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Film score video essay

Every Frame a Painting explains why MCU and modern movie music is similar and forgettable


The Marvel Carbon Copy Universe
Sep 12
// Hubert Vigilla
Tony Zhou's video series Every Frame a Painting is an excellent resource for people interested in the craft and aesthetics of filmmaking. Zhou is a professional editor, and his video essays cover everything for omnivorous cin...
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Black Lightning

DC's Black Lightning coming to TV, but not on The CW


Sep 09
// Nick Valdez
As we've reiterated many times in the past, what WB/DC can't seem to do in their films they've been excelling at on TV. One major player has been producer Greg Berlanti, who pretty much reinvented DC on TV with Arrow, The Fla...
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Live By Trailer

Trailer for Ben Affleck's Live By Night tears through the prohibition era


Sep 09
// Nick Valdez
Ben Affleck's currently in a sort of revival. He may have take some hits in the 2000s, but it all changed in the 2010s with The Town. With a trio of successful directorial outings (Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo), he's we...
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Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur is Summer's biggest flop with $120 million loss


Truly not the king of kings.
Sep 09
// Nick Valdez
Although we had some major tentpole releases last Summer, even making it the third best box office Summer ever, that didn't mean every release succeeded. Among the Civil Wars and Batmans, was the poor Judah Ben-Hur. According...
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Johns: 'Justice League' will address 'BvS' criticisms


Hopey changey stuff
Sep 09
// Matt Liparota
By all accounts, Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe, now three movies in, has struggled to find the same kind of critical footing as Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe. Since its debut in 2012's Man of Steel, DC flicks have b...
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Animated Indiana Jones

An animated Indiana Jones fan film is coming out September 29th


No ticket
Sep 09
// Hubert Vigilla
Well, this is totally out of the blue. Artist Patrick Schoenmaker has been working on an Indiana Jones animated film for the last five years, and it will be coming out online at the end of the month. According to /Film, Schoe...
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Heathers TV pilot

A Heathers TV pilot has been ordered by TV Land--yes, that Heathers


This is so very
Sep 09
// Hubert Vigilla
Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater is one of the great cult movies of the 1980s. It's a pitch black dive into the worst aspects of high school and its clique mentality. Heathers was adapted into a s...
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Free Fire trailer

Brie Larson gets gun crazy in red band trailer for Ben Wheatley's Free Fire


Bang bang bang bang bang bang click
Sep 09
// Hubert Vigilla
Prolific British filmmaker Ben Wheatley does a little bit of everything. 2011's psychological horror film Kill List had great nods to Wicker Man, 2012's Sightseers was a sadly deranged and bleakly comic misfit romance, 2...
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Deathjoe Manganiellstroke

Joe Manganiello cast as Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's Batman movie


Everyone in this movie works out
Sep 09
// Hubert Vigilla
You may recall news last week that Deathstroke will be the villain in Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie. This lead many people to wonder who would be cast as Slade Wilson. It was confirmed yesterday that hunky Joe Manganiello h...
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has new poster with less back


Sep 09
// Rick Lash
When last we heard from Tom Cruise, aka Jack Reacher, he had just released an itty bitty trailer to further whet our already dripping appetites for the impending release of the next adaptation of the Lee Child's series. Along...
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Kate Beckinsale, Underworld vampire, can't die, new Blood Wars trailer


Sep 09
// Rick Lash
"Impossible," to quote the trailer's final spoken word. Yes. I too thought they were referring to the reality of this trailer or the implication that there was indeed another Underworld movie coming soon to theaters, or comin...

Review: Sully

Sep 08 // Matthew Razak
[embed]220856:43091:0[/embed] SullyDirector: Clint EastwoodRated: PG-13Release Date: September 9, 2016  If you missed out on the year 2009 for some reason then you may not have heard the story of Sully Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), the lifetime pilot who successfully performed a water landing in the middle of the Hudson River after both engines of his plane were hit by geese after take off. We've all seen the iconic image of the airplane slowly sinking in the water as passengers stand on the wings and New York ferry boats speed to their rescue. It was miraculous and amazing and seemed to come just at the right time with just the right man. Very few people could have pulled off the landing. In fact water landings almost never work. Sully purports to tell the story behind the landing, but in reality there isn't that much story to tell. Instead Eastwood smartly focuses on just the 208 seconds and the split second decision that Captain Sullenberger had to make, driving the film into a character study instead of an action piece. To do this the film vilifies the NTSB, making them into a giant government organization that wants to protect itself from lawsuits. This casts doubts into the mind of Sully and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) and it is within this frame that we relive the crash multiple times from multiple views. All this surrounded by Sullenberg's self doubt and determination to prove he's done the right thing. It is a brilliant construction for the film that avoids turning the movie into an overwrought action film and instead ratchets up the tension. Despite repeating the same 208 seconds multiple times you're drawn in each time, experiencing it in a different way. One time a nightmare of how everything could have gone wrong. The next glimpsing the fear New Yorkers had seeing a plane once again flying low in their city. Yet another pulling us into the passenger experience. Yet never once does it feel like pandering thanks to Eastwood jumping back to focus on the man himself and his inner demons.  That isn't to say the film avoids all issues of the standard "based on a true story" simplifications. A lot of the drama after the crash feels played up. The NTSB is turned into an evil organization intent on proving that Sullenberger shouldn't have landed in the river and tensions with his wife seem ratcheted up just for dramatic effect. In reality the NTSB was probably just doing its job and I'm hard pressed to find anything that justifies the innuendo of a troubled marriage. This is what we call dramatic licence, however, and without it Eastwood's movie would have been 208 seconds of excitement and then following a man on a press tour. The biggest issue here is that the two plot lines can take a bit away from the actual PTSD and stress the Sullenberger was under. They never get the chance to though as Eastwood keeps the film to just around 90 minutes, a true rarity in a time of bloated bio pics. He's also got a cast that could make almost anything work. Hanks exudes the charm and confidence that made Sully so likable to America. Yet his performance is tinged with a sadness that brings humanity to the character. The landing is not one of an action hero, but that of a man doing the best he can in very bad circumstances. Eckhart delivers a strong supporting role, though his character is mostly there as an exposition piece for Sully. What matters in the end is those 208 seconds, however. Somehow Eastwood pulls out more drama, feeling and emotion from just that brief amount of time than most epics do in three hour running periods. Sully is another testament to just how deft a filmmaker Eastwood is because it's easy to tell the "true" story of a hero, but it's hard to tell the true story of a man.
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208 Seconds
It's a tricky thing about the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger. The true story of the man who landed an airplane in the Hudson River saving 155 lives, including two infants, is absolutely amazing. But it only lasted 208 ...

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Booster Gold

Booster Gold movie may not be part of DCEU


No place for fun in the DCEU
Sep 08
// Matthew Razak
DC's Expanded Universe (what they're calling their cinematic universe and TV universe) is a place of furrowed brows, death and bad editing. That's no place for Booster Gold! See Booster Gold is a man from the future who trave...
Star Wars SFX photo
Star Wars SFX

Watch ILM work their special effects magic on Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Tighten up the graphics on scene 3
Sep 07
// Hubert Vigilla
While producer Kathleen Kennedy has stressed the importance of practical effects and location shooting in this new batch of Star Wars films, CG still has a major role to play in bringing these movies to life. SFX innovators I...
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The Bad Batch on Netflix

Ana Lily Amirpour's The Bad Batch with Jason Momoa picked up by Netflix for SVOD


Aquaman drinks a Jizzy Fizz
Sep 07
// Hubert Vigilla
Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour had a memorable debut with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a Jim Jarmusch-style Iranian vampire movie heavy with languid mood and style. (Not to be confused with a Jim Jarmusch vampire movi...
Headshot trailer photo
Headshot trailer

The Raid's Iko Uwais beats the hell out of jabronis in this trailer for Headshot


BOOM! Headshot
Sep 07
// Hubert Vigilla
The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2: Berandal opened things up for director Gareth Evans and star Iwo Uwais. Uwais is back in action for Headshot, a film co-directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto. If Tjahjanto's name lo...
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2016 summer box office total is 3rd best, ever


Hollywood stands up straight, no slump here
Sep 07
// Rick Lash
Man do I want to blame this loss on The Huntsman: Winter's War, but I can't, seeing as the official summer box office runs from the first Friday in May through Labor Day, meaning Winter's War (and its lifeless box office...
Shanghai Noon 3 photo
Shanghai Noon 3

Jackie Chan & Owen Wilson reteam for Shanghai Noon sequel by Napoleon Dynamite director


GOSH!
Sep 06
// Hubert Vigilla
In unexpected news, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson are in talks to star in a second sequel to their 2000 western buddy comedy Shanghai Noon. The film will be directed by Jared Hess, best known for Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Lib...
Werner Herzog Netflix photo
Werner Herzog Netflix

Werner Herzog's volcano documentary Into the Inferno will hit Netflix October 28th


Piping hot from the festival circuit
Sep 06
// Hubert Vigilla
Netflix is putting out everything these days, from Bill Nye talks shows to Mythbusters build team shows to Christopher Guest mockumentaries about sports mascots. Now they've acquired the brand new, critically acclaimed Werner...
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

First look at Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ghost Rider


He doesn't look anything like Nick Cage
Sep 06
// Matthew Razak
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might not be Marvel's best show running now that the Netflix series have come along, but it's a solid serial that finally gained its footing last season. Looking to jump off that, and actually add ...
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Friday the 13th: The Game

Jason Vorhees does a bunch of fatalities in this trailer for Friday the 13th: The Game


Ka-ka-ka... ki-ki-kill-- FRIENDSHIP!?
Sep 06
// Hubert Vigilla
The Friday the 13th series has always been a reliable franchise for gorehounds. The movies are full of gruesome death scenes, and each Jason Vorhees murder often amounted to a form of slapstick sadism. My favorite might be th...
Elle trailer photo
Elle trailer

Paul Verhoeven is back with Elle starring Isabelle Huppert, watch the trailer


An empowering, lighthearted rape movie?
Sep 06
// Hubert Vigilla
Though Showgirls eventually achieved camp/cult status, it was a major strike against Paul Verhoeven's career. He couldn't find steady footing in Hollywood afterwards, Starship Troopers notwithstanding. Showgirls also torpedoe...
White Rabbit Project photo
White Rabbit Project

The Mythbusters build team reunites for White Rabbit Project on Netflix


Kari, Grant, and Tory make 'splosions
Sep 06
// Hubert Vigilla
Mythbusters had a good run for a while, particularly during the early-to-middle-stretch of the show when Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman co-anchored the program with their build team of Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imaha...
Willy Wonka 35mm photo
Willy Wonka 35mm

NYC: Metrograph showing Willy Wonka in 35mm Labor Day weekend


Young lovers love the spring
Sep 02
// Hubert Vigilla
If you live in New York City and can't get into the AMC screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this weekend, you may still get to see the movie on the big screen in the next few days. Metrograph (one of my favori...
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Jon Favreau joins Spider-Man: Homecoming


Because he's Happy
Sep 02
// Matt Liparota
Spider-Man: Homecoming has been a treasure trove of casting news, with notable stars like Michael Keaton, Donald Glover and Zendaya joining the large and diverse cast for the upcoming reboot. Now we've got another name to add...
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Sully

See Sully early and free


Washington DC and Baltimore screenings
Sep 02
// Matthew Razak
Tom Hanks in a based-on-actual-events movie? Yea, I'm there. Putting him into the role of hero pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger who landed a damn airplane in the middle of the Hudson river? I'm double there...
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AMC honors Gene Wilder

AMC theaters showing Willy Wonka and Blazing Saddles Labor Day weekend to honor Gene Wilder


It's twue, it's twue!
Sep 02
// Hubert Vigilla
When Gene Wilder died earlier this week, there was a massive outpouring of love for the man, which is a testament to the work he did and the impact he had on so many lives. To honor the late Wilder, AMC theaters is bringing t...
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Honorary Oscars

Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman will receive honorary Oscars


They should co-star in a buddy cop movie
Sep 01
// Hubert Vigilla
Action icon Jackie Chan and influential documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Titticut Follies, High School) will both receive honorary Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Honorary Oscars will also...
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Luke Skywalker confirmed for Episode IX?


Because we're desperate for news
Sep 01
// Matthew Razak
Everyone stop everything! Mark Hamill may have just confirmed that Luke Skywalker is going to live through Star Wars Episode VIII and appear in Episode IX. Guess he won't be going the way of our old pal Han then. The act...
Ghostbusters photo
Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters gets a new name for Blu-ray release


For reasons
Sep 01
// Matthew Razak
When you go to the store to pick up the new Ghostbusters movie because you want to own it, you might scratch you head for a second. The title you're going to see on the box will be Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. That's o...

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