“Not to pursue reality, but to replicate an impression of emotions.” Channel Criswell pays homage to former Studio Ghibli animator and director Hiromasa “Maro” Yonebayashi. Maro-sama’s work uses the surroundings and objects to reflect a character’s inner state.
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Just because you’ve got a widescreen doesn’t mean you’re seeing movies the way they were filmed. Many films were shot in an even wider aspect ratio, and streaming services are cutting off the edges to make them fit without black bars. Patrick (H) Willems explains.
It’s one of our pet peeves – replacing actors in the middle of a TV series or in movie sequels as if nothing happened. Writer Rex Sorgatz takes a look at this Hollywood monkey business, and how digitization could allow actors to keep performing long after they die.
Joaquin Phoenix plays the late cartoonist John Callahan. A car accident left Callahan a quadriplegic at age 21. Already an avid drinker, he turned to the bottle to save himself. But along the way, he also discovered his talent for making funny cartoons. Premieres 5/11/18.
Did you know that Thor: Ragnarok had the awesome title Mighty Thor: Battle Royale in Japan? Abroad in Japan looks at this and 20 other movies which had oddly translated titles, some which worked better than others. We love Phantom Thief Gru and the Moon Theft.
“Every human being is a puzzle of need. You must become the missing piece, and they will tell you everything.” Jennifer Lawrence stars as a Russian spy specializing in seduction and manipulation. Her loyalties are tested when she falls for a CIA agent. Premieres 3/2/18.
The movie Downsizing might have come up a little short in both its reviews and box office take, but it did succeed in the VFX department. Here, the film’s effects supervisor Jamie Price walks us through the history of shrinking people down on the big screen.
“Death – it’s like it moves in and never leaves.” After the death of her husband, a woman and her son move in to a relative’s vacation home, which is currently being sold. And there might be a good reason why they’re selling the place. On Netflix starting 1/19/18.
Pop Chart Lab’s scratch-off chart is a great way for cinephiles to check which of the classics they’ve already seen. The poster measures 18″x 24″ and contains tiny posters of 100 great films, including The Best Years of Our Lives, Do the Right Thing and Spirited Away.
(SPOILERS) Dunkirk is already an exercise in minimalism. But Like Stories of Old wanted to push the boundaries and see if it could work as a traditional and short silent film. The soundtrack and speed are jarring at first, but the result does feel like a complete film.
Celebrate some of the best and brightest films of the year with this excellent supercut from CLS Videos. The reel features great movies like Blade Runner 2049, Get Out, Baby Driver, and The Shape of Water, backed by a duo of great tracks by musicians Sparks and Nena.
“Everything has a price. The great struggle in life is coming to grips with what that price is.” Nope, that’s not Frank Underwood. And it’s not Kevin Spacey as oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty anymore. Christopher Plummer replaced the fallen star in Ridley Scott’s reshot biopic.
This Blu-ray box set features Christopher Nolan’s last seven movies – The Prestige, the three Dark Knight films, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk – remastered in 4K with HDR support. It also comes with discs for 1080p versions of the films as well as bonus features.
“What in god’s name is anybody gonna write to that?” Singer-songwriter Carol Connors spoke with Academy Originals about how they came up with Gonna Fly Now, the theme song for Rocky that has become inseparable with the movie and its famed museum steps scene.
“No rules this time.” Oscar winners Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro reprise their roles in the sequel to the tense Sicario. When drug cartels begin trafficking terrorists across the US-Mexico border, the American government unleashes mercenaries to fight back.
The Mother Box. The Ark of the Covenant. R2-D2. These are examples of a MacGuffin – something that the characters in a movie worry about but for which the audience doesn’t care, at least not at first. Just Write outlines five ways that it can be used to good effect.
(PG-13: Language) The Royal Ocean Film Society credits the success of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight to director Richard Linklater’s willingness to have a conversation with stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy on how best to flesh out the characters.
Miles Morales makes his way to the big screen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The computer animated film is based on the 2014 Spider-Verse comic books, where Spider-Men from different universes teamed up to stop a powerful villain. Premieres 12/25/18.
Video cameras move in six basic ways: pan, tilt, roll, push (or pull), track and crane. They can be combined, performed at different speeds, and cut into each other. But each one is rich enough on its own. CineFix presents its picks for the best use of each basic movement.