In all its shiny and chrome glory, Mad Max: Fury Road continues to solidify itself not just as one of the best films of the year, but one of the best films of the decade. Unlike with most blockbusters nowadays, director George Miller knew how to use visual effects in a way that enhanced his story instead of being the thing they relied upon for spectacle.
A bunch of practical action combined with seamless photographic trickery and computer generated effects resulted in some of the most exciting filmmaking the big screen has seen lately. Now a Mad Max Fury Road visual effects breakdown shows some of the manipulation that helped bring this feature length chase to life. What’s really cool is that it shows the footage before any color correction was done to accentuate the vibrant orange and blue hues. Read More »
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With aliens invading Earth again this weekend in Independence Day: Resurgence (our review of the insanity that Roland Emmerich put together is coming soon), there’s no better time to look at the exciting alien invasion that could have been in last years Pixels.
The folks over at Screen Junkies have put together an Honest Trailer tackling Adam Sandler‘s last theatrical release before he started pumping hot garbage into your Netflix queue, and as expected, they have a good ole time talking about just how badly Happy Madison ruined what could have been a really cool movie.
Watch the Pixels Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With Hunt for the Wilderpeople in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.
Taika Waititi had a minor breakthrough last year with What We Do in the Shadows, and is about to have a much bigger one with Thor: Ragnarok, but in between he’s managed to squeeze in the delightful Hunt for the Wilderpeople. A sort of live-action Up with dashes of Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson, and Thelma & Louise, all filtered through Waititi’s own warm, offbeat sense of humor, Wilderpeople looks destined to become a new childhood classic. Read More »
Will The Flash‘s use of the Flashpoint storyline have an impact on the next season of Arrow? Is Ghost Rider coming to Agents of SHIELD next season? Why did Viola Davis want to pepper spray Jared Leto on the Suicide Squad set? What does the Doctor Strange comic character think of Benedict Cumberbatch playing him? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
With The Shallows, director Jaume Collet-Serra may have taken on his biggest challenge yet as a filmmaker. The director of Orphan, Non-Stop, and Run All Night made a film primarily set on the water, featuring an entirely CG antagonist, a great white shark, and a co-star that’s a seagull, whom Blake Lively‘s character names Steven Seagull. All these factors added up to a production that, Collet-Serra admits, wasn’t easy.
Collet-Serra typically relies more on practical effects, so The Shallows was a more CG-heavy experience than he was probably used to. The director was kind enough to take the time to discuss the experience of making The Shallows with us, and why the CG shark proved to be “the fear that lasts a year.”
Below, read our Jaume Collet-Serra interview.
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The Exorcist is the latest classic movie getting the TV treatment. Executive producer Jeremy Slater, who already experienced a different sort of franchise in 2015’s Fantastic Four, got out ahead of the fall premiere on Twitter. He tweeted that one reason he took on The Exorcist was so no one else would remake it. He also shared Deadline’s report that Alan Ruck had been bumped up to series regular.
Last week, Fox screened the pilot for The Exorcist to press. The show takes place in present day, though Google searches show that the Father Merrin exorcism still happened. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) is helping the Rance family in his church. Angela Rance (Geena Davis) thinks there’s more than just a degenerative head trauma plaguing her husband (Ruck), and her daughters are manifesting symptoms too. Ortega has vivid dreams of another exorcist, Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels), and the pilot features some new twists on classic Exorcist images.
We had a chance to speak with Slater during the reception for the pilot screening. Some spoilers follow, but most likely things that will be hyped up in the trailers for the show anyway. Read More »
Which comic book characters get a Conan O’Brien makeover with a new set of Comic-Con Funko POP Vinyls? What’s different about the new version of Kick-Ass that Mark Millar is putting together? Are you in New Orleans and want to play a prostitute, drug dealer or bum in Wolverine 3? What does Jeffrey Dean Morgan think about the potential of playing a Flashpoint Batman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Avoiding Game of Thrones spoilers can be a challenge as difficult and unwinnable as the game of thrones itself. If Twitter doesn’t ruin it for you, the headlines the next morning will. If you somehow manage to stay pristine through all that, you’ll probably overhear someone discussing it in the Starbucks line. Or at the office water cooler. Or on the subway. And now, it’s about to get even harder to know nothing.
A new service called Spoiled promises to anonymously text Game of Thrones spoilers to your enemies right after an episode airs. Actually, the company says it’ll send them to “your unsuspecting friends” — but let’s be real, if you hate your victim enough to ruin their favorite show for them, they are probably your friend. Read More »
Even though many movies end up being shot on the backlots of studios, there are plenty that end up shooting on location in real places around the world. One photographer has decided to visit the real shooting locations of movies like Halloween, Fight Club, Blade Runner, Wayne’s World, Back to the Future and more, but instead of just shooting a photo of the location without any context, he’s been posting them matched up perfectly with the original shots from the movies.
Check out the movie locations then and now after the jump. Read More »