“There are only two emotions – pleasure and pain.” Lessons from the Screenplay gives two reasons why Game of Thrones remains fresh and engaging: its scenes often have a simple flow, but every now and then the show will break from convention to keep us guessing.
(PG-13, SPOILERS) Wisecrack uses The Society of the Spectacle to summarize Black Mirror: social media and ads encourage us to subscribe to a commercialized and self-fulfilling form of validation, instead of acknowledging our individuality and imperfections.
Now You See It reminds us that the clothing of characters in movies are meticulously chosen or made, and not just in superhero or fantasy films. From blending in with the setting to reflecting a character’s story, costumes offer viewers many clues to better understand a film.
“The mysterious thing about telling stories is that it ends up changing you.” Lessons from the Screenplay relays how co-director Pete Docter and the rest of the story team for Inside Out got stuck in a rut, and how they eventually figured out how the movie would play out.
(PG-13: Language) No Small Parts creator Brandon Hardesty has a spinoff of his fantastic film essays. In It Wasn’t That Bad, he looks at box office flops and critically panned movies with the same well-researched analysis that we’ve come to enjoy. First off, Drop Dead Fred.
(SPOILERS) “Using an exploration of where we might be, to explore where it seems like we’re heading, in order to reveal exactly where we are.” CineFix compiles their favorite sci-fi films. They chose lots of obvious classics, but they also tipped their hat to many modern films.
(SPOILERS, Gore) CineFix compares the underrated Edge of Tomorrow aka Live Die Repeat with its manga counterpart All You Need is Kill, which is a more faithful adaptation of the eponymous light novel. The movie cut a lot of corners, but it’s still a great film.
In 2008, Marvel gambled on an unfinished script, an unproven director, a controversial actor and a B-list character. It went on to become a stepping stone and a blueprint for success that even Marvel has forgotten to follow. Films&Stuff looks back to Iron Man.
(Gore) Kaptainkristian highlights what David Fincher so deftly hides: the director’s extensive use of CGI and other digital effects in his films. From the Winklevoss twins to digitally perfected hair, Fincher stealthily bends reality in service of the story.
Blade Runner is one of the most visually influential films of all time, but there’s also much to be said about the film’s sound design, which seamlessly blends Vangelis’ score with atmospheric audio. Nerdwriter1 points out just how integral sound is to this 1982 masterpiece.