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The powerful art of the opening shot of iconic movies

A movie’s opening shot prepares you for the entire movie. Sometimes you already know a masterpiece is being woven together. Other times you buckle in for a wild action packed ride. Or know that you’re about to laugh the theater’s roof off. It’s important for a movie’s opening shot to set the tone. » 7/08/15 10:51pm 7/08/15 10:51pm

How a Film Projector Works, And Why They're Still Mechanical Marvels

When going to see a movie, many of us probably go out of our way to make sure the theater has been upgraded with high-res digital projectors. The golden age of film might be behind us, but as engineer guy Bill Hammack explains, the projector is still an impressive feat of mechanical design, capable of creating one of… » 7/07/15 9:45am 7/07/15 9:45am

10 of the hardest movie scenes to shoot

When a movie does an epic scene right, it leaves your mouth gasping for air, sends your brain in a tizzy, flips your idea of reality on its head and makes you wonder just how in the hell they did that. Watch Mojo lists 10 scenes that do just that, 10 movie scenes that they consider the toughest to shoot in history and… » 6/12/15 12:20am 6/12/15 12:20am

Mad Max: Fury Road without the special effects is still awesome

Most movies, especially big blockbuster action movies, look embarrassingly awkward when you strip away the CGI and special effects and expose it in real life. It’s because so much is fake these days! Not Mad Max: Fury Road though. That movie’s action sequences still look so bad ass in real life. Check it out. » 6/06/15 3:49am 6/06/15 3:49am

Video: The underrated importance of chairs in movies

Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting focuses in on something that’s not always noticed in movies but is incredibly important in how we view a film: chairs. Yep, the things we sit on. By focusing on chairs, he’s making a larger point about production design but it’s really interesting to see how something as simple as a… » 5/29/15 9:56pm 5/29/15 9:56pm

Everyone should watch this ridiculously awesomely fun movie right now

YES. If you don’t remember the crazy bananas movie that was Kung Fury, go and watch the trailer again. You’ll see a completely over the top preview that includes Kung Fu, dinosaurs, DeLoreans, time travel, killing Hitler, Vikings and more. It was glorious. Now the entire movie is online for free to watch on YouTube. » 5/29/15 8:40pm 5/29/15 8:40pm

Proof that all movie trailers use the same new damn sound

Before it was that Inception horn. You know the one, that BRAAAAM sound that strategically tingled your spine because you know something action packed yet suspenseful is going to happen. And now there’s a new favorite sound for movie trailers: it sounds a lot like pulling the power on something and hearing the noise… » 5/29/15 9:45am 5/29/15 9:45am

10 supposedly futuristic technologies in movies that look so dated now

Movies—no matter how groundbreaking or vision changing or future defining—are trapped under the limitations of the technology of their time. Which often means that a movie’s imagination of the future is handcuffed with those same limitations. Their vision of the future may be correct but the technology used to execute… » 5/28/15 9:42pm 5/28/15 9:42pm

10 of the most impressive movie sets ever built

The biggest movies are spectacles that can teleport your eyeballs to another world but so much of that is done through green screens and special effects now that it’s important to note when it’s not (or when it’s done really, really impressively digitally). CineFix has come up with 10 of the coolest movie sets that… » 5/28/15 12:19am 5/28/15 12:19am

Video: How the poetry of beautiful films is in the details

The world view changing Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting takes a deep dive into the films of Lynne Ramsay, a director whose work I’m mostly unfamiliar with, and explains how the poetry of a film isn’t in the plot but in the details. Like with most of Zhou’s videos, I walked away learning something I never really… » 5/08/15 12:16am 5/08/15 12:16am