Last week, we took an in-depth look at Inception (click here to read), one of my favorite films of all-time, and timely since Inception’s director, Christopher Nolan, just turned in the best movie I’ve seen this year thus far in Dunkirk. In my article, I mentioned Nolan’s preference for doing any kind of F/X practically rather than with CGI if it can be humanly done (even when it’s flipping a tractor trailer in The Dark Knight). CineFix, who should be paying me to hype them at this point, doesn’t just make great movie lists, it also has a feature called “The Art of the Scene” where they dissect an amazing scene, show you how it was done and why it works in the film. I almost included this behind-the-scenes piece in my article, but it’s a fascinating look at the rotating hallway fight from Inception. Whereas most directors would have inserted the actors into a CGI environment, Nolan went a very different route. It’s a fascinating look at an amazing scene.
This fight uses no CGI other than to remove the wires Joseph Gordon Levitt and the other actors are wearing. A full-scale hallway was built and then put on a giant gimbal which rotated the room. The fight takes place in a critical moment in the final job, when the van that’s carrying the team around has gone off a bridge, creating a zero-G effect that ripples down the various levels of the dreamworld you see in the map. For Arthur (Levitt), who is in the shallowest level, he loses gravity entirely and the result is an amazing fight scene, made all the more amazing when you know how Nolan and Pfister shot it.
Every other month, we take a look at a movie from the Internet Movie Database’s List of the TOP 250 FILMS OF ALL-TIME. These are movies that transcend a simple “My Favorite Scene” column. These are movies that are hard to just pry five gems from, but we do and examine the film overall. We’re on our fourteenth installment in this series. Click on the link here to check out previous installments from #1 The Shawshank Redemption to #13 Forrest Gump.
Inception is our fourteenth installment in this series, and what a perfect example of a film you simply cannot highlight in one scene. When Alfred Hitchcock was gone, everyone asked who would be the next Hitchcock. When Steven Spielberg lost his touch, people began asking who was the next Spielberg. Christopher Nolan isn’t the next anything. In an age when cinema has become largely cookie cutter, Nolan has risen to become film’s best director, and in 40 years people will be asking who the next Nolan will be. Inception is, in my opinion, Nolan’s best film, and a film so original and yet filled with so many classic elements of different genres that Nolan was able to make his dense script a hook audiences were willing to push themselves to understand. Combined with dazzling visuals, an amazing ensemble, Wally Pfister’s cinematography masterpiece, and a score from Hans Zimmer for the ages and you have one of the best films of the 21st Century. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes from Inception (IMDB Top 250 #14)
Given that they released 25 different covers for their X-Men Days of Future Past issue, it’s not surprising that some interior pictures from Empire Magazine’s X-stravaganza (yeah, that was bad) would leak. It seems so much to cram into one motion picture, all these mutants, but given that Singer is already planning the follow-up, I think he has an arc in mind that will span several pictures. I think this is the last time we’re going to see not only the old guard, but probably also Hugh Jackman in a team X-Men film and everything I’ve seen points to it being one of, if not the most, epic Marvel movie of all-time. I’m particularly intrigued by what they’re going to do with Mystique. I think this is going to be a bad stretch of time for her, and I’m interested to know how they’ll utilize her given they’re lucky enough to have the most popular and one of the most talented actresses in the world playing her. The seventh film to feature Marvel’s mutants will debut in theaters on May 23, 2014.
Following the vein of the Professor X and Magneto posters we saw unveiled earlier this week, comes a teaser poster for X-Men Days of Future Past featuring Wolverine. I really want to see Old Man Logan and Wolverine scrap. That mental image will make me happy for hours. X-Men Days of Future Past hits theaters next summer.
Vulture scored a new summary of the plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past as well as confirmed that Peter Dinklage HAS been cast as Bolivar Trask (creator of the mutant-hunting Sentinels) and Josh Helman will be playing a younger version of William Stryker (whom Brian Cox played so well in X2). This comes on the heels of Bryan Singer confirming that Lucas Till will be returning from X-Men: First Class as Havok. Vulture’s plot summary:
“Ellen Page returns as Kitty from the Brett Ratner–directed X-Men: The Last Stand, but this time she uses her powers to send Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. However, something bad happens to Kitty during the time-travel trance, and while Wolverine is still under her spell, the other X-Men must race to find a mutant who can siphon Kitty’s powers and bring their friend back to the future.”
Whahuh? This hurts my mind. I’m also still kind of freaked out by how many mutants are in this cast. How can you do justice to this many characters? There are over 20 confirmed! Bryan Singer’s got a juggling act on his hands. We’ll see the results when X-Men: Days of Future Past opens next summer.