New SPIDER-MAN Music Is Here, In Michael Giacchino’s HOMECOMING Suite (AUDIO)

The webs won’t spin until they have a theme to guide them. Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who’s become the John Williams of our time as a go-to maestro for blockbusters (just check his IMDb list), is onboard for the Marvel hero’s reboot in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Sony Classical Music has just released this First Listen Suite medley of Giacchino’s work for the movie.

Variations on the Main Theme can be heard at 1:20 and again at 5:00.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7, 2017.

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New Book “Movies Are Prayers”, By Filmspotting Co-Host, Explores How Movies Emerge From Spiritual Longing (VIDEOS/LINK)

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“Even the howl of the atheist is directed at the God they don’t acknowledge.”

This sentiment reflects the expansive thesis set by Josh Larsen, author of the new book “Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings.”

Larsen, co-host of Filmspotting (one of the most popular movie podcasts for over a decade), does not examine “Christian movies” or Faith-based cinema. Instead, the editor and film critic for ThinkChristian looks at the totality of cinema – from Hollywood classics to contemporary hits to all kinds of films in-between – to see how yearnings for God are expressed in the movies:

  • “Movies can be many things: escapist experiences, historical artifacts, business ventures, and artistic expressions, to name a few. I’d like to suggest that they can also be prayers.”

His suggestion? Spiritual depth is so innate that it is inevitably expressed in art, including movies, even when a filmmaker doesn’t consciously intend to do so. The root of authentic artistic expression emerges from the spirit.

The book, published by InterVarsity Press, is available now in bookstores and online (Amazon link here).

To hear more from Larsen about what his new book explores, watch the videos below. To read his latest film reviews, visit Larsen On Film.

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Featurette Goes Behind-The-Scenes Of How Diana Prince Becomes Wonder Woman (VIDEO)

Want more insight into the best movie of the summer so far? This 15-minute featurette combines scenes, set footage, and in-depth interviews (director Patty Jenkins speaks with clear vision and passion) to not only reveal how Wonder Woman was made but, more importantly, the spirit and philosophy behind it.

To read my review, click here.

To read my essay on why this movie struck a chord with audiences, click here.

Summer Of 1992: The Blockbuster Slate, 25 Years Ago

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Every May, movie fans scour through the annual summer blockbuster previews to see what’s coming and what’s worth getting excited about. For funzies, here’s what people had to look forward to 25 years ago in the Summer of 1992. Not nearly as many sequels and franchises as we have today, and only one superhero movie! What a quaint time it was.

But it also included that year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, so there’s that.

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Click on any poster for a larger image gallery. Each image also includes the film’s release date and it’s final box office total. Posters are in order of release date.

 

The Top 10 for Summer 1992:

  1. Batman Returns – $162.8 million
  2. Lethal Weapon 3 – $144.7 million
  3. Sister Act – $139.6 million
  4. A League of Their Own – $107.5 million
  5. Unforgiven – $101.1 million
  6. Patriot Games – $83.3 million
  7. Boomerang – $70 million
  8. Far and Away – $58.8 million
  9. Honey, I Blew Up The Kid! – $58.6 million
  10. Housesitter – – $58.5 million

Although the insanely hyped sequel Batman Returns won the summer, it ended up finishing 3rd for the year. The top two films of 1992: Aladdin was #1 with $217.3 million and, at #2 with $173.5 million, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

 

LAST JEDI Trailer Retro-Fitted As 1983 Preview (VIDEO)

In some ways, this will probably have Star Wars diehards as geeked for the new movie as anything else. It’s the trailer for The Last Jedi re-imagined as a preview from 1983, and it’s sure to push all of the right nostalgia buttons. But it also (if unintentionally) shows how different filmmaking styles are today. Even with the perfect 80s-era imprints, the Last Jedi footage still looks like modern day filmmaking masked with old school textures. Nevertheless, it’s a fun little thing worth watching. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 16, 2017.

The Forced Template Is Strong With FORCE AWAKENS / LAST JEDI Teaser Comparisons (VIDEO)

Lucasfilm has their fiction down to a science – or, at least, their marketing. This side-by-side comparison spliced together by The Playlist is impressively (or eerily) exact. I don’t know whether to be pumped or worried. For now, I’ll choose the former. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15, 2017.

UPDATE: The teaser for The Force Awakens as shown here never appeared in this editorial form or shot order. It has been cut together to specifically mirror the teaser of The Last Jedi in order to emphasize the recurring visual motifs of the trilogy. It’s an overarching creative approach – indeed, an autueristic one – that I fully support, as I discussed previously when I addressed some of the Force Awakens haters.