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Enys Men (Trailer)

Enys Men (Trailer)

Writer/director Mark Jenkin’s gritty horror has the looks of a grainy old grindhouse film. It follows the tale of a wildlife volunteer working on a supposedly uninhabited island who descends into madness as reality and nightmares become one.

Horror Cinema: The Best Scary Movies of All Time

Horror Cinema: The Best Scary Movies of All Time
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Every film fanatic needs Taschen’s Horror Cinema on their bookshelf. This 640-page book catalogs some of the most notable horror movies of all time, along with common themes, tropes, and mythologies of the genre. Whether you’re into zombies, psychopaths, or other kinds of monsters, there’s something for every horror fan.

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The Man Behind the Monster Masks

The Man Behind the Monster Masks

Having designed and worked on creatures in movies from Galaxy Quest to Avatar to Hellboy, artist Jordu Schell knows a thing or two about mask making. WIRED sat down with the professional artist for a glimpse into his creative process, starting from a concept sketch to creating a finished monster mask.

Freezing Time in Movies

Freezing Time in Movies

Ever since The Matrix came out, visual effects that play with time have become more common. Insider explains how effects artists have slowed down and frozen time on screen in movies like X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Worst Person in the World using practical effects, high-speed photography, and CGI.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Trailer)

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Trailer)

American Crime Story’s Ryan Murphy and frequent collaborator Ian Brennan revisit the horrific crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer and the systemic failures that enabled him to murder 17 people over 13 years. Evan Peters stars as Dahmer with Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, Michael Learned, and Niecy Nash. The series drops 9.21.22.

The Fabelmans (Trailer)

The Fabelmans (Trailer)

Steven Spielberg’s latest is basically his own autobiography, as told through the eyes of a boy growing up in the 1950s who falls in love with the cinema and starts making his own home movies. The star-studded cast includes Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, and Judd Hirsch. In theaters 11.24.22.

Athena (Trailer)

Athena (Trailer)

After a soldier loses his youngest brother in an apparent police altercation, he returns home to help bring justice to the fallen. But things quickly escalate as the community wants revenge. Director Romain Gavras’ immersive Athena drops us smack-dab into the middle of a tense and chaotic scene. Coming to Netflix 9.23.2022.

Making Fake Money for Movies and TV

Making Fake Money for Movies and TV

There are lots of scenes in movies and TV shows where they show enormous stacks of cash. But there’s a fine line between on-screen realism and illegal counterfeiting. Insider takes a look at how prop companies produce fake bills, and one of the times they got in trouble for being too good at their jobs.

Paper Planes Sung by the Movies

Paper Planes Sung by the Movies

Thanks in large part to its interpolation of The Clash’s Straight to Hell, the track Paper Planes has one of the catchiest hooks ever. But M.I.A’s additions make it even better. The Unusual Suspect assembled 210 movie clips to make it appear look like they’re singing the song. The gunfire from Pulp Fiction is most effective.

The Greatest Beer Run Ever (Trailer)

The Greatest Beer Run Ever (Trailer)

Inspired by a true story, The Greatest Beer Run Ever follows a man who decides to support his friends fighting the war in Vietnam by delivering them real American beer. Zac Efron stars as the well-meaning pal who finds himself over his head, and learns some life lessons along the way. In theaters and on Apple TV+ 9.30.22.

Can Digital Movies Really Look Like Old Movies?

Can Digital Movies Really Look Like Old Movies?

David Fincher is known for his fastidious approach to filmmaking. He’s a staunch believer in digital technology and visual effects to bring his fiction to life. But when making a movie like Mank that’s supposed to look like it was shot in the 1940s, is digital better than analog? Video essayist CinemaStix explores the topic.

Hell’s Club 3: The Rise of Darkness

Hell’s Club 3: The Rise of Darkness

Movie remixer Antonio Maria Da Silva is back with the third part of his epic Hell’s Club series. The feature-length “love letter to cinema” combines footage of such diverse films as Wayne’s World, Saturday Night Fever, Gremlins, Amelie, and Legend. Join a star-studded cast for one more dance before the world goes to hell.

Moonage Daydream (Trailer)

Moonage Daydream (Trailer)

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (Cobain: Montage of Heck) directed this visual and auditory spectacle about the late, great David Bowie. Rather than present his life as a documentary, the film celebrates Bowie and his personas through concert and archival footage, some of which has never been seen before. In theaters 9.2022.

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Making Characters Fly in TV and Movies

Making Characters Fly in TV and Movies

Flying through the air is one of the most common powers wielded by superheroes and supervillains. Insider takes a look at the history of flying characters in TV and movies, and how improvements in special effects and stunt techniques have led to more and more believable flight on screen.

Paleontologist Breaks Down Dinosaur Movies

Paleontologist Breaks Down Dinosaur Movies

It’s obvious to most of us that Hollywood has taken some artistic license in its portrayal of dinosaurs in movies. Paleontologist Mark Loewen sat down with Vanity Fair to explain some of the major inaccuracies with the Jurassic Park franchise and other dinosaur flicks.

Toxicologist Rates Movies and TV Realism

Toxicologist Rates Movies and TV Realism

From snake venom to bad foraging to intentional poisonings, characters in movies and TV shows are often exposed to toxins. Insider asked medical toxicologist Dr. Cyrus Rangan to evaluate scenes for their accuracy. The video includes scenes from Game of Thrones, The Princess Bride, The Hunger Games, and Breaking Bad.

Don’t Stop Me Now Movie Montage

Don’t Stop Me Now Movie Montage

Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now is one of the most uplifting and energetic songs ever. Over the years, the track has found its way into various movie scenes, from superhero training montages to zombie takedowns. Editor Jovi Prava assembled a montage of scenes that incorporated the track, with a few video game clips tossed in for fun.

Monkey Kung Fu

Monkey Kung Fu

The Blu-ray reissue of the 1979 martial arts film Monkey Kung Fu is a Hong Kong cult classic from the Shaw Brothers. Weirdly wonderful, it involves gangs, a one-eyed criminal, mysticism, non-stop action – everything except actual monkeys as kung fu masters. The Blu-Ray of Shaolin Mantis is another amusing action gem.

Every Video Is an Illusion

Every Video Is an Illusion

Videos and film images aren’t moving at all. They’re just a collection of back-to-back frames that our brains stitch together to create the illusion of movement. Joe Hanson of the PBS series Be Smart takes a deep dive into the way that our eyes and minds process images and how motion picture devices work.

Tumbleweeds

Tumbleweeds

Commissioned by the Columbus Museum of Art, editor Duncan Robson created this fun montage of movie and TV scenes featuring tumbling tumbleweeds. He recently remastered the sequence to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and to bring the wonderful supercut to a new generation of viewers.

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Big Gold Brick (Trailer)

Big Gold Brick (Trailer)

Andy Garcia, Emory Cohen, Megan Fox, Lucy Hale, and Oscar Isaac star in this dark comedy about a promising young writer enlisted by an enigmatic man to write his biography. But it’s clear from the off-kilter trailer that there’s so much more to the story. In theaters, digital, and on-demand 2.25.2022.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

(PG-13) With films like A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, and The Shining to his credit, Stanley Kubrick was one of the greatest film directors to ever walk the earth. TheGaroStudios celebrates Kubrick’s mastery of visual and auditory storytelling through a montage of iconic scenes and monologues.

Movie VFX That Weren’t CGI

Movie VFX That Weren’t CGI

(Gore) So much of what we see in today’s action, science fiction, horror, and fantasy films is done with computer graphics. But WhatCulture points out 10 recent movie illusions that were created in-camera with practical effects and stunt work. We can’t believe they launched real appliances at the cars in F9.

Seinfeld’s Movie References

Seinfeld’s Movie References

Fans of Seinfeld know that the classic sitcom was loaded with pop culture references. Editor Yaron Baruch put together this video which compares scenes from the show with some of the movies it poked fun at. We didn’t realize that Newman (Wayne Knight) was really in those scenes from JFK and Basic Instinct.

Little Horrors: Gremlins

Little Horrors: Gremlins

Joe Dante’s 1984 Gremlins is a classic popcorn flick, packed with offbeat humor, gross-out gags, memorable monsters, and its share of charming moments. But In Praise of Shadows thinks it’s much more, establishing a whole new direction for how little creatures have been treated in horror and fantasy films ever since.

Midcentury Modern Movie Posters

Midcentury Modern Movie Posters
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Sandgrain Studio creates minimal posters inspired by classic motion pictures and TV shows. Using a clean and contained color palette of muted greens and oranges, they bring a quiet sophistication to everything from Robocop to The Big Lebowski to Back to the Future. They also make Star Wars, Avengers, and Lord of the Rings sets.

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