Recycled Movie Sets

While many film productions opt to shoot on a sound stage with a set specifically built for the movie in question, sometimes it’s just cheaper and easier to create a movie set at a location that already exists. It could be a diner, hotel, mansion, police station or anything. And sometimes, a certain location is just so good that it gets reused for a completely different movie, but you may not even recognize it.

Below you can check out a video that runs through 10 recycled movie sets that you might have seen in multiple movies. For example, did you know the interior of the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse can be seen as an auto shop in The Mask? Read More »


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Trek Wars Trailer

Another day, another variation on the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve seen the original Star Wars trilogy presented like The Force Awakens, and someone else decided to cut footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with the score for the trailer. Now one more has just arrived, and I’m surprised it took this long.

Trek Wars is a mash-up of J.J. Abrams‘ rebooted Star Trek franchise and the director’s tackling of the Star Wars saga with The Force Awakens. And it’s edited in such a way that it makes it feel like the two iconic sci-fi properties are at war with each other. Check it out! Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: jj abrams visual style
This morning I came across a well-edited video essay titled Star Wars – The Force of Abrams by Dan Fox (aka Hello Film Guy). The video is essentially an examination of filmmaker JJ Abrams‘ visual storytelling skills, theorizing how his methods might affect Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How will the JJ Abrams visual style affect the next installment of the Star Wars series? Find out after the jump.

Note: The video essay focuses only on visual style and doesn’t delve into the reoccurring plot devices or story beats of Abrams work. So you can feel free to watch this if you’re trying to avoid spoilers or speculation about the plot of The Force Awakens. That said, the video does use clips from the two released trailers.

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Star Trek lens flares

Yes, complaining about lens flares in filmmaker JJ Abrams‘ films is just as cliche as you can get at this point. But someone pointed me to this video by editor Dylan Browne who attempted to get the answer to the question: How many lens flares are in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movies, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. The video shows every single lens flare in a fast-forward montage of both films. So how many lens flares are in JJ Abrams Star Trek movies? Find out how many Star Trek lens flares occur in both films, after the jump.

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Star Trek Into The Darkness Blooper Reel

Paramount Home Video recently released Star Trek: The Compendium which collects JJ AbramsStar Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, alongside a collection of new extra features. One of the extras is the Star Trek Into The Darkness blooper reel, which is now available to watch online. Watch the hilarious six-minute Star Trek Into The Darkness blooper reel now embedded after the jump.

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Pacific Rim

The summer of 2013 has come and gone. We’ve reached that moment where movies we were so excited for only six months ago can begin to collect dust on our DVD shelves. If you know what’s good for you though, don’t let that happen. The filmmakers behind some of the summer’s biggest hits have gone to great care to infuse each release with plenty of behind the scenes extras to help enrich your enjoyment of each film. Extras like the three videos you’ll find below.

Below you can watch brand new visual effects breakdowns from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me. Read More »

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World's End taps

As the new year begins, it’s nice to have films to look forward to. Which is why we write lists of our own, personal, most anticipated films. Even more so than a top 10 list, anticipated lists showcase a writer’s personality. In an ideal world, these 10 movies would be 10 of our favorites when the year is over. More often than not though, the films we’re excited about are not the best we see. Most of the time, there are some really bad calls. Occasionally there are some really good calls. Which is why I like to own up to my list from the previous year and critique myself.

How right, or wrong, was I about my most anticipated films of 2013? Find out below. Read More »

Man of Steel

What a year 2013 has been for movie news. Fox, DC, and Marvel all dropped huge announcements about their respective comic book franchises, Lucasfilm passed the Star Wars mantle to J.J. Abrams, and Jurassic Park 4 finally picked up steam after years of false starts — all as the YA adaptations, Biblical epics, and live-action fairy tales continued to pile up.

But if you’re curious about the biggest things to come out of 2013, our list of the 15 most popular posts ought to help. As it happens, they also shed some light on you, our readers. Click the jump to see what the top posts of the year were, and what they may or may not tell us about all of you.

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Hobbit Unexpected Journey Bilbo

For illegal downloaders, the biggest film of 2013 wasn’t a 2013 film at all, but a big-budget fantasy epic from late 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of the most pirated movies of the past twelve months, beating out the likes of Django Unchained, Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3.

The massively budgeted, insanely popular Hobbit is a far less surprising “winner” than last year’s champion, the found-footage party comedy Project X. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few unusual results among the top 10 — like Gangster Squad, the little-seen, little-talked-about crime drama from January. Hit the jump to check out the list.

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