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Essential Films Scratch-off Chart

Essential Films Scratch-off Chart

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.

Dunkirk: The Silent Film

Dunkirk: The Silent Film

(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.

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Mom and Dad (Trailer)

Mom and Dad (Trailer)

“They brought you into this world. Now they’ll take you out.” The world turns to chaos for 24 hours because of a global mass hysteria where parents start murdering their own children. Nicolas Cage stars in the Home Alone for millennials.

Cinema Tribute 2017

Cinema Tribute 2017

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.

Why Love Never Works out in Star Wars

Why Love Never Works out in Star Wars

ScreenPrism talks about the reasons why romantic couples never last long in the Star Wars films. Whether it’s because the characters are too busy, noble or narcissistic, it seems the Force doesn’t want lovers to last.

All the Money in the World (Trailer 2)

All the Money in the World (Trailer 2)

“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.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Title Explained

Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Title Explained

(SPOILERS) Star Wars: The Last Jedi has several major themes. But ScreenPrism argues that it has two main subjects that are implied in its title. One is the demystification of the past, and the other is the meritocracy of greatness.

Christopher Nolan 4K HDR Blu-ray Set

Christopher Nolan 4K HDR Blu-ray Set

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.

The Story of the Rocky Theme Song

The Story of the Rocky Theme Song

“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.

Brilliant Movie Adaptations

Brilliant Movie Adaptations

More and more movies are being adapted from other forms of art, whether they be novels, plays or comic books. CineFix presents some of the best adaptations before picking its top five. And yes, Charlie Kaufman’s meta-adaptation makes the cut.

Sicario 2: Soldado (Trailer)

Sicario 2: Soldado (Trailer)

“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.

How MacGuffins Can Ruin Movies

How MacGuffins Can Ruin Movies

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.

The 15:17 to Paris (Trailer)

The 15:17 to Paris (Trailer)

Directed by Clint Eastwood, The 15:17 to Paris is an adaptation of a book about the 2015 Thalys train attack, in which three Americans risked their lives to subdue a gunman who opened fire in their train. Those same heroes star as themselves in the movie.

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The Before Trilogy: Conversations

The Before Trilogy: Conversations

(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.

Into the Spider-Verse (Teaser)

Into the Spider-Verse (Teaser)

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.

6 Brilliant Movie Shots

6 Brilliant Movie Shots

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.

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer)

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer)

“This is just a body. It’s not bad or good – that part’s up to you.” Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali star in this live action adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. It’s about a cyborg who is resurrected and becomes a bounty hunter.

You Were Never Really Here (Trailer)

You Were Never Really Here (Trailer)

A traumatized war veteran makes a living tracking down missing teenagers. Asked to rescue a senator’s daughter, he finds himself unraveling a conspiracy. Joaquin Phoenix stars in this brutal thriller hailed as the spiritual successor to Taxi Driver. Premieres 4/6/18.

Aladdin: How Can We Be Free?

Aladdin: How Can We Be Free?

“But oh, to be free… to be my own master.” ScreenPrism argues that Aladdin has a nice message about freedom. The heroes each have different kinds of freedom. In the end, they learn that to maximize their own freedom, they should help others be more free as well.

Batman Ninja (Trailer)

Batman Ninja (Trailer)

The Dark Knight is somehow transported to 15th century Japan. To his surprise, he finds medieval versions of some of his enemies and allies waiting for him. From Kill la Kill writer Kazuki Nakashima and Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki comes Batman Samurai Ninja.

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2017 Movie Trailer Mashup

2017 Movie Trailer Mashup

(PG-13: Language) We can hardly believe that the year is nearly over. So with that in mind, Sleepy Skunk is back with another glorious year-end roundup of all of the movie trailers he could get his hands on. In all, there are 231 individual movies – good, bad, and ugly.

Hidden Figures & Subplots

Hidden Figures & Subplots

Nearly all movies have smaller stories embedded around and within their main story. Lessons from the Screenplay uses the wonderful biopic Hidden Figures to show how subplots enhance the main plot when executed properly.

Brilliant Movie Sequels

Brilliant Movie Sequels

It’s been a while since CineFix made a list that riled up its fanbase. But here we go. The movie enthusiasts picked their five best film follow ups “of all time”, including direct sequels, reboots and spinoffs. Let’s just think of it as a conversation starter rather than a definitive list.

Retro VHS Night Lights

Retro VHS Night Lights

Etsy store NancysJars makes LED night lights out of old VHS tapes. You can customize the LEDs and the picture. The latter doesn’t have to be from a movie, but if it is the shop will do its best to use a tape of that movie to make the night light. It’s powered by AAA batteries.

Genocidal Organ (Trailer)

Genocidal Organ (Trailer)

(PG-13, Gore) A spy hunts the man behind sudden genocides in poor countries. An animated adaptation of Satoshi Ito’s novel, Genocidal Organ is as ominous, dense and action-packed as Metal Gear Solid. It’s no coincidence – Ito was Hideo Kojima’s friend.

A Study of “So Bad It’s Good” Movies

A Study of “So Bad It’s Good” Movies

Now You See It argues that awful movies entertain us beyond their obliviousness. He points out that the elements found in the Sharknados and The Rooms of the world – unrealistic acting, cheesy dialogue, outdated effects – are also used in good films.

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