10 Decent Movies That Were Doomed by Unfair Memes

Sometimes a movie sparks everybody's imagination months before it comes out. When a film gets talked about, that's usually a good thing — and it's an even better thing when it becomes the subject of memes and ideas. Unless those memes totally misrepresent what the movie's about, and wind up killing all interest in… »1/17/13 2:10pm1/17/13 2:10pm

Watch the alternate opening sequence of John Carter. Could it have helped the movie?

John Carter of Mars was sadly complicated and did not take any breaks to let the audience catch up with the complicated backstory of Barsoom. But in its defense, this movie had a hefty load of source material to adapt. Would it all have been easier to follow if Andrew Stanton had used this original introduction? Is… »6/01/12 6:30pm6/01/12 6:30pm

Some Random Theories About Why John Carter Flopped

John Carter did about as well as anybody expected this past weekend, pulling in $30.6 million domestically, versus a production budget estimated at around $250 million. (The gloating news reports have tended to mention that once you include marketing, the movie's cost is probably closer to $350 million — even though… »3/12/12 4:20pm3/12/12 4:20pm

John Carter will dazzle you with the best (and worst) of retro futurism

There is a moment in the movie John Carter where our eponymous hero is fighting an absurdly pitched battle against dozens of the green, tusked, four-armed Tharks. Because he's an Earthman on Mars, Carter has super-strength, and he slays Thark after Thark. The bodies pile up around him in a tableau whose absurdity… »3/09/12 12:00pm3/09/12 12:00pm

Why Is Everyone On Mars British? And Other Pressing John Carter Questions, Answered!

We had a lot of important questions for Disney's John Carter. For example: Why are all the Martians British? What's with the tattoos? And why do people keep calling these tan people "Red Martians?" We asked the cast, crew and director Andrew Stanton our most pressing questions about John Carter, and here are their… »3/08/12 6:35pm3/08/12 6:35pm

John Carter, As Imagined by 12-Year-Old Andrew Stanton and teenage Michael Chabon

Before he was winning Oscars for Wall-E and Finding Nemo, John Carter director Andrew Stanton was a teen scribbling Tharks in his personal notepads. In fact, a penchant for fan art is something that all three of the head honchoes working on John Carter share. Take a look at the childhood Barsoomian doodles from… »3/06/12 12:20pm3/06/12 12:20pm

Michael Chabon's 17-Year Quest to Write a Mars Adventure Movie

John Carter wasn't Michael Chabon's first attempt at writing about nineteenth century heroes having swashbuckling adventures on Mars. Long before he joined up with Andrew Stanton to adapt Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novels to the screen, Chabon wrote another Martian epic. Discover the saga of The Martian Agent, and… »2/29/12 5:54pm2/29/12 5:54pm

Watch four minutes of John Carter as he goes gladiator on giant Martian apes

Disney has posted an extended scene from John Carter that puts us right in the alien-fighting action. John and Tars Tarkas have been thrown into a Martian colosseum, where they take on the infamous White Apes of Barsoom. And, even in chains, John Carter has more than a few monster battling tricks up his non-existant… »2/25/12 11:00am2/25/12 11:00am

Listen to Michael Giacchino's very Lost-inspired score from John Carter

One thing Disney's epic alien war flick John Carter has going for it is composer Michael Giacchino. We dare you not to tear up listening to these three tracks from Giacchino's latest movie score. You can't help but think of his past work on Star Trek's USS Kelvin scene, or the many weepy-eyed Lost moments. »1/25/12 1:27pm1/25/12 1:27pm