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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.

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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.

Making Movie Natural Disasters

Making Movie Natural Disasters

Movies and TV shows use a mix of practical, optical, and digital visual effects to simulate natural disasters. Insider compiled behind-the-scenes footage from eight movies where VFX pros brought storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other acts of Mother Nature’s fury to life.

The Supercut

The Supercut

Béla Films’ montage starts out with a seemingly random array of classic movie and TV moments, but transitions around the 1-minute mark into a thrilling action sequence, painstakingly edited together in time with the music. We love how seamlessly the edit moves from car chase to foot chase to fist fight.

How Movies Make Fake Drugs

How Movies Make Fake Drugs

Drug usage is frequently depicted in movies and TV shows, but actors obviously aren’t really snorting coke or shooting up heroin. Insider spent some time with prop master Joel Barkow to learn about the creative techniques involved in making realistic-looking fake drugs that are safe for actors to handle and even ingest.

Lamb (Trailer)

Lamb (Trailer)

If Valdimar Jóhannsson’s movie Lamb lives up to its intense trailer, it looks like it’s gonna be one wild ride. It follows the story of a childless couple in Iceland who adopt a newborn lamb on their farm, but after they start treating the animal as a member of the family, it may just end up ripping them apart.

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 included the track, with a few video game clips tossed in for fun.

The Odd and Curious Life of The Rocketeer

The Odd and Curious Life of The Rocketeer

Joe Johnston has directed hits including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji, and Captain America: The First Avenger. In 1991, he shot The Rocketeer, a retro superhero flick. The Royal Ocean Film Society looks back at the lighthearted adventure, celebrates Johnston’s achievements, and the commonalities in his movies.

The End

The End

Filmmaker and editor Fabrice Mathieu created this brilliant and artful short film as a tribute to the cinema. Each vignette is entirely composed of looped GIFs, arranged together for their similarities in story, mood, composition, scenery, or other connections.

The Green Knight (Trailer)

The Green Knight (Trailer)

A fantasy retelling of the story of Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s rebellious nephew, and his quest to defeat the Green Knight. Dev Patel portrays the young knight, who tangles with ghosts, giants, grifters, and other baddies on his mission to prove himself and end the Green Knight’s reign of terror. In theaters 7.30.2021.

Line by Line Art

Line by Line Art
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Mike Matola creates amazing works of art by writing down the scripts from movies and lyrics from songs, carefully spacing the words and characters in such a way to create portraits. His shop includes prints inspired by The Princess Bride, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more. Time-lapse video by Cory Garcia.

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Former Bank Robber Rates Movie Heists

Former Bank Robber Rates Movie Heists

Before turning his life around, Cain Vincent Dyer used to rob banks. In fact, he robbed over 100 of them in two years. Now, Cain is a motivational speaker and life coach. In this video from Insider, he watches 11 bank heist scenes from movies, and breaks down how realistic or likely they each are.

Making Cameras Disappear

Making Cameras Disappear

There are lots of movie scenes that incorporate mirrors or other reflective surfaces, yet we can’t see the camera or the crew in them. Just how does this movie magic work? Film essayist Paul E.T. digs into some of the tricks that filmmakers use to keep equipment and people hidden from shots.

The Suicide Squad (Red Band Trailer)

The Suicide Squad (Red Band Trailer)

(PG-13) Writer/director James Gunn takes a moment away from his Guardians of the Galaxy gang to assemble another crew of misfits, only this time they’re the deranged members of DC’s Suicide Squad, a shady collection of baddies who will self-destruct if they misbehave while on missions. In theaters and on HBO Max 8.6.2021.

Army of the Dead (Teaser)

Army of the Dead (Teaser)

Writer/director Zack Snyder is behind this movie about a group of mercenaries (led by Dave Bautista) who venture to the Las Vegas Strip to pull off a massive heist. The big problem: it’s the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Oceans Eleven meets Dawn of the Dead hits Netflix on 5.21.2021.

The Simpsons Movie Honest Trailer

The Simpsons Movie Honest Trailer

We just looked it up on IMDb, and The Simpsons has been on the air for more than 31 years. Along the way, they’ve had their ups and downs, and in 2007, even had their own feature film. Screen Junkies offers their cynical take on the movie, which is now almost old enough to drive. Also, we are so down for Spider-Pig 3.

Napoleon Dynamite Horror Movie

Napoleon Dynamite Horror Movie

Napoleon Dynamite is one of our favorite movies of all time. But if you take its quirky characters out of context and combine their actions with the appropriate music, this cult classic comedy quickly becomes a freaky horror flick. Tobias Conrad performed the editorial surgery needed to give us just that movie.

Atoll K: The Fan Edit

Atoll K: The Fan Edit

In 1951, Laurel & Hardy made their final movie, Atoll K (aka Utopia). The production was a disaster, and the finished film a disappointment. Film buff Joe Ramoni at Hats Off Entertainment worked tirelessly to re-cut the best footage and replaced the soundtrack, resulting in a fun slapstick comedy reminiscent of the duo’s classics.

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Disney’s Cruella (Trailer)

Disney’s Cruella (Trailer)

The evil, puppy-hating villain of 101 Dalmatians must have gotten her start somewhere. Emma Stone stars as a young Miss Cruella de Vil as she rises from a mischievous grifter to downright wicked member of London society. Emma Stone stars and Craig Gillespie (I Tonya) directed this live-action Disney origin story.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Trailer 2)

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Trailer 2)

Director Zack Snyder is finally releasing the Justice League he wanted to make. This trailer sees Batman rallying his fellow metahumans after a premonition of a terrifying threat to Earth, and teases new footage, including more screen time for Cyborg, baddie Darkseid, and the return of Joker. Premieres on HBO Max 3.18.2021.

The Sparks Brothers: First Look

The Sparks Brothers: First Look

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) directed this documentary about musicians Ron and Russel Mael, aka Sparks. The enigmatic and criminally underappreciated duo has been defying conventions since the 1970s and continues to make compelling music today. It’s tentatively scheduled for release 10.2021.

Space Sweepers (Trailer)

Space Sweepers (Trailer)

This Korean sci-fi comedy follows the misfit crew of a spaceship who escape Earth’s impending destruction and attempt to make a living by salvaging space debris. After discovering a young stowaway, they realize she’s a valuable and dangerous target, and decide to demand a ransom for her return. Coming to Netflix 2.5.21.

Fill-in Filmography Print

Fill-in Filmography Print
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Pop Chart’s print makes a perfect gift for cinephiles, mapping out hundreds of classic movies by genre. Each film includes the year it was released, along with a circle to mark whether they loved it, liked it, or merely watched it. It measures 36″ x 24″ and available unframed, framed, or mounted on a birch plywood panel.

Expert Rates Movie Weapons and Armor

Expert Rates Movie Weapons and Armor

As the curator of arms and armor at The Wallace Collection in London, England, Tobias Capwell is quite the expert on the subject. In this video from Insider, he provides his brutally honest opinion on the realism and historical accuracy of combat gear in movies and TV shows, from The Mandalorian to The Lord of the Rings.

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