Duncan Vizla was known as the Black Kaiser, a top assassin. He’s retired, but his former firm comes after him with a bounty on his head, prompting a group of young assassins to try and finish the job. Mads Mikkelsen stars in Netflix’s action flick. Premieres 1/25/19.
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We don’t think there’s any way to accurately depict hallucinations, but filmmakers have tried for years to give us an idea, and thanks to CGI, we’re getting some really trippy effects on screen. Film Qualia explores how psychedelic imagery has made it into mainstream films.
(SPOILERS) Science fiction movies often explore human tendencies. But Alex Garland’s adaptation of Annihilation tackles large ideas: duplication, self-destruction and mutation. Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the film manifests its themes.
(PG-13: Language) Editor Sleepy Skunk presents his annual compilation reel, showcasing some of the most intense and emotional moments from this past year’s movie trailers. While the movies themselves weren’t all spectacular, the trailers and Skunk’s edit offer plenty of thrills.
Struggling to make ends meet, five military veterans decide to rob one of the world’s most violent cartels. Netflix’s heist film intrigues us if only for its star-studded cast: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal. Premieres March 2019.
Back in 2014, CineFix named its picks for best long takes in films. Now, they revisit their list to add new ones, defend some picks, including fight scenes, slow burning shots, scenes that involve hundreds or thousands of people, opening shots, Steadicam shots and more.
The second trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters sees the Earth reduced to ruin. Our planet has become an arena for the ultimate showdown between Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah. We wonder who named them in this timeline.
The latest trailer for Captain Marvel sees our heroine believing that she’s part of an alien race called the Kree. One of their enemies are the Skrulls, a race of shapeshifters. But it appears that Marvel had a life on Earth before she became a super space soldier.
(PG-13: Language) “What do I want a way outta here for?” Lessons from the Screenplay uses Good Will Hunting to demonstrate how writing fictional characters can sometimes be writing about psychology. Characters have traumas that need to be overcome before they change.
(SPOILERS, Gore) Tree Gelbman survived a time loop where she was stuck in the same day until she identified who killed her. Now the curse is back, except this time it’s affecting her friends as well. The sequel to the funny slasher flick Happy Death Day drops 2/14/19.
After showing us how movie heroes have evolved, Wisecrack takes a look at the bad guys. Villains are as much reflections of the times as heroes. Going from “the other” to corruption to terrorists, we now have villains that have heroic ideals, but insane methods.
Oscar Isaac has an enviable filmography. The actor sat down with GQ to talk about the lessons he learned from shooting Drive, how he trained for his audition for Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers’ idiosyncrasies, how deep he got for his role in Ex Machina and more.
Hacker and security researcher Samy Kamkar looks at what’s accurate and what’s fluff in how hacking is depicted in movies and TV shows. Surprisingly, a good amount of scenes are realistic, or at least plausible. It’s a shame about the video’s wonky editing though.
(PG-13: Language) Jonah Hill sat down with GQ to talk about his iconic movie characters and the experiences he had filming those movies. He talks about learning from Martin Scorsese in The Wolf of Wall Street, how his love for skateboarding inspired Mid90s, and more.
Our latest look at the live action adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita shows some of the heroine’s various armor and body modifications. It also gives us a peek of Alita competing in the deadly sport called “Motorball.” The film drops 2/6/19.
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