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The Psychology of Character

The Psychology of Character

(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.

Happy Death Day 2U (Trailer)

Happy Death Day 2U (Trailer)

(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.

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The First 10 Pages

The First 10 Pages

Lessons from the Screenplay used the screenplay for The Devil Wears Prada to showcase how an effective script can grab the audience’s attention, introduce the main characters and sum up the movie within its first 10 pages.

Why Our Villains Are Different Now

Why Our Villains Are Different Now

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.

The Lion King (Teaser)

The Lion King (Teaser)

Get ready to cry and laugh with Simba all over again. Disney is remaking The Lion King using live action and realistic CGI. Starring Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and the mighty James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa. Premieres 7/19/19.

The Criterion Channel

The Criterion Channel

FilmStruck is dead. Long live The Criterion Channel. Fully owned by Criterion, the upcoming streaming service will feature both major and hard-to-find classic films, as well as documentaries and other film shows. Launching Spring 2019.

The Walk-Away Thank You

The Walk-Away Thank You

The Back Focus made this supercut of a classic movie and TV show move: a character thanking another character as the latter walks away. There are even a few variations to the scene, and of course a parody. And hey… thank you.

The Intruder (Trailer)

The Intruder (Trailer)

(PG-13) Dennis Quaid puts on his best crazy face in this upcoming thriller. In The Intruder, a man sells his beautiful house to a couple. But it seems like he’s not ready to let go of it yet, especially since it was where he “lost” his wife. Premieres 4/26/19.

Oscar Isaac on His Famous Roles

Oscar Isaac on His Famous Roles

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.

Netflix vs. the World (Trailer)

Netflix vs. the World (Trailer)

Even Goliath was once David. Netflix vs. the World is an upcoming documentary about the rise of the streaming giant we now know and love. It features interviews with both founders and rivals, particularly officers from Blockbuster.

Are TV & Movie Hacks Realistic?

Are TV & Movie Hacks Realistic?

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.

Jonah Hill on His Famous Roles

Jonah Hill on His Famous Roles

(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.

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 3)

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 3)

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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Capernaum (Trailer)

Capernaum (Trailer)

Using non-professional actors, Nadine Labaki’s wellreceived drama Capernaum tells the story of a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for giving birth to him. The film sees the boy survive on the streets before being arrested for a crime and suing his parents.

Loft: The Jetman Story (Trailer)

Loft: The Jetman Story (Trailer)

Loft: The Jetman Story is a documentary that features Jetman flying wing inventor Yves Rossy and his proteges Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen. The film sees them flying over the fjords of Norway and telling the story of their journey towards autonomous human flight.

Animator of the Human Soul

Animator of the Human Soul

(SPOILERS) ScreenPrism looks at the work of director Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Boy and The Beast, Mirai). Some are calling Hosoda the next Hayao Miyazaki. Regardless, his films are about exploring love in everyday life.

Toy Story 4 (Teaser)

Toy Story 4 (Teaser)

We can now wipe our tears from the ending of Toy Story 3. And prepare for more tears for 2019’s Toy Story 4. In the upcoming movie, Woody and the rest of Andy’s former toys meet a reluctant toy, Forky. They’re then taken on a road trip by their new owner, Bonnie.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (Trailer)

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (Trailer)

Actor and director Andy Serkis’ star-studded live action and darker adaptation of The Jungle Book finds a home on Netflix. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle will be released in select theaters on 11/29/18 and will be released globally on Netflix on 12/7/18.

Arctic (Teaser)

Arctic (Teaser)

Directed by Joe Penna aka Mystery Guitar Man, Arctic is a wellreceived drama about a pilot who crash lands in the Arctic. Mads Mikkelsen stars as the pilot, who after a missed opportunity for rescue must decide whether to stay put or get moving. Premieres 2/1/19.

Guillermo del Toro: Monster Magic

Guillermo del Toro: Monster Magic

Kaptainkristian looks at how director Guillermo del Toro designs and presents monsters in his films. Using quotes from the director himself, the film essayist identifies the key elements of a del Toro monster, including transformation and the use of prosthetics and motion actors.

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In Praise of 70mm

In Praise of 70mm

If you’ve never seen a movie shot and played back in its original 70mm analog format, you’re missing out on a true cinematic experience. The Royal Ocean Film Society looks back at the history of this awe-inspiring format, and how it may just have saved Hollywood back in the day.

Why Comedy Needs Character

Why Comedy Needs Character

Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg wrote Shaun of the Dead to show us a great way to build a story. In the film, the supporting characters and even the story of the world are reflections of the main character’s traits.

Cold Pursuit (Trailer)

Cold Pursuit (Trailer)

Liam Neeson’s characters keep changing into brutal assassins. This time, it doesn’t even look like he has a military or secret agent background. He’s a snowplow driver who goes on a killing spree after his son is murdered. The action comedy film premieres 2/8/19.

Brilliant Moments of Patterns in Film

Brilliant Moments of Patterns in Film

(PG-13, SPOILERS) CineFix presents more brilliant moments in film, this time focusing on patterns. They showcase five scenes from different films that establish a pattern using cuts, camera angles, character movements, only to subvert our expectations.

Bird Box (Trailer)

Bird Box (Trailer)

Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich stars in this post-apocalyptic thriller. Based on Josh Malerman’s eponymous 2014 novel, Bird Box sees a series of horrible events triggered by strange creatures. If you see them, your worst fears appear before you. Premieres 12/21/18.

Escape Room (Trailer)

Escape Room (Trailer)

A horror film based on the adventure game. Six people receive invitations to a new escape room franchise. But they quickly see that the consequences of not solving the rooms are lethal. Worse, some rooms are based on their traumatic experiences.

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