The Sound of ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is so awesome. It’s everything you want in a big summer blockbuster. Action, romance, surprises, suspense, yet for some reason it hasn’t struck a cultural chord like many people expected it to. However, it’s not over yet for Hiccup and Toothless.

In its second week at the box office, the film crossed $100 million domestic and will pass $200 worldwide later in its third week. Plus, it was the number one movie on a daily basis in its second week. That indicates staying power. Sure that’ll change thanks to Optimus Prime and the gang but there’s still plenty of time for film goers looking for a dynamite time at the movies to find How to Train Your Dragon 2, a beautiful and rewarding movie in every way.

And when I say “in every way” I mean that. The Soundworks Collection has done a video detailing the sound work in the film. It’s great watch to see some of the small details that can regularly go unnoticed in a film of this size and scope. Read More »

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Transformers: Age of Extinction opens Thursday night and is sure to be the biggest movie at the box office for the next couple weeks. That suggests people are rabid for content based on the movie and, as per the laws of the Internet, everyone is happy to oblige. Case in point: three cool, but very different videos on the franchise are now online.

One will recap what happened over the seven-hour running time of the first three Transformers movies. The second features Red Letter Media watching those first three movies simultaneously with hilarious results, and the third shows how director Michael Bay used 3D in the new film. Watch the Transformers videos below. Read More »

Frozen

Not long after Frozen was released, Disney put out a video of Elsa’s signature theme “Let It Go” being sung in 25 different languages. And that was only the beginning of the Frozen interpretations and reinterpretations. Since then, we’ve seen a Mr. Freeze version, a Game of Thrones version, a Jimmy Fallon and the Roots version, a Stormtrooper version — you name it.

Now even Pearl Jam is getting in on the game, with Eddie Vedder belting out the tune at a recent concert. Who knew pristine princess Elsa could sound so ’90s grunge? Watch the video after the jump.

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Multiple sources, including several Hollywood trades, have reported and confirmed that Jason Momoa is playing Aquaman in Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. One person who hasn’t confirmed it though, is Jason Momoa. After dismissing rumors of the role and lying about it to journalists, Momoa was finally confronted, on camera, with the headline from Variety on Jimmy Kimmel Live. His reaction is pretty great. Check out the Jason Momoa Aquaman video below. Read More »

Star Wars musical parody

J.J. Abrams is being careful not to give too much away about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, but there are a few things we can assume just by virtue of the fact that it’s a Star Wars movie. For example, it’s safe to say it won’t look anything like this delightful Star Wars musical parody.

Which is a real shame, because Star Wars: The Musical demonstrates that Disney tunes and lightsaber battles actually go together like peanut butter and bananas: They may not be the most intuitive combination, but they’re a damn good one. After the jump, watch Luke, Han, Leia, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more sing their way through the plot of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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Jurassic Park special effects

We get to see a lot of computer generated special effects breakdowns these days, but nothing like this. Today I came across a video showing the before and after shots from Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park. While the film is known as one of the first blockbuster films to extensively employ computer generated effects, there are actually only 15 minutes of dinosaurs in the film: 9 minutes of which are Stan Winston’s animatronics, and only 6 minutes of ILM’s computer animated versions. But those six minutes are quite impressive for a film released over 20 years ago (1993). After the jump you can watch a six minute video which breaks down the Jurassic Park special effects showing how the computer generated dinosaurs were added to shots in post production.

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Video: Everything Wrong With ‘Frozen’

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CinemaSins is a YouTube channel which nitpicks every movie imaginable. Sometimes (or “always” depending on your tastes) they do so to an infuriating degree. When they take aim at a bad movie, it makes sense. When the target is a good film, the outcome can be even worse. Even when they’re finding “sins” in a movie, sometimes those “sins” aren’t necessarily things are are wrong; instead they’re just general observations. It’s a weird and polarizing idea that can work really well or really poorly. Suffice to say, that dichotomy has made it very popular.

The latest video is sure to be just as galvanizing. It’s for Disney’s Frozen, a film that has been praised as a return to Disney magic, with insane box office records and awards to prove it. But it’s not a perfect movie by a long shot, with some really weird subtextual and structural issues. Most acknowledge and dismiss these issues because of the wonderful animation, characters, and music. That makes this latest CinemaSins video so interesting. Anyone willing to stand up and trash a movie that is this completely beloved has to be out of their minds. Are they? Watch “Everything Wrong With Frozen in 10 Minutes Or Less” below and find out.

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We’ve seen many different versions of time travel in movies, but how many of those time travel scenarios are actually scientifically feasible? ScreenJunkies have enlisted University of Southern California physicist Dr. Clifford Johnson and NASA scientist Christina Heinlein to talk about films like Groundhog Day, Back to the Future, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Planet of the Apes, television shows like Quantum Leap, recent movies like X-Men: Days of the Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow. Watch the not-so-serious discussion in the Movie Time Travel Debunked By Scientists video embedded sometime in the past after the jump.

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