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If you want to understand Kabali from a Malaysian Indian perspective

Visithra Manikam writes about the various facets of Malaysian Indian life that Indian moviegoers might have missed in Kabali 'Kabali is our story. The story of Indian Malaysians and not Indian immigrants who now come to work in Malaysia or NRIs. We are not same. [...] I realised a lot of reviews are being written based on Indian cultural experience rather than the actual Malaysian culture and issues. ' [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Jul 23, 2016 - 13 comments

"A signifier of cheapness and toxically poor taste"

Sex, death and cannibalism: why mondo movies still shock (SLGuardian) — Mondo Mondo, a wide-ranging repertory series of films running at New York’s Anthology Film Archives from 22-31 July, serves up a platter of grotesque, chewy and challenging work that one would be hard-pressed to label as “entertainment” in any conventional sense.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 22, 2016 - 18 comments

Crivens! This is good news!!

Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willna' be fooled again! The Nac Mac Feegle are coming to Hollywood. Hide your ships!
posted by Deeleybopper on Jul 19, 2016 - 67 comments

“I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon.”

"The most amazing gift about Matt's physical appearance is that he can walk into the hair-and-makeup trailer looking like someone who slept directly on his face for seven hours and emerge a bona fide movie star. He has a great makeup artist." GQ rounds up friends and co-workers for an oral history of the most likable man in Hollywood, Matt Damon.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 18, 2016 - 37 comments

"Some blonde guy in Sally Jesse Raphael glasses"

Now that the Ghostbusters reboot has finally hit the big screen amid generally positive reviews (with a healthy dollop of wailing and teeth gnashing), someone has come forward with her very own personal two cents on the subject: Violet Ramis Stiel, daughter of the late Harold Ramis, writes about her memories of the original films, her feelings about the new film and the nature of reboots for Splitsider.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 16, 2016 - 77 comments

We're going to assume a Twinkie is a simple box

Serious Eats' J. Kenji López-Alt has done the math, and Ghostbusters' 35-foot-long, 600lb Twinkie just isn't possible. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Jul 15, 2016 - 58 comments

Just don't take Bill Hader's date movie advice

In which the Criterion Collection invites actores and directors to choose some flicks Including Michael "extremely highbrow" Cera, Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, Guy Maddin, and Edgar Wright. [more inside]
posted by kenko on Jul 13, 2016 - 19 comments

Ladies of the 1980s

Bitch Flicks offers a number of pop culture related essays (mostly film) from their recent website event, Ladies of the 1980s Theme Week. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 11, 2016 - 7 comments

What no "Apollo 13"?

What no "Apollo 13"? The Complete List of Movies and TV Shows on the International Space Station. Spoilers, at least they had "Alien"
posted by ShawnString on Jul 5, 2016 - 33 comments

Zero to Hero

To celebrate the 19th anniversary of Hercules, Disney reveals the storyboard and live-action animatic behind the film's musical showstopper. (SLYT)
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jun 30, 2016 - 11 comments

Independence Day Regurgitation

In which Comic Book Girl 19 tries to explain the plot.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 30, 2016 - 23 comments

Guaranteed to feature a basset hound somewhere

Top Ten Mamoru Oshii Films (that Are not Ghost in the Shell): does what it says on the tin, ten movies, animated and live action, which were directed by Mamoru Oshii, all of which probably offer better entertainment than the Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell could.
posted by MartinWisse on Jun 28, 2016 - 24 comments

sit back and relax

someone on imgur is making lists of Films You May Not Have Seen:
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#2)
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#3)
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#4)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen (#5)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen (#6)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen 7
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 25, 2016 - 70 comments

Brad Pitt, diversity champion

How Pitt's production company, Plan B, gives a platform for storytellers outside the Hollywood machine.
posted by St. Peepsburg on Jun 20, 2016 - 5 comments

"How do we know you're that good?" "Get in."

Back in January, AV Club started a series called "A History of Violence", which discusses the most groundbreaking action films, year by year, starting with Bullitt in 1968. Last week after ten entries, they have finally circled back to the car chase film and arguably one of the peaks of the genre: Walter Hill's The Driver. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 18, 2016 - 10 comments

What It's Like to Meet Annabelle

Luckily for my sanity, Annabelle did not do anything scary while I was in her presence, though I did see a moth flutter by her case at one point, and later, while listening to a recording of the interview, I heard a horrible growl on the tape that was probably my stomach but let's be real, was a demon. I also kept seeing my own movements reflected in the glass and thinking she was coming for me. Being inside the museum also left a musty smell in my hair that I didn't notice until later, when I was back at home watching Curb Your Enthusiasm — maybe not coincidentally, the one about the doll.
posted by veedubya on Jun 18, 2016 - 15 comments

All 12 Star Trek Movies Ranked

Live long and start arguments.
posted by veedubya on Jun 15, 2016 - 91 comments

Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs: 1922 – 2009

From the dreadful art work created for Nosferatu in 1922 till the present, horror movie posters has evolved with time, immensely. Having celebrated the twisted, the sick, the ghastly, the disgusting and the terrifying, this genre of art is highly evocative. It may be just another creepy photograph conveying malicious promises, or an abstract interpretations rendered by an elaborate painting, designers are experimenting with their creative juices from time immemorial to bring out the ghastly effect in their posters.
posted by veedubya on Jun 13, 2016 - 14 comments

"Oh, you go to Hell, Sean."

Actors have to go through a lot of repetitive interviews when they're out promoting a film. So you would imagine they would welcome something totally unique. At least, that's the theory when Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key stopped by the First We Feast YouTube channel several months ago to promote their movie Keanu, discuss their careers... and consume the spiciest chicken wings known to man.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 10, 2016 - 31 comments

Some kind of self made TLA releases hell

Every movie listed under Netflix's LGBT Romance category, ranked.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 10, 2016 - 49 comments

2001: A Picasso Odyssey

2001: A Picasso Odyssey - '2001' rendered in the style of Picasso using Deep Neural Networks based style transfer. More details.
posted by Artw on Jun 8, 2016 - 28 comments

But Does The Cat Get A Piece Of The Backend?

How much money does everyone make on a typical $200 Million movie? Find out how much the average paycheck for a Production Designer, Best Boy, Day Extra, Location Scout and even A Cat is for working on your typical summertime blockbuster.
posted by briank on Jun 8, 2016 - 42 comments

We have portkeys! Boom! Middle of the ocean!

Cartoonist Boulet (previously, previously, related previously) thinks about the problem with all these elaborate traps in adventure movies.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 1, 2016 - 66 comments

Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand?

"...The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E! It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E! You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man." - The primal pull of Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter
posted by Artw on Jun 1, 2016 - 13 comments

Our goal is to change the way readers think about the history of movies

In order to expand the discussion of black cinema beyond #OscarsSoWhite, Slate put together a panel of cinema experts and historians to create The Black Film Canon - fifty important films by black directors, showcasing the black cinematic voice spanning over half a century. (SLSlate)
posted by NoxAeternum on May 31, 2016 - 10 comments

Presence

Using photogrammetry, Claire Hentschker has extracted the physical space of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining' from the first 30 minutes of the film and reassembled it in VR along the original camera path. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on May 31, 2016 - 18 comments

Winner Takes All Morality and the Movies

The Goblin's Dilemma: class soildarity, selfish families, and the working class heros of Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan and Spider-Man By Bud White and Tim Kreider (Spider-Man discussion begins here)
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2016 - 26 comments

Why Shaky-Cam is Ruining Modern Action Movies

Captain America: Civil War is the latest in a long, long, long line of action movies that lean too hard on shaky-cam-heavy battles.... These films all owe an unpayable debt to none other than The Bourne Supremacy, the 2004 sequel to The Bourne Identity, directed by Paul Greengrass. Greengrass brought his jittery documentary-style filmmaking straight from socially conscious films like Bloody Sunday to two of the Bourne films, as well as Captain Phillips, United 93, and Green Zone. In the decade-plus since The Bourne Supremacy, so many filmmakers have adopted Greengrass’ style, less because it fits a story and more because it sufficiently caught audiences’ attention and studio heads felt it should be replicated ad hominem.
posted by MoonOrb on May 20, 2016 - 84 comments

Movies With Mikey

Movies With Mikey is a YouTube series by video game voice actor and writer Mikey Neumann. In every episode, Mikey anaylizes an often misunderstood, under-rated, or critically panned movie (or sometimes just a movie he really, really likes), blending humor and a blustery narrative with thoughtful insight. (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by gc on May 19, 2016 - 11 comments

Let's do the baby's room in "Edward Scissorhands"!

Cinema Palettes is a Twitter account that takes frames from films old, new and those to come and then breaks down the color palette of that frame.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 17, 2016 - 7 comments

Those 70s Shows

Every 70s Movie: The Best, The Worst, The Weirdest, and Everything in Between. A new review a day since October 2010.
posted by MoonOrb on May 13, 2016 - 39 comments

Want to combat Hollywood gender discrimination? Watch movies by women.

Here’s a list of 245 movies directed by women, on Netflix right now. The list is compiled by Film Fatales.
posted by ocherdraco on May 12, 2016 - 20 comments

To cut or not to cut

The Internet's gift to movie geeks that just keeps on giving is out with another video. Tony Zhou (so many previouslies) makes an examination of the editing process in film with some particular examinations of Hanna and Her Sisters, In the Mood for Love and The Empire Strikes Back. And if that isn't enough to wet your editing whistle, have a look at CineFix's Top Ten Most Effective Editing Moments of All Time (Warning: Un Chien Andalou. I learned my lesson from last time).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 12, 2016 - 16 comments

Skywalker. Luke Skywalker.

Here is the James Bond-style title sequence for The Empire Strikes Back that you did not know you needed.
posted by DoctorFedora on May 10, 2016 - 44 comments

Cho. John Cho.

John Cho could be your hero, your spy, your boyfriend. Given that a few well-known directors are unfamiliar with any "Asian movie stars", and others are less than thrilled with the notion of casting one in the lead, William Yu has taken on the effort of re-imagining various movies with Korean-American actor John Cho as a lead. [more inside]
posted by qcubed on May 6, 2016 - 60 comments

I have no idea how these cats got wedged into a musical, or why

Cats, the popular musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot), will be adapted as a movie, to be directed by Tom Hooper. Noted for its longevity, Cats ran continuously on Broadway for 18 years, and on London's West End for 21 years. The show will return to Broadway in August, after a 16-year hiatus. Mee wow!
posted by schmod on May 6, 2016 - 98 comments

The Summer of '66

Batman, remakes, TV spin-offs, comic adaptations — not much has changed in half a century. Here's what the summer movie schedule looked like in 1966. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 5, 2016 - 32 comments

The plural of series is series

I Love Serial Entertainment And So Can You - We don’t binge on television because we like it, we like television because we can binge on it.
posted by The Devil Tesla on May 4, 2016 - 26 comments

Reviews say it's better than Batman vs Superman

17-year-old Nigerian student Joshua Umia is getting a lot of attention for his homemade action films with special effects, especially his remake of a Flash vs Zoom episode - which are all filmed on a Blackberry Bold 5.
posted by divabat on May 3, 2016 - 6 comments

Betty Boop's got more metamorphing going on than Ovid!

Whatever happened to the happy modernists?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on May 1, 2016 - 11 comments

Technically 101, but let's not quibble.

100 Years/100 Shots - Starting with Birth of a Nation in 1915 and ending with Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, a series of iconic shots in film with one shot per year.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 18, 2016 - 28 comments

Every Disney song, from worst to best

The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the unforgettable, the forgettable, the racist, the sexist, the silly, the enthralling — it's all here, in this list of every Disney song, ranked from worst to best. (Click here to start the list; here's the top 10; and here's the whole thing on one page.) [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Apr 15, 2016 - 113 comments

The worst-reviewed actors and actresses in Hollywood

Vox attempts to take a scientific look at the actors and actresses who most consistently appear in terrible movies. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 12, 2016 - 68 comments

Wakaliwood!

the DIY action film studio from the slums of Uganda that took over the Internet and made it plausible for anyone in the world to become an East African kung fu movie commando. [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on Apr 7, 2016 - 5 comments

Two very enthusiastic thumbs up

"We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls." Three years ago today, Roger Ebert passed away. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Apr 4, 2016 - 10 comments

How Jennifer Garner Went Full “Minivan Majority”

As Matt Damon explained in The Guardian, “Ben’s wife, Jennifer Garner, sells a shitload of magazines in the midwest. Magazines that — Ben explained this to me — you and I have never heard of, but that appeal to the mom in the midwest, who for some reason identifies with Jennifer and wants to know what she’s doing as a mom.”
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 21, 2016 - 143 comments

We weren't ashamed to be corny.

The script was for a retelling of Antigone set in an African American town in the 1930s, and it thoroughly impressed Carli. "The writing shook me, it was so good," she said. The women tried and failed to produce the film with Miramax, at which point Carli had her lightbulb moment: "What do you think about Britney Spears?"
--Not a Hit, Not Yet a Cult Classic: Shonda Rhimes on the Making of 'Crossroads'
posted by almostmanda on Mar 21, 2016 - 26 comments

They belong in a museum

As news arrives of a fifth Indiana Jones film arriving in 2019, here's a look back at the Indiana Jones films that never were.
posted by Artw on Mar 16, 2016 - 178 comments

Dr. Straitslove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Be-Bop-A-Lula

The Walk of Life Project. Hypothesis: "Walk of Life" by Dire Straits is the perfect song to end any movie. (via Paleofuture)
posted by oulipian on Mar 11, 2016 - 44 comments

How to replicate the origami figures in Blade Runner

Kenneth Thompson searched the internet to find a place to purchase one of Gaff's unicorns from Blade Runner, and when he couldn't find any he decided to make it himself. And while he does sell them, he has provided free instructions and videos to help anyone make their own Blade Runner origami unicorn or chicken. Includes bonus matchstick man instructions.
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 10, 2016 - 32 comments

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