vegan food

Will providing a vegan food option at movie theaters in Los Angeles help save the planet? City councilman Paul Koretz thinks so, and he has the data to back him up. Citing several studies that draw a connection between the production of animal products and the negative effects of climate change, Koretz has introduced a motion that would require large entertainment venues, city parks, airport restaurants, and movie theaters to require vegan options for customers. Read More »

national film registry

The Library of Congress has announced its 25 new inductees to the National Film Registry, the archive that protects and preserves “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” to American film history. As of 2018, there are 727 films in the registry — a surprisingly small amount considering cinema’s rich and long history.

This year’s annual selection of inductees has an even mixture of blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation and independent films that span 107 years, from 1898 to 2005. These films include Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, and more.

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Female-Led Movies

The results are in: female-led movies sell. For years, producers have assured us that female-driven films just don’t perform well at the box office. But if that was true once, times are changing. A new study finds that female-led movies outperformed male-led films at the box office between 2014 and 2017. Hopefully, the powers-that-be in Hollywood will take notice of this, and start giving the greenlight to even more female-driven flicks.

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streaming commercials

What’s the one thing everyone loves about watching TV? That’s right – commercials! Oh, wait, no. That’s not true at all. But commercials pay the bills, and as streaming becomes more prominent than traditional TV, streaming services want in on that phat commercial cash. But how do you add commercials to a medium that is typically commercial free, without angering your subscribers? Some streamers think they’ve found the solution: playing commercials when viewers hit pause in between binging.

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4DX movies

Since the earliest days of the film industry, movie studios have had two options: adapt or die. But this latest step from one of the biggest studios in the game could be a leap in the wrong direction.

Sony Pictures has announced that thirteen of its films will be released in the 4DX format next year. 4DX movies are the ones in which your seat shifts underneath you and you’re pummeled with smells, blasts of air, and drops of water based on what is happening on screen. You know what this means: get ready to be neuralized for real during Men in Black International. Read More »

New MoviePass Monthly Plans

Just when you thought MoviePass had sold its last ticket, the movie ticket subscription service has one last gasp of breath.

In an effort to show the millions of customers who have fled the service that they’ve changed and won’t be the shady, policy-changing company that we’ve come to know them as, MoviePass is trying to make amends by offering a new series of tiered monthly plans, each offering different kinds of access to movie tickets. But will it be enough to save MoviePass? Read More »

funimation hulu

Hulu just got a leg up over Netflix in the streaming wars. The streaming platform just landed a landmark first-look deal with Funimation, the anime distributor which earlier this fall made news for ending its longtime partnership with the niche anime streaming service Crunchyroll. Now it seems like Funimation has traded up for Hulu, giving the latter more ammunition in the increasingly fraught war for anime content. Or should I say…anime-nition? (I’m sorry.)

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WarnerMedia - FilmStruck Replacement

Cinephiles were rather upset that WarnerMedia was shutting down the movie streaming subscription service FilmStruck, many of them prominent filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright, Barry Jenkins, Kathleen Kennedy, Christopher Nolan and more. But the media giant reassured movie lovers that they would have a new iteration of FilmStruck coming sometime in 2019, though it might not go by that name.

Now the first details have emerged on the FilmStruck replacement, which WarnerMedia is creating as a way of reaching back out to cordcutters who have turned away from the traditional cable and satellite television services. But will it offer the kind of movies that FilmStruck subscribers loved? Read More »

Marvel shows on Disney

Last night, Netflix cancelled Daredevil, leaving only Jessica Jones and The Punisher as the final Marvel shows on that streaming platform. But there have been some not-so-subtle hints that Daredevil will return in some capacity, so let’s look at the future of The Man Without Fear and address the speculation that the show might make the jump from Netflix over to Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. Read More »

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Villains with facial scars

For as long as I can remember, scars have been used as a visual shorthand for villainy in movies. I can’t count the number of henchmen I’ve seen who have scars across one eye, and major characters like Le Chiffre from Casino Royale, The Joker from The Dark Knight, and Kylo Ren from the new Star Wars trilogy are recent examples which prove that shorthand is still regularly used today.

But the British Film Institute, or BFI, is trying to combat the negative stigma associated with disfigurement: the organization has announced that it will no longer provide funding for films that include villains with facial scars. Read More »