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Mar 5, 2013

This is why I love social media. One of the best examples of a great use of social media for hype, reference, story-building, and just general cinematic awesomeness. Thanks to a tip from SlashFilm, we found out that over this past weekend, The Wolverine director James Mangold posted a series of 10 photos on his twitter feed to highlight, as he describes, "images from films that inspired / influenced The Wolverine." His photos are actually a fantastic set of 10 great films, and it's cool to see them listed together for a sense of the tone and style he's going for. As he states: "Name the movies. Even better, go see them."

Here's the full set of 10 tweets in order from #1-10 as @Mangold posted them. Do you know all the films?

Okay, so did everyone figure out what all the photos were as they were going through? Should be easy right (come on, cinephiles)? Well, Mangold posted the full list in a tweet, which we've added below for reference:

1. Chungking Express (1994)
2. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
3. The Samurai Trilogy (1954-56)
4. Floating Weeds (1959)
5. Black Narcissus (1947)
6. Happy Together (1997)
7. 13 Assassins (2010)
8. The French Connection (1971)
9. Chinatown (1974)
10. Shane (1953)

He also posted one last The Wolverine teaser photo to leave us hyped and still waiting for the first trailer:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) is directing The Wolverine from a script by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback who are adapting the classic 1982 story arc in the Wolverine comics, which takes our favorite mutant all the way to Japan. The cast includes Will Yun Lee as the Silver Samurai, Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada and Rila Fukushima. 20th Century Fox is releasing The Wolverine in theaters starting July 26th this summer. Stay tuned for the trailer soon.

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