MTV Movie Awards Rap

Last night brought the MTV Movie Awards to the televisions of teenagers and people with nothing better to do on a Sunday night. Other than the reveal of a new clip from Captain America: Civil War, an outstanding new trailer for Suicide Squad, and a second teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, memorable moments from the show were few and far between. But the few that were memorable at least brought some laughs. Oh, and some rap too.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart (who hosted the show) delivered a rap to pay tribute to the movies of 2015, and they even threw some shade at the Oscars by pointing out they were honoring the movies that viewers had actually seen. In addition, Will Smith was given the MTV equivalent of lifetime achievement known as the Generation Award. But before he was given the honor, The Lonely Island honored him as only they could. Watch both of the MTV Movie Awards rap videos below. Read More »

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Long Takes in Movies

Long takes are such a rarity in cinema it seems that we always have to point out when there’s an especially impressive shot in a film or television show without any cuts. Whether it’s a movie like Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu‘s Oscar-winning Birdman or The Revenant or a real superhero sequence like in the first season of Daredevil, you can’t help but marvel at how these single takes are pulled off.

However, as beautiful and breathtaking as long takes on film are, they aren’t necessarily always a good thing. A new video essay dives into what a long take can’t accomplish on screen, which is perhaps why editing is preferable beyond the technical difficulty of pulling off a long, single take. Watch the video essay about long takes in movies after the jump. Read More »

Rey's Force Vision Recut

Perhaps the most intriguing part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the vision that Rey (Daisy Ridley) has when she touches Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber after the Force beckons her to it in the basement of Maz Kanata’s castle. It raised many questions, most of which we still don’t know the answer to. Hopefully that will change in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

But what if Rey’s vision was less of a vision and more of a nightmare? Sure, the vision itself has some disorienting and terrifying moments for Rey herself, but what if it was a nightmare for the audience as well? That’s exactly what one has done by having some of the more cringeworthy parts of the prequels invade the vision. It’s pretty scary.

Watch’s Rey’s Force vision recut after the jump. Read More »

The Force Awakens Honest Trailer

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially available on home video in all formats, you just knew that we were going to get an Honest Trailer for the sci-fi sequel that has kicked off not just a new trilogy, but also a whole new generation of Star Wars. What’s cool is that this Honest Trailer does something a little different as a way to emulate the fact that The Force Awakens shares pays a lot of homage to A New Hope and the rest of the original trilogy.

Watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

the isolation of rey

Kasper Møller Jensen has edited together a short video exploring the visual elements and framings used by JJ Abrams to show the isolation and loneliness of Daisy Ridley‘s character Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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VOTD: A Brief History of Profanity in Movies

Profanity in Movies

Unless you’re worried about your kids picking some nasty words, or you’re easily offended, there’s a good chance you don’t really care about profanity in movies. In fact, as time has gone on, it seems audiences are less and less shocked, or at the very least care less, about hearing profanity in their entertainment. Just watch an episode of television from today and compare it to the language allowed on the air 20 years ago.

However, there was a time when the Motion Picture Association of America banned the use of profanity in movies, and any use of swear words was met with a fine. Thankfully, that ended in 1968, and you can find out more about the history of profanity in movies in this quick video below. In case you haven’t already guessed, the audio is NSFW. Read More »

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Superhero Movie Destruction

Even though every superhero movie brings with it a certain amount of destruction of property, usually in major cities, we became really curious about the damage done and lives lost when we saw the sheer amount of devastation caused by the end of Man of Steel. There was such outrcy from the destruction in that movie that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice even has a few lines to let the audience know that certain moments of disaster had little to no casualties.

Now this consciousness of superhero destruction, or even destruction by cinematic disasters or movie monsters like Godzilla, has caused some genuine thought as to whether or not how we think about the destruction in superhero movies may make us more aware of how we would handle real-life disasters with the same level of devastation. Find out how the real world might handle superhero movie destruction after the jump. Read More »

Hardcore Henry Alamo Drafthouse PSA

In one week, you’ll be able to experience an action movie in from the point of view of the hero as Hardcore Henry turns the big screen into your own cinematic video game. But before then, the cinephiles at the Alamo Drafthouse want to make sure you’re still being courteous by avoiding talking and texting in the movie theater. However, if you happen to forget the rules, Henry and his friend Jimmy (Sharlto Copley) aren’t going to let you get away with it. In fact, they’ll beat the hell out of you.

Watch the Hardcore Henry Alamo Drafthouse PSA after the jump. Read More »

Lens Flares in Movies

Even though lens flares are usually mentioned in the same breath as J.J. Abrams nowadays, their use in motion pictures is hardly something new. However, they do seem to be more abundant, so there’s no better time to explore the history of lens flares in movies. Did you know there used to be an unwritten rule against seeing lens flares in movies? Find out more about lens flares, including the different types there are, in an informative video after the jump. Read More »