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Movies

Hidden Meaning in Clueless

Hidden Meaning in Clueless

(PG-13) Wisecrack’s Garyx Wormuloid looks back at an Earthling cult classic: Amy Heckerling’s sweet and smart teen movie Clueless. He enumerates Cher Horowitz’s epiphanies while poking fun at the movie’s heavy-handed foreshadowing.

Science Fiction of Social Fears

Science Fiction of Social Fears

“The human way is violence and death.” Like other excellent examples of fantasy and science fiction, the Planet of the Apes movies urge us to look inward. ScreenPrism points out how the franchise’s movies served as signs of their times.

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Costume Design in Movies

Costume Design in Movies

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.

Brilliant Movie Crimes

Brilliant Movie Crimes

(PG-13, Gore) CineFix celebrates the 25th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs by building a list around it. Watch them tick off their favorite movie crimes and its parts: the plan, the members, the getaway etc. And no, City on Fire is not in it.

Borg/McEnroe (Trailer)

Borg/McEnroe (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) Shia LeBeouf stars as tennis legend John McEnroe in this Swedish biographical drama about the famous rivalry between the outspoken and crafty McEnroe and the reclusive and athletic Björn Borg.

Telling a Story from the Inside Out

Telling a Story from the Inside Out

“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.

Check It (Trailer)

Check It (Trailer)

(PG-13) “Equality and Opportunity Worth the Fight.” Louis CK is hosting Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer’s documentary Check It on his site. The film is about the eponymous gang-turned-foundation that was created by gay African-American teens in Washington DC.

The Greatest Showman (Trailer)

The Greatest Showman (Trailer)

“…show business? I’ve never heard of it.” “‘Cause I just invented it.” Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in this feel good musical inspired by the world famous circus founder. Also starring Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya. Premieres 12/25/17.

Who’s Who in the Movie Credits

Who’s Who in the Movie Credits

Filmmaker IQ answers a ton of questions with this highly informative video that defines most of the roles that are listed in a movie’s credits. The video explains every position from producers to assistant directors to gaffers, key grips, ADR editors, and even crafties.

The Foreigner (Trailer)

The Foreigner (Trailer)

A businessman loses his daughter to a terrorist attack in the UK. Turns out he used to be a soldier (no way!), and starts hounding a British official for information about the terrorists. It’s Taken, but with Jackie Chan. Based on Stephen Leather’s The Chinaman.

Sofia Coppola: The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola: The Beguiled

Whether you think she’s underrated or overrated, we can’t deny Sofia Coppola’s eye for beauty, visual storytelling and willingness to evolve. ScreenPrism explores the filmmaker’s trademarks and how they show up in her movies.

Tense Movie Moments

Tense Movie Moments

“Suspense isn’t always about delay of the inevitable. It’s also about the anxiety that comes with predicting whether that inevitable will actually come.” CineFix shares its top 10 picks for tensest movie moments, from romance and drama to horror and action.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray

Better late than never. Warner Bros. will finally be releasing one of the best animated movies ever made in Blu-ray. This release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will be in 1080p in both 16:9 and 4:3 formats. Drops this summer.

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Goodbye Christopher Robin (Trailer)

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Trailer)

Domhnall Gleeson stars as Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne in this creative biography about the author’s family, and how his son inspired him to create a beloved cast of characters. And then the Jedi took everything from him. Premieres 10/13/17.

Shot Caller (Trailer)

Shot Caller (Trailer)

“The fact is, a place like this… forces us to become warriors or victims.” Nicolaj Coster-Waldau plays a businessman who gets sucked into a life of crime when he’s imprisoned for accidentally killing his friend. It’s like Breaking Bad condensed down to 2 hours. Premieres 8/18/17.

Jungle (Trailer)

Jungle (Trailer)

“Let’s go off into the jungle with a complete stranger.” Well said, crazy person. Daniel Radcliffe stars in this adaptation of Yossi Ghinsberg’s eponymous memoir about his experience getting lost and surviving in the Amazon.

Creating Light Amongst the Dark

Creating Light Amongst the Dark

(PG-13: Language) Lessons from the Screenplay wonderfully parallels the journeys of the main characters of True Detective and Se7en to break down arguably the most important aspect of fiction: the character arc.

Brilliant Science Fiction Films

Brilliant Science Fiction Films

(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.

I Lost the Magic

I Lost the Magic

(Flashing images) “Sometimes the only answer is that it got away from you.” The Royal Ocean Film Society reminds us that everyone – even the ones you look up to – makes enormous mistakes. Then he looks inward and wonders if this very video is one such example.

Edge of Tomorrow vs. All You Need is Kill

Edge of Tomorrow vs. All You Need is Kill

(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.

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Iron Man: How to Build a Franchise

Iron Man: How to Build a Franchise

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.

The Philosophy of Logan

The Philosophy of Logan

Logan’s spaghetti Western structure is blatantly obvious, but Wisecrack has a lot more to say about this excellent movie. Watch their video to find out how the film can be seen as a commentary on intellectual property and superhero movies.

David Lynch: Surrealist of Americana

David Lynch: Surrealist of Americana

“The strange within the familiar, and the reality within the dream.” ScreenPrism’s brief profile of filmmaker David Lynch. Like Stephen King, Lynch loves to expose the dark side of suburban American life. But he’s not out to condemn, only to show.

Title Drops

Title Drops

It must be some kind of a hot tub time machine… Editor Roman Holiday cut together this montage of 150 movie scenes in which characters mention the title of the movie itself. We’re just happy to see our personal favorite made the list.

Murder on the Orient Express (Trailer)

Murder on the Orient Express (Trailer)

Kenneth Branagh (and his incredibly distracting mustache) directs and stars alongside an all-star cast that includes Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley in this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel.

Arrival: Examining an Adaptation

Arrival: Examining an Adaptation

(SPOILERS) “The third version of a movie is always found in the editing.” Lessons from the Screenplay uses Arrival to examine the practical and artistic considerations for rewriting a book – or in this case a short story – to fit the big screen.

Logan Lucky (Trailer)

Logan Lucky (Trailer)

Oceans 11, 12, and 13 director Steven Soderbergh returns to the comedy heist genre with this flick about two brothers who orchestrate a robbery during the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 race. Stars two of our faves: Adam Driver and Channing Tatum. And yes, that really is Daniel Craig.

100 Movies 100 Numbers 100 Seconds

100 Movies 100 Numbers 100 Seconds

Editor ThorC1138 managed to find scenes from 100 different films in which a character spoke a different number between 1 and 100, then cut them together into a multi-movie countdown. We were really hoping for a rocket lift-off or a big explosion at the end.

Aki Kaurismäki: Hopeful Cynicism

Aki Kaurismäki: Hopeful Cynicism

(PG-13: Language) Channel Criswell outlines the philosophy of Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. Known for his dark and deadpan comedies, Kaurismäki is the anti-Wes Anderson – his movies find humor in the most miserable of conditions.

Wind River (Trailer)

Wind River (Trailer)

“This is the land of ‘you’re on your own.'” Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan makes his directorial debut with another crime thriller. Set in an Indian reservation in Wyoming, Wind River is about a local game tracker and an FBI agent investigating a bizarre death.

David Fincher: Invisible Details

David Fincher: Invisible Details

(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.

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