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Mad Max: Fury Road without the special effects is still awesome

Most movies, especially big blockbuster action movies, look embarrassingly awkward when you strip away the CGI and special effects and expose it in real life. It’s because so much is fake these days! Not Mad Max: Fury Road though. That movie’s action sequences still look so bad ass in real life. Check it out. » 6/05/15 12:52pm 6/05/15 12:52pm

Proof that all movie trailers use the same new damn sound

Before it was that Inception horn. You know the one, that BRAAAAM sound that strategically tingled your spine because you know something action packed yet suspenseful is going to happen. And now there’s a new favorite sound for movie trailers: it sounds a lot like pulling the power on something and hearing the noise… » 6/01/15 12:00am 6/01/15 12:00am

Are Our Heroines Too Perfect?

Yesterday, I read a rather excellent article over a Comics Alliance titled “Smart, Nice and Sassy: ‘Good Girl’ Role Models Make Boring Heroes.” The central thesis of the article was that, yes, we’re getting more great female characters in comics these days, but is it possible they’re a little too great? More… » 5/08/15 10:02am 5/08/15 10:02am

This Movie's Realistic AI Scared the Shit Out of Me

When I watched the trailer for Ex Machina, I was excited. It wasn’t just the uncanny and attractive robot Ava, either. There were androids, AI, Turing tests! This looked like the scifi movie of my dreams. But when I saw Ex Machina recently, I was terrified. Because it told the truth about what AI might become. » 4/13/15 9:00am 4/13/15 9:00am

Let's Fly Away! The Worst To Best Dragon Ball Films

With the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Z: The Revival of F, It's time again to look back to the series that arguably is one of the most influential and popular manga/anime franchises. A while ago, we looked at the sagas that made up the main series from worst to best. This time, we'll be rating the 19 official… » 4/09/15 10:00pm 4/09/15 10:00pm

This Fascinating Short Contrasts The First And Last Shots Of 55 Films

In just over five minutes, Jacob T. Swinney's film contrasts the opening and closing shots of 55 films, from The Tree of Life to The Usual Suspects. Some are quite abstract. But the number you will be able to ID (especially if you've watched a lot of indie/art-house movies in recent years) may surprise you. » 3/22/15 3:45pm 3/22/15 3:45pm

Your Evening Cry: I Am Big Bird Will Punch You Right in the Feelings

Caroll Spinney, the 80-year-old man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar, is finally getting his moment in the limelight with the documentary I Am Big Bird. The film is set to hit theaters on May 6th and what the fuck? What is happening to my face? Water. Water emerging from my eyes in an unstoppable waterfall of… » 3/13/15 11:52am 3/13/15 11:52am

Camera Experts Designed a New Kind of 360° Rig for Jupiter Ascending

Lovely though it is in person, Chicago can seem like a grim, grey place on film. So when the Wachowskis decided to film key moments of their new movie Jupiter Ascending there, they didn't just wait for the most beautiful light—they built a whole new type of camera to capture it. » 2/05/15 3:31pm 2/05/15 3:31pm