Today in Movie Culture: The Evolution of ‘Rambo,’ ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Spawns a News Parody Site and More

Today in Movie Culture: The Evolution of ‘Rambo,’ ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Spawns a News Parody Site and More

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


Franchise Evolution of the Day

The Rambo franchise has come a long way since the original 1982 movie, First Blood, through the new sequel, Rambo: Last Blood. In this video essay, Ross Peacock digs into all five installments of the Sylvester Stallone-led series, examining how they’ve changed with the different eras over the decades:


Actor in the Spotlight

Downton Abbey opened big at the box office, meaning there was no problem for fans to be caught up on the original TV series. But there is still some room for recaps, particularly those focused on a certain fan favorite character and actress. For Vanity Fair, stars Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech review some of Maggie Smith’s most iconic moments from the show:


Musical Tribute of the Day

In anticipation of the new animated feature Abominable, In Real Life teamed up with the Voices Boston children’s choir for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” which is featured in the movie’s trailer. Also, all the kids are dressed like the main character, Yi, with some of them playing violin just like she does:


Music Video of the Day

Speaking of cover songs and musical tributes to family movies, Disney’s own a capella group DCapella recently recorded their own rendition of “Speechless,” the new song featured in the live-action reimagining of Aladdin. Here’s the official music video for the performance:


Plot Song Parody of the Day

It: Chapter Two has so many characters, and each one deserves a plot song — or five. Here’s Aaron Fraser-Nash and KingHenrytheEtch with another video focused on Mike Hanlon and featuring Pennywise the Clown. This fake plot song is sung by Sharan K and set to the tune of Ed Sheeran’s “Cross Me”:


Fan Art of the Day:


Mashup Trailer of the Day

As we await the release of Joker, fans are anxious to see how Joaquin Phoenix portrays the titular character compared to past incarnations. Reminding us of Jack Nicholson’s take on the iconic DC Comics villain in 1989’s Batman, here’s a reworking of the Joker trailer with footage from that 30-year-old movie:


Spin-off Website of the Day

The cat’s out of the bag. If you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home yet and still haven’t heard about the amazing cameo during the credits, get ready to be spoiled. Sony created a website featuring a video starring J.K. Simmons reprising his role as J.Jonah Jameson. Watch it here:



Alternative Casting of the Day

Now let’s watch the actual post-credits scene featuring Simmons as Jameson but with footage from his original portrayal in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. This is another video imagining what it’d look like if Tobey Maguire still played Peter Parker and Spidey in Spider-Man: Far From Home:


Custom Prop Build of the Day

If you have seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, you likely want some E.D.I.T.H. glasses of your own. For now, just take a look at the latest bit from JLaservideo showcasing an updated version of their real-life DIY smart glasses inspired by the new Marvel superhero movie:

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