The Summer Movies Of 2015: What Worked and What Didn't

Summer movie season is based on the premise that filmmakers know what the public wants. Big production budgets feed into big marketing campaigns feed into blockbuster success—unless they don’t, through some failure of hit-movie theory or practice. The 2015 season produced some notable surprises (Mad Max) along with… »8/25/15 4:34pm8/25/15 4:34pm

The Good, Bad and Meh: Lessons From Mad Max, Terminator, and Jurassic World

There were three major attempts to resurrect old franchises this summer: Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator Genisys, and Jurassic World. One was a critical hit with modest commercial success, one was a failure at both, and the third was a greater commercial than critical success. What lessons can we learn from them? »7/24/15 3:24pm7/24/15 3:24pm

The Difference Between Sexiness and Sleaziness in Superhero Comics

Greetings, my pernicious pen partners! I actually had thought that I’d be able to have a “Postal Apocalypse” last week during Comic-Con. Comic-Con had other plans that involved me working 14-hour days and sobbing hysterically at my desk, begging for the sweet release of death. But I’m better now! So on with your… »7/16/15 3:22pm7/16/15 3:22pm

Christ, Not Even Jurassic World's Dinosaur Toys Are Allowed to Be Female

The omnipresent practice of denying girls action figures has somehow hit a new low. Remember how in the Jurassic World movie, most of the dinosaurs—especially Chris Pratt’s Raptor squad—were constantly referred to as girls? Well, as Jurassic World action figures, they’ve all been genderswapped into boys. »6/25/15 10:30am6/25/15 10:30am

Jurassic World Is A Huge Mega-Hit, And That’s Terrible News For Movies

Jurassic World is now on track to beat the box office records of both Avengers films, and it has a shot at beating Avatar. This is terrible, awful news for anybody who loves movies. Not because Jurassic World is a horrible movie—it’s actually pretty fun. But because this means a lot more pandering sequels. »6/22/15 5:51pm6/22/15 5:51pm

How Jurassic World's Sound Team Created Indominus Rex's "Annoying" Roar

Part of making the Jurassic Park franchise’s dinosaurs awe-inspiring is the sound design, and Jurassic World had to introduce the roars of a few new dinosaurs. In this video, the movie’s sound designers explain what animals went into Mosasaurus and Apatosaurus voices, and how the Indominus got that horrific screeching. »6/19/15 8:00pm6/19/15 8:00pm