First and Final Shots

There’s nothing quite like the opening frame of a new movie. It sets the tone for everything to come, whether we’re gazing at an idyllic countryside or into the eyes of a desperate man. Unless, maybe, we’re talking about the closing frame of a film, because that’s the one that you carry with you out of the theater.

Jacob T. Swinney has edited together a video juxtaposing the first and final frames of 55 movies. They turn out to be a pretty mixed bag — some (like Gone Girl) look nearly identical, others (like Kill Bill Vol. 2) are jarringly different, and still others (like Birdman) seem to answer to one another. There are even a few (like No Country for Old Men) where the visual relationship between the two isn’t all that apparent. Watch the First and Final Frames video after the jump.

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Pixels short film

Now that everyone is excited about the Pixels movie following the debut of the first Pixels teaser trailer, I thought it would be fun to revisit the Pixels short film which started it all. The following two-minute Pixels short film was released in April 2010 and went viral. Sony acquired the rights to turn the short film into a movie, and we will finally be seeing that movie soon. After the jump you can read Russ Fischer’s original April 8th 2010 report on the Pixels short film, followed by an embed of the short.

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Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

Every week, at least twice a week, World Wrestling Entertainment puts on a TV show. There’s never a rerun, there’s a huge cast of characters, and it’s all performed live without a safety net. And unless you’re a fan, it’s hard to explain that the matches aren’t always why we watch. We watch for the drama. The story. One wrestler simply talking to another wrestler in the middle of the ring. A key interaction back stage. Something going on outside the ring while a match is happening. These are the things that make wrestling great. It’s the best soap opera on TV.

Still, wrestling has a stigma as low-brow entertainment and someone has to defend it. Who better than Max Landis? The verbose screenwriter has made a 24 minute short film called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling where he tells the story of legendary wrestler turned executive Triple H. But Landis gender-swaps the entire cast, just to prove this epic, decades long story is on par with the best storytelling there is no matter who’s playing the roles. Watch Max Landis’ Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling below. Read More »

Michael Bay acting - Michael Bay as a NASA Scientist (uncredited) in Armageddon

You probably know Michael Bay for his work behind the camera as a blockbuster action director of films such as the Transformers and Bad Boys movies, The Rock, and Armageddon. Did you know that he’s actually appeared on screen more than a handful of times?

Notably, Michael Bay appears on screen in a brief speaking role in Kinka Usher‘s 1999 superhero comedy film Mystery Men, which starred Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria and William H. Macy. This obviously isn’t new, but its one of those things that has recently bubbled up on the social sharing websites. I thought it might be interesting to show you Michael Bay’s acting history. See Michael Bay acting in five different movies and two TV shows, including one episode of Miami Vice, after the jump.

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Happy Gilmore fight

Adam Sandler and Bob Barker‘s fight in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore is one of the most memorable movies scenes of that decade. It’s crazy, out of the box and completely hilarious. Even people who don’t like the early Sandler film can appreciate the entertainment value in seeing the long time game show host kicking the crap out of Sandler. Maybe even more so.

Now, almost twenty years later, the duo are at it again. Barker and Sandler did a video to promote autism awareness for Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars event, which airs Sunday night. Once again though, things got out of hand. It’s pretty funny. Check out the 2015 Happy Gilmore fight below. Read More »

House of Cards Yellow and Blue

If you’re like me, you’re busy binging your way through House of Cards season 3 (please, no spoilers) and are currently invested in the drama. I thought today would be a good time to highlight two new House of Cards videos which have been making their way across the interwebs.

The first is a House of Cards yellow and blue conspiracy theory video essay which attempts to prove that the show’s sophisticated look is actually just composed using a simple color formula. You might remember the orange/blue movie poster formula we highlighted almost six years ago — you weren’t able to look at movie posters the same afterwards, will you be able to watch House of Cards without noticing this simple composition breakdown?

The second video, linguists examine the history behind Frank Underwood’s accent and specifically why Kevin Spacey‘s accent in House of Cards sounds off. Watch the House of Cards yellow and blue video and the Frank Underwood accent video after the jump.

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If M. Night Shyamalan can’t do it, maybe Patton Oswalt can. The pop-culture junkie and stand up comedian has effectively pitched one crazy, out-there movie in the form of the ultimate Disney mash-up. Today he’s pitching something a bit more manageable: an Unbreakable sequel. Oswalt appeared on Screen Junkies to talk about his dream to see M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable 2 and, as expected, it’s pretty great. Check out the Patton Oswalt Unbreakable 2 video below. Read More »

Wes Anderson X-Men

Wes Anderson parodies are like the cat videos of movie parodies. There are so many. The reason being that Anderson has such a distinct style in every facet of filmmaking – from shot composition, to tone, performance, music, production and costume design – his aesthetic is fairly easy to duplicate, at least on a superficial level.

That is, it’s easy to duplicate, but not easy to make entertaining. That takes more nuance and a very good idea, both of which filmmaker Patrick H Willems has. He’s made a video that asked a question no one else has addressed: What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men? The result is very clever and entertaining. Check out the Wes Anderson X-Men video below. Read More »

agent carter easter eggs

ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D returns Tuesday night and with it, a storyline that will echo throughout the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show that ended the week prior, Agent Carter, did the opposite: it detailed stories from the past of the MCU. We saw what happened after the end of Captain America: The First Avenger as Cap’s comrade Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) went to work as a spy and helped save the world. Along the way she worked with Tony Stark’s father Howard, his butler Jarvis, and more.

But don’t let us simply tell you. This is the Internet. Watch a high energy YouTube video showing you the five best Agent Carter Easter Eggs that link the show to the MCU. Read More »

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