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'Tree of Life' Goes Exclusively Blu-ray

The year's most complex film is heading to shelves in the weeks to come, but not in the way you think. Fox Searchlight will be selling the Tree of Life exclusively as a Blu-Ray Combo Pack. The decision makes sense in that the audience for Terence Malick's latest film is a very small one and already likely to own a Blu-Ray player.

If that doesn't grab you then maybe the 30 minute documentary featuring commentary by Christopher Nolan and David Fincher will.

The Blu-ray Disc presentation utilizes maximum bit rate encoding and 7.1 audio and a 2.0 stereo mix to bring Malick’s visually stunning masterpiece to life providing consumers with a premium cinematic viewing experience for the home. An exclusive 30-minute documentary on the making of the film, Exploring The Tree of Life, allows fans to dig even deeper into Malick’s visionary work and his cinematic legacy through interviews with his collaborators and cast members as well as with directors Christopher Nolan and David Finc…

'Drive' Poster Features A Real Hero

The pink font may turn off some, but it fits the film perfectly.

Pixar's Untitled Dinosaur Film

What if that life-changing asteroid missed Earth? Director Bob Peterson’s hilarious tale depicts a world where dinosaurs never went extinct.
Yes! Cars 2 may not have been the critical success Pixar was hoping for but between this, Brave, and the other film from a co-director Up set in the mind, they have probably just blew the expectations of every moviegoer sky-high.

(Courtesy: /Film)

10 Words or Less: Iron Man (2008)

The entrepreneur's new clothes.

The Vault: Hoop Dreams (1994)

It’s no secret ladies and gentlemen, the films we gravitate towards and embrace forever, are the pictures that make the film going experience a personal one. Steven James’s brilliant and downright breathtaking documentary Hoop Dreams, shared with me two deeply personal matters: the city of Chicago and of course, the game of basketball.

There was a time, like I’m positive all of you who are reading have had, where I thought professional basketball was in my near future. Sure, I was quite good and stood out on my team, and most places I played. But the chances of every making it into the NBA or any professional sport are so slim you have a better chance winning that 400 million-dollar lottery.

But hell that was the beauty of being child: we dreamed big, perhaps a bit naïve, but when you’re 9 years old the sky is the limit. That’s not to say we as people don’t chase our passions – but there is a time where one must face reality and the fortunes that come along with it.

William Gates and Art…

It's Time, Academy

Apparently I should have saved this post for a year later or so. Andy Serkis's lauded performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is garnering some traction for a Best Supporting Actor bid - who is he supporting exactly? - but I think it's time we either acknowledge his motion capture performance as an a Special Achievement Award or just give it its own category.
We all know that the Academy is slow to acknowledge innovation and when they do traditionally it's too late for it to matter, but here's hoping that a burgeoning field will be rewarded soon.
In 2001 the Academy created the Best Animated Feature category, presumably, to garner attention to animated masterworks that were languishing come award season. Prior to last year's Best Picture nomination for UP only Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best Film. Since the addition of that category animation has seen a renaissance of sorts. One might have hoped that films featuring motion capture could be nomin…

First Look at Henry Cavill as Superman

It's hard to say we couldn't have seen this coming. The most frequent complaint about Singer's Superman Returns is that is was short on action. So it should come as no surprise that the first look at Zack Snyder's upcoming film features a lot of destruction. The changes to the suit are interesting (though one might be tempted to say it looks like fish scales) and another redub of Donner's suit would have alienated fans. Overall, not bad.

(Courtesy: Warner Bros.)

Review: Attack the Block

A woman (Jodie Whittaker) walks alone down an empty street, the assumption is that something foreign to this world lurks around the corner will leap out at her. She is attacked, but not by aliens, just a gang of teens. The gang led by Moses (John Boyega) and Pest (Alex Esmail) are notorious on this block. They rule the nights with impunity. These are the "heroes" of Joe Cornish's Attack the Block.

Before they successfully get away with her purse, an alien crash lands into a car nearby. While they beat the alien to death, the nurse gets away. Nurse Sam eventually receives help from the authorities only to watch them killed by the aliens. Sam has a choice to make: try to get away while the aliens sit outside, or risk staying with the gang that robbed her.

Fireworks drown out the aliens' arrival, so it comes down to Moses and his crew to save the block. No cops and no army to help them out, but no one knows this South London complex better than these kids.

Moses and co…

The Vault: The Producers (1968)

Before there was the movie based on the musical, there was the musical based on the movie. That first movie is The Producers. The film tells the story of failed broadway producer Max Bialistock (Zero Mostel), and a scheme hatched by fellow producer Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder). Their plan is to raise more money in investments than the show will earn, then abscond with the investment money. It's a stupid plan, but that doesn't stop Max and Leo from going through with it.
They set out to make the worst musical in Broadway history. With a Hitler-reverent script written by a former Nazi soldier, an overly flamboyant and inappropriate director, and a burnout lead actor aptly named LSD, they are sure that they've come up with a sure-fire flop.
The film is a product of its time. With its go-go dancing Swedish bombshell, hippie freakouts, and vaguely offensive portrayal of homosexuals, not to mention the muted colour palette, it's certainly a film from the late 1960s. However, the…

New Webslinger, New Suit

Director Marc Webb has been out and about recently sharing his thoughts about webshooters and the films' new suit:

We paid attention to the question of 'How would a kid make it?" And obviously we took some license with it. We also wanted a design that would make the body longer and more lithe, more of an acrobat, someone incredibly agile, and the legs of the spider [symbol on the chest] were something we used to emphasize that. We made a bunch of different suits for different lighting conditions. I wanted something that worked in the night a little better.

(Courtesy: Sony/LA Times)