Tv and Computer Screens in Movies - Steve Jobs

While there is plenty of fascination from cinephiles regarding the creation of visual effects for movies and television, there are plenty of jobs on a movie set that go unnoticed. One such job is that of a computer/video playback supervisor.

If that doesn’t sound all that interesting, a new video profile explains the fascinating and surprisingly meticulous work that goes into something as simple as a television playing in the background of a scene in the 1980s set movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, or something as complex as a faux piece of software used in a key sequence of a movie like Date Night, or recreating the software of one of the first Macintosh computers so that it actually works on camera for Steve Jobs.

Watch the video about how TV and computer screens in movies are created after the jump. Read More »

Epidemic of Passable Movies

For every great movie that’s out there, a movie comes along that is downright terrible. However, the creator of a new video essay thinks that it’s far worse when a movie doesn’t fall into either category, but is merely a passable, mediocre piece of work.

The YouTube channel Nerdwriter has put together a video breaking down what he calls an “epidemic of passable movies.” In the essay, he points out some of the big problems in movies that many deem as just being okay, and most of his argument comes down to how movies portray their characters and how they interact with the world around them. Read More »

Liam Neeson Santa Claus Audition

It’s kind of amazing that more kids aren’t totally creeped out when they hear from their parents that there’s a fat, bearded guy in a red suit who sees them when they’re sleeping and knows if they’ve been bad or good. The concept of kids being overseen by Santa Claus, a complete stranger just so they can receive gifts from him is simply kind of scary, but it could be worse, especially if the jolly man was Liam Neeson.

You might be thinking that there’s nothing scary about the loving father who tries to help his son fall in love with a girl in Love Actually, but let’s not forget that Liam Neeson was the star of Taken, and a man who made being a priest deadly in Gangs of New York. But now you can see how scary the actor can be if he were Santa Claus thanks to an audition tape unearthed by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Watch the Liam Neeson Santa Claus audition after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: How ‘Star Wars’ Should Have Ended

How Star Wars Should Have Ended

If you’ve been following the How It Should Have Ended video series since it became a big deal on the internet, then you might have already seen their take on how Star Wars should have ended. That episode was actually one of the earliest, and it helped spawn the YouTube channel that exists today.

Well, since George Lucas couldn’t stop tinkering with the original Star Wars trilogy, the folks over at HISHE decided to go back and create How Star Wars Should Have Ended: Special Edition. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One AT-ACT Playhouse

One of the most recognizable vehicles from the Star Wars trilogy are the AT-AT Walkers in The Empire Strikes Back. Even young Peter Parker referenced them when he was tying up Giant-Man’s legs during the massive airport battle in Captain America: Civil War. Well, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Imperial vehicle gets a slight makeover, and one inventive fan decided to bring that vehicle right into his backyard.

We’ll see the AT-ACT (All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport) in action later this week in Rogue One as part a battle that takes place on the tropical planet Scarif. But in the backyard of Colin Furze, an inventor from Stamford, England, the AT-ACT is just an innocent playhouse for his kids to play in.

Check out the Rogue One AT-ACT playhouse after the jump. Read More »

Sleepy Skunk 2016 Movie Trailer Mash-Up

The end of 2016 is nearly upon us, and over the next couple weeks, we’ll be looking back at the year in cinema with some retrospective lists of our own, including our favorite movies of the year. But before we get to that, one of those retrospective movie trailer mash-ups has just arrived from one of our favorite editors.

Sleepy Skunk has been delivering a year-end movie trailer mash-up for the internet to enjoy for a few years now, and his 2016 Movie Trailer Mash-Up just went live today. As expected, it’s a fantastic look back at the dozens of movies we saw this year. There’s the good (Arrival), the bad (London Has Fallen), the hotly debated (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), the completely forgotten (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and much more.

Watch the Sleepy Skunk 2016 Movie Trailer Mash-Up after the jump. Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back Honest Trailer

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting some theaters as early as tomorrow night and the early buzz painting quite a positive picture (along with David Chen’s video review and Peter Sciretta’s spoiler-free review), everyone is all about Star Wars this week. That includes the folks over at Honest Trailers who have decided to tackle what many Star Wars fans regard as the greatest film in the saga: The Empire Strikes Back.

Even outside of Star Wars fans, The Empire Strikes Back is largely considered to be one of the greatest sequels of all time, and as the Honest Trailer points out, it has become the lazy shorthand for anyone trying to hype up the darkness and quality of plenty of other sequels. Beyond that, the quality of this movie is so high that the voiceover guy knows it’s not going to be easy to make fun of this one.

Watch The Empire Strikes Back Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

Water-Powered Star Wars Speeder Bikes

While some of the technology that was once just the dream of sci-fi filmmakers has become real, most of what we’ve seen in the Star Wars universe is still just fantasy. Whether it’s ships that can travel at hyperspeed, lightsabers or space stations that can blow up entire planets, we just have to accept that some of these creations may never be real. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t come close to realizing some of our Star Wars dreams.

One of the most exciting sequences from Return of the Jedi is the speeder bike chase between Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and some Imperial Scout Troopers in the thick forests of Endor. While we’ve yet to create vehicles that can fly through the air like speeder bikes, thanks to the power of water, we have the next best thing.

Check out some awesome water-powered Star Wars speeder bikes after the jump. Read More »

Pigs In Space Alien Look Who's Coming To Dinner

I’m not entirely sure what is going on with The Muppets right now. The 2011 film The Muppets starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams put the Jim Henson-created puppet ensemble back in the mainstream. Sadly, the 2014 follow-up Muppets Most Wanted seemed like ten steps back. It lacked everything that was great about the previous film and instead tried to imitate some of the later not-so-good Muppet movies. Muppetvision 3-D has been removed from Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park while the franchise attempts to reboot the Muppet Babies to hopefully help indoctrinate a new generation with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and their friends.

So where does that leave the franchise? It looks like Disney hopes to continue The Muppet brand through online digital short films. A new Muppets short film has been released on YouTube. The first episode of Pigs In Space in more than 20 years takes on Alien. Hit the jump to watch it now.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Catch Me If You Can - Best Opening Credits Sequences

For some movies, the opening credits are just a mundane way to remind the audience who is in the movie and give credit to a handful of the key crew members who helped make it. But for others, the opening credits not only deliver that information, but they do so in a stylish way that sets the tone for the story that’s about to unfold, even providing integral pieces that set the stage for what’s to come.

For cinephiles, a truly memorable opening credits sequence can be hard to come by, but there are plenty of them out there, and not just in the James Bond franchise. A new countdown video attempts to name the 10 best opening credits sequences in movies, and it will surely spark a bit of a debate for those who have their own favorite credits sequences. Read More »