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Hidden Meaning in The Truman Show

Hidden Meaning in The Truman Show

(PG-13: Language) Wisecrack’s alien film critic Garyx Wormuloid takes on Peter Weir’s sci-fi classic, The Truman Show. Despite the overabundance of jokes in the video, it still does a good job of explaining the movie’s theme.

Fahrenheit 451 (Teaser)

Fahrenheit 451 (Teaser)

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon star in this HBO movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel about a bleak future in which so-called “firemen” burn books to control the minds of the people. Drops May 2018.

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You Know It’s Stanley Kubrick If…

You Know It’s Stanley Kubrick If…

(PG-13, Gore) ScreenPrism breaks down the trademarks of a Stanley Kubrick film, from scenes and shots that were symmetrical and clean, yet cold and unnerving, to their pessimistic view of technology and humanity.

Blade Runner 2049: VFX Breakdown

Blade Runner 2049: VFX Breakdown

We’ve seen how they made some of the eye candy in Blade Runner 2049, but this 10-minute clip from VFX house Framstore offers a plethora of effects breakdowns from Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction spectacular, from close-up character work to giant CGI set pieces.

Cassette Tape Movie Posters

Cassette Tape Movie Posters

Jordan Bolton Design makes movie and TV show posters that look like stacks of cassette tapes. The title and cast are on the cassette tapes’ spines, each with a different retro design. The typography definitely feels dated and clunky, but appropriate in this context.

A Quiet Place (Trailer)

A Quiet Place (Trailer)

A family tries its best to keep quiet in a post-apocalyptic world haunted by mysterious creatures that attack anything that makes a sound. John Krasinski stars and directs alongside Emily Blunt in this intriguing supernatural horror film.

Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary T-shirt

Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary T-shirt

Marvel Studios celebrates its 10th anniversary in May 2018. They made this graphic tee to commemorate its successful decade. It lists all of its movies, from Iron Man to Ant-Man and the Wasp. It’s also available as a long sleeve shirt, a sweater or a hoodie.

10 Brilliant Thrillers

10 Brilliant Thrillers

Looking for movies that will have you itching to know what happens next? Look no further than thrillers. CineFix presents its top 10 picks from the genre, from ones that dole out fear or absurd comedy to the ones about desire, conspiracy or simply the need to survive.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Outlier

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Outlier

After defining a movie act and looking at the oft-used three-act structure, Lessons from the Screenplay looks at a film that breaks those conventions. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has an odd structure, but each act has a self-contained story that keeps the film engaging.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Trailer)

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Trailer)

The Avengers now have two size-shifting heroes. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas reprise their roles in Ant-Man and The Wasp. The titular heroes team up to overcome an equally high-tech adversary that can render herself intangible.

The Avengers: Defining an Act

The Avengers: Defining an Act

Spurred by David Fincher’s comment that Marvel’s three-act structure is constricting and formulaic, Lessons from the Screenplay sets out to define what exactly an act is, using The Avengers as an example before even beginning to issue a verdict on how Marvel uses acts.

Pacific Rim Uprising (Trailer 2)

Pacific Rim Uprising (Trailer 2)

(PG-13) “Someone let them in. Someone from our world.” The latest trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising shows that our young heroes are thrust reluctantly into their roles when the kaiju unexpectedly return. Premieres 3/23/18.

The Work of Hiromasa Yonebayashi

The Work of Hiromasa Yonebayashi

“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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Tomb Raider (Trailer 2)

Tomb Raider (Trailer 2)

The second trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot wants to prove just how faithful it is to the spirit of the video game reboot. In other words, prepare to wince and gasp in what appears to be one long quicktime event. Mash the X button, Lara! Mash!

How Streaming Services Ruin Movies

How Streaming Services Ruin Movies

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.

Fake Shemps and Rogue Princesses

Fake Shemps and Rogue Princesses

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.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far… (Teaser)

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far… (Teaser)

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.

The Shape of Water VFX Reel

The Shape of Water VFX Reel

(Spoilers) A look at some of the visual effects used in Guillermo Del Toro’s wonderful film, and how VFX artists used green screen, CGI, and other techniques to not only create the amphibian man, but to magically transport viewers in place and time.

Strangely Translated Movie Titles

Strangely Translated Movie Titles

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.

Beirut (Trailer)

Beirut (Trailer)

Jon Hamm stars as a U.S. diplomat in 1982 who gets caught between a rock and a hard place. He’s tasked to negotiate the release of his colleague from the terrorist group that killed his wife, in exchange for the release of a deadly terrorist leader. Premieres 4/13/18.

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Red Sparrow (Trailer 2)

Red Sparrow (Trailer 2)

“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.

Blade Runner 2049: Humanity’s Evolution

Blade Runner 2049: Humanity’s Evolution

(SPOILERS) Jack’s Movie Reviews made this great summary of the underappreciated Blade Runner 2049. He looks at how Joe, Luv, Deckard and the other main characters serve as answers to the movie’s central question: what it means to be human.

Blockers (Trailer)

Blockers (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) John Cena and Leslie Mann play neighbors who find out that their respective daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night. They’re willing to do anything to stop that from happening. We dare you to watch this with your family.

The History of Shrinking People

The History of Shrinking People

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.

The Most Original Films

The Most Original Films

(PG-13, Gore) CineFix picks its top five most innovative and unique films of all time. Whether its technological pioneers, or ones with left field stories, arresting presentations, uniquely cinematic or utterly experimental.

The Open House (Trailer)

The Open House (Trailer)

“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.

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