Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-Off

Since the fall of 2014, there have been rumblings of Obi-Wan Kenobi getting his own standalone spin-off. In fact, those rumors even expanded to mention that a trilogy focusing on one of the last remaining Jedi was in the works at Lucasfilm with Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the prequel trilogy. We’ve yet to get any confirmation on this development, but now a fanmade trailer for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story makes the strong case for how interesting this kind of spin-off could be.

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Wes Anderson Visual Influiences

Wes Anderson is one of those filmmakers with a style that you know immediately. Symmetrical cinematography, period settings and colorful production design are just some of the common traits you’ll find in a Wes Anderson movie, and we haven’t even gotten to the recurring cast members. However, if you’re not well-versed in some classic films such as The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Citizen Kane or The 400 Blows, then you might not have noticed. Or maybe you’ve seen those movies and you just never realized Wes Anderson was paying referencing them with his visuals.

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Jurassic Park Visual Effects

It’s been 23 years since Jurassic Park trounced into theaters, giving audiences one of the most beloved and entertaining blockbusters of all time. Director Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen as nobody had before, and the result was a mesmerizing adventure that brought the creatures who lived 65 million years ago right in front of our eyes.

Steven Spielberg and his crew brought dinosaurs to life back in 1993, when digital effects and computer animation was still in its infancy. Somehow those visual effects still hold up to this very day, outshining some movies with state of the art visual effects from today. How is this possible? A new video essay explores why the Jurassic Park visual effects still hold up today when compared to the effects a a modern day blockbuster like, say, Jurassic World. Read More »

Kylo Ren Reacts to Rogue One

If there’s one thing we took away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s that Kylo Ren has some serious anger management problems. Who knows just how many credits have been spent to repair control consoles in First Order Star Destroyers after he tears them apart with his lightsaber? And knowing how easy it is for Kylo Ren to get worked up, one has to wonder just how he would react to something like the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.

Now we don’t have to wonder any longer because some clever fans have just created a perfect video where Kylo Ren reacts to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s new trailer that just debuted last week. That might sound silly (and believe me it is), but the fact that they have perfected the sound effects to replicate Kylo Ren’s voice makes it work extremely well. Or maybe they just have that Kylo Ren helmet with a voice emulator. Either way, just watch below! Read More »

Violence in Shane Black Movies

There’s no shortage of violence in movies today. Whether it’s superheroes fighting each other, spies being betrayed by their superiors, sentient foods being eaten by people or even frustrated fowl, almost every movie has a little bit of violence. But when it comes to the movies of writer/director Shane Black, there’s probably a little more than usual. However, as a new video essay points out, there’s something special about how the director of The Nice Guys and the writer of Lethal Weapon uses violence in his films.

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Gaston

Two of the most beloved men in showbiz, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, are teaming up this fall for what will hopefully be Disney Animation’s next smash hit. But before we get to Moana, the pair took a moment to pay homage to an old Disney animated classic. In an incredibly charming video below, you can see the pair doing a duet of “Gaston,” from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. You can probably guess which one played Gaston.

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Sausage Party Prank

This weekend’s raunchy, R-rated animated flick Sausage Party imagines what it would be like if the food in our grocery aisles was alive. The movie is hilarious, twisted and outrageous, but that wasn’t enough for Seth Rogen. In addition to bringing talking foods to the big screen, he also wanted to bring them to a real life grocery store with a hilarious and creepy Sausage Party prank.

A special effects team set up a few different animatronic foods in a real grocery store and Seth Rogen made them talk live from another room. The initial shock of people realizing they’re seeing talking food is funny in itself, but then the conversations they have with the food in question are even better. Read More »

Hollywood History

There are plenty of people out there who consider themselves movies buffs just because they watch tons of movies. However, to be a true cinephile, you must have an inherent desire to learn about the history of film, from its early beginnings in silent cinema through the creation of today’s contemporary studio system.

If you’re just now looking to learn more about the relatively short history of Tinseltown, then a new video runs through some of the finer points of the rise and fall of Hollywood, covering each era in a brief but informative way. It’s extremely basic, but it’s the perfect crash course for someone who is just starting to explore film history. Read More »

Computer Animated Akira

Even those who aren’t all that familiar with manga or anime have heard about Akira. Either they’ve seen some of the iconic shots from the movie or they’ve heard about Warner Bros. Pictures trying desperately to turn it into a live-action movie. Now two Akira fans have given the beloved story by Katsuhiro Otomo a computer animated makeover by taking excerpts from the film and recreating them in 3D. The result is a movie that looks like the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer, albeit in a much less polished form.

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