The Best of the /Filmcast: Vol. 1

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This week, we bring you two of our favorite reviews from the archives: our reviews of Transformers: The Age of Extinction and Chappie.

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Transformers Franchise Recap

Transformers: The Last Knight is already playing in theaters around the world, but since most of the country isn’t heading out to see the movie until this weekend, there’s no better time to recap the history of Transformers in Michael Bay’s big screen franchise.

In the latest installment of the Transformers franchise, we learn from Sir Anthony Hopkins that there’s an entire secret history of Autobots working with humans through pretty much every time period of civilization. Thankfully, a new video recap reminds us everything we learned about the Transformers’ time on Earth, and it should come as no surprise to see that the new movie basically ignores all of that while trying to expand the mythology as well.

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Transformers Age of Extinction

Before we close the book on another year in film, Brandcameo has one more set of awards to hand out. But these aren’t for achievements in acting or directing or sound mixing. These are for all the product placements that cropped up in the movies last year, from Reese Witherspoon‘s REI boots in Wild to, well, the entirety of The Lego Movie.

The winner for most brands in a single film shouldn’t be hard to guess (I’ll give you a hint: it’s in the headline) but smaller films like Nightcrawler and The Theory of Everything apparently still found ways to squeeze in a few notable brand mentions. Find out who won the sometimes dubious honors in the 2015 Brandcameo Product Placement Awards after the jump.  Read More »

Michael Bay behind the scenes

We can accept that Transformers: Age of Extinction is no good and at the same time take pleasure in watching Michael Bay direct his cast and crew as they perform elaborately choreographed antics for his camera. In a new ten-minute video, Bay explains how he shot a number of different sequences in the latest Transformers film, and the techniques are all over the map. But this Michael Bay behind the scenes video makes one thing clear: its often small stuff that really sells a scene.

For example: One sequence uses a car suspended on cables and a soft foam tire that hits an actor in the face, but the important details are glasses flying off the stunt man’s face, and him spitting out a mouthful of goop to sell the force of the blow. Check out the video below. Read More »

The Highest Grossing Movies of 2014

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As the 2014 year has officially come to an end, I thought it would be nice to take a look at the highest grossing movies of 2014. How many of the top 10 grossing films had a superhero character? The answer is six. How many films in the top 30 grossing are not based on an existing property (adaptation, remake, reboot…etc) or a sequel? Only four! Hit the jump and you can find the top 50 grossing films of the year.

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YouTube Most Watched Trailers Of 2014

We saw some pretty major trailers in 2014. There were trailers for sequels 10, 20, even 30 years in the making; ones for mysterious passion projects; and trailers for adaptations of beloved books. But only one trailer gets to be the most major trailer of 2014. And it’s probably not the one you think it is.

The top movie might surprise you because its not Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Which movie trailer tops the YouTube Most Watched Trailers Of 2014 list? Find out after the jump.

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Transformers 4 editing

Post-production is frequently a total mystery to fans. Once is film is finished, sometimes a studio will release concept art or set photos showing us pre-production. We see the actual production on the screen and in lots of behind the scenes featurettes. But once filming is done, you’d think the movie was magically willed into existence with special effects, music and sound, all perfectly timed to specially selected shots.

Of course, that’s not the case. Post-production frequently takes much longer than either of the other two thirds of production, and is really where the film is found. You just don’t see the process because it all takes place behind closed doors. So it’s a rare treat anytime we get a glimpse at the post-production process on any movie. It’s especially exciting when we get the see how a big name filmmaker does it.

Which leads us to this awesome new video called “Transformers 4: The Final Touches.” In it, we see Michael Bay himself working with his editing team on the finishing touches of Transformers: Age of Extinction all the way up through the film’s premiere. Check out the Michael Bay Transformers 4 editing video below. Read More »

Terminator Transformers Mash-Up

Someone in Paramount’s marketing department, or perhaps at a poster design firm, really has a thing for fields of wheat, strong sun, and specific poses. Today we just saw the first poster for Terminator Genisys, on which Emilia Clarke, as Sarah Connor, faces away from camera, the head of a T-800 terminator in one hand. But that poster bears more than a passing similarity to the ad for another Paramount movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The two posters could be advertising one Terminator Transformers mash-up movie, like Terminator: Age of Extinction. Check out the comparison below. Read More »

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The Screen Junkies team isn’t always mean. When they’re genuinely impressed by a movie, they’re honest enough to say so. But if I’m being honest, it’s more fun to watch them rip a deserving target to shreds. And the Transformers: Age of Extinction Honest Trailer is truly a delight to behold.

The video tears into all the obnoxious, nonsensical, and downright stupid aspects of the Michael Bay-directed extravaganza, and even delves into some eye-rolling errors you might have missed. Hit the jump to watch the Transformers Age of Extinction Honest Trailer.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction hits Blu-ray and home video next week, and Paramount has given us an exclusive behind the scenes clip to premiere. I introduce the clip in a lead-in I shot over a year ago from the Hong Kong set constructed in Detroit Michigan. The clip shows how Jack Reynor learned stunt driving for his role as Shane Dyson. Paramount has also released some other behind the scenes clips from the Michael Bay film; watch those as well after the jump.

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