Gods collide in the brand new edition of Cinefex, featuring Joe Fordham’s superhero-sized story on this year’s biggest gladiatorial smackdown, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The action doesn’t end there – there’s also my in-depth article on the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time, Deadpool, plus Jody Duncan’s extensive coverage of the youth-oriented alien invasion movie, The 5th Wave.
As if all that wasn’t enough, there’s also a lavishly illustrated article on the Coen brothers’ quirky period comedy Hail, Caesar!, plus a special Q&A with Eric Durst, visual effects supervisor on Alex Proyas’ epic Gods of Egypt. Jeepers – how do we fit it all in? Here’s our editor-in-chief to reveal all …
Jody Duncan – From the Editor’s Desk
In Mel Brooks’ 1987 film, Spaceballs, he spoofs the ubiquitous warp-drive effects in space movies, coining the term “Ludicrous Speed.”
Now that we’re on a bi-monthly, rather than quarterly schedule, the USS Cinefex NCC-1701 is always at Ludicrous Speed. In the editorial department, we had just printed out our final articles for issue 145 when we realized that our 146 articles were due – like, now!
And, when the freshly printed issue 145 arrived, rather than take a moment to congratulate ourselves, offer a champagne toast, peruse the issue at our leisure, and luxuriate in the heady aroma of printer’s ink – all of which we would have done, at least metaphorically, on the old schedule – the new schedule demanded that we take a quick look, high-five one another, chug a beer, and get back to work.
The difference in pace is that between a Turn-of-the-20th-Century Ice Cream Social and a Rave. We’re dancing as fast as we can, the beat is incessant, and we’re working up a sweat.
It is exhilarating!
Fortunately, Ludicrous Speed hasn’t negatively impacted the final product. Issue 146 looks as beautiful as any previous issue, and the content is top-drawer: Joe Fordham’s in-depth coverage of the effects in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Graham Edwards’ fascinating Deadpool article, and his exploration of how the Coen brothers and their visual effects team brought the look of old-school effects to Hail, Caesar!, my own story on The 5th Wave, and a Q&A with visual effects supervisor Eric Durst on the making of Gods of Egypt.
And now, if you’ll excuse me – issue 147 is calling!
Thanks, Jody. Now quit wasting time writing columns for the blog, and get back to some real work!
Issue 146 of Cinefex is on newsstands now, and available to order at our online store. If you’re a subscriber, stand by your mailbox – your copy is already on its way. And don’t forget our enhanced iPad edition, featuring tons more photographs – many of them exclusive to Cinefex – and stunning video content.