Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ as an ‘80s Movie, The History of Disney’s Live-Action Remakes and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ as an ‘80s Movie, The History of Disney’s Live-Action Remakes and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Alternate Timeline Movie of the Day:

Shazam! is totally inspired by ‘80s comedies, including Big, but what if the DC superhero movie was actually made around 30 years ago? Here’s a reworking of Shazam! by Sam Ibrahim that makes it look like an ad you’d find on an ‘80s VHS tape, complete with Huey Lewis and the News on the soundtrack:


Fan Art of the Day:

While fans wait to see Shazam! in theaters, they’re sharing art work inspired by the DC Extended Universe installment, and their alternate posters and other pieces are in turn being shared by the movie itself. Here are some selections showcased on Twitter:



Screenwriting Lesson of the Day:

Speaking of DC movies, Aquaman is the top-grossing installment of the DC Extended Universe worldwide and keeps on going at the box office. How did the superhero movie succeed where other installments did less so? A lot of the appeal and favor is thanks to (or in spite of) its script, from which this video by Just Write breaks down for lessons to learn:


Film History Lesson of the Day:

In honor of today’s release of Disney’s Dumbo, a live-action reimagining of the studio’s 1941 animated classic of the same name, Birth.Movies.Death. chronicles the recent trend of these live-action remakes, sequels, and spinoffs from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland through the 2017 hit Beauty and the Beast:


Filmmaker in Focus:

Tim Burton’s Dumbo is as much the latest example of the director’s signature style as it is just a live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic. In celebration of that style, IMDb showcases the filmmaking trademarks of the auteur behind such favorites as Batman, Beetlejuice, Big Fish, Big Eyes and other movies that don’t begin with the letter B:


Classic Movie Trailer of the Day:

Before they faced off in Dumbo or even 1992’s Batman Returns, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito were adversaries in the 35-year-old cult-classic gangster comedy Johnny Dangerously. Watch the original, Joe Piscopo-hosted trailer for the movie, which opened in theaters on December 21, 1984:


Character in Close-Up:

With just a month left until the release of Avengers: Endgame, we’re still waiting for Marvel to release the tickets but for now we can spend our time getting ready for the hopeful return of many of our favorite characters lost at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. One of the more underrated is Guardians of the Galaxy member Mantis, who just received a character song via Aaron Fraser-Nash:


Franchise Recap of the Day:

In the coming weeks until the release of Avengers: Endgame, we are sure to get a lot of videos recapping the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. All 21 movies and umpteen number of characters. Let’s begin with this supercut edited by Charles Villanueva titled “The Road to the End”:


Cosplay of the Day:

One week into release, and we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg as far as how big Us cosplay will be this year. Here’s one fan prepared before he even saw Jordan Peele’s movie, and he’s right that this getup is going to be all over this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, among other fan conventions:



Backstory of the Day:

We’re one week away from the release of the new adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. You may not have enough time to read the book ahead of time or even do much research yourself, so here’s CZsWorld with some background on the story (as told in the novel and the first adaptation) with focus on the history of the Native American myth of the creature called the Wendigo:

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