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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There are many DC superhero movies coming in the next few years, but not that many directors attached. Zack Snyder will do the Justice League films, David Ayer is doing Suicide Squad and Michelle MacLaren is directing Wonder Woman. Beyond that, the rumors have started to swirl. Apparently Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on a wish list to do The Flash. Now word has leaked that Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the stunt coordinators-turned-directors who made John Wick, are also being sought to direct a DC film. Read More »

John Wick franchise

The Keanu Reeves action film John Wick could have been a one-and-done affair, but it looks like Mr. Wick will definitely be back again. Earlier this week the film’s writer/directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch said they had ideas for a sequel and . Now, during a studio earnings call, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer says they envision a John Wick franchise, which suggests multiple sequels, rather than just one. Read More »

‘John Wick’ Sequel Is “In Development”

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John Wick is thinking he’s back, again. Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have revealed that they’re in development on a sequel to the 2014 Keanu Reeves thriller, although details are scarce at the moment. After the jump, read their comments on a John Wick sequel.  Read More »

The Best Movie Animal Performances of 2014

Best Animal Performances of 2014

I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?

As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »

John Wick fight choreography

There’s some killer action in the Keanu Reeves film John Wick, in which Reeves plays a former assassin who gets back into his old mode after everything else in his life is torn away. At one point, the character ends up in a sort of safe haven for killers, where he runs across a killer named Perkins. Trouble is, Perkins, played by Adrianne Palicki, knows other people want Wick dead. And so they fight!

The film is available via digital release now, and we’ve got a great behind the scenes clip showing some of the John Wick fight choreography. Watch the breakdown of this fight scene below. Read More »

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IMDb’s Highest Rated Movies of 2014

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Every year around this time we take a look at the highest rated movies on IMDb. The movies are rated year round by IMDb users, and provides one of the largest sampling of mainstream public opinion on films. Find out the 40 top films on the IMDB best movies of 2014 list, after the jump.

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25 Movies to Watch During Thanksgiving Weekend 2014

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One of the many reasons we’re thankful for Thanksgiving is that it cuts the work week short, giving us twice as much weekend time to spend at the movies. And there’s no shortage of titles right now to spend that time on. The only question is where to start.

To help you answer that, we’ve put together a helpful guide that (we hope) covers every base. Hit the jump for our list of 25 movies to watch this Thanksgiving. Read More »

15 Movies to Be Thankful For This Year

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For the next few weeks, you’re going to be hearing a lot about how great a year for movies 2014 was. That’s true, but this is not that list — this isn’t our “best of 2014.” As it is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, we’ve come up with a list of movies from 2014  we should be thankful for. These are all good films, but each of them has something unique about them. Something that makes us thankful they exist.

So what does that mean? Well some of these films should probably not exist. Others should probably not have been good. And a few contained surprises, stories or topics that are simply miraculous for one reason or another. We’ll explain each below as we unveil the 15 films to be thankful for this year. Read More »