Lord of Recycling USEThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

 



Happy Hobbit day, my fellowship of FFOWers! For all you groggy-eyed fans who braved a 170-minute screening last night at 12:03 a.m., I know there’s only one thing you want besides sweet, black coffee: more Tolkien!

 

 

 

Stupor Heroes TTSThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.



Every summer in the city of Metropolis, IL, superhero fans flock to the four-day Superman Celebration festival and attend live concerts, a massive costume contest, and the Superhero Fan Film Competition.  The 2013 competition is now open for entries, so this week we take a look at last year’s hilarious first place winner.

 

 

 

 

David Krumholtz pairing10.) The Santa Clause / Batman and Robin

Child actor Eric Lloyd played the lovable Charlie Calvin in The Santa Clause and then went on to play young Bruce Wayne in the colorful and perhaps, awesomely bad, Batman and Robin. Think of it this way: Spending time at the North Pole followed by an evening with Mr. Freeze should put anyone in the spirit for snow and holiday décor. Or, you could always pop in Serenity after The Santa Clause and watch Bernard the Elf (David Krumholtz) as Mr. Universe.

Battle of the Bonds coverThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

 

 

 

 

Skyfall is Daniel Craig’s third and best outing as Agent 007.  Usually, the new release of a Bond film sparks two things:  a spike in Aston-Martin automobile sales, and pub debates over the classic question, “Who’s the best James Bond?”


Thanks to the magic of stop-motion animation, this week’s film will finally answer that question.

 

 

 

HitchcockHitchcock stars Anthony Hopkins as the man behind the curtain, the legend behind the modern thriller and horror genre, the man, the myth: Mr. Alfred Hitchcock. Clad in major tummy padding and a face prosthetic, Hopkins performs through the disguise and sells the character of Hitchcock well. The movie, however, is not an all-encompassing look at the life of Alfred Hitchcock. On the contrary, it is a slice-of-life movie, focused specifically on the time Hitchcock spent making Psycho.

Arkham RisingThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

 

 

 

Today, we revisit Gotham with a brand new fan film that’s short on Batman but big on baddies, crazies, and agents of chaos.

 

 

 

Silver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings Playbook is a heartfelt drama based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick. The screenplay was adapted by David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter), who also directed the film. Bradley Cooper stars as Pat Solitano, a man recently released from a mental health institution. As he assimilates into a regular routine on the outside, he moves back in with his parents, Pat Solitano, Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores Solitano (Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom, The Five Year Engagement).

 

Middle of NowhereI had the pleasure of seeing writer and director Ava DuVernay speak at the Film Independent Directors Series this past year. When asked how and why she got into filmmaking, her answers were, perhaps, a bit unconventional. DuVernay spent many years working in niche film distribution. She realized that not enough of the kinds of films she wanted to see were actually being made. So, she decided to do something about it. Now, a few years later, DuVernay has successfully written and directed her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere, a character-driven drama centered on an all-black cast. The film won the “Best Director” award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

PuppetMaster.finalThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

 

 

Fantastic fan films premiered this summer.  By now, most everyone has hopefully seen Bryan Nest’s Batman: Puppet Master.  I made it this week’s FFOW!, because I finally realized why this Batman fan film made such an impact on this Batman film fan.

 

Safety Not Guaranteed ETThe story of this movie begins in reality. Years ago, a man placed an ad in a real newspaper looking for “someone to go back in time with” him. He went on to write, “This is not a joke . . . Must bring your own weapons. Safety Not Guaranteed. I’ve only done this once before.” Screenwriter Derek Connelly obtained the rights to this infamous ad, and it is now the basis of the surprisingly touching and completely entertaining film, Safety Not Guaranteed.

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