Here are 12 of the best long takes in movie history

There are few legal things that can teleport you to another world as well as an excellent long film take in a movie. When those happen—think of those scenes in Children of Men or Goodfellas—you don't feel like you're watching a movie anymore, you feel like you're seeing it happen in real life. Like you're right next to … » 4/15/14 1:26am Tuesday 1:26am

Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: Where Gadgets and Dreams Collide

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades… » 4/14/14 3:00pm Monday 3:00pm

This Mystery Man Took Hundreds Of Photobooth Self-Portraits—But Why?

We don't know the identity of the mystery man in these photos, but, starting in the photobooth boom of the 1930s, he began snapping black-and-whites of himself. Thirty years later he had hundreds of nearly identical shots, and now the entire collection is being shown to the public for the very first time. This is some » 4/06/14 6:00pm 4/06/14 6:00pm

The history of movies from 1878 to 2014 in just three minutes

Here's a wide ranging film montage that shows the evolution of film from its conception in 1878 to the whizbang movie trailers of today. It covers over a hundred years of film, with a new movie representing a new year starting from 1920 and on. Made by Scott Ewing, the compilation clip comes quick at you but it's… » 3/20/14 11:22pm 3/20/14 11:22pm

This sci-fi death match in space short is better than Hollywood movies

If you crossed Hunger Games with Oblivion, mixed in some feelings of Moon, sprinkled a little of action from that Bourne movie without Matt Damon and shook it all up with astronaut suits, futuristic guns, another planet and an eerie death match you would get Project Skyborn, a heart pumping short by Marko Slavnic. It's … » 3/14/14 12:14am 3/14/14 12:14am

California at the End of the World

Touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking you're living in the future, and not just because of the Silicon Valley wizardry that surrounds us all. We also have to thank Hollywood's movie magic, which has turned the state into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both… » 3/05/14 7:00pm 3/05/14 7:00pm

This is a GIF of America's Very First Film

Before Charlie Chaplin, before Tinseltown, before even the advent of "talkies," American cinematic history began with "Monkeyshines." This 56-second clip of a lab assistant horsing around in the Edison Labs was captured around 1890 by pioneering filmmaking duo and Kinetoscope developers, William Heise and William K. L.… » 2/27/14 7:55pm 2/27/14 7:55pm

Can you recognize all the movies in this cute animation about film?

Here's an adorably clever animation about famous movie characters called Cinematics by Pier Paolo. How many of these classic movies and characters do you recognize? It's fun to see famous films animated like this, you're staring at Charlie Chaplin and eventually it becomes Freddy Kreuger and you're wondering just how… » 2/18/14 12:09am 2/18/14 12:09am

How Criterion Collection Brings Movies Back From the Dead

There are few names that represent a commitment to the distribution of classic films like the Criterion Collection. Since the 1980s, they have remastered and released hundreds of movies on Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray. We recently visited the Criterion headquarters in New York to get a first-hand look at the meticulous… » 2/14/14 1:00pm 2/14/14 1:00pm

This image showing every second of Jurassic Park looks like dino skin

To be fair, if you put together every second of any movie in one image, that image would almost always look like the skin and scales of dinosaurs but I swear my mind is making me believe it even more for Jurassic Park. It also kind of looks like a Magic Eye picture and I half expect T-Rex to pop out and chase after me. » 2/08/14 2:32am 2/08/14 2:32am

The goofy gag reel of Thor: The Dark World is a raucously good time

Even though it's incredibly hard to believe and goes against sound Sun rises in the east and sets in the west logic, Chris Hemsworth (and to a lesser extent Thor) is not a perfect being that doesn't make goofy mistakes. This gag reel proves he's human after all! Just like us! And sometimes moments get awkward and… » 2/04/14 10:44pm 2/04/14 10:44pm

Watch famous movies get hilariously re-created as super fun animations

This is so great. Famous movies you know and love—like Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, The Shining and others—are re-imagined and re-told in the form of a 30 second animation movie trailer. So E.T. becomes a horror flick, The Big Lebowski is now a Kung Fu tale and Citizen Kane becomes a story about a Gross Butt and not… » 2/04/14 8:24pm 2/04/14 8:24pm

Amazing video puts actor into six iconic scenes in one brilliant shot

Movie magic makes fantasy worlds feel real everyday, but this short film called "Icons" takes it to a whole other level by transforming one actor over and over again, putting him in multiple iconic scenes and works of art in a single incredible shot. From the Thinker to Mad Men to Reservoir Dogs to Daft Punk. » 2/03/14 5:10pm 2/03/14 5:10pm

How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema (And Make Cities Look Awesome)

The decision by the city of Los Angeles last year to replace its high-pressure sodium streetlights—known for their distinctive yellow hue—with new, blue-tinted LEDs might have a profound effect on at least one local industry. All of those LEDs, with their new urban color scheme, will dramatically change how the city… » 2/03/14 12:00pm 2/03/14 12:00pm

I can't believe these crappy Star Wars props looked so great in movies

We've really come a long, long way when it comes to special effects in movies. It makes sense that today's movies look great because of all our computer whiz processing power animation software. Back in the old days though? We had to rely on the magic of the movies. Seriously. Turning scale models that look like toys… » 1/30/14 11:52pm 1/30/14 11:52pm

How a 1940s Gangster Film Foresaw the Surveillance Tech of Today

White Heat is a classic gangster film from 1949, starring James Cagney. It is a thoroughly Los Angeles flick, filmed almost exclusively in the Greater Los Angeles region, including scenes shot at Warner Brother Studios in Burbank. The film is considered a classic for many reasons—but what's interesting in terms of… » 1/28/14 3:40pm 1/28/14 3:40pm