Watch: 20 Times Wes Anderson Referenced Other Films in His Own Work

Director Wes Anderson is inspired by everything—films, paintings, even liquor bottles.

No filmmaker is born a creative genius. Everyone from Scorsese to Aronofsky has cultivated their talent through hard work and inspiration from other artists, and director Wes Anderson, as quirky and unique as he might be, is no different. In this supercut by Candice Drouet, we get to see how directors like Stanley Kubrick and the British filmmaking duo, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, inspired Anderson’s visual style in a side-by-side comparison of 20 visual references has admittedly made in his films.

It’s interesting to see the many different places from which Anderson says he drew inspiration. Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, and Ken Loach’s Kes are all very different films, but all managed to find their way into the director’s mind while he made his own .

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Video: Explore the Final Scenes of 45 Oscar-Winning Films

The final scenes of these Academy Award-winning films have really left a lasting impression.

As we’ve seen before, the first and final frames of a film or TV show can not only tell us a lot about themes, but they can also leave audiences with an indelible image to think about long after they’ve left the theater. To explore this concept, Albert Gómez of Room 237 has created a short supercut that features the final scenes in every Best Picture winner of the last 57 years of the Academy Awards. Take a look below:

Though the final shot of a film can’t really teach us much about the themes, structure, or visual style of a project, it’s definitely interesting to see the last thing audiences, critics, and Academy judges saw before the credits began to roll.

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Are There Any Hidden Masterpiece Films Among Us?

Despite bad reviews and poor box office sales, some films rise from the ashes years later to become some of the most important films in history.

Films like Heaven’s Gate, Peeping Tom, and Blade Runner were poorly received upon release, but upon re-evaluation years later were considered cinematic treasures. In hindsight, one can’t imagine a film like Citizen Kane being considered to be anything but a brilliant work by a pioneering filmmaker, but in its time it, as well as countless other films before it and after, garnered poor reviews. This happens all the time, which leads one to wonder how many heavily panned films of today are actually masterpieces in waiting. This issue is discussed in length by Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society in this interesting video essay.

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Cool Stuff: The Ultimate Collection of John Williams Music from Steven Spielberg’s Films

Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection

You’d be hard pressed to find such an iconic pairing of director and composer as Steven Spielberg and John Williams. The two enormous talents have been working together for 42 years now, starting all the way back with The Sugarland Express in 1974 and stretching up through The BFG last year. The only two Spielberg movies that don’t have a score by John Williams are The Color Purple and Bridge of Spies. And now a new collection will assemble some of the greatest music from their long history of collaboration.

Find out about this new ultimate Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection below.

John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection is an updated sampling of critically acclaimed, award-winning, chart-topping compositions that come from some of the most iconic films ever made. A collection like this has been made available before, but now it has a third disc made up of new recordings of tracks from films such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Amistad, The BFG, Lincoln, The Adventures of Tintin, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, The Terminal, Munich and even Spielberg’s 1999 documentary The Unfinished Journey.

In addition, the collection will include a DVD with a new documentary by filmmaker and film historian Laurent Bouzereau, who has been documenting Spielberg’s work for more than twenty years. Three discs of music and a special documentary will cost you $ 30, and it’s available on Amazon for pre-order right now.

Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection

Here’s the full tracklist from the whole set:

1 Raiders of the Lost Ark from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
2 Theme from “Always”
3 Adventures on Earth from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
4 Theme from “Sugarland Express”
5 Title Theme from “Jaws”
6 Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from “Jaws”
Out to Sea
The Shark Cage Fugue from Jaws
7 Exsultate Justi from “Empire of the Sun”
8 Parade of the Slave Children from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
9 Over the Moon from “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”
10 March from “1941”
11 Cadillac of the Skies from “Empire of the Sun”
12 Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
13 Close Encounters of the Third Kind/When You Wish Upon a Star Medley
14 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Excerpts)
15 When You Wish Upon A Star (interpolated)
1 Flying from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
2 Theme From “Jurassic Park”
3 Remembrances from “Schindler’s List”
4 Flight to Neverland from “Hook”
5 The Battle Of Hollywood From “1941” (includes the Irish folksong “The Rakes of Mallow”)
6 Smee’s Plan From “Hook”
7 The Barrel Chase From “Jaws”
8 My Friend,The Brachiosaurus from “Jurassic Park”
9 Jim’s New Life From “Empire Of The Sun”
10 The Dialogue From “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”
11 The Lost Boys Ballet From “Hook”
12 Theme from “Schindler’s List”
13 The Basket Chase from “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”
14 The Face Of Pan from “Hook”
15 The Banquet Scene from “Hook” 
1 The Adventures of Mutt from “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
2 Dry Your Tears, Afrika from “Amistad”
3 The BFG from “The BFG”
4 With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln”
5 The Duel from “The Adventures of Tintin”
6 A New Beginning from “Minority Report”
Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from “Catch Me If You Can”
7 Movement 1: Closing In
8 Movement 2: Reflections
9 Movement 3: Joy Ride
10 Marion’s Theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
11 Hymn to the Fallen from “Saving Private Ryan”
12 Dartmoor, 1912 from “War Horse”
13 Viktor’s Tale from “The Terminal”
14 Prayer for Peace from “Munich”
15 Immigration and Building from “The Unfinished Journey”
16 With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln” (Alternate Version)


John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection will be available on March 17.

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‘La La Land’ & ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Win Best Films at 2017 BAFTA Awards

2017 BAFTA Awards

Last night, the United Kingdom had their big night for Hollywood at the 70th BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year (2016). These awards don’t really have a major influence on the Oscars, but it’s always interesting to see who our friends across the pond select as the winners. The two big winners are La La Land as Best Film, and I, Daniel Blake as Best British Film, both of these were expected to win. Emma Stone and Casey Affleck won the main acting awards. Last year, it was The Revenant and Brooklyn taking home the two big awards, for reference. The set of winners this time once is very diverse, with pretty much every excellent film from 2016 taking home something. Read on for the full list of 2017 winners below. ›››

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Do International Films at Sundance Suggest a Global Growth of Independent Film?

“There’s a generation of filmmakers who think we can create something new that the industry isn’t doing.”

Sundance has traditionally been known predominantly as a showcase of U.S.-based talent, but this year’s fest highlighted people from vibrant film communities across the world. What do they have in common? A passion to make films and build their industries from the ground up. The following excerpts highlight the exciting work being done in South Africa, Brazil, and Bulgaria to give you food for thought. Are we part of a global filmmaker movement towards independent film? See what you think.

The Wound

South Africa

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Here Are All the Midnighters, Shorts, and VR Films Being Screened at SXSW 2017

It looks like SXSW 2017 is going to get pretty brilliantly weird after dark.

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival is going to be a special one, and not just because of its fresh lineup of fantastic narrative/documentary/short/animated films. This year, SXSW has launched its inaugural Virtual Reality section, which showcases some of the “newest and most cutting-edge work” in VR today.

SXSW has already announced its full lineup of feature-length narratives and documentaries, but if you’re interested in weird films that stray way off the beaten path, you should really check out what they have to offer in their Midnighters, Shorts, and VR sections. Here’s the full lineup.

[Film descriptions provided by SXSW.]


Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

68 Kill

Director: Trent Haaga, Screenwriters: Trent Haaga based on the novel by Bryan Smith

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How One of the Most Influential Horror Films of All Time Made Slashers Possible

And no, it’s not Halloween.

If you were learning about slasher films at some university somewhere, chances are you’d sit down and watch Halloween on day one. But while John Carpenter’s 1978 film about some faceless, knife-wielding maniac was pivotal in bringing forth the 4-year onslaught of movies featuring faceless, knife-wielding maniacs, Halloween was not the film that gave birth to the 1980s film movement known as the slasher. In this excellent video essay by The Film Theorists, we get the discover the true origin story of everybody’s favorite horror subgenre, starting with the film that inspired it, Black Christmas.

Now to start, let’s get this right. Black Christmas is not a slasher film. It predates what many consider to be the first slasher, Halloween (1978), by four years, but many of its tropes, like premarital sex, deadly phone calls, and a faceless killer, were borrowed (some would say ripped off) by the films that would eventually make up the slasher subgenre.

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SXSW 2017 Full Lineup: New Films from Edgar Wright, Terrence Malick, Nanfu Wang, and More

The full SXSW 2017 lineup has been announced.

SXSW 2017’s lineup, announced today, features movies from festival stalwarts Terrence Malick, Joe Swanberg, and Kentucker Audley, along with films from 51 first-time directors. The festival will screen 85 world premieres, 11 North American premieres, and five US premieres.

This year, SXSW received 2,432 feature-length submissions. 125 feature films were selected for 12 sections of programming: Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Festival Favorites, and Special Events. Some of these made our “Most Anticipated” list, including Terrence Malick’s Song to Song.

Gareth Edwards, Jill Soloway, and Lee Daniels will deliver keynote speeches at the conference. SXSW 2017 will take place from March 10 to 19 in Austin, Texas.

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