Pixar essentially confirms shared Universe with this compilation of Easter Eggs

January 19, 2017

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The official Toy Story Facebook page uploaded this compilation of Easter eggs, pretty much confirming that every Pixar movie takes place in the same Universe. One really crazy Universe that has normal humans but also super humans, as well as talking animals, living toys, living cars, and a whole bunch of other stuff that if you actually encountered in real life would be a living nightmare.

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Teaser trailer for Netflix original 'The Discovery'

January 18, 2017

Here's the trailer for the upcoming Netflix original movie The Discovery, starring Rooney Mara and Jason Segel and premiering March 31. Like any good trailer, it sets a mood without revealing too many plot points. For those curious, here's the official description:

One year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified, millions around the world have ended their own lives in order to "get there". A man and woman fall in love while coming to terms with their own tragic pasts and the true nature of the afterlife.

It's nice to see Jason Segel taking on more serious work, though for me he'll always be the guy in Forgetting Sarah Marshall that showed his naked wiener. It doesn't matter how many seasons of How I Met Your Mother you did or if you played David Foster Wallace, once you write a Dracula musical and show your penis, that's who you are for life.

'Shin Godzilla' nominated for Best Picture in the Japanese Academy Awards

January 16, 2017

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The 2016 Japanese Godzilla remake Shin Godzilla (known in the States as Godzilla Resurgence) has been nominated for Best Picture in the Japanese Academy Awards. Not to be confused with the 2014 Gareth Edwards version of Godzilla, which was not nominated for Best Picture in any version of the Academy Awards, except for maybe the one put on by Gareth Edwards in his living room in 2014. And even then, Godzilla was probably still runner up.

Examining shaky cam and why it exists

January 13, 2017

In this video essay, Rossatron explains the rise of shaky cam and why it's so prevalent in modern action movies. He doesn't defend its artistic merit (because that would be impossible), but he explains why the changing industry and the actual economics of film-making have made it so popular now. Long story short: doing a proper action sequence is difficult and expensive and shaky cam makes it easier and cheaper.

Apparently the final six-minute action sequence in The Raid took 8 days to shoot, and the video claims they sometimes shot between 17-26 hours per day. I don't even know how you shoot 26 hours in a day, but I guess I'd use shaky cam too if it meant I could avoid having to bend the laws of spacetime.

Netflix decides to dumb down 'Lucy' with new 'iBoy' trailer

January 12, 2017

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For anybody who watched Luc Besson's Lucy and thought, "Hey, this would be a pretty good movie if they changed the main character to a boy and made Lucy a supporting character and also the story is way too believable so let's make it a bit more unrealistic," fear not, because Netflix heard you and made exactly that. Here's the trailer for iBoy, with a premise that's almost as dumb as the title. Emphasis added:

Tom is an average teenager whose world is turned on its head when a violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of his shattered smartphone embedded in his brain. He wakes from a coma to discover that returning to normal teenage life is impossible because he has developed a strange set of superpowers.

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A24 just uploaded this mysterious 'Untitled' sci-fi trailer

January 11, 2017

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Either the film is called Untitled or they've really left it untitled, but A24 has such a great track record that at this point this is enough to get me excited. It feels like something Shane Carruth (of Primer and Upstream Color) would be involved with, though his upcoming Modern Ocean features recognizable actors that don't appear here. And if this actually is a trailer for his new film, you've probably understood as much from this as you would from watching the entire completed movie.

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Here's your Justice League standing around awkwardly

January 10, 2017

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Because if you're going to have a picture of the Justice League lineup, it's definitely a good idea to leave out the most iconic character of the team and put the least known character smack dab in the middle. You want Superman in your Justice League? You must be a stupid idiot. Here, have Cyborg instead. You've done it again, DC Films.