Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By now we’ve seen nearly four minutes of footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are likely more tidbits to come in the form of TV spots (like the one that arrived over the weekend), but otherwise we are completely done with full trailers. That may not seem like a lot of footage, especially when you consider how little we know about the story so far, but a new video puts all the footage released up to this point into chronological order. We get a little speculative about the placement of some of the footage, so beware of potential spoilers.

Watch all The Force Awakens footage in chronological order after the jump! Read More »


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VOTD: How Many People Has James Bond Killed?

James Bond Kill Count

With six different iterations of 007 spanning 24 films, it should come as no surprise to anyone that James Bond has killed a lot of people. Whether it’s with his trusty Walther PPK of the many gadgets that Q bestows upon him, wherever James Bond goes, death will inevitably follow.

But just how many people has 007 killed? A new James Bond kill count supercut runs through each and every death caused by her majesty’s most trusted secret agent, and not only is it quite a lot, but some of them are downright silly. Read More »

Transformers - The Island

Did you know that not every single shot in a movie is overseen by any given film’s primary director? There’s an entire crew of people called the second unit whose responsibility it is to shoot supplementary footage such as establishing shots, stunts, inserts and cutaways. The director still has to approve that footage, but he’s not on set to actually shoot it. It’s not exactly a secret in Hollywood, even if most people outside of Hollywood don’t know it.

However, what you may not be aware of is that there are instances when recycled movie footage is used to complete a movie. We’re not just talking about a shot of a cityscape or mountainside, but very specific shots and scenes that were reused between two different movies. For example, did you know War and Peace footage can be seen in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Read More »

VOTD: The Significance & Importance of Movie Props

Pulp Fiction - Christopher Walken

While there are certain movie props such as a lightsaber, a time machine or a briefcase that have become iconic pieces of cinema, it’s easy to forget that movie props are everywhere when we’re looking at any single frame of a motion picture. Sometimes a movie prop is so important that it’s in the title of the film and the driving force of the entire story, as with The Maltese Falcon or Raiders of the Lost Ark, and other times they just add to the authenticity of any given scene.

A new video essay takes a look at the importance of movie props on film, whether they’re big or small, subtle or in your face and how they enhance the characters, story or setting of films across the board. Watch! Read More »

The Force Awakens sweded trailer

There’s been all sorts of new versions of the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens lately. Someone took footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and matched it with the score, while another more cruel fan inserted Jar Jar Binks into nearly every single shot. Meanwhile, there’s also a version for those who just can’t wait to see Luke Skywalker.

And now we have a Star Wars: The Force Awakens sweded trailer, using all sorts of cheap homemade goodies to remake the trailer shot for shot. However, this isn’t the most recent final trailer for the film, but rather the second teaser trailer. Read More »

VOTD: The History of Fake Blood in Movies

Fake Blood in Movies

If you were out and about this weekend, there’s a good chance you saw plenty of fake blood splattered across the faces and clothing of many Halloween enthusiasts. And even though the bloody holiday is now over, there’s no better time to appreciate the history behind fake blood.

A new 21-minute video essay dives into the history of fake blood in movies. In fact, it actually starts back before movies existed, since motion pictures actually ended up adopting some of the fake blood techniques that were used on stage at the time. But as the movies advanced in a relatively short period of time, so did the presentation of blood on film. Read More »

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Lens Flare Supercut

A lens flare is something that happens all the time in photography and filmmaking, simply because of how light travels through and reflects inside of a lens. But any good photographer or cinematographer knows how to use it effectively so it’s not just an accident. After all, lens flares can be avoided, but in films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, There Will Be Blood, Looper, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Guardians of the Galaxy and more, they make some shots look fantastic.

A new lens flare supercut runs through dozens of movies featuring the side effect of bright light shining into the lens. Some are better than others, but it just goes to show you how abundant they are. And before anyone tries to make a joke: No, this isn’t just footage from J.J. Abrams movies. Read More »

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It’s been a couple days since Jurassic World hit Blu-Ray and DVD, and that’s all it took for one fan to compile all of the visual references the sequel/reboot makes to the original Jurassic Park.

Some of these we covered in our list of Jurassic World Easter eggs over the summer, but there’s a lot more visual evidence now that a hard copy of the movie can be used to show them. Check out all the Jurassic Park references in Jurassic World after the jump! Read More »

JJ Abrams and George Lucas

In a little over a month, the publicity machine is going to be in full swing as we lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You can bet that the entire cast and director J.J. Abrams will be making the rounds to morning news programs, late night talk shows, and pretty much everywhere else to help promote the movie that simply doesn’t need anymore promotion. But in the meantime, Abrams has gotten a round of questions from some movers and shakers in all sorts of entertainment, and they want answers.

Cloverfield star T.J. Miller, Girls creator Lena Dunham, Suicide Squad star Jared Leto, Netflix’s content acquisitions chief Ted Sarandos, even George Lucas himself and many more have tons of burning questions about The Force Awakens, Lost and just life in general. Abrams gives some pretty great answers for your entertainment. Read More »