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Brilliant Movie Soundtracks

Brilliant Movie Soundtracks

CineFix presents its picks for the best movie soundtracks. There are soundtracks that seem like scores, familiar ones that evoke nostalgia, anachronistic soundtracks, ones that introduce us to new genres or artists, soundtracks that inspired the movie itself, and more.

Creed II (Trailer 2)

Creed II (Trailer 2)

“He broke things in me that ain’t never been fixed. It ain’t worth it.” Our latest look at Creed II shows that even Rocky himself is afraid of Ivan Drago’s son. If the younger Creed is to overcome Victor Drago, he needs to fight with a clear purpose.

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Dark Phoenix (Trailer)

Dark Phoenix (Trailer)

Nearly a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, Professor X’s team of mutants are sent on a mission in space. There Jean Grey is struck by a “mysterious cosmic force.” She is unable to control this unspeakable power, driving the team – and the world – into chaos.

Stripes in Movies

Stripes in Movies

Now You See It looks at the evolving meaning of stripes, particularly striped clothing, in history, art and fashion, and how these meanings translate into motion pictures. Striped clothing can indicate that the character is an outcast, a rebel, childish and more.

Nicolas Cage on His Famous Roles

Nicolas Cage on His Famous Roles

(PG-13: Language) Nicolas Cage has starred in more movies than there are atoms in the universe. The actor sat down with GQ to talk about some of his iconic characters, from Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas to Ben Gates in National Treasure.

Shirkers (Trailer)

Shirkers (Trailer)

In 1992, then teenager Sandy Tan and her friends made what may have been the first indie film in Singapore. But their director made off with all the footage. They talk about the effect the film and its disappearance had on their life in this critically-acclaimed documentary.

Stan & Ollie (Trailer)

Stan & Ollie (Trailer)

Stan & Ollie is a biographical drama about the legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. The film follows the two in the 1950’s. As they embark on a tour, health and politics threaten their careers and friendship. Starring Oliver Coogan and John C. Reilly.

Apostle (Trailer)

Apostle (Trailer)

(Gore) From The Raid franchise director Gareth Evans comes a super creepy period horror film. In Apostle, a man journeys to an island where a religious cult has taken his sister for ransom. Starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen. Premieres 10/12/18 on Netflix.

Captive State (Teaser)

Captive State (Teaser)

“Please rise to greet our Legislature.” The science fiction thriller Captive State explores a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an alien race enforces their utopia on our planet. Stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, and Ashton Sanders. Premieres 3/29/19.

Movies Moving Backwards

Movies Moving Backwards

With a reverse dolly or reverse zoom the viewer backs away from its subject instead of moving towards it. Jim Casey of The Solomon Society put together this great edit of reverse shots set appropriately to Say Lou Lou’s cover of Tame Impala’s Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.

The Bill Murray Stories (Trailer)

The Bill Murray Stories (Trailer)

A lot of jokes have been made about Bill Murray’s penchant for blessing people’s lives with his presence. But filmmaker Tommy Avallone wanted to capture a more intimate and positive portrait of the actor through these interactions.

Viper Club (Trailer)

Viper Club (Trailer)

Susan Sarandon plays a mother whose son is a journalist who gets kidnapped while on duty overseas. The kidnappers are asking for a ransom, which the US government refuses to pay. A group of journalists step in to help her, but will she raise the money in time?

The Beach Bum (Teaser)

The Beach Bum (Teaser)

(PG-13: Language) Matthew McConaughey returns to comedy with the help of Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). The actor plays Moondog, “a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules.” Also starring Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher and Zac Efron. Premieres 3/22/19.

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Anna and the Apocalypse (Trailer)

Anna and the Apocalypse (Trailer)

Described by critics as Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land, Anna and the Apocalypse is based on Zombie Musical, a short film by Ryan McHenry. It’s about a group of high schoolers slashing and singing their way through a zombie apocalypse. Premieres 12/2018.

Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Release

Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Release

Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Schindler’s List is getting a remastered theatrical release to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It will be shown in theaters in the USA and Canada beginning 12/7/18. There will also be a 4K Blu-ray release soon.

The Conjuring Honest Trailer

The Conjuring Honest Trailer

“Lorraine is a combination of Dr. Strange and Jean Grey, while Ed is… also there.” The Conjuring movies are legit scary, but there’s a lot to laugh about them as well. Screen Junkies points out the franchise’s love for children’s toys, expository dialogue and more.

Telling a Story with Sound

Telling a Story with Sound

Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the screenwriters and sound designers created the sounds of A Quiet Place. The writers became creative with the screenplay, while the sound designers avoided extended silence, and used sound to mimic the flow of tension.

I Think We’re Alone Now (Trailer)

I Think We’re Alone Now (Trailer)

“There’s no before. There’s only from now on.” Peter Dinklage plays the only survivor in an apocalyptic event that wiped out his town. To his surprise, a young woman arrives. But she may bring more trouble than hope. I Think We’re Alone Now premieres 9/21/18.

The Front Runner (Trailer)

The Front Runner (Trailer)

Hugh Jackman stars as former American senator Gary Hart, who was a leading presidential candidate in the 1988 elections. But news of his extramarital affair broke, changing political media forever. Also starring Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina and Bill Burr.

The Other Side of the Wind (Trailer)

The Other Side of the Wind (Trailer)

Orson Welles never completed his final film, The Other Side of the Wind. Some of its crew eventually edited the footage according to Welles notes, and now Netflix has earned the rights to release the result. The film is about an aging director trying to make a comeback film.

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A Private War (Trailer)

A Private War (Trailer)

“I hate being in a war zone. But I also feel compelled to see it for myself.” Rosamund Pike stars as the late Marie Colvin, who was a journalist for The Sunday Times and died while on the job. The film is based on the article Marie Colvin’s Private War.

Don’t Underestimate the Audience

Don’t Underestimate the Audience

Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how No Country for Old Men makes us put its story together instead of using dialogue alone. Characters are given depth and the plot is implied through actions, and the film’s progression clues the audience into its moral.

The Grandmaster of Kung-fu Films

The Grandmaster of Kung-fu Films

“Watching a Lau Kar-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung-fu and its philosophy.” The Museum of Modern Art’s La Frances Hui talks about the history of kung-fu films before breaking down the work of legendary filmmaker Lau Kar-leung.

Last Exit to Nowhere Caps

Last Exit to Nowhere Caps
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Movie and TV show merchandise shop Last Exit to Nowhere now offers caps with logos, references to and names from popular films and series such as Aliens, TRON and Stranger Things. They have flexfit caps, trucker caps and snapback caps.

Brilliant Film Scores

Brilliant Film Scores

CineFix presents its top 10 picks for best movie scores. There are ones that are great at setting the mood, ones at expressing or emphasizing ideas, ones at transporting us to a place or time, and the evocative theme song that’s stuck to a character or scene.

Chasing the MacGuffin

Chasing the MacGuffin

Jacob T. Swinney and Fandor dive into the film trope of an object of desire that its characters are searching for, but the audience doesn’t necessarily care about. It can drive motivations and momentum, but as we’ve learned before, MacGuffin’s aren’t always the best plot device.

Outlaw King (Trailer)

Outlaw King (Trailer)

Chris Pine stars as the King of Scots, Robert the Bruce, in Netflix’s action drama film Outlaw King. Robert the Bruce led Scotland to independence from England in the 14th century. Also starring Stephen Dillane (Stannis in Game of Thrones). Premieres 11/9/18.

You Know It’s a Coen Brothers Film If…

You Know It’s a Coen Brothers Film If…

(Gore) ScreenPrism talks about the trademarks of a Coen Brothers film. It often starts with a crime that goes awry, and eventually punishment gets dealt but in a roundabout manner, with random acts and vile characters as the jury. But it’s not totally hopeless.

Climax (Trailer)

Climax (Trailer)

(PG-13, Flashing Lights) From the twisted mind of director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void, Love) comes a criticallyacclaimed horror drama. In Climax, documentary-style profiles of young dancers give way to a horrifying party instigated by spiked drinks.

Roma (Teaser)

Roma (Teaser)

From writer and director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children of Men) comes a Netflix film that’s close to his heart. Shot entirely in black and white, Roma follows a year in the life of a family in 1970’s Mexico, based on the filmmaker’s memories of growing up there.

Why Sci-Fi Loves Dystopias

Why Sci-Fi Loves Dystopias

There are obvious reasons why works of science fiction are often set in dystopian scenarios. The setting makes for struggle, and magnifies our present problems and fears. But CineFix adds that it also gives us hope that love and kindness are the solutions.

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