and Douglas Trumbull about making Blade Runner universe. This 16 mm featurette, made by M. K. Productions in 1982, was specifically designed to circulate through the country’s various horror, fantasy and science fiction conventions.
Speaking of b-roll, here is behind-the-scenes footage for Skyfall, Sam Mendes‘ take on James Bond. We receive glimpses of the extent of set-up, witness the danger and speed of the orchestrated chase sequences which took place in London and Turkey.
The Bourne Legacy Teaser, Aaron Cross, a new hero, experiences life-or-death stakes that have been triggered by previous events. The story resumes after the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, as a new cast of characters grapple with the consequences of Jason’s Bourne actions.
As it turns out, Donny Donowitz, ‘The Bear Jew’, is the father of movie producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance – which means that, in Tarantino’s universe, everybody grew up learning about how a bunch of commando Jews machine gunned Hitler to death in a burning movie theater, as opposed to quietly killing himself in a bunker.
Because World War 2 ended in a movie theater, everybody lends greater significance to pop culture, hence why seemingly everybody has Abed-level knowledge of movies and TV. Likewise, because America won World War 2 in one concentrated act of hyperviolent slaughter, Americans as a whole are more desensitized to that sort of thing. Hence why Butch is unfazed by killing two people, Mr. White and Mr. Pink take a pragmatic approach to killing in their line of work, Esmerelda the cab driver is obsessed with death, etc.
You can extrapolate this further when you realize that Tarantino’s movies are technically two universes – he’s gone on record as saying that Kill Bill and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn take place in a ‘movie movie universe’; that is, they’re movies that characters from the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, and Death Proof universe would go to see in theaters. (Kill Bill, after all, is basically Fox Force Five, right on down to Mia Wallace playing the title role.)
What immediately springs to mind about Kill Bill and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn? That they’re crazy violent, even by Tarantino standards. These are the movies produced in a world where America’s crowning victory was locking a bunch of people in a movie theater and blowing it to bits – and keep in mind, Lee Donowitz, son of one of the people on the suicide mission to kill Hitler, is a very successful movie producer.
Basically, it turns every Tarantino movie into alternate reality sci fi.
The latest international trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Les Miserables Official Trailer, set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Episode 511: The Other Woman was a controversial and polarizing one. Grantland, Alan Sepinwall, Maureen Ryan, Tim Goodman, AV Club, Vulture, the Slate crew have all weighed in and the reactions run the gamut. Some thought it was outlandish and sharkjumpy, some found it to be effective and game-changing (for better or worse). I found it to be a memorable and marquee episode laced with amazing, breathtaking and heartbreaking scenes. They truly upped the ante when it came to issues regarding gender and feminism within the context of era and the narrative of the series. SPOILERS: GQ spoke with Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway Harris) about the intensely moral decision her character made. Likewise, AMC has some thoughts from Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson) on her powerful exit from the SCDP universe.
That scene was a really, really tough scene to film. They didn’t tell me they were going to do this but Phil told Jon to hold on to my hand and not let it go. And then he did and I really sort of lost it… and I will say that every single one of those tears was actually absolutely real.
Regardless, I will never look at Jaguar the same.
Diplo summed up the episode nicely.
The Wire is coming up on it’s decade anniversary of the beginning, The Atlantic dug up the compilation/supercut of the top 100 quotes. Before you watch the supercut, check out this extensive oral history of from Maxim.
Another supercut by Superslice reader Patrick Peris. What is the unifying theme in this cut of 74 films? That connection of passion, desire, lust, love.
I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, of the blood of old Valyria. I am the dragon’s daughter, and I swear to you that those who would harm you will die screaming.
A Q&A with George R.R. Martin from Sports Illustrated. The man behind Game of Thrones dishes on the Jets, Giants and fantasy football.
Over at Breaking giFs, Paul Scheer‘s Breaking Bad tribute site, they are launching limited edition posters. Here are two of my favorites so far. My Name Is Walter Hartwell White by Daniel Danger and Wayfarer 515 by Justin Santora.
‘Cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do. Have a nice weekend, Peeps.