Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we celebrate the release of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by asking “What is your favorite young adult or children’s book adaptation?” Read More »
Typically, the end of October and start of November signals the heart of autumn: crisp air, falling leaves, Halloween, pumpkins (David S. or otherwise), and the proliferation of pumpkin spice flavors applied to every type of food imaginable. But it’s 103 degrees in Los Angeles today and there are at least more 100-plus degree days on the horizon, so please forgive me if I’m not quite in the spirit of the season yet.
When I’m done shaking my fist at the heavens, I’ll go inside and try to drown my weather-related sorrows in a solid batch of Netflix movies. movies. Luckily, we have a list of all of the TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in November 2017, and we’ll highlight a few of them that are worth cramming in before this month comes to a close.
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It’s almost time for the new year, and you can ring in 2017 by checking out a bunch of new movies that are hitting Netflix. There are some classic contemporary films from comedy, sci-fi and horror coming to the streaming service, as well as all of the Superman movies that arrived before the DC Extended Universe came into existence. There are also some Netflix originals coming next month, including the series adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Check out all the TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in January after the jump. Read More »
We often publish best of lists on this site, but this one is different — this one is more special to me. Ever since I was a little child, I’ve always been fascinated with magic and illusions. After seeing David Copperfield‘s television specials as a kid I was gifted a magic set produced by Fisher Price (which was awesome by the way) and became obsessed with the art form. While I wouldn’t consider myself a serious magician, I do perform a few magic tricks every once in a while for family and friends.
And what initially pulled me into film geekdom is not what you might expect: the old movie magic specials that used to play on television. Those TV shows would show how Hollywood created illusions using, for the most part, practical effects, make-up and miniatures. Not that I didn’t watch movies like every other child, but it was the art of making the impossible possible that is responsible for sucking me deep into the world of cinema.
So come with me as I count down my favorite movies involving magicians in the best magic movies of all time.
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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This weekend sees the release of The Brothers Grimsby, the latest comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen. And here’s the thing about Mr. Cohen – even when I don’t love his movies, I find him fascinating. From his early career as a television prankster who roped real people into interacting with his fictional characters, to his Hollywood career, where he worked with directors like Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, he has never shown us a half-measure. Cohen is a performer who commits to his characters and his concepts like no one else.
And since his new movie is on the horizon, this certainly feels like the perfect opportunity to run down his finest moments on screen.
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Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
This week brings the release of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, a film that is, in a weird way, based on another film — it’s inspired by an urban legend that has surrounded Fargo for years. The connection between these two films is undeniably unique, but the idea of making movies about other movies isn’t.
Below, we present a list of films about films. By that, we don’t simply mean films that remake or reference other movies, or films about the filmmaking process, but movies that center around other movies that actually exist in our world. Read More »
Briefly: There are only a few hours left, but Martin Scorsese‘s 3D family film Hugo is currently available to download, for free, in Apple’s iTunes Store. Some international countries have Chris Columbus‘ comedy hit, Home Alone, free as well. Click here for Hugo and here for Home Alone to see if it applies to you. [It might even be worth just hitting the “Buy” button anyway cause then it’ll be part of your Apple Cloud forever.]
Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
When Hugo opened late last year, critics and audiences were bowled over by its masterful use of 3D. But it’s doubtful even the most diehard Martin Scorsese fan was as impressed as neuroscientist Bruce Bridgeman, who quite literally saw the world differently after watching the movie.
The 67-year-old man had lived his entire life “stereoblind,” or unable to perceive depth correctly. In the first moments of watching Hugo in 3D, however, something clicked. Bridgeman was surprised to notice the characters leaping out from the screen, in a way he’d never seen before. And better yet, the effect stayed with him long after he walked out of the theater. Read on after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Martin Scorsese‘s beautifully crafted Hugo whisked viewers to 1930s Paris with seeming effortlessness, but of course the truth is that behind the scenes a ton of hard work went into making the end product look seamless. A new video today takes us past the curtain to show off some of the strenuous labor that went into transporting us into that charming universe — specifically, into the masterful 2-minute tracking shot that closes the film. Take a peek after the jump.
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The 84th annual Academy Awards have now concluded and the biggest winners were The Artist, which took home five total awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, Hugo, which won several technical awards, and Meryl Streep, who pulled the biggest Oscar upset since Crash beat Brokeback Mountain beating Viola Davis and taking home Best Actress for The Iron Lady.
If you want to read about the show itself, including Billy Crystal, The Dictator and all that, read our live blog. But if you just want the winners, they’re after the jump. Read More »