Today in Movie Culture: ‘X-Men’ Recap, ‘Ma’ Director Commentary, ’Detective Pikachu’ VFX Breakdown and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘X-Men’ Recap, ‘Ma’ Director Commentary, ’Detective Pikachu’ VFX Breakdown and More

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


Director Commentary of the Day:

To promote his new horror thriller Ma, director Tate Taylor breaks down an important scene from the movie in which Octavia Spencer first meets some teens she’ll eventually terrorize as they ask her to buy them alcohol. Watch the latest Anatomy of a Scene video from the New York Times featuring the introduction with voiceover commentary from Taylor here:


Franchise Recap of the Day:

Dark Phoenix, the latest and potentially final installment of Fox’s X-Men movie series, arrives in theaters this weekend. With this franchise going back nearly 20 years, there’s a lot for newcomers to catch up with beforehand. Instead of watching all the previous movies, though, you can just check out this edition of Screen Junkies’ Cram It, which recaps the X-Men story up until now:


Casting History of the Day:

Even longer than the X-Men movie franchise is the history of X-Men movie casting ideas. Fans shared their ideas for many years, with Patrick Stewart always being a sure thing for Professor X. In anticipation of Dark Phoenix, IMDb looks back on all the people who almost starred in X-Men, including Wolverine’s originally cast actor, Dougray Scott:


Franchise History of the Day:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters reigned at the box office over the weekend, proving the 65-year-old franchise still has some fire in its heart. While other videos have looked at the past versions of Godzilla leading to the new sequel, Midnight’s Edge looks back in the form of a retrospective celebration of the kaiju franchise:


Cosplay of the Day:

It’s just too darn hot out this summer to wear a full Godzilla suit to your screening of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and to the conventions this season. So take some inspiration from artist “Jake Scribbles” and the cosplayer known as “Labinnak” and this awesome and cool - as in, not too warm - Godzilla getup:


Fake Documentary of the Day:

Godzilla and other creatures cause a whole lot of destruction in kaiju movies, including the new sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters. But not all humans fear when they approach the shore. Meet some fake surfers in this Nerdist parody who thank the “G-Man” for causing some killer monster waves for them to ride:


Movie Trivia of the Day:

With John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum continuing to pack crowds in theaters, let’s find out how much we know about the trilogy starring Keanu Reeves as the titular assassin. Celebrating the latest release of the latest installment of the franchise, Screen Rant shares 25 bits of trivia concerning the first three John Wick movies:


Movie Theme Parody of the Day:

Everyone knows Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love” to be the unofficial theme song of Back to the Future, the movie for which it was written. Now, appropriately, it’s been modified as the latest Avengers: Endgame character anthems by Aaron Fraser-Nash, this one sung by Ant-Man:


Fan Art of the Day:

Speaking of Avengers: Endgame and time travel, one of the latest comics representing part of the movie by Teen Titans Go! artist Dan Hipp depicts Bruce Banner’s initial attempts to send Ant-Man back in time. This thing should be a t-shirt:


VFX Breakdown of the Day:

The most amazing thing about Pokémon Detective Pikachu is how it makes us believe humans and Pokémon truly live side by side in Ryme City. That’s partly thanks to the magic of Motion Picture Company and visual effect supervisor Pete Dionne, who guides us through the making of the CGI Pokémon in this video from Insider:

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