Sicario visual effects

If you haven’t ventured out to theaters to see the drug trafficking action thriller Sicario, allow me to recommend that you stop dragging your feet and take a chance on what may be one of the best films of the year. It’s an intense, white knuckle flick featuring a bad ass performance from Emily Blunt, and a scene-stealing turn from Benicio del Toro.

And when you see the film, you probably won’t realize there are actually a bunch of impressive, unnoticeable visual effects in the movie. But a Sicario visual effects reel from Oblique FX shows just what was real and what was digitally created. Having just seen the movie recently, I was floored after learning just how many visual effects were employed. However, if you haven’t seen Sicario, beware of minor spoilers. Read More »


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Big Hero 6 Avengers mash-up

Earlier this week, the world of Disney’s animated movies was combined with the studio’s own forthcoming blockbuster hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens in an impressive trailer mash-up. And now Disney’s recent animated comic book sensation Big Hero 6 meets their live-action cash cow The Avengers: Age of Ultron in another very well done trailer mash-up.

Watch the Big Hero 6 Avengers mash-up after the jump! Read More »

The Hero's Journey

American scholar Joseph Campbell is responsible for identifying the narrative pattern known as The Hero’s Journey. He chronicled the monomyth in The Hero with a Thousand Faces in 1949 and described this story template like this:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

There are actually 16 stages in The Hero’s Journey, and motion designer Iskander Krayenbosch from the Netherlands has created an animated short that runs through 12 of them as they apply to some of the most iconic heroes of motion pictures. Read More »

Back to the Future Part III set video

Yesterday brought a lot of fun updates for fans of Back to the Future, from the forthcoming arrival of Pepsi Perfect (in a very limited supply) to a trailer for Jaws 19 to the arrival of skateboards modeled after the iconic hoverboards from the film, just as the word for the floating device has been recognized by the dictionary.

And now we bring some unique footage from a Back to the Future Part III set video, shot by someone who just happened to live next door to the house that was used as the McFly residence. She’s a peeping tom! It’s nothing too revealing, but it gives you a good idea of the vibe on a film set, which usually requires a lot of standing around. Read More »

Spectre theme music video

Just last week, the final trailer for James Bond next’s mission, Spectre, arrived with a lot of action. It arrived not long after the film’s new theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith, debuted online. And now the film and the theme song meet in the Spectre theme music video.

While there are a lot of shots of Sam Smith singing while looking very sad and introspective, there’s some new footage from Spectre in the video as well, including some shots of James Bond (Daniel Craig) getting frisky with Monica Bellucci and also sharing a tender moment with Léa Seydoux. Read More »

opening and closing shots

While there are hundreds and thousands of frames that compose dozens of shots in motion pictures, two of the most important images in every single film are the opening shot and the closing shot. The opening shot introduces you the world, characters and story you’re about to see, and it should captivate you from the beginning; the final shot is the last you’ll see of the story that just unfolded, and if it’s good, it should stay with you after the movie is over.

Editor Jacob T. Swinney has taken these important pieces of film and juxtaposed them in a couple videos showing the opening and closing shots of no less than 125 movies, from The Searchers to Birdman and a bunch more in between. But it’s up to you to determine what they mean to the movie. Though since there are closing shots, beware of potential spoilers and a bit of NSFW imagery. Read More »

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Unreleased South Park video game

There has been a handful of video games based on the foul-mouthed animated series South Park from Comedy Central, and most of them are pretty terrible. There was a first-person shooter for the Nintendo 64 at the height of the show’s early controversial popularity, a racing game called South Park Rally and some mess of a game called South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack.

Thankfully, they’ve gotten better with the most recent release of South Park: The Stick of Truth; maybe that run will continue with the forthcoming sequel called South Park: The Fractured But Whole. (Get it?) But did you know there was another game in the works in the early 2000s that never saw the light of day? See footage from this unreleased South Park video game below! 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 »

Andy Kaufman David Letterman

If you’ve seen the biopic Man on the Moon starring Jim Carrey, then you know that there’s a rather infamous episode of Late Show with David Letterman where comedian Andy Kaufman appeared with wrestler Jerry Lawler. As we know now, the two staged an on-air tiff that resulted in the groundbreaking comedian getting slapped right out of his chair, causing him to come back and throw coffee at the wrestler, and no one else seemed to be in on the joke.

And now another clip of Kaufman on Letterman’s show has appeared online, and it appears to be the first time this particular clip has been made available on the internet. I’ve tried to soak up as much of Kaufman’s unique brand of comedy as I can, and since clips like this are few and far between, I can’t recommend enough that you view this evidence of a kind of comedy that was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. Read More »