Mad Max Fury Road Visual Effects

In all its shiny and chrome glory, Mad Max: Fury Road continues to solidify itself not just as one of the best films of the year, but one of the best films of the decade. Unlike with most blockbusters nowadays, director George Miller knew how to use visual effects in a way that enhanced his story instead of being the thing they relied upon for spectacle.

A bunch of practical action combined with seamless photographic trickery and computer generated effects resulted in some of the most exciting filmmaking the big screen has seen lately. Now a Mad Max Fury Road visual effects breakdown shows some of the manipulation that helped bring this feature length chase to life. What’s really cool is that it shows the footage before any color correction was done to accentuate the vibrant orange and blue hues. Read More »

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Pixels Honest Trailer

With aliens invading Earth again this weekend in Independence Day: Resurgence (our review of the insanity that Roland Emmerich put together is coming soon), there’s no better time to look at the exciting alien invasion that could have been in last years Pixels.

The folks over at Screen Junkies have put together an Honest Trailer tackling Adam Sandler‘s last theatrical release before he started pumping hot garbage into your Netflix queue, and as expected, they have a good ole time talking about just how badly Happy Madison ruined what could have been a really cool movie.

Watch the Pixels Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

Independence Day Video Essay

This week we’ll get to see if Independence Day: Resurgence can shake a stick at Roland Emmerich’s original 1996 blockbuster. Some early reviews from select outlets attending the Hollywood premiere indicate that the movie pretty much delivers the fun and silliness of the first one, but that’s something we’ll find out ourselves starting tomorrow evening. In the meantime, let’s take a look back at what made the original Independence Day so great with a video essay that examines just how well-crafted the screenplay is.

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History of Horror

People love to be scared by movies. The fact that we pay money to sit in a dark room with complete strangers, hoping to scream and jump in terror, is inherently sadistic, albeit in a fairly tame fashion. However, what scares audiences hasn’t always been the same, and the horror genre has evolved quite a bit in cinema’s relatively short history. But as you’ll see in a new compilation entitled A History of Horror, as long as there have been movies, there has always been horror in them.

The video from cinephile Diego Carrera runs through 122 years of horror on the big screen. However, rather than just creating a supercut with scenes from various horror movies that everyone knows, he took on the more difficult task of choosing just one horror film for each year from 1895 through 2016. You’ll undoubtedly take issues with the film chosen to represent a given year, but this video is a fascinating look at how horror changed over the decades. Read More »

Blockbuster Movie Problems

It’s no secret that blockbusters are the bread and butter of both movie theaters and studios during the summer. However, in recent years, blockbusters have started to wain in their creativity and originality. In addition, there are some frustrating business practices from Hollywood as an institution that have made some blockbuster franchises a little tough to swallow.

A new video runs through no less than 10 of the biggest problems that almost every blockbuster movie seems to have nowadays, from fake deaths to the concluding chapter being broken up into two movies. Some of them are just major studio problems, while others seem to be problems that plague Marvel Studios and other comic book franchises more than anything. Run through the countdown of blockbuster movie problems after the jump. Read More »

Evolution of Pixar

This weekend brings Pixar Animation’s Finding Dory to theaters, a whole 13 years after its predecessor Finding Nemo enchanted audiences. Having just seen the sequel last night, I can tell you that while it’s not Pixar’s finest effort, it’s still an outstanding family adventure that will make you laugh one minute and tear up the next. Things get a little ridiculous in the third act, even for a movie about talking fish, but it’s still a wonderful movie.

In honor of Pixar’s latest achievement in film, why not take a look back at where it all started, and see how the animation house has evolved over the years? Animation has improved so much since Finding Nemo hit theaters that Finding Dory‘s seascapes and animal animation is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was just 13 years ago. So you can imagine just how much they’ve improved over 30 years. Read More »

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Megaplex Mash-Up

You may remember last fall we featured the incredibly creative and cleverly edited mash-up called Hell’s Club. The video had the cinematic worlds of Terminator, Scarface, John Wick, Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, The Matrix and more collide in a single, dangerous nightclub setting. Now a new mash-up from Smash TV brings together over 80 sci-fi films, from Moonwalker to Akira and more but rather than just being a mash-up of these movies, it’s also an exercise in music remixing that results in a mesmerizing, trippy feature-length music video.

But beware, because the video comes with a warning that the visuals have been “identified to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.” So watch this Megaplex mash-up at your own risk. Read More »

Finding Nemo Honest Trailer

Finding Dory is hitting theaters this weekend, and the buzz before it arrives has been pretty good. Plenty of moviegoers will see for themselves this weekend, with the sequel looking at taking in as much as $120 million. But in the meantime, why not take a look back at its predecessor Finding Nemo by letting the folks at Honest Trailers mock the undersea adventure, including pointing out just how frighteningly dangerous the ocean is for Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). Read More »

Stop-Motion LEGO Ghostbusters

Pretty much everyone knows there’s a new Ghostbusters movie coming to theaters this summer. The jury is out as to whether or nor director Paul Feig can deliver an entertaining update of the 1984 classic, this time with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the lead roles (meet all the ladies right here). We’ll find out in about a month whether this will be the successful start of a new franchise. Until then, we have another Ghostbusters project for you to feast your eyes on.

Animators and LEGO master builders from Digital Wizardz this cute and extremely impressive stop-motion LEGO Ghostbusters short film, bringing some of the more iconic scenes from the film to life in brick form. In addition, there are actually some pretty amusing gags and nods to other properties like Star Wars, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Simpsons.

Watch the stop-motion LEGO Ghostbusters short after the jump. Read More »