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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 19, 2014 2:54 PM
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much more likely likely to be rocked to their very foundations by arguments over whether X treasured childhood classic is better than Y worldwide box-office hit. Let’s have a moment’s silence for the old friendships this list has torn asunder.

Watch: 8-Minute Analysis Of Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' Digs Into The Mystery

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • June 18, 2014 11:25 AM
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Inception
Everyone has a theory about Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” from libertarians who find Plato’s Cave/Ayn Rand-like levels of reality in the film, to fan sites dedicated to dense theories, and blogs dedicated the film’s moral evolution. One prevailing theory (SPOILER) calls Cobb’s spinning top a red herring, and that we should turn our attention to Cobb’s ring. The theory goes: Cobb is dreaming when you see him wear the ring, and you know he’s awake when he isn’t wearing. Simple enough. The theory’s falsifiable and it’s simple enough to stick (it’s Cracked’s number one fan film theory).

Watch: 70 Famous Films Get Sweded In 10 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2014 12:24 PM
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70 Famous Films Get Sweded In 10 Minutes
Oh hey, remember sweding? Basically, it refers to (intentionally) low-budget recreations of movies, first brought to major light in Michel Gondry's "Be Kind Rewind," though managing to take on a life of its own and arguably becoming more popular than that movie itself. Anyway, it seems the activity has been brought back to life, with a team of German moviemakers compiling all the sweding you will ever need to see in your life.

Matthew McConaughey Says Nolan Loved 'Mud' & ‘Interstellar’ Wrapped Early Plus Watch 8-Bit Version of ‘Inception’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 20, 2014 10:21 AM
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Inception 8-Bit
The teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar" released last year, contained a predictably scant amount of information—a teary-eyed Matthew McConaughey and elegant title design is about all we got—and one couldn’t tell if it was secrecy or simply lack of footage that prompted that result. Thanks to McConaughey’s unstoppable acting streak and the attention paid to it though, we’ve got some new info that suggests Nolan has forged ahead with an even quicker pace than expected.

Who Really Created The 'Inception' BRAAAM? Composer Mike Zarin Sets The Record Straight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 1:18 PM
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It has become nearly omnipresent in blockbuster trailers, it was the defining characteristic of a major movie campaign, it has become as recognizable as any piece of score or movie music, and you know it as one single, stomach rumbling note: BRAAAM! Ever since it accented the mysterious world Christopher Nolan was conjuring for "Inception," there has been an equally enigmatic air surrounding just who is the true creator of this dark musical motif. Most of us assumed we had it figured out when Hans Zimmer shared last week how the sound was created, along with his disdain for its overuse in movie spots. But his involvement is just a small part of a much bigger story. And composer and sound design Mike Zarin, after reading Zimmer's comments, reached out to us to finally clear the air on how the BRAAAM was made and the journey it took through the advertising campaign for "Inception." And how should he know? Because Mike Zarin created it.

Hans Zimmer Feels "Horrible" When His 'Inception' BRAMMS Are Used In Movie Trailers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 11:13 AM
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Hans Zimmer
Once Hollywood finds a motif they like for movie trailers, they stick with it. Clint Mansell's "Lux Æterna" from "Requiem for a Dream" and John Murphy's "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)" are just a couple of score pieces that seem to get trotted out every couple months for yet another piece of advertising. And recently, another selection has joined those ranks: the BRAAMS created by Hans Zimmer for Christopher Nolan's "Inception." In fact, we even pointed out 10 Trailers That Use & Abuse that sound. But how does the composer himself feel about it?

Watch: Supercut Gathers Up Every Question Ellen Page Asks In Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 5:56 PM
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It was about this time three years ago, when barely anyone could contain their excitement for Christopher Nolan's "Inception." The film was just a couple weeks away from release and subsequently blowing minds. The puzzle box blockbuster, perhaps one of the smarter summer movies to come along in quite a few years, managed to take dreams and multiple levels of reality, and make them breathlessly linear and easy to navigate. It was a pretty magnificent thrill ride all around but the nearly perfectly constructed movie wasn't without it's minor flaws.

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