Citizenfour Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014

CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras' riveting documentary about Edward Snowden's efforts to shed light on gross surveillance abuses by the United States government and its partners, just won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Tonight's Oscar win recognizes not only the incredible cinematography of Poitras,… » 2/23/15 3:47am 2/23/15 3:47am

How Photos Were Made Through History, From Daguerreotypes to Digital 

Making a photograph today is a matter of pressing a button and letting a bunch of electronics do their thing. Before that we had film, and before film we had even more cumbersome processes. Did you know that making photographs once involved materials like egg-whites, asphalt, and platinum? Watch these videos to hear… » 2/17/15 11:07am 2/17/15 11:07am

The Original Black Hole For Interstellar Was Too Confusing

One of the many reasons why Interstellar was such a wonderful movie was that it used genuine scientific equations to show what happens in the vicinity of a black hole. But, just like the actors in front of the camera, it seems the black hole also got a little make up to make it more presentable for the big screen. » 2/13/15 7:32am 2/13/15 7:32am

Camera Experts Designed a New Kind of 360° Rig for Jupiter Ascending

Lovely though it is in person, Chicago can seem like a grim, grey place on film. So when the Wachowskis decided to film key moments of their new movie Jupiter Ascending there, they didn't just wait for the most beautiful light—they built a whole new type of camera to capture it. » 2/05/15 5:15pm 2/05/15 5:15pm

Your First Glimpse of Fassbender and Rogen as Jobs and Wozniak

It's almost hard to believe it's actually happening, considering Sony's Steve Jobs movie seemed like such a total clusterfuck. But there they are: Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen as Apple co-founders Jobs and Wozniak. Someone snapped shots of real Hollywood actors on the set of a real Steve Jobs film that you might… » 2/02/15 2:20pm 2/02/15 2:20pm

Here's why Drive was such a spectacular looking movie

The always excellent Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting takes a fascinating look at why some films resonate with us by explaining what the average movie goer thinks is unexplainable. Take Drive. Anyone who saw the movie knew it looked beautiful and felt alive. Why? It's the simple quadrant system. » 2/02/15 10:24am 2/02/15 10:24am

Here's a super fun video of the best sword fights in film history

Maybe because the idea of fighting with swords today seems so impossibly dangerous and probably because seeing steel on steel clang and cut flesh is just so damn viscerally satisfying but there's few things more riveting to see on screen than watching two or more actors try to kill each other with a sword. » 1/27/15 2:06am 1/27/15 2:06am

The Big Lebowski says two fucks per minute—and six other movie factoids

Most of you have probably watched The Big Lebowski like a gajillion times and remember enough lines to re-create entire scenes by yourself but there still may be some tidbits that you don't know about the cult classic. Like a kooky conspiracy theory that links The Dude with 9/11. » 1/12/15 10:12pm 1/12/15 10:12pm

10 underrated movies you probably missed in 2014

The funnest and maybe even best movie of 2014 that nobody saw when it came out but when they finally watched it all agreed was the funnest and maybe even best movie of 2014: Edge of Tomorrow. Seriously, even if you don't like Tom Cruise, you'll enjoy the movie. Here are 9 other movies that were overlooked in 2014. » 1/07/15 10:00pm 1/07/15 10:00pm

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 3:09pm 1/07/15 3:09pm

Marvel's Ant-Man first trailer is a big excuse for one punchline

Marvel, which is in the middle of its do whatever the hell it wants phase, has a new superhero movie coming out: Ant-Man, a superhero that gets tiny. And this is the first teaser trailer, which sounds like a long and serious you-must-save-the-world-for-the-people-you-love until it gets to the final punchline. » 1/06/15 10:32pm 1/06/15 10:32pm

The 10 best movies with the best sound

It's not often I walk away from a movie and talk about how great the sound design was. But that's because I'm easily wowed and blinded by impressive visuals and crafty storytelling and great acting and so forth. But after watching this CineFix top 10 list of movies with great sound, I think I should pay more attention… » 12/22/14 11:53pm 12/22/14 11:53pm

This Street Photographer's Start-to-Finish Analog Process Is a Rarity

The number of people who still shoot film is small. The number of people who shoot and develop their own film is smaller, and the number of people who then make their own prints in a darkroom is miniscule. Andre D. Wagner is one of the few. This video is a window into not only his process, but his approach to taking… » 12/19/14 5:13pm 12/19/14 5:13pm

Video: All 212,470 on-screen deaths in the Lord of the Rings trilogy

It's been over a decade since the Lord of the Rings trilogy wrapped up and we're still totaling the body count. After all those sweeping battles and that epically long journey, Digg Video tallied up the death toll and it's an insane 212,470. I guess those movies were pretty long, right? » 12/10/14 7:02pm 12/10/14 7:02pm

New Star Wars trailer perfectly remade with original Star Wars footage

When I saw the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it felt instantly familiar. That's very probably because anything Star Wars feels nostalgic but also because, well, we've seen all those scenes from the trailer before! Here is the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens remade shot-by-shot with original footage. » 12/05/14 7:28pm 12/05/14 7:28pm