Thanos visual effects

13 visual effects vendors collaborated to make 18 digital characters for Avengers: Infinity War, and Josh Brolin‘s villainous Thanos is the most important of them all. The entire movie hinges on that performance, and if you don’t buy him as a living, breathing character, Marvel would have had their own Steppenwolf problem to deal with. Thankfully, Thanos ended up being one of the best CGI villains in cinema history – thanks in large part to the hard-working team at VFX company Digital Domain.

To promote the superhero sequel’s home video release, /Film was invited to take a tour of the company’s L.A. facility and learn the steps they took to bring the Mad Titan to life. I brought a couple of cameras along and put together an in-depth video about how the Thanos visual effects were created and incorporated into the movie.

This goes far beyond those videos that simply show a scene with one VFX layer at a time added into the final version. This is detailed stuff, and I hope you check it out below. Read More »

AMC Stubs A-List Review

AMC’s recently-announced Stubs A-List subscription is very exciting because it’s the first subscription service from a major chain to seriously compete with services like MoviePass and Sinemia. Sure, there’ve been pretenders to the throne like Cinemark’s Movie Club, but A-List’s value proposition actually poses some serious challenges to MoviePass’s domination of the subscription market. Below, you can watch my video review and read up on what’s great (and not so great) about A-List.
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On the April 24, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by special guest Frosty from Collider to talk about Disney’s presentation at CinemaCon 2018, which included sneak previews of Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Christopher Robin, Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Mary Poppins Returns, Dumbo, Aladdin, The Incredibles 2, Wreck It Ralph 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Lion King.

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Justice League - Aquaman

Warner Bros closed out the third day of CinemaCon with a presentation of their upcoming film slate, which included an Aquaman concept trailer, three clips from Wonder Woman, a slightly extended Justice League trailer, and a behind the scenes featurette for Blade Runner 2049 that featured a bunch of new footage. Read on to hear my thoughts on the lot of them.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reviews

Last night at CinemaCon 2017, Walt Disney Pictures screened Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to exhibitors and press packing the Coliseum in Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Is it possible that Disney is screening the fifth Pirates film two months early because they believe they have a good movie? While we were asked to not write a full review, we were allowed to publish a brief reaction.

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blade runner 2049 images

Every year in March, movie theater exhibitors gather in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, a convention spotlighting the newest advances in multiplex technologies and presentations from most of the major movie studios showcasing their film slates for the next year and beyond.

Tonight, CinemaCon kicked off with a presentation from Sony Pictures, showing off new footage and trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower, Jumanji, Baby Driver, Flatliners, Cadavers and Rough Night. Read on for our Sony CinemaCon 2017 presentation recap to learn what was screened and to hear our first impressions and reactions.

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Westworld Episode 5 Photos: The Adversary doctor ford in the park

Westworld Episode 6 “The Adversary” aired last night on HBO, and immediately afterward I hopped on Periscope with David Chen to have an informal conversation about the episode. David Chen, as you probably know, runs the popular Decoding Westworld podcast which every week provides a great in-depth and thought-provoking analysis. We are not doing that sort of thing here; instead, we are just chatting off the cuff and presenting theories, opinions, and thoughts.

For those of you who are watching Westworld every Sunday night, I thought you might get a kick of this informal, unofficial Westworld “aftershow” outside of the live boundaries of the Periscope format. So hit the jump and join us for our Westworld episode 6 discussion of “The Adversary.”

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The Muppets live show

Over the weekend, The Muppets new live show debuted at Disney World’s the Magic Kingdom. The Muppets Present The Great Moments in History has had its grand opening but if you can’t get down to Orlando Florida, don’t worry — we have videos of both of the different shows for you to watch remotely. Hit the jump to see The Muppets live show from Walt Disney World.

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Don't Breathe

I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie like Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe.

Don’t Breathe is a film in which I was so tense, I felt sore afterwards from how on edge I was. Don’t Breathe is a movie where the audience was so engrossed for the duration that I barely heard them make a peep or shift in their seats. Don’t Breathe is one of those movies whose jump scares actually make you physically jump and make embarrassing exclamations out loud in a theater full of strangers (the only other movie experience that even comes close this year is Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room).

Check out my video review of Don’t Breathe below and feel free to share your thoughts on the film below.
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Intertextuality

The Nerdwriter’s latest video “Intertextuality: Hollywood’s New Currency” takes a look at how Hollywood is using our nostalgia to play with our emotions in sequels, remakes and even original movies. Inspired by the recent record-breaking live-action Beauty and the Beast trailer (and heres a good side-by-side comparison that furthers the point of this video essay), Nerdwriter presents the idea of a new kind of currency in Hollywood movies called Intertextuality. Hit the jump to find out what Intertextuality is and watch the video essay.

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