Everything You Never Knew About The Making Of Last Starfighter

For a whole generation of video-game-playing kids, The Last Starfighter represents a special kind of wish-fulfillment: a down-on-his-luck kid becomes a video-game champ, only to find himself recruited to fight in an interplanetary war. How did something so perfect get made? Here's the whole, fascinating story. » 7/11/14 9:16am Today 9:16am

10 tricks that famous movie directors use as their trademark

With some directors, you can immediately tell you're watching a movie they directed just by looking at a still frame without any context. There's a visual style they stamp on their films, a certain special effect they like, a narrative preference they utilize, basically, a trademark they have. WatchMojo came up with a… » 7/10/14 9:47pm Yesterday 9:47pm

10 Years Later, You Can Finally Buy The Best Documentary About L.A.

Los Angeles Plays Itself is a story of how L.A. has been portrayed on screen, its thesis unfolding through hundreds of iconic film clips. But the biggest reason that Thom Andersen's legendary documentary has reached a near-cult status is that, due to copyright issues, the film has never been properly released in… » 7/09/14 6:30pm Wednesday 6:30pm

The Guardians of the Galaxy Set Got Us Excited For Space Movies Again

Last year, we headed to Shepperton Studios to watch James Gunn film Marvel's first real space adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy. And we did not expect to get quite as excited as we did. Here's what we saw, and why it's good for our new batch of space scoundrels. » 7/08/14 3:19pm Tuesday 3:19pm

10 movies that show how great editing can turn movies into masterpieces

Editing is crucial for film. It can ruin a movie and it can turn a good movies into a masterpiece. It's a powerful weapon for filmmakers. CineFix has put together a top 10 list detailing what they think are the most effective editing moments of all time in the video below. It's obviously arbitrary, but it's a great… » 7/08/14 1:57am Tuesday 1:57am

Why is Michael Bay considered such a bad movie director?

Everyone knows a Michael Bay popcorn blockbuster is never going to be considered a cinema masterpiece. The same tricks—explosions, 360 degree shots, lamp posts, etc.—are used over and over again. But he's entertaining! Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting goes a little deeper to explain Bay's 'Bayhem' bag of tricks and… » 7/03/14 1:49am 7/03/14 1:49am

Transformers VFX Guru Explains Why Building CGI Bots Is Getting Harder

If you see Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth (fourth!) film in the franchise this weekend, you're not going to see an emotional tale of robots banding together to overcome adversity. You're going for the badass special effects. We chatted with VFX supervisor Scott Farrar to see how the new movie made them… » 6/27/14 6:00pm 6/27/14 6:00pm

The Internet's Own Boy: Why Aaron Swartz's Story Matters More Than Ever

Aaron Swartz's story is a complicated one, with many moving parts—it's no easy task to do them all justice with a single film. But The Internet's Own Boy, a new documentary that chronicles the late 26-year-old's internet activism, fight against the feds, and ultimate death, manages to sew them up into one seriously… » 6/26/14 5:20pm 6/26/14 5:20pm

Was 1984 The Best Year Ever For Summer Movies?

Have you noticed that a lot of really awesome things are celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year? The Macintosh computer, Tetris, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? 1984 was also a really good year for movies, but I'll go farther than that: This particular week in 1984 was probably the best week ever to see a movie… » 6/25/14 8:00pm 6/25/14 8:00pm

Hilariously honest trailer makes fun of everyone who liked Forrest Gump

It's been 20 years since Forrest Gump was released and Tom Hanks has become the Internet's friendly uncle, Jenny is the cold hearted wife of a politician and Bubba Gump is a seafood restaurant we all ate at because we remember lines like Run, Forrest, Run. But why did we ever like the movie? Screen Junkies lays the… » 6/24/14 8:41pm 6/24/14 8:41pm

Which actor would be the best—or the worst—Batman?

Here's an enjoyable animation bit from ADHD: they hilariously imagine different famous actors as Batman. All the impressions are great. You'll see Matthew McConaughey putting on his True Detective mask, Kevin Spacey doing his Frank Underwood shtick, Mark Wahlberg's everyman persona, Aaron Paul screaming bitch and more. » 6/23/14 8:21pm 6/23/14 8:21pm

The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

What's most notable about Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is that the epic science fiction adventure was made using old-school practical special effects, well before computer graphics became a staple of the film industry. So when someone like Taschen releases a four-volume book set detailing the film's… » 6/21/14 7:00pm 6/21/14 7:00pm

Clever video makes movie characters take selfies in famous movie scenes

This is silly in an I'm not exactly sure why this exists but it still made me giggle kind of way. TNT Russia stitched together movies to make famous movie characters look like they're taking selfies as they go about the scene. It emphasizes how awkward the act of taking a selfie is and laughs at our need to document… » 6/20/14 11:39pm 6/20/14 11:39pm

Movie lines ridiculously edited by TV censors

I can understand adjusting movie formats to fit a screen. I can understand bleeping offensive words on regular networks. But changing entire iconic lines from movies like The Departed, Scarface, The Usual Suspects, or Pulp Fiction into absolutely ridiculous stuff is almost offensively stupid—and hilarious. » 6/18/14 8:50pm 6/18/14 8:50pm

Every Webpage From the 1995 Movie The Net

To say the 1995 movie The Net is a classic would be…an overstatement. The Irwin Winkler film starring Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, and Dennis Miller didn't have the best reception when it came out, and over time it's gotten a reputation as a very schlocky paranoid thriller (in reality, it's probably become more… » 6/18/14 5:41pm 6/18/14 5:41pm

How movies trick us into sympathising with the characters we should hate

Let's be honest, Jordan Belfort or Francis Underwood are not likable fictional characters. Then, why do we still sympathize so much with them when we would normally hate them and show no interest at all in what they do? Jennine Lanouette, screenwriting instructor, reveals the secret in this video. » 6/17/14 1:19am 6/17/14 1:19am