Best of Carrie Fisher

It’s still shocking to think about, but American treasure Carrie Fisher is no longer with us. She has been continuously remembered and mourned by her friends and colleagues since news of her passing was reported yesterday. Meanwhile, her fans have nothing but love and respect to give as well, not just for her career in entertainment, but for her honest, helpful voice discussing mental illness, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

Even though we didn’t know Carrie Fisher, it’s easy for us to feel like we did having experienced her bright personality for decades. Therefore, it’s important to remember at her best. While we know all about her best moments on film in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers and more, there are plenty of other shining moments that give us infinitely more reasons to love the best of Carrie Fisher. Read More »

Everything Wrong With Deadpool

R-Rated Marvel Movie

Ryan Reynolds‘ Fox Marvel universe character Wade Wilson would probably love the CinemaSins “Everything Wrong With” series of videos… But would he have enjoyed their latest entry, Everything Wrong With Deadpool? Hit the jump to watch Everything Wrong with Deadpool.

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RedLetterMedia Reviews Rogue One

The YouTube channel RedLetterMedia (created by independent filmmaker Mike Stoklasa) gained notoriety for their extensive seven-part video review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace back in 2009. Since then, his character Harry S. Plinkett has taken down all the other Star Wars movies by mixing humor with some rather insightful commentary. And now he’s doing the same with the latest addition to the Star Wars film line-up.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been mostly loved by fans, but even those who appreciate the movie quite a bit admit it has some problems. However, Harry S. Plinkett doesn’t cut it any slack as he finds the movie doesn’t have memorable characters, a decent story or substantial emotion.

Watch as RedLetterMedia reviews Rogue One after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: Have You Heard Of These Awful Pixar Ripoffs?

Pixar Ripoffs

Movie goes have gotten used to seeing competing movies about the same concept hit theaters in the same year. Back in the 1990s there was Volcano and Dante’s Peak, Babe and Gordy, Armageddon and Deep Impact and more. In recent years, we’ve had the likes of Jobs and Steve Jobs, Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, Hercules and The Legend of Hercules. But there are even more that you’ve probably never heard of.

Outside of Hollywood, there are production companies who specialize in creating straight-to-video movies that are blatant rip-offs of popular blockbusters hitting theaters at the same time. The Asylum has been behind several of these movies that are either trying to trick clueless movie goers or attempting to coax viewers into watching a movie simply because they think it will be so bad that it’s entertaining. But there are several animation houses who have done the same thing by ripping off Pixar movies with much worse results.

Find out about some truly terrible Pixar ripoffs after the jump. Read More »

storyboards compared to movies - The Dark Knight

It’s a long road for a movie to make it to theaters. A movie starts an idea that hopefully ends up as a series of images that combine to form some semblance of a story. But making that happen takes some meticulous planning during the phase of filmmaking known as pre-production. A big part of that process is storyboarding, where the filmmaker plans out all of the shots they need by piecing together illustrations of what they hope to eventually capture on camera.

Now we can see how some of the original storyboards for movies like The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Back compare to what we see on screen in a couple key sequences. See storyboards compared to movies after the jump. Read More »

Die Hard Compared to The Book

If you had a Christmas that was worth a damn this past weekend, then you probably watched Die Hard, one of the best Christmas movies. You can feel free to debate that in the comments if you disagree that it’s in fact a Christmas movie, but that’s not why we’re here. Instead, we would like to enlighten those who may not know that Die Hard was actually based on a book, and it has some significant differences from the book.

Die Hard is based on a book called Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp, and it was actually meant to be a sequel to The Detective, another book turned into a 1968 film led by Frank Sinatra as New York detective Joe Leland. That’s where the first key differences come into play, because the story featured Leland going toe-to-toe with a terrorist named Anton “Little Tony”Gruber in a high rise building belonging to the Klaxon Oil Corporation. Sounds pretty familiar.

See Die Hard compared to the book after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One Opening Crawl

One of the biggest questions throughout the development of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was how the opening of the movie would be handled. Every Star Wars movie has began with an opening crawl and the signature Star Wars them to help set the stage. But Rogue One isn’t exactly like other Star Wars movie in that it’s not a regular episode in the saga, but rather the first spin-off in the A Star Wars Story line of movies. That’s why the movie ended up not having an opening crawl.

However, some fans have found the lack of an opening crawl a bit of a disappointment while others who are not hardcore fans maybe could have used an opening crawl to help set the stage and clarify where in the Star Wars timeline the story takes place. One fan decided to take matters into his own hands by creating an opening crawl to begin the movie in the tradition of Star Wars. Read More »

Batman v Superman Visual Effects

Even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the most hotly debated movies of 2016, I think we can all agree that there is some outstanding visual effects work in the movie. Not every visual effect is perfect, but I’m betting that when you see the recently release Batman v Superman visual effects breakdown that you’ll be surprised to see just how much of certain sequences was actually created in post-production. Read More »

Saturday Night Live

When people watch Saturday Night Live, I don’t think many of them realize just how small of a space Studio 8H actually is in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. There’s only so much room for the various sets created for SNL that some of them are put up and taken down in just a few minutes, either during the opening credits or over commercial breaks. And now you get to see how they do it.

The cold open from this past weekend’s SNL with host Casey Affleck (which wasn’t a great episode overall) started off in the office of Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) as he met with Vladmir Putin (Beck Bennet) and Rex Tillerson (John Goodman). That set actually sat right on the mainstage where the monologue happens during every episode, in front of the SNL band, and the crew tore it down in less than two minutes.

Watch the Saturday Night Live set change video after the jump. Read More »

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Mortal Kombat Honest Trailer

With Assassin’s Creed in theaters this week (it’s actually playing everywhere now), we’ll see if the video game movie curse can be broken, even though the reviews on the winter blockbuster seem to indicate that it’s another dud in the genre. Therefore, there’s no better time to look back at two of the worst movies adapted from video games, which is impressive considering the larger roster of awful movies from this genre.

Mortal Kombat capitalized on the controversy and popularity of the bloody fighting video game of the same name to deliver a hokey franchise with a poor excuse for a story stringing together mediocre action sequences and some very unfortunately dated visual effects. Now Honest Trailers not only skewers the first film in the franchise, but also the batshit crazy sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

Watch the Mortal Kombat Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »