Oscars Voting Process

No matter what movie wins Best Picture each year, there will always be disagreements among filmmakers, critics and audiences as to which film truly deserved the top honor from the Academy Awards. However, in recent years it seems that the Oscars voting process has favored movies that are less bold than some of the nominees they’re up against, and there’s a logical explanation as to why that’s been happening.

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La La Land 8-Bit Cinema

This coming weekend, the 89th Academy Awards will be held, and the acclaimed La La Land is expected to take home a bunch of Oscars just like it has the rest of the awards season. As more and more have seen the throwback musical romance, the film has become easier to lampoon for audiences who previously didn’t have a chance to see it. So it should come as no surprise that this week there have been plenty of parody videos capitalizing on the film’s buzz and popularity heading into the Academy Awards.

After the jump, you’ll find a trusty La La Land 8-Bit Cinema, a Muppet mash-up that replaces Ryan Gosling with Kermit the Frog, and a recut of the film’s trailer to make it look like a thriller from David Lynch. Read More »

Wes Anderson Visual Influences

Late last summer, we featured a video that took a look at some of the visual influences and references of filmmaker Wes Anderson. The director of The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more has a unique visual style that is unmistakable. But just like most great filmmakers, he steals from the greats that came before him.

In the same way that Quentin Tarantino remixes and reuses pieces from classic movies in his own modern movies, Wes Anderson takes inspiration and cues from the movies he grew up loving. A new video compares footage from Wes Anderson’s movies over the years and shows us various works that inspired them, not just films by Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, but also paintings and illustrations as well.

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Star Wars - R2-D2 Lines Dubbed

Even though there are plenty of droids in the Star Wars universe who can talk, apparently it’s more efficient for astromech models like R2-D2 to speak by way of a series of bleeps and bloops. Thankfully, whenever C-3PO gets pissy with his counterpart, he reacts in such a way that we know what the feisty little droid says. Even human characters can understand his unique droid language. And now we, the audience, can too.

Auralnauts, the creators behind the hilarious video of Kylo Ren reacting to the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer, have put together a reel of every single scene where R2-D2 speaks in Star Wars: A New Hope and dubbed over his lines with dialogue. It adds a whole new perspective to the droids personality and his interaction with various characters.

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Pixar Animation Tour

Back in the fall of 2015, one Disney fan was able to record a private tour of the Pixar Animation Studios campus. They weren’t granted access to some areas to avoid any possible spoilers for their upcoming projects at the time, but it was cool to see how welcoming and playful the environment for Pixar’s employees was all over campus.

Now we have an even more in-depth look at Pixar Animation Studios by way of a tour of campus that unfolded on Facebook Live just a few days ago. What’s cool about this one is at the time it was recorded, everyone who was tuning in was able to offer input as to what they wanted to see on campus. So check out the Pixar Animation tour after the jump. Read More »

2017 Oscars Honest Trailer

The Oscars will be handed out this coming Sunday to honor some of the best achievements in film from the year 2016. Of course, the Oscars aren’t necessarily always an indication of the absolute best movies from the preceding year, if only because there’s a lot of politics and money involved, making it impossible for some deserving films to get nominated. And to make sure we don’t forget that the crop of Best Picture nominees this year are not safe from criticism, Honest Trailers has decided to poke fun at every single one of them.

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Pixar changes movies for international audiences

Hollywood movies are screened all over the world, but since most movies that come out of the entertainment capital of the United States are in English, they have to be dubbed or subtitled in various languages. However, those aren’t the only changes that are made to movies when they screen around the world. Some dialogue has to be changed to be more culturally relevant, and some scenes need to be cut entirely due to certain cultural standards in other countries. But what about animated movies?

A new video illustrates how Pixar Animation makes changes to their movies in order to be more accessible to international audiences. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing the text of a title card, handwritten letter or street sign to be in a different language. But there are more significant changes too, like swapping out broccoli in Inside Out for bell peppers in Japan.

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VOTD: The Evolution of CGI Faces in Movies

CGI Faces in Movies

Visual effects in movies have advanced in a spectacular way in the relatively short history of cinema. What once was thought to be impossible to create in post-production has become a mainstay in blockbuster tentpoles. More recently, visual effects companies have become quite skilled in creating human faces entirely with computer generated imagery, and a new video essay shows us how this part of movie magic has evolved in a small window of time.

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Rogue One Visual Effects

The visual effects of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were quite the topic of discussion once fans saw that actor Peter Cushing was recreated by way of a motion-capture performance and digital effects. However, that’s not the only reason that the film ended up with an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

A new Rogue One visual effects reel from the wizards over at Industrial Light & Magic shows off all the layers that went into the planetary destruction of Jedha after a little blast from the Death Star. There are also some breakdowns of sequences on Scarif when the Rebels are attacking the Imperial base on the tropical planet.

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When Harry Met Sally Video Essay

Romantic comedies where a man and a woman who are at odds eventually fall in love are a dime a dozen. That’s a story that has been kicked around Hollywood for decades, but audiences keep eating it up. More often than not, nothing new is brought to the table in these movies, but in the case of When Harry Met Sally in 1989, director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron crafted a romantic comedy that adhered to the conventions of the genre but also played with them in a new way.

A new video essay from the Lessons from a Screenplay YouTube channel breaks down how When Harry Met Sally succeeds where many romantic comedies fail, proving why the film is one of the most highly respected, praised and imitated in the genre. Watch the When Harry Met Sally video essay below. Read More »