Everybody knows what the first and second rules of Fight Club are. Ditto the identity of Luke’s father. Sometimes, however, a bit of dialogue drops from someone’s lips and just hangs there in your ear canal, undiagnosed. Neither the title of the film nor the context in which this line was uttered break through the clatter of your overwhelmed modern-day brain. Googling might’ve helped, but it also might not have. Instead, this is a job for the movie quote search engine—a thing that now exists.
Everyone’s talking about Richard Linklater’s Boyhood at the moment—as well they should; it’s a remarkable film—but in honor of the director’s birthday yesterday, you should revisit his first feature, Slacker.
When you make a B movie, it’s best not to question the plot—no matter how ridiculous it is, advises Anthony C. Ferrante, the director of Sharknado, which debuted on Syfy last summer. “It bogs you down if you worry about that stuff,” Ferrante says, musing, “A sharknado can do whatever we tell it to do. It can tear through cars. It can go into the subway. And it doesn’t have to have a reason for anything. That’s the beauty of it. And once you accept it for what it is creatively as a director, you’re liberated because you’re not going, ‘Sharks in a tornado can’t really come into the city and do this!’”
For 82 years, Disney’s in-studio life drawing classes have helped evolve its animated characters. But as increasing reliance on computers lures young animators away from classical drawing, three of Disney’s current master teachers are reminding them why figure drawing is still crucial.
You can already swap bodies with someone of the opposite sex and explore Seinfeld's Upper West Side apartment using virtual reality. What you haven’t been able to do, though, is punch a gigantic monster in the face.
Thankfully, that will soon change.
Earlier this week, we were treated to a double tease—the teaser trailer for 50 Shades of Grey and a sexy snippet of Beyoncé’s musical contribution to the movie, which opens on Valentines Day 2015.
Now the full trailer is available and, with it, a slightly extended cut of Bey’s new rendition of Crazy in Love.
The graphic designers behind the new Diagon Alley theme park reveal how they translate the stuff of film and books into real-world magic.
It’s hard to call someone a damn, dirty ape—as Charlton Heston once famously did—when they’re decked out head to toe in Armani.
Director Mike Cahill on how iris-scanning technology, Richard Dawkins, and a TED talk inspired his new film, I Origins.
Cahill based Pitt’s Ian Gray character loosely on scientist Richard Dawkins. “The scanning of the color part of your eye has been around since 1987 when he figured out the algorithm and it’s been a slow-growing technology over the years. Nowadays in New York City if a person is arrested they get their eye scanned, babies in hospitals get their eyes scanned, you can go through the fast lane at the airport if you do your iris scan.”
The filmmaker became further sold on the power of iris scans after checking out a TED Talk by Jeff Carter. “He talks about how fingerprints only give you so many degrees of accuracy, where as the patterns in your eyes form when you’re in your mother’s womb and stay the same for you for your entire life,” Cahill notes. “From a technological standpoint, it’s a great way to ID a person. And since the eye has also enticed poets since the dawn of civilization, it seemed like a wonderful meeting place for two of my greatest passions—science and spirituality.”
The comedians go geek to geek to raise money for UNICEF.
We won’t know for a few months still if Gone Girl is great filmmaking, but the campaign behind it is great film marketing.
With proceeds partially going to shark conservation, Quint would never approve.
To celebrate both the film’s 29th anniversary and the Fourth of July weekend (when all of Jaws's shark attacks happened), the company is re-releasing the beer with the now iconic 1975 can design.
Why do we keep on paying to see Michael Bay movies when, critically, they are almost universally hated? What is Michael Bay’s secret sauce?