LEGO Origins, Daredevil's Best Fight, Steve McQueen, and More! -- The LRM Weekend

– by David Kozlowski
  By David Kozlowski   |   23 June 2017

Welcome to the LRM WEEKEND, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome LRM community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!


Each week we'll highlight interesting, and offbeat, videos regarding some of our favorite LRM topics currently trending on YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, and other popular video sites around the Internet.

What Is It?

Ever wondered how the whole LEGO movie craze got started? Witness the evolution of LEGO animation from 2001 until today in this amazing, behind-the-scenes video.

Why Should We Care?

Between the LEGO video games, The LEGO Movie (2014), and The LEGO Batman Movie (2017), it feels like we've been in a LEGO world for a long, long time. Way back in 2001 a character named Jack Stone debuted in a 20-minute VHS short, the first computer-generated LEGO film. It was crude, but offered an indication of the fun and craziness that was possible with LEGO.

This video provides some great behind-the-scenes footage of how the LEGO characters were animated for film. It's definitely worth a watch!

This is the just the kind of video that we love to stumble across -- please share with us cool videos like the above, and we'll post it in future LRM WEEKEND columns!


What Do You Want To See In Next Week's Trending Video?

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Why do we love superheroes, martial arts, and action-adventure movies and TV shows? The big fight scenes, of course. Every week we'll bring you an epic brawl from a current or past film or series -- we want to hear from you, share your favorite fights with us!

What Is It?

The first live-action meeting between Marvel's Daredevil vs.The Punisher! Castle is scoping out a target via a rifle scope when he's attacked by DD. This initiates an epic rooftop brawl in New York's legendary Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. This fight opened Daredevil Season 2, Episode 1 on Netflix from 2015.

Why Should We Care?

Daredevil Season 2 officially introduced Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) to the Netflix series. Actor Jon Bernthal nailed the spirit and physicality of the character beyond anyone's wildest expectations. DD and Punisher have fought often in the comics, so a lot of expectation was built-up for their encounter. Typically, a movie or TV show would tease such a fight all season, but in Daredevil, we get the battle in the very first episode, and it is awesome!

This is a brutal fight that gives us firearms, billy clubs, and two differing fighting styles. DD is a classic martial artist, combing several fighting styles including boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, and Tae Kwon Do. Castle is a military combat veteran, a Marine who fights with whatever tools and means are at-hand. This fight goes back and forth, it's brutal, it's bloody, and it's exactly what we expect from this series -- this is also just the first of many fights between these two heroes!

SOURCE: chi wee

Who Should We Choose For Our Next Fight Of The Week?

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There are fans and then there are super fans -- the kind of folks who create epic costumes, shoot amazing short films, and share highly-creative homages that blows us away. We want to highlight the incredible stuff people are creating in service to their favorite heroes and villains!

What Is It?

A super-fun head-2-head brawl between two of entertainment's top rogues: Marvel's Starlord and Star Wars' Boba Fett. In this video both characters are pursuing an amazing, high-value item (we won't spoil it here, you have to watch the video).

Why Should We Care?

Since 2012, the crew over at Bat In The Sun have been creating amazing, "what-if" brawls between major superhero characters that we'll (sadly) never see on TV or in film. They've made over 20 of these short films pitting characters from DC, Marvel, Star Wars, and other sources against one another in epic battles.

These guys have built some of the most technically-accurate costumes you'll ever see, and staged some truly impressive fight choreography too. The costumes, performances, and special effects are all absolutely spot-on, but the fight itself is even more amazing. In this battle, Starlord arrives on the planet Mustafar (from Star Wars) in search of a special treasure, but Boba Fett arrives shortly thereafter and gets the drop on him. The ensuing fight hits all the notes you'd expect from these two legends.

I don't know how these guys do what they do so well, but it's one of the coolest things going on the Internet!

SOURCE: batinthesun

Tells Us About Your Favorite Fan-Made Video!

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Each of us grew up watching a wide range of movies and TV shows from the 60s-90s that turned us into the fanboys and fangirls that we are today! Whether it's Ultraman, Jackie Chan, Voltron, Akira Kurosawa, or Knight Rider (you know who you are!), we want you to hear about your favorite movie and TV trailers.

What Is It?

Film: The Sand Pebbles (1966)

Starring: Steve McQueen

Genre: War

Synopsis: In 1926, the USS San Pablo patrols the Yangtze River during the clashes between Chiang Kai-shek's communists and Chinese warlords. Eight-year veteran machinist Jake Holman (Steve McQueen), new to the self-named "sand pebbles" crew, immediately draws deep suspicion due to his independent streak. Ordered to protect Americans, including schoolteacher Shirley Eckhart (Candice Bergen), Jake and the gunboat crew are unwittingly drawn into a bitter nationalistic feud that holds grim consequences.

Why Should We Care?

The Sand Pebbles is one of the all-time great war movies from the late 60s era of The Great Escape or The Dirty Dozen. Steve McQueen stars as a Navy engineer stationed in China at the start of the Boxer Rebellion. This film was made two years before McQueen's legendary Bullitt crime drama in San Francisco.

The movie is a bit heavy on the melodrama, but the combat action late in the film is absolutely spectacular, reminiscent of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998). This is a fascinating look at the U.S. Navy's mission during the early 20th century, which involved patrolling remote international locations without any tangible support -- when the Boxer rebellion gets rolling the USS San Pablo is entirely on their own. This is a seriously exciting and gripping story, one of my all-time favorite films.

SOURCE: YouTube Movies

Give Us Your Ideas For The Next Throwback Trailer!

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What Are We Watching?

It's the weekend, which means it's finally time to catch-up on all the stuff we've bookmarked on Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo, get the idea. The LRM community has millions of hours of stuff on our collective DVRs. We want to hear from you, tell us the shows, movies, etc. you've recently finished, or have queued-up!

What Is It?

LRM fanboy, David Kozlowski, suggests this awesome military documentary about the war in Afghanistan from 2010. There's also a sequel, Korengal, which is now streaming on Netflix.

Why Should We Care?

America has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, and while there have been many books, movies, and media reports about the conflict, few have captured the danger and intensity nearly as well as Restrepo and Korengal.

Almost immediately after the 9/11 attacks, our troops were on the ground in Afghanistan, where they linked-up with the Northern Alliance (freedom fighters). This documentary provides first-hand insights and stories from the actual troops involved in the battle over the Korengal Valley, one of the deadliest regions on earth. The footage is real, captured by journalists embedded with our forces.

SOURCE: RestrepoTheMovie

What Is It?

LRM fanboy Joseph Jammer Medina recommends that our LRM fans should check out a 50-minute documentary called Never-Ending Man Hayao Miyazaki.

Why Should We Care?

Hayao Miyazaki is a renowned anime director, best known for films like the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro. In 2013, he released his “final” film, The Wind Rises, before retiring. This documentary follows him during this “retirement,” where he creates a CG-animated short film, which gives him the bug to do one more feature before calling it quits.

The doc can be a bit depressing at times, with Miyazaki constantly being bombarded with news of friends’ deaths. Between that, and his body falling apart before his very eyes, Miyazaki seems to be battling complacency giving up hope in living altogether. All in all, it seems to be a tale that drives the point home that a filmmaker really is a filmmaker until death.


What Is It?

LRM fanboy Cam Clark recommends fans watch Better Call Saul, the TV show from AMC, which just completed it's third season!

Why Should We Care?

Better Call Saul is a show that spun off from the now classic Breaking Bad. The central character is Jimmy McGill and the show is ultimately about how he becomes Saul Goodman from the afore mentioned Breaking Bad. It's a slow paced show, but utterly gripping and featuring phenomenal acting performances from the cast. This week saw the season 3 finale, and like it's parent show, it seems to get better as each season passes. Must see TV.

SOURCE: Series Trailer MP

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