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"...which will make your enhanced viewing even doper."

The cast and crew of Tarantino's The Hateful Eight discuss the upcoming old-fashioned roadshow screenings of the first film to be projected in Ultra Panavision 70 in nearly fifty years. [more inside]
posted by hollyholly on Dec 1, 2015 - 32 comments

... I wasn’t really an option, but we got on terribly well.

Ian McKellen gives an hour long presentation featuring some of the amazing women he's worked with over his 50 year acting career.
posted by h00py on Nov 20, 2015 - 8 comments

precisely ZERO actresses of color in the Oscar conversation

Two years ago, I was thrilled that three of the six women on our roundtable were black: Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o and Octavia Spencer. I thought, perhaps naively, that this represented a sea-change in the film business, and hoped it was catching up with the tectonic shifts that industries all across America have had to make to reflect this country’s diversity. But I was wrong. Stephen Galloway, in The Hollywood Reporter: Why Every Actress on The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Cover Is White
posted by everybody had matching towels on Nov 18, 2015 - 38 comments

DeMille's Lost City

“You have lost your mind,” telegraphed Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount Pictures. “Stop filming and return to Los Angeles at once.” DeMille refused. “I cannot and will not make pictures with a yardstick,” he wired back to the studio. “What do they want me to do?” he was rumored to have said, according to Higashi. “Stop now and release it as The Five Commandments?” Excavating the "City of the Pharoah," the biggest set ever built for a Hollywood film in the 1920s. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2015 - 10 comments

"Why you do something is more important than how."

"In order to recover a bit from a recent feeling of exhaustion, I spent a significant amount of this past weekend diligently sitting on my ass, in front of the television. On Saturday night, I popped in my copy of Woody Allen’s 'Manhattan,' which, among other things, is as stunningly designed a movie as I’ve ever seen. This is largely thanks to the work of Gordon Willis, a master cinematographer who, apart from his incredible work on this film, was also responsible for photographing an alarmingly high share of my favorite movies of all time: 'The Godfather,' 'The Godfather Part II,' 'All the President’s Men,' and 'The Parallax View,' among others." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 18, 2015 - 23 comments

The mother lode of cinematic food puns

Over 150 recipes from the early run of TBS' Dinner and a Movie, including "Peter Pancakes with Lost Boys-enberry Syrup" (originally paired with a presentation of Hook), "Two Hot Peppers on the Lamb" (Thelma and Louise), and "Jane S'mores" (Somewhere in Time).
posted by Iridic on Nov 17, 2015 - 6 comments

"I don't know. It never really made sense to me."

ESPN uses the "30 for 30" series to tackle the most important sporting event of the Cold War. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Nov 16, 2015 - 29 comments

To be completely honest, Chevy treated me like dirt.

Holy Cow, Home Alone Is 25! Remember Winnetka’s most famous big-screen family, the McCallisters—especially the resourceful son who got left behind? An oral history of one of the most beloved Christmas comedies ever made.
posted by almostmanda on Nov 12, 2015 - 49 comments

Occasionally there’s a raised voice. That’s kind of it for action.

Spotlight, the movie: A personal view Lessons learned from survivors of sexual abuse, the strange intoxication of Hollywood & the power of investigative journalism. By Matt Carrol.
posted by artsandsci on Nov 11, 2015 - 4 comments

#AllMyMovies

Visitors are invited to join Shia LaBeouf in person as he watches all his movies consecutively in reverse chronological order over the next three days, 24 hours a day.
posted by Solon and Thanks on Nov 11, 2015 - 130 comments

I'm gonna kill that kid!

Is Home Alone secretly a slasher film? There is certainly a case to be made. [more inside]
posted by me3dia on Nov 2, 2015 - 19 comments

Why Props Matter

The greatest trick the prop ever pulled was convincing the world it didn't exist. A look at the hidden power of film props and how filmmakers use the everyday (and not so everyday) objects in their scenes to enhance cinematic storytelling. [slVimeo]
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 31, 2015 - 33 comments

I think the internet might be running out of supercut material.

Atlas Obscura (?!) presents an inventory of cinematic worms by size, smallest to largest (SLYT)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 26, 2015 - 16 comments

The 25 best horror movies since 2000 (according to AVClub)

"Ask horror-movie buffs to name their favorite decade for the genre, and you’ll likely receive a variety of answers. The ’30s had several of Universal’s classic roster of monsters. The ’40s had Val Lewton. The ’70s had zombies, and giant sharks, and Texas chain saw massacres. (The ’70s is a good choice.) But at the risk of speculating wildly, it seems safe to assume that not too many hypothetical fans would single out the current or previous decade as horror’s finest. Classics take time to solidify, reputations take a minute to build, and hindsight is 20/20. Plus, you know, Uwe Boll." [more inside]
posted by valkane on Oct 26, 2015 - 227 comments

Do you wanna build a theory?

Some ways we can read Elsa: "Cold and Hungry: Discourses of Anorexic Feminity in Frozen," "Disney's Frozen and Autism," "Reading Frozen as a Feminist," and "Disney's Frozen: Gay or Schizophrenic?"
posted by thetortoise on Oct 23, 2015 - 59 comments

Jan Hooks in the Wilderness

One year ago, the Saturday Night Live family lost one of its greatest talents when Jan Hooks passed away at the age of 57. Though there are many SNL players that fade into obscurity once their term at Rockefeller Center is up, most people are surprised that, aside from a recurring role on 30 Rock, Jan Hooks had pretty much disappeared since the turn of the 21st century. Grantland provides a bittersweet look back into her history and into what happened during those years.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 22, 2015 - 29 comments

Replicating Walker

Many of those who went to see Furious 7 earlier this year went because it was, by all accounts, a raucous good time. And there were also a number of us who were extremely curious about how they were able to finish the film after the tragic death of star Paul Walker. Variety currently has an article up on the methods used to replicate Walker for certain scenes and, most intriguingly, an imgur gallery has been posted of all the shots that were completed after Walker died.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 19, 2015 - 25 comments

Functions of Film Sound: The Prestige

More subtly, offscreen sound is used to withhold the "Prestige," or the payoff, of each man's greatest trick. (Originally, the word prestige meant "illusion," especially one that dazzles the eyes.) Alfred's first, minimal version of the Transported Man is shown only in part. We see the setup with Robert watching avidly and Cutter elsewhere in the audience, skeptical. But we don't see the Prestige phase of the trick. Nolan keeps the camera on Cutter while we hear the second door open and the bouncing ball being caught by the duplicate Alfred. Nolan thereby makes the trick itself vague, to be revealed in full later. Conveying the illusion through offscreen sound also emphasizes the contrasting reactions of Cutter, who is unimpressed, and Robert, who considers it "the greatest magic trick I’ve ever seen." [more inside]
posted by smcg on Oct 18, 2015 - 31 comments

It seemed nearly impossible for a movie to fail by Fandango's standards.

Be Suspicious Of Online Movie Ratings, Especially Fandango's — FiveThirtyEight.com notices a consistent pattern in Fandango movie ratings, and warns against the perils of relying on ratings provided by companies trying to sell you the product being rated. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Oct 15, 2015 - 184 comments

Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?

...if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.” At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being “difficult” or “spoiled.”
Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence on the wage gap between male and female actors
posted by The Gooch on Oct 13, 2015 - 131 comments

This Could Be Bad For Movie Stars Everywhere!

The trailer for the Coen Brothers' "Hail Caesar!", a caper set in Golden Age Hollywood, has been released.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 9, 2015 - 123 comments

Hello, Darling.

This Friday, people will be able to go to the theater and see yet another interpretation of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan". Such news does not necessarily excite Barrie fans, given the middling results of some past interpretations (and Pan isn't being received much better). But the AV Club's Ryan Vlastelica argues they can take heart that the best "Peter Pan" movie was already made... in 2003.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 7, 2015 - 45 comments

If we do not find new images, we will perish

"The Fall" is a 2006 adventure fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh. The opening title sequence is the "perfect example of a director’s absolute control over his vision." Ebert described the movie as "a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms. Surely it is one of the wildest indulgences a director has ever granted himself. Tarsem... has made a movie that you might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it. " [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Oct 2, 2015 - 39 comments

If it ain't broke...

Filmmaker Pablo Fernandez Eyre recently made a discovery: Director Alfred Hitchcock and editor George Tomasini judged that a sequence which worked once would work twice, such as these two famous scenes from Psycho and The Birds. If you liked that, Eyre is fond of the side-by-side comparisons, such as these similar videos of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and the Star Wars saga.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 30, 2015 - 7 comments

Horror and chill

For the first time in forever, Halloween will be filled with scary movies.* And while you're here... [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Sep 29, 2015 - 89 comments

"I’m too mad to love anyone right now"

"There Aren't Enough Bricks in the World to Throw at Roland Emmerich’s Appalling Stonewall" - The first reviews of Roland Emmerich film about the Stonewall riots are in. They are not favorable.
posted by Artw on Sep 22, 2015 - 77 comments

"This is a really stupid movie, but I don't think that's a bad thing."

Three weeks ago, The AV Club quietly launched Film Club, a conversational weekly review show hosted by film editor A.A. Dowd and critic / former At the Movies host Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (previously, previously). New releases covered so far include The Visit, Transporter: Refueled, and Black Mass and Sicario. [more inside]
posted by alexoscar on Sep 22, 2015 - 2 comments

As Far Back As I Can Remember I Always Wanted To Be A Gangster

Goodfellas turned Wiseguy’s simple prose into cinematic gold [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Sep 22, 2015 - 24 comments

Grab the smelling salts

Pre-Code.com is an incredibly detailed exploration of the Hollywood cinema that fell between the advent of sound motion pictures in 1927 and the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 (Which wasn't enforced until 1934. Huh? Here's a timeline). This includes a number of familiar titles such as All Quiet on the Western Front, Dracula, Duck Soup, It Happened One Night and The Public Enemy. But we also get a peek at the more obscure and daring titles such as Baby Face, I’m no Angel, Smarty, Safe in Hell and Night Nurse.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 20, 2015 - 10 comments

The Death of Baby Diego

Evan Puschak, aka The Nerdwriter, watches Children of Men and asks us to not ignore the background [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 19, 2015 - 49 comments

The First and Last Ones Were Particularly Poignant

Jimmy Carter watched a lot of movies when he was President -- more than 400, in fact, ranging from Midnight Cowboy (the first known X-rated movie screened at the White House) to The Bad News Bears. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Sep 19, 2015 - 29 comments

The Subtext Buried In Seven Great Movie Chess Scenes

The Subtext Buried In Seven Great Movie Chess Scenes: "So let’s go one level deeper into some iconic movie scenes that involve a chess match. This exercise involved a lot of pausing and rewinding and probably wouldn’t have been possible without 1080p. To pick apart these cinematic chess clashes, we also spoke to chess grandmaster Robert Hess, a former U.S. national championship runner-up, and turned to the raw silicon-powered strength of the chess engine Stockfish. (We showed Hess the positions over email, without telling him anything about the movies the games were from.)" [SL538]
posted by capricorn on Sep 18, 2015 - 57 comments

Trucks + Sentience

An Oral History of Stephen King's directorial debut: Maximum Overdrive
posted by The Whelk on Sep 18, 2015 - 42 comments

American Experience

Walt Disney - "An unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America's most enduring and influential storytellers -- Walt Disney."
posted by kliuless on Sep 16, 2015 - 17 comments

"Who wants to go to Vancouver?"

Tony Zhou is back with a love letter / lament for his cinematically ubiquitous hometown: "Vancouver Never Plays Itself".
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 13, 2015 - 50 comments

There was a Videodrome novel?

Audiobooks for the Damned takes the novelizations of films from the seventies and eighties, records audiobook versions, and uploads them to YouTube. [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Sep 12, 2015 - 20 comments

Just let Richard Gere and Julia Roberts hang out

25 thoughts on seeing Pretty Woman 25 years late
posted by Rhomboid on Sep 12, 2015 - 34 comments

Women with a Movie Camera

How does it blinker our perception of cinema’s history when picture after gorgeous monochrome picture of elaborate movie sets have as their focus a white male director? As part of Sight & Sound magazine's Female Gaze issue, Isabel Stevens has compiled a collection of images of women directors at work.
posted by Awkward Philip on Sep 9, 2015 - 8 comments

Explore Seattle Through the Cinematic Car Chase

1974, Trans Am: John Wayne is McQ - He's a busted cop, his gun is unlicensed, his methods are unlawful, and his story is incredible (IMDB, trailer)
1976, Dune buggy: Connie Stevens is Scorchy! - She's Killed A Man, Been Shot At, And Made Love Twice Already This Evening... And The Evening Isn't Over Yet! (IMDB, trailer) (If you only watch one, this is the one for its over-the-top 1970s ridiculousness)
2000, Cadillac Seville: Sylvester Stallone in Get Carter - The truth hurts (IMDB, trailer)
2011, Volvo S60: Short film/Volvo commercial from National Film Festival for Talented Youth [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Sep 6, 2015 - 30 comments

The 39 Steps - and more.

23 Free Hitchcock Movies Online - Open Culture [Previously] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 4, 2015 - 19 comments

Everyone goes to Hell's Club.

And I do mean everyone.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 2, 2015 - 25 comments

Featuring a relative of LazyTown's Robbie Rotten! Because I mean COME ON

Herschell Gordon Lewis is best known for being a legend of gory schlock horror, but his resume also included two children's films. Of the two, the 'best worst' is the earlier by one year: Jimmy the Boy Wonder, featuring a low-budget Land-of-Oz-with-the-numbers-filed-off, a bizarre villain named Mr. Fig and a lengthy sequence of poorly-dubbed possibly-European animation. The other, The Magic Land of Mother Goose (aka Santa Visits the Magic Land of Mother Goose - guess who never appears in the film?), was the result of Lewis being hired to shoot a vehicle for a magician entirely on a high school stage. Both films are available for purchase from Something Weird Video (parts of site NSFW) as downloads and DVD-Rs.
posted by BiggerJ on Sep 2, 2015 - 4 comments

A "Wonderously Wonderful" Film with the "Strangest Cast[...] in History"

There exists a film whose trailer tantalizes the brain; a film whose English dub, believed to have been created by the notorious K. Gordon Murray (his previous lies - he is described as a "flim-flammer" who ran a "kiddie circuit"), has eluded even the most fervent afficionados of strange cinema. Thanks to the people of Sweden and a translator known only as Doctor Death (and fixes from uploader Justin Sane - you can see the translation by turning on captions), you can enter the world of The Secret of Magic Island: the live-action children's film starring an all-animal cast.
posted by BiggerJ on Aug 31, 2015 - 14 comments

Real vs Reel

History vs Hollywood fact-checks "based on a true story/inspired by true events" popular movies, and tries to match faces and events with their real-life counterparts.
posted by elgilito on Aug 28, 2015 - 4 comments

"I just want to be there, if they ever do find a cure."

An oral history of "Longtime Companion." The first major release movie to deal with the AIDS epidemic, 1990's Longtime Companion focuses on a group of gay friends in New York City, revisiting them one day per year starting in 1981. Bruce Davison won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Aug 26, 2015 - 13 comments

Skip Lievsay is one of the most talented men in Hollywood.

"It is a central principle of sound editing that people hear what they are conditioned to hear, not what they are actually hearing. The sound of rain in movies? Frying bacon. Car engines revving in a chase scene? It’s partly engines, but what gives it that visceral, gut-level grist is lion roars mixed in. To be excellent, a sound editor needs not just a sharp, trained ear, but also a gift for imagining what a sound could do, what someone else might hear." [via The Week, print edition]
posted by Shmuel510 on Aug 22, 2015 - 22 comments

"Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient."

Hearts and Minds is a documentary about the Vietnam War. It was directed by Peter Davis. It came out in 1974 to considerable controversy. The war finally ended in 1975. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 21, 2015 - 14 comments

Lesbian movies that don't suck

Top Ten Best Lesbian Movies: 10 Queer Movies That Don’t Suck. | Top Ten Queer Girl Movies That Don’t Suck: Best Lesbian Movies Part #2 (Autostraddle). Previously: "I bind you, Hollywood, from doing harm", Maybe not the warmest color.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 21, 2015 - 40 comments

Reboot, reuse, recycle

93 Movie Remakes and Reboots Currently in the Works. From the recent and the successful to the silent and obscure, Hollywood is going to remake and reboot it all.
posted by immlass on Aug 21, 2015 - 155 comments

How about four seasons and EIGHT movies?

Hollywood's reboot-a-palooza continues with the recent release of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", based on the classic 1960's television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. However, this is far from the first time the property has been in theaters. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Aug 20, 2015 - 32 comments

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