Sundance Panel with Christopher Nolan

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is over, and while you’ll have to wait a little while to see some of the films that played up in the mountains, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy part of the festival right now. In addition to the films that played at Park City, some filmmakers were in attendance for a series of panels talking about the art of film in a variety of ways, and one panel in particular will be worth your time.

Christopher Nolan and Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip), representing the blockbuster and indie sides of the film industry, sit down for a 90-minute chat about celluloid and their preference for using the physical medium over the digital format. Sweetening the deal are Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and Fruitvale Station and Dope cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Read More »

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Adam Sandler Universe

Ever since Marvel Studios created their own cinematic universe for all their comic book characters to exist in on the big screen, the idea of a shared universe between film franchises has been quite popular in Hollywood. No one has really been able to replicate the kind of success Marvel has had just yet, but Warner Bros. Pictures is going to try with their DC Films universe when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives this spring.

But cinematic universes just aren’t for comic book movies. In fact, in the world of comedy, there has been a cinematic universe that you may have never noticed. Adam Sandler has been starring in movies since the ’90s, and it turns out he may have been crafting what one man calls “The Sandlerverse” this whole time. Check out the compelling evidence for the Adam Sandler universe below. Read More »

quentin tarantino and Robert rodriguez read kill bill script

This is a cool piece of vintage video footage captured by director Robert Rodriguez. His friend and fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino reads him the opening of an early version of the Kill Bill screenplay in 1994, nine years before the movie was released. Hit the jump to watch Quentin Tarantino read from his very early draft of the Kill Bill script and hear Rodriguez’s in-the-moment response.

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vin diesel street sharks

There are two versions of Vin Diesel: the glowering, mumbling tough guy at the center of the Fast and Furious films and the energetic nerd who happily talks about his Dungeons & Dragons campaigns in public.

That second incarnation of Diesel is on display in today’s must-watch video, which finds the pre-fame actor showing off Street Sharks action figures at a 1994 toy fair and doing one helluva job. The next time you watch a new Diesel movie, whether it be Fast 8 or XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, know that this dorky fount of pure, unbridled enthusiasm probably still lurks beneath that bulk and that constantly furrowed brow.

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Best Opening Shots

We’ve previously featured videos taking a look at some of the most beautiful opening shots on film, not to mention the importance of opening shots in cinema, but this next video is going to stir up some debate. CineFix has rounded up what they believe to be the Top 10 Opening Shots of All Time. On the list you’ll find shots from Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and more. Check out the full list of the best opening shots after the jump! Read More »

The Martian Visual Effects

Out of all the Best Picture nominees, The Martian is probably the most easily accessible for general audiences. It’s fun, dramatic, has a simple story, a great cast and just works. Mad Max: Fury Road is a close second, but it’s definitely far too weird for your grandparents who would probably love The Martian.

Following the Oscar nominations, studios are starting to put out more featurettes to take people behind the scenes of the movie vying for the big prize this year. This time it’s The Martian visual effects taking the spotlight with a reel that shows off just what was real on the film that stranded Matt Damon on Mars, and what wasn’t You might be surprised to see what was practical and what wasn’t. Read More »

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We were all crushed by the death of David Bowie. Not only was the man a rock god, but he also had a strong influence in the genres of sci-fi and fantasy. And in honor of the late Starman, the folks at Honest Trailers have decided to take on Labyrinth. But before you go thinking that a video series traditionally used to mock movies is a pretty crappy way to honor a recently passed icon, just watch the Labyrinth Honest Trailer and see how it’s all about praising the fact that David Bowie singlehandedly makes this movie an ’80s gem. Read More »

The Force Awakens Visual Effects

Even though there was a lot of buzz and excitement about the fact that director J.J. Abrams and the crew behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens were doing a lot of practical effects for the movie, there is still quite an impressive amount of CGI used in the movie. There’s been a pirated VFX reel making the rounds online, but you can get a good look at the breakdown of some sequences from the movie along with a lot of insight from some of the crew. Read More »

2015 Movies in LEGO

We’ve already done plenty of looking back at the year in film that was 2015. We’ve featured a variety of retrospective trailer mash-ups. Plus, Angie Han, Jacob Hall, Jack Giroux and myself all counted down our favorite movies of the year. And now we’re looking forward to what’s coming in 2016. But it couldn’t hurt to take one more look back at last year, especially if it’s with a video that takes the biggest blockbusters of 2015 and recreates them all in LEGO form. Read More »