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Haters Asked to Hate

After the Thrill is Gone: Has a director ever gotten so bad you start to wonder whether you were wrong to love their earlier movies?
posted by gwint on Jun 2, 2015 - 381 comments

Le cinéma est une invention sans avenir

Lumière and Company was a project realised in 1995 to mark the centenary of the Lumière brothers’ first movies. Forty directors were given the use of a restored Lumière Cinematograph and asked to make a film under 1895-style constraints: (1) the films could be no longer than 52 seconds; (2) no synchronized sound was permitted; (3) no more than three takes were allowed. Any editing had to be done in-camera. Nearly all of the completed shorts have been compiled into a YouTube playlist. Please note that some of the clips contain nudity: treat this post as NSFW. Les Frères Lumière previously: 1, 2. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Jun 2, 2015 - 9 comments

#KeepMurvilQuaint

In this script, a 189,000-square-foot big-box store plays the role of “progress” and an old-fashioned, last-of-its-breed drive-in in plays the part of “nostalgia.” Their conflict, like many in the movies, is perfectly framed to represent something greater: the struggle for the identity of a small town. What, in fact, does Maryville, TN want to be? How does "the peaceful side of the Smokies" grow while maintaining that identity — and connecting thousands of tourists to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?
posted by SkylitDrawl on May 28, 2015 - 32 comments

"But you did a great job of making me feel safe."

hey girl: you can use my shoulder as a rifle stand, as you’re the better shot of the two of us. (feminist mad max tumblr)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 27, 2015 - 176 comments

Hollywood has only produced exceptions by accident

Hollywood & the 'Comic-Book Movie' and part 2
posted by shakespeherian on May 24, 2015 - 22 comments

Welcome... To the world of tomorrow!

Tomorrowland: how Walt Disney’s strange utopia shaped the world of tomorrow - cryogenically frozen head not included.
posted by Artw on May 21, 2015 - 21 comments

Welcome to Pacific Tech's "Smart People on Ice".

30 Years Later, Real Genius is Still the Geek Solidarity Film That Nerd Culture Deserves.
posted by fings on May 21, 2015 - 131 comments

"I would rather see the many other women's stories I haven't seen"

To be honest, I can't think of another Avenger whose story Natasha could have swapped with who wouldn't, in some way, raise questions of whether the story was influenced by gender stereotypes. If she had Tony's story, she'd be the one who messed up and wouldn't listen, who created the need for a rescue. If she had Cap's story, she'd be the one who tries to keep everyone from being vulgar – the behavior cop. If she had the Hulk's story, she'd be the one whose superpower is being carried away by her uncontrollable emotions. If she had Thor's story, she'd be the one who doesn't have very much to do and is omitted from a large stretch of the movie. If she had Hawkeye's story, she'd be the one who just wanted to go home and be with the kids.
Any of these things could look like a stereotype. Linda Holmes (who else?) looks at the criticism of Joss Whedon for the background he gave Black Widow in the latest Avengers movie and argues that it's not the specific role Black Widow plays, it's the scarcity of meaningful, different female characters in Hollywood blockbusters that's the problem.
posted by MartinWisse on May 20, 2015 - 58 comments

Netflix-o-Matic

Netflix-O-Matic lets you browse a randomly generated list of real Netflix microgenres, like Gritty Drug Movies based on Contemporary Literature or Foreign Slice of Life Documentaries or Goofy Werewolf Comedies. On the main page, click on the arrow to view actual Netflix titles, or click any individual term in a subgenre title to browse a random list of other subgenres containing it (like "understated" or "visually striking"). And if you click on a given movie, it will show you what other categories that movie might come up in.
posted by showbiz_liz on May 19, 2015 - 38 comments

Sucker Punch: The Music Video

Just how many Sci-Fi / Action movie references are in Taylor Swift's new video "Bad Blood"? IO9 attempts to make a tally of them all.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 18, 2015 - 81 comments

IF YOU CAN’T CRY YOU’RE A LIABILITY

So you gotta go for it. Just do me a favor and FUCK SOME SHIT UP. Surprise yourself, wake up your actors, get wild with your performances, try shit, put in that funky dialogue you’re embarrassed of, in fact, rub your fucked-up-ness all over your scripts, add some shame and embarrassment and glee, and then dare yourself to shoot it, SERIOUSLY, go big or go home -- be a creature unlike any other.
Transparent creator Jill Soloway gave an amazing speech full of advice for women in filmmaking a few days ago.
posted by mokin on May 18, 2015 - 6 comments

Its critics seem to not accurately describe the film in the first place.

In Defense of Sucker Punch: Phil Sandifer argues that Zach Snyder's universally panned 2011 exxxxxtravaganza has been criminally misunderstood and is more relevant than ever. (Zach Snyder provided his own perspective on the film to i09 at release.)
How Did This Get Made? and The Flophouse have assessed the film and generally agreed with the critical consensus. (Sandifer on the Blue previously, previouslier, previousliest)
posted by Going To Maine on May 8, 2015 - 118 comments

The auteur of Black Widow is Scarlett Johansson

The Black Widow Conundrum - how Black Widow being the most popular female superhero of the decade is both exciting and disappointing. Also Ike Perlmutter thinks female-led films bomb, The Mary Sue discusses Joss Whedon leaving Twitter.
posted by Artw on May 6, 2015 - 132 comments

Rated R but for the bleeps

Last December, we (The Dissolve) ran an excellent essay from familiar face Chris Klimek on the regrettable history of the PG-13 rating. He explained how the huge gulf in content between PG and R films necessitated the creation of a middle ground. The PG-13 rating was created expressly to attend to that problem, but that created a handful of problems all its own… Animator Mack Williams cooked up the video below, which reshapes Chris’ essay into a snappy, informative, and visually slick cartoon.
posted by Going To Maine on May 4, 2015 - 12 comments

“Stop laughing at old movies, you $@%&ing hipsters”

"I've heard horror stories of audiences guffawing through The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Thing, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather—c'mon, The Godfather!? And perversely, the same crowds stay quiet during actual classic comedies. It's like modern audiences must one-up the past. But that's a contest where everyone loses: the filmmakers whose efforts go ignored, the hipsters who wasted their money, and the rest of us who wanted to enjoy a good movie without getting distracted wondering how to murder a yukster with a bucket of popcorn and a straw.” (Amy Nicholson writing for LA Weekly)
posted by valkane on Apr 29, 2015 - 257 comments

Someone needs a hug... and some cash... and maybe a doctor...

William H. Macy Is Cinema's Number One Loser (SLYT)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 29, 2015 - 23 comments

"Man of Steel" has 99 problems, but he just solved one.

What if Man of Steel was in color? (SLYT)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 24, 2015 - 65 comments

What could go wrong?

The family shows up at Hank’s house unaware that they’ll be sharing it with assorted wildlife whose collective attitude toward humans ranges from playful to scarily aggressive. Oh, and all the animals are real, and largely untrained, and when they paw and pounce on their human costars, you can see real terror in the actors’ eyes — like actual Oh shit please God no terror.
The making of Roar, possibly the Most Dangerous Movie of All Time.
posted by Artw on Apr 18, 2015 - 25 comments

How did you find out about my vibrations!?

Remember when Captain America had a district attorney alter-ego named Grant Gardner? And he fought The Purple Death Scarab? No? Then you might need to rewatch the original 1944 Captain American Republic Serials! Bonus: The (deservedly) short lived Captain America Cartoon 1966
posted by The Whelk on Apr 17, 2015 - 24 comments

Acid In The Coliseum

"When Tony Scott took his own life in 2012, we lost an unquestionably significant filmmaker. Some dwelled on the whys of his demise (thus leading to the rumor that the man was dying of terminal cancer when he jumped from San Pedro’s Vincent Thomas Bridge), but ultimately none of that matters one bit. Scott was a genius behind the camera, leaving behind a filmography that was unified in tone and consistently flat out entertaining. It’s a shame that his pictures have been regularly dismissed as nothing more than hollow diversions; mindless drivel meant for mass consumption and disposal. While their appeal is most certainly broad, there’s nothing vapid about them." - Acid In The Coliseum: The Films Of Tony Scott [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Apr 15, 2015 - 17 comments

Timeless VHS

Today's TV and movies as 80s VHS covers. Worth it for the Breaking Bad one alone.
posted by colie on Apr 13, 2015 - 8 comments

Samuel Delaney reviews Star Wars

Samuel R. Delany's 1977 review of Star Wars.
posted by escabeche on Apr 11, 2015 - 96 comments

This "Cocktail" needed a little something...

"Cocktails & Dreams" on Youtube. My college girlfriend loved both the 1988 Tom Cruise vehicle "Cocktail" and cocktails too much, and in retrospect the first should have been a warning of the second. The people behind "Greenboy", all Mr. Show vets and other alt-comedy types, have taken on a new project - making "Cocktail" watchable. They shortened it to 10 minutes, and added Chris Fairbanks, Greenboy himself, to every scene. It's a funny testament to the power of technology to change history. Lenin would be proud. (Minor NSFW for language and art stuff)
posted by solmssen on Apr 7, 2015 - 7 comments

No way is Willy Wonka weirder than Anton Chigurh

Alex DeLarge, Anton Chigurh, and The Mystery Man walk into a bar. Get the fuck outta the bar. Movie villains, ranked on the weirdness scale. The Movie Bad Guys Weirdness Index "rates from 1 percent — a little bit weird, like when you pick up your phone to text someone and that person texts you right at that moment — to 100 percent weird. The only real restriction: No bad guys from horror movies were eligible because basically all of them are weird, so this thing would’ve been somewhere near 40,000 words." (SL Grantland)
posted by holborne on Apr 7, 2015 - 102 comments

Steal only from the best.

Tony Zhou has quickly become a favorite here at Metafilter for his video essays on film techniques. His latest work is part editing class / part confessional on the subject of video essays themselves. And it all involves Star Wars, South Park and, most of all, Orson Welles' "F for Fake" (previously and previously).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 7, 2015 - 6 comments

"We see the Universe as a machine."

Sundays is a beautiful science fiction short film by Dutch director Mischa Rozema of PostPanic Pictures for roughly $50000. The film was also intended to be a concept pitch for a feature, and it worked as intended, sparking a bidding war between Hollywood studios.
posted by Kattullus on Apr 1, 2015 - 40 comments

Robert Z'Dar

Robert J. Zdarsky, known to cult-film fans everywhere as Robert Z'Dar, has died at age 64. A hard-working actor who had been making steady appearances on TV and film since 1985, Z'Dar is best known -- depending on who you ask -- as the titular Maniac Cop, from his appearance in Samurai Cop, or from the movies that appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Apr 1, 2015 - 27 comments

"Are you in the eighth grade?"

This week in The Dissolve’s Forum section, Noel Murray and Alan Sepinwall discuss Midnight Run and what makes the 1988 film an enduring favorite. This is not the first time Sepinwall has written about his favorite movie.

Midnight Run, previously, by our very own AlonzoMosleyFBI
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 31, 2015 - 21 comments

"Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!"

We got it all on UHF: An oral history of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s cult classic. By Sean O'Neal (SLAVClub)
posted by valkane on Mar 23, 2015 - 41 comments

Sadly No Use of Muppets Anywhere

Start your weekend right with this supercut of dance-scenes from 80+ different movies, from youtuber MsTabularasa and set to Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance."
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 20, 2015 - 46 comments

Oh FUI

Fictional user interfaces in film, TV and games.
Kit FUI
UI BAKA
SciFi Interfaces
VisualPunker: UI
FakeUI
Screens on screen [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Mar 20, 2015 - 15 comments

First and final frames

This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different--both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film. [Obvious spoilers for the final shots of the 55 movies listed in the video's description]
posted by mediareport on Mar 19, 2015 - 18 comments

Get your pies for the great pie fight!

How did pie become the perfect comedic projectile? It started with Mr Flip (1909), which may well be the first pie-to-the-face in movie history (although the first thrown pie was in A Noise from the Deep in 1913). Director Mack Sennett loved the gag so much, he began using it in most of his films, and turned it into one of the most famous slapstick moves in history. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Mar 19, 2015 - 36 comments

Git to da choppah! screamed Ahnold

Famous scenes from R-rated films, done in a children's book style by Josh Cooley, an artist at Pixar.
posted by mathowie on Mar 18, 2015 - 42 comments

Thar she blows!

THE LEVIATHAN is a proof of concept/pitch for a science fiction film by Ruairi Robinson.
posted by brundlefly on Mar 17, 2015 - 37 comments

Milk and cookies kept you awake, eh, Sebastian?

Blade Runner Model Shop: Images from slides taken during the construction of the miniatures for the film "Bladerunner". (via)
posted by jenkinsEar on Mar 17, 2015 - 11 comments

Remembering Harve Bennett, STAR TREK’s Cinematic Shepherd

A personal tribute to the man who helped save the STAR TREK franchise. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 comments

People on the phone never say "good-bye" at the end of a conversation.

Movie cliches that have been around for decades are still alive and well in 2015. Don't believe it? Check out the list and decide for yourself:
  • When men drink whiskey, it is always in a shot glass, and they always drink it in one gulp. If they are wimps, they will gasp for air, then have a coughing fit. If they are macho, they will wince briefly, flashing clenched teeth.
  • There are always carrot leaves and a loaf of french bread sticking out of every grocery bag
  • Explosions in space make noise, etc. etc. etc.

posted by bhb on Mar 16, 2015 - 204 comments

Goatshank Redemption

"Jackie was a horrible actress, the literal worst, but her sick schtick did the trick." If Dinosaurs Were the Main Characters in "Jurassic Park" (SL Buzzfeed)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 16, 2015 - 12 comments

Might have to look closely

Can you spot the famous Toronto landmarks in these films?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Mar 14, 2015 - 18 comments

The Breakfast Club, Gratuitous Nudity, and John Hughes

How the Female Stars of The Breakfast Club Fought to Remove a Sexist Scene, and Won [Vanity Fair; excerpt from upcoming John Hughes biography]
posted by julen on Mar 12, 2015 - 71 comments

The First Chinese-American Movie Star

Anna May Wong was the first Chinese-American movie star, first appearing as an extra in 1919. Her first leading role came in 1922's Toll of the Sea, the first color feature made in Hollywood. She continued appearing in films until 1960, the year prior to her death. [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Mar 12, 2015 - 5 comments

Noah Segan, working actor

'Looper's Noah Segan (aka Kid Blue) Explains What It's Really Like As a Working Actor
While waiting to interview Looper director Rian Johnson during Fantastic Fest, a chance encounter challenged even my notions of what it meant to be a movie star. Sitting there, in the garish luxury of the Four Seasons hotel lobby, I met a rather lost-looking young man with whom I struck up a conversation. He was passionate and sharp, and it took a good five minutes before I recognized him as Noah Segan, the actor who played Kid Blue in Looper. I assumed he too had been sent by the studio to promote the movie, but in fact he had come of his own volition, on his own dime, and was being soundly ignored by the publicists.

Talking with Noah, it became clear that, though he had appeared in several theatrical films, he was far from living the life of privilege and extreme comfort we tend to associate with movie stars. Noah’s experience echoes those of many with occupations in the creative field; the epitome of the blue-collar artist. This interview was completely unexpected, and we didn’t end up talking much about the movie, but if you’re struggling with the financial logistics of doing what you love professionally, you too will probably find a kindred spirit in Kid Blue.
[more inside]
posted by Lexica on Mar 9, 2015 - 6 comments

Star Trek movies (ships only)

Youtube user ThomasHuntFilms has edited down the original Star Trek movies (i.e. no Abramsverse movies) to just the scenes with ships only. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Mar 7, 2015 - 60 comments

"Sweet Summer Rain: Like God's Own Mercy."

Character actor Daniel Von Bargen ("Seinfeld", "Lord of Illusions", "Super Troopers") has died at the age of 64. One tragic footnote is his 2012 suicide attempt that led to his long illness. Here are some facts about Diabetes and Depression and, as always, there is help for those who need it. (Post Title Quote here)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Mar 4, 2015 - 15 comments

The Uncanny X-Men

What if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie?
posted by Artw on Mar 4, 2015 - 25 comments

"This movie was made in 1986. It invented all the cliches."

Matt Zoller Seitz hosted a sleepover for his 11 year old son and his son's friends. Soon it came time to watch a movie, which produced: Notes on watching "Aliens" for the first time again, with a bunch of kids .
posted by Pope Guilty on Mar 1, 2015 - 159 comments

TL;DR Minorities in Hollywood are underrepresented on every front

"We don't want them to see diversity as a burden or a moral obligation. We want them to see it as a business imperative."
UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies has released its 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report: Flipping The Script [PDF]. The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive story (with lots of sidebars.)
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 26, 2015 - 3 comments

How to Save Us

How to Save Us (trailer) is a low-budget horror film made by Jason Trost, creator of the cult hit The FP (previously). Jason Trost is a young filmmaker who continually puts out unique, sometimes satirical, but always creative films across all genres, pulling them together despite shoestring budgets derived mostly from crowdfunding that he manages himself. Jason Trost's films often draw negative reviews mostly centered around their lack of budget, however they are unique and odd enough that he has accumulated his fair share of loyal fans and supporters.
posted by Librarypt on Feb 25, 2015 - 9 comments

I turn my back on you: black movie poster art

"Foregrounding the back of Martin Luther King’s head, Selma’s poster is an act of protest in itself. But as a recent book on black movie poster art shows, many past poster designs have obscured, caricatured or edited out black actors altogether." Isabel Stevens writes on black movie poster art at the British Film Institute (BFI).
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 24, 2015 - 9 comments

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