Unnecessary CGI Special Effects

In recent years, there’s been a lot of backlash against CGI visual effects as movie studios rely on them more and more instead of practical set pieces, models and make-up effects (mostly because there’s some pretty terrible visual effects out there). We’ve already highlighted a thoughtful look at how CGI effects are actually great when not relied upon too heavily and blend seamlessly with practical filmmaking techniques.

But sometimes CGI special effects are just downright unnecessary and baffling, and the folks at Dorkly have assembled a short list of five of the most unnecessary CGI special effects, but beware of some brief NSFW nudity. Somehow one of the Star Wars prequels only appeared on the list once. Read More »

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Opening Shots in Movies

Even though it may be forgotten by the time you’re done watching a movie for the first time, the opening shot of any movie is integral to introducing the audience to the world and/or characters they’re about to watch for a little while.

It may not seem like a single shot can do much to accurately prepare viewers for the movie they’re about to see, but a new video essay from Now You See It explains how opening shots in movies can tell you a lot about the story you’re about to see unfold. Read More »

Men in Black airline safety video

For years, Air New Zealand has embraced the fact that they’ve become a tourist destination for those who are fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film adaptations by using the director and his big screen versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters for their airline safety videos. But now that the Middle Earth franchises are over, it’s time for a new film franchise to step up.

The newest Air New Zealand partnership is with Sony Pictures, and together they’ve made a Men in Black airline safety video, merging the secret organization that fights the scum of the universe with the trusted Kiwi airline. Read More »

Kingsman The Secret Service Honest Trailer

One of the more surprisingly fun and enjoyable action movies of this year was Kingsman: The Secret Service, the adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic book from director Matthew Vaughn, which hit theaters all the way back in March and is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

The Matthew Vaughn film starring Colin Firth and introducing Taron Egerton was an over-the-top tribute to James Bond while also still making sure to distinguish itself from the iconic secret agent franchise. And that’s exactly what Honest Trailers hones in on when sending up this wild spy action flick. It might surprise you just how much the movie goes out of its way to simultaneously reference and go in a different direction than James Bond.

Watch the Kingsman The Secret Service Honest Trailer below! Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road GoKart video

We’ve already seen a fair share of mash-ups involving this summer’s blockbuster favorite Mad Max: Fury Road. Recently someone made an Adventure Time version of the trailer, and before that someone took elements of Mario Kart and inserted them into the trailer. And now we’re getting an almost real-life version of the latter mash-up done in quite the professional manner, complete with impressive stunt work.

For those who don’t know, there’s a Mad Max video game arriving in stores the same day that Mad Max: Fury Road hit shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD. And the folks at Devin Super Tramp were asked to team up with Warner Bros. Games to make a viral commercial for the video game where they recreate the non-stop chase from Fury Road with GoKarts and paintball guns, and it’s impressive as hell.

Watch the Mad Max Fury Road GoKart video below! Read More »

Quentin Tarantio cinematography

If you’re an observant love of cinema, aside from likely knowing each and every film directed by Quentin Tarantino, you know that it’s fairly easily to recognize his work. This isn’t just because of the extensive dialogue and endless homages to classic, obscure films, but simply by the way he shoots his movies. From dancing scenes to trunk shots to sprawling overhead God’s eye sequences, Tarantino has a very distinct style.

Now a new supercut takes a tributary look at the cinemtography of all of Tarantino’s films, from Reservoir Dogs to his most recent Django Unchained. This slick video highlighting some of the best Quentin Tarantino cinematography will make you want to have a Tarantino marathon very soon. Read More »

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Mad Max Adventure Time mash-up

In just over a couple weeks, fans of Mad Max: Fury Road will be able to pick up their own copy of George Miller‘s magnificent action bonanza on Blu-Ray and DVD on September 1st (or you can get it right now on digital download). But for those who aren’t so patient, maybe a new trailer mash-up with the post-apocalyptic sequel will hold you over.

YouTube user Egor Zhgun decided to take characters from the hit show Adventure Time and create a short little animated trailer as if they were the characters in Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s a little bit trippy, not unlike the real movie, or for that matter the TV show, with Finn as Max and Jake as one of the vehicles on the chase, but it’s a fun little creation. Read More »

Phallic symbolism

Full frontal male nudity is hard to come by in most major motion pictures. But hat doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of phallic imagery in a lot of movies that you’ve seen, and we’re not just talking about sex comedies.

The folks at Now You See It have put together a video that takes a look at a wide variety of manhood-shaped objects and implications that have made their way into the movies such as Spaceballs, and even family films like Shrek and Toy Story, but they also shine a special light on how phallic symbolism is used in more dramatic films like Birth of a Nation and North by Northwest. See more of phallic symbolism in movies after the jump! Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger explosion

You might remember that last year, action icon Arnold Schwarznegger offered fans the chance to ride around crushing things with his own personal tank in an effort to raise money for charity. And now he’s back being philanthropic all over again, this time offering fans a chance to come to Los Angeles and blow sh*t up with The Terminator himself.

And in honor of this fantastic chance for fans, Schwarzenegger has released a supercut featuring every single explosion from all of the films that he’s starred in over the years. From Hercules in New York to Sabotage and everything in between, even Twins and Jingle All the Way. Watch the Arnold Schwarzenegger explosions supercut! Read More »