If 3D Movies Make You Feel Sick, It's Likely All in Your Mind

The realism of today’s 3D blockbusters can blow audiences away. By using 3D glasses to present different images to the two eyes, stereoscopic 3D technology fools the brain into believing it is viewing a real scene rather than a flat image on a screen. Now 3D televisions enable viewers to experience the effect at home… »7/09/15 5:00am7/09/15 5:00am

This Masterful Scene From Lord Of The Rings Gives Me Chills Every Time

Everyone has those special film scenes that just give you chills, no matter how many times you see them. For me, one such scene takes place in the first film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring. Here’s a video explaining why this one scene is so perfect. »5/07/15 4:44pm5/07/15 4:44pm

Reese Witherspoon Stared Into My Soul and Showed Me the Future of Films 

She sits down on a rock, just a few feet away from me. She's tired, so completely drained that she doesn't even notice me here. Or maybe she doesn't care. We're just two travelers crossing paths in the wilderness. Maybe I should say something, I half-think. And then, without warning, Reese Witherspoon is looking at me. »1/07/15 3:09pm1/07/15 3:09pm

A Brief History of the Movie Rating System

When you were a kid, sneaking into a rated R movie was a big deal. Everyone had their own tricks, but this author's was to buy a ticket to a rated G Disney movie, say, Mulan; when the usher turned their back, I would run into a rated R movie like, for example American History X. But it wasn't always this way – not… »12/30/14 8:00am12/30/14 8:00am

The U.S. Court Case That Made Movie Theater Concessions So Expensive

In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the big eight a monopoly and ordering them to divest of their ownership of movie theaters and cease other non-competitive practices, with U.S. v. Paramount Pictures, et al., the Court opened the… »11/24/14 5:15am11/24/14 5:15am

The power of overhead shots in cinema in one cool compilation

Some people call these overhead angles birds eye view, other prefer the grandiloquent Gods eye view. But anyway you call them, when these shots are used to enhance the story and not just as a gimmick, they are pure cinematic magic. Editor Brian Carrol put together some of the best in this cool compilation. »10/28/14 9:03pm10/28/14 9:03pm

Inside The Galaxy Note 4's Virtual Reality Ambitions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now the best big phone you can buy, but it's also something more. It's the first smartphone designed with virtual reality in mind — just slot it into the Gear VR headset and a whole new world opens up. I say "the first" because I learned something intriguing at Oculus Connect last month:… »10/15/14 7:15pm10/15/14 7:15pm