Non-traditional aspect ratios - Lucifer

The aspect ratio of any given movie literally frames our experience of the entire work. Whereas real-life exists in 360 degrees in all directions, filmmakers must make very conscious decisions about what to put inside that box, what to exclude from it, and how to present it all to the audience.

For the most part, movies stick to a few standard widescreen aspect ratios, or, if the filmmaker is feeling a bit daring, the less common 4:3 aspect ratio. (For example, Fish Tank and Ida.) But one video essay argues there’s been a rise in experimentation with non-traditional aspect ratios, including films that change proportions mid-scene (i.e., Tom at the Farm or Life of Pi) or reject the idea of a rectangular frame altogether (Gust Van den Berghe’s Lucifer). Watch and learn after the jump.  Read More »


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Presidents Watching Movies

While the President of the United States of America is one of the most powerful leaders of the free world, it’s important to remember that each and every person who has and will hold that office is a person just like the rest of us. And most people love movies. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to hear of presidents watching movies at the White House to unwind a bit, many times with other world leaders.

And now you can get a little insight into what a couple of America’s leaders were watching during their time in office as the lists of films screened by presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter during their tenure have recently been publicized online. Each of them actually watched more movies than you might otherwise have thought. Read More »

History of Color Movies

Though traditionally motion pictures are presented in color, the art of filmmaking didn’t always have the advantage of telling stories with the same visual spectrum that the human eye sees the world. Early films were only available in black and white, and even after color started being used in Hollywood, it took quite awhile before black and white wasn’t the norm.

A new video essay dives into the history of color movies and also illustrates how important it is to storytelling by conveying feelings, describing characters, influencing tone and much more. Because we see color everyday, we might just take for granted how it can be used to do more than just make something look pretty. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 335 – Sicario

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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the controversial alternate ending of I Am Legend, what fall TV is worth checking out, and the intricacies of dog acting in White God. Check out David’s first film at Be sure to read about Spielberg’s movies ranked, and Trevor Noah’s political straitjacket.

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What has Mads Mikkelsen heard about Doctor Strange? Which Jessica Jones character has reported to the Luke Cage set? Want a first look at Lash from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Could Warner Bros. make more Batman games? Which superhero (besides Falcon) does Anthony Mackie want to play? Was Marvel ever considering another Daredevil movie? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »


Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies is out in a few weeks, but while promoting it he revealed there’s another historical story he’s been itching to tell. The director confessed he’s “always wanted” to do a project about Orville and Wilbur Wright, credited with inventing the first airplane at the turn of the 20th century. Find out why after the jump.  Read More »

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Avengers Age of Ultron Honest Trailer

You didn’t think a blockbuster as big and buzzy as Avengers: Age of Ultron would escape the Honest Trailers treatment, did you? In the latest installment of their ongoing series, the Screen Junkies team give the Marvel blockbuster the skewering it deserves, calling it “the movie equivalent of emptying out your entire toy box and smashing all your action figures into each other.” Yeah, that sounds about right.

Watch the Avengers Age of Ultron Honest Trailer after the jump.  Read More »

The Force Awakens toys

When Force Friday arrived earlier this month, fans were hoping that the unleashing of a stream of merchandise, from toys to lunchboxes to clothes to books, would reveal some of the secrets of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, you might have noticed that there hasn’t really been much in the vein of revelations from the release. And there’s a reason for that.

As of now, the toys that have been released only represent events and characters from the first third of the film in order to avoid any spoilers that happen later in the movie. But there will be more The Force Awakens toys arriving in the months leading up to the release of the movie. Read More »

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A few years back, there were multiple Whitey Bulger biopics in development. We all know how the Johnny Depp one turned out, of course, since Black Mass hit theaters a couple weeks ago. But Matt Damon, who had planned to star in one of the other projects, has now revealed a bit more about what his take on the story would’ve been — and could still be, if it ever gets back off the ground.

Read all about the Matt Damon Whitey Bulger movie that never was after the jump.  Read More »