This week, Microsoft released CaptionBot, the company’s attempt at showcasing the capabilities of Microsoft Cognitive Services. The promise and potential of CaptionBot is immense. By using natural language capabilities and image recognition software, CaptionBot can analyze any image and tell you what is happening within. CaptionBot joins How Old Do I Look? and What Dog? as Microsoft bots that have gained some amount of viral notoriety over the past couple years.
While CaptionBot can sometimes be startlingly accurate, it is clear there are still a few kinks to work out. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would analyze still images from some of the best films of 2015. The results are mostly bizarre, often hilarious, and sometimes profound. Note: All of the following captions were created by uploading images straight to CaptionBot.
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Long takes are such a rarity in cinema it seems that we always have to point out when there’s an especially impressive shot in a film or television show without any cuts. Whether it’s a movie like Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu‘s Oscar-winning Birdman or The Revenant or a real superhero sequence like in the first season of Daredevil, you can’t help but marvel at how these single takes are pulled off.
However, as beautiful and breathtaking as long takes on film are, they aren’t necessarily always a good thing. A new video essay dives into what a long take can’t accomplish on screen, which is perhaps why editing is preferable beyond the technical difficulty of pulling off a long, single take. Watch the video essay about long takes in movies after the jump. Read More »
Even though The Revenant took home plenty of awards leading up to the Oscars, and ended up earning a Best Director award for Alejandro G. Inarritu, it was Spotlight that ended up going home with the top prize, and deservedly so (Mad Max: Fury Road would have been a fine recipient as well). Thankfully Leonardo DiCaprio ended up winning Best Actor too, so all is right with the world.
The Revenant is on the way to home video next month, so now’s the perfect time for the Honest Trailer to skewer the movie that is easily described as epic Oscar bait. The movie was specifically given mercy in the Best Picture nominee round-up from Honest Trailers earlier this year, but now they’re not holding back. Check out The Revenant Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
At one time the Tauntaun sleeping bag inspired by The Empire Strikes Back was just an April Fool’s Day joke. But ThinkGeek got such positive response from their gag that they turned it into a real product that you can buy right now. However, we don’t imagine the same thing will happen with The Revenant sleeping bag, as imagined in this advertisement put together by Funny or Die. Cutting into a Tauntaun for warmth is kinda gruesome, but it’s nothing compared to getting inside a bloody, dead horse, mostly because it’s a real animal. Watch! Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In many cases, the 2016 Academy Awards played out as many pundits predicted. Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar. Alejandro González Iñárritu won his second Best Director statuette in as many years. The Big Short and Spotlight snatched up the screenplay awards. Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander walked away with acting trophies. If you went to Vegas and put your money where the awards season pros told you to put it, you had a fairly solid night.
But the craziest and most contentious Oscars in years still had its fair share of snubs and surprises. Surefire winners stayed in their seats while dark horses took the stage. Small films came out of nowhere to win awards over gigantic competition. A genuinely bad song managed to win its category over a bunch of other mostly bad songs. The winner of Best Picture only won one other award. And through it all, Mad Max: Fury Road rode shiny and chrome, picking up more honors than any other film.
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Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The 88th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and this looks to be one of the most contentious ceremonies in years. There are no clear frontrunners in more than a few categories and many of the major nominees have as many detractors as they do boosters. For those who take an interest in awards season, it’s a rollercoaster. A glorious, insane, and frequently infuriating rollercoaster.
And while we here at /Film are not professional awards prognosticators, we are going to dive into this race head-on like the spirited amateurs that we are. We have put aside what we want to win and and have started focusing on what we think will win (which is easier said than done, because we’re team Mad Mad: Fury Road around these parts). We’re going to predict this year’s winners – and whoever gets the most right is going to win a shiny non-prize.
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Last night, our friends across the pond handed out their equivalent of the Academy Awards with the British Academy of Film and Television handed out their awards known as the BAFTAs. Taking home another big prize was The Revenant, winning Best Film, along with director Alejandro G. Iñárritu taking home Best Director. This doesn’t necessarily change its chances for Oscar glory in a couple weeks, but it certainly doesn’t hurt them. Find out all the winners after the jump. Read More »
Lately there have been some shake-ups in the race towards the Academy Awards. Even though The Revenant won Best Drama at the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild gave their award to The Big Short and the Screen Actors Guild gave their top prize to Spotlight. However, the awards love has gone back to the aforementioned Golden Globe winner after the Directors Guild crowned Alejandro G. Iñárritu and The Revenant with the top feature film award.
In addition, the winner of the first-time feature film director award, a new prize this year, went to a most deserving filmmaker. But to find out who that is, you’ll have to hit the jump. Read More »
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The Revenant may have had a tough shoot – have you heard about that yet? – but all the tough work is paying off. Not only did the epic revenge tale score 12 Oscar nominations, it’s also playing well with critics and audiences. Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s picture is a success and, more than that, a technical marvel. We already shared about 45 minutes worth of behind-the-scenes footage from the film, but you can now also watch Iñárritu deconstruct an intense scene from The Revenant below.
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Not too long ago, we featured a batch of nine featurettes from the Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated frontier epic The Revenant, each diving in to nearly every facet of production. And now to keep those with questions about the making of The Revenant satisfied, 20th Century Fox has released a 45-minute documentary that shines some light (only natural though) on the shooting process. It’s a fantastic glimpse behind the scenes. Read More »