Thirty years ago, a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger nailed the climate of 2017. A television host gives orders to a police state in the throes of an economic collapse, and citizens are too distracted with entertainment to care. The first episode of VICE's Future Shock looks at how an 80s sci-fi film managed to be one of the best predictors of society to come.
To say we were doubtful about the upcoming Power Rangers reboot would be an understatement. But this trailer reveals that Saban has added a little grit to its '90s superhero series. It's no Dark Knight, but it's a start. If you're still harboring some negative thoughts, just remember Bryan Cranston is Zordon, so there's at least some hope. In theaters March 24, 2017.
Hugh Jackman's last turn as Wolverine finds the mutant older, grayer, and a little frayed around the edges after a lifetime of continual world-saving. Logan is laying low, caring for a dying Professor X when a young mutant appears with powers very similar to Logan's own. There's only one small problem: the young girl is being pursued in an attempt to capture the last of the mutants. Logan arrives in theaters March 3, 2017.
Gather round, me scarby droogies. It's another day, another Kubrick masterpiece, as CineFix breaks down the Master of Adaptations' film A Clockwork Orange and the source — author Anthony Burgess' novel of the same name. Easily one of the best interpretations of the page to the screen, this is a lesson on how to be true to the source material while creating something that works perfectly as a film.
The afterlife is no longer something that may or may not exist — a scientist has proven that death isn't the end. The discovery leads to an epidemic of suicides across the globe as people choose to enter the afterlife sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, a man and woman come together and seek out the true nature of what really comes next. The Discovery comes to Netflix March 31, 2017.
Valentine's Day is a time for chocolates, flowers, and rom-coms. But on Girlfriend's Day, you get black eyes, severed tendons, and paper cuts in the pee hole. Starring Bob Odenkirk, Ray Wentworth was once the Shakespeare behind some of the greatest romance cards, until a contest for a new holiday card gets ugly. So if you're looking for something with a little less love and Katherine Heigl this February 14th, Girlfriend's Day will be waiting for you on Netflix.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping, so the mattress you sleep on every night is incredibly important. Make sure you get the right one by trying out a Casper. This USA-made mattress is made up of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you don't get too hot. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest abodes. You get 100 nights to try it out, can return it for free if you're not satisfied, but if you are (and you probably will be), you can upgrade even further by grabbing some of the company's soft Supima cotton sheets and dual-layer pillows.
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Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest has been completed. The show isn't over, but one of the quests is: Mark has been reunited with his light saber from The Return of the Jedi. Originally used by Alec Guinness' Obi Wan Kenobi in the first Star Wars film, the light saber was later reused as Luke Skywalker's.
In this deleted scene from The Force Awakens, Rey runs into an old friend at Maz Kanata's watering hole. Scrapper Unkar Plutt confronts Rey and tells her she owes him — but Chewbacca isn't have any of it. He kindly relieves Unkar of his right arm, and lets him know Rey isn't going anywhere with him.
In 2009, the man behind the largest Ponzi scheme in history was sentenced to 150 years in prison — the maximum allowed under the law. Over a period of decades, he defrauded investors in his wealth management business of an estimated $18 billion, crushed the finances of thousands of people, and had a hand in the suicide of his own son. Robert De Niro stars as Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies, based on the book of the same name by NY Times reporter Diana B. Henriques. The film comes to HBO in May 2017.
XX is a four-part horror anthology that harkens back to the days of the grindhouse and double feature drive-ins. Featuring four different tales by four different directors, including Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) in her directorial debut, XX puts a new twist on a classic format. XX releases on multiple formats February 17, 2017.
Denis Villeneuve's Arrival was full of aliens and unidentified flying objects, so we had to assume it was also full of CGI. As it turns out, we were correct. In this short reel, visual effects studio Oblique FX shows off the exceptional work they did for the film.
In the year 2050, the head of the evil United Corporations of America has arranged the most brutal entertainment pastime: the Death Race. Assembling the greatest drivers in the world and awarding points for running over pedestrians, the Death Race is a coast-to-coast vehicular manslaughter celebration. From the mind of legendary director Roger Corman, this re-imagining of the 1975 cult classic is out in all formats January 17, 2017.
If you thought Mad Max is hardcore, you need to see director George Miller's other films — like Babe and Happy Feet. That's right: the same man responsible for dancing penguins and singing pigs also created one of the most enduring visions of civilization's breakdown and struggle for survival. Cinefix has a few more surprises about Mad Max: Fury Road and the man synonymous with "post-apocalyptic wasteland".
Editing is a huge part of cinema. It can make, break, or totally change the story — witness the rise of post-release director's cuts and fan edits. But can an animated film be edited? There isn't any excess footage or multiple takes to whittled down to a concise master reel. In the 1980s, the idea of editing animated features began at Disney, and now the editor has taken on a role that's nearly opposite that of traditional movies.
Spoilers incoming. Industrial Light and Magic pushed visual effects a dramatic step forward in Rogue One. Disney wanted Grand Moff Tarkin to make an appearance in the new Star Wars film, but there was one small problem: actor Peter Cushing, who played Tarkin in the original film, passed away over 20 years ago. So the wizards at ILM then set out to digitally recreate Cushing for a speaking role. ABC News got a backstage pass to see how not just Cushing, but also Carrie Fisher were digitally recreated for the film.
He's back. It's been nearly 30 years since the release of Child's Play and Chucky is still around, creeping us out with his twisted laugh and wild red hair. For the seventh film in the franchise, Brad Dourif returns to terrorize Nica Pierce once again, after she's been sent to an asylum following her family's murders. Filming starts this week, hence the lack of new footage, but keeps us hopeful for a Halloween release.
These days, moviegoers seem to be staying in their seats until after the credits roll. That's because filmmakers are leaving us with more entertainment after the last scene has ended. Whether it be a final bonus chapter, a gag reel, or a reflection back on the film, end credits help us to let go and move on from the world we've just spent the last 90 minutes in. Although we're sure you all have your own opinion on which you think are best, here's CineFix's top five.
Director Alfonso Cuarón's space survival epic Gravity is a study in contradiction. Bleeding edge effects sit side-by-side with some of the oldest techniques in film, while the camera ignores a stable horizon similar to avant garde films over 40 years old. This video essay looks at what gives the film and its simple story such emotional weight.
Your drink preference can say a lot about you. It's no different for movie characters. Although there are many famous film cocktails — Martinis, White Russians, Sweet Vermouth on the rocks with a twist — there's also a popular nonalcoholic beverage you're probably overlooking: milk. The protein rich dairy drink is littered all throughout film to convey innocence and purity or, when consumed by an adult, a creepy sign of strength.
Slow motion in film isn't anything new, but a great sequence never gets old. It can help convey a dramatic event or capture the fine details in an action shot. It even makes a simple walk down the hallway look badass. From the elevator scene in The Shining to anything in The Matrix, here are some of the greatest slow-mo movie moments.
It's been said time and again: Good scripts make good movies. As it turns out, George Lucas' flaming abomination Revenge of the Sith just needed a few dialogue tweaks to take the movie from barely watchable to pure comedic gold. Thanks to a reverse-translation of a Chinese bootleg and the dedication of GratefulDeadpool, one of the biggest box-office disappointments is now a fine film in its own right. Watch the entire film here.
Rogue One isn't even out of theaters yet. But if you're a good Star Wars fan, you've already seen it a few or few hundred times, so this shouldn't ruin anything. But those of you who haven't, you've been warned. Anyway, animator John Stratman made an arcade-style recreation of the final scene from the film in glorious 16-bits.
Before a camera ever rolls, every shot in a film is illustrated, panel by panel, in a storyboard. Glass Distortion compares Luke Skywalker's dream sequence in The Empire Strikes Back side-by-side with artist Ivor Beddoes' pre-production storyboards, showing how important they can be to the final product.
First off, there are few things not wrong with Deadpool: Marvel made a pretty good movie, it's not The Green Lantern, and it's also not The Green Lantern. That said, CinemaSins could pick apart any movie, no matter how good. Here they take their fine-toothed comb over Deadpool and find everything wrong with it, intentional or not.
As the calendar turns to a new year, it's good to take a look in the mirror and ruminate on the films and television shows that shaped 2016. From summer action blockbusters to Oscar A-listers to small-screen standouts, this has been a good year for the moving picture in all its forms. This retrospective takes scenes from over 150 films and television shows and puts them together for a 2016 best-of.
The novel by David Grann gets a film adaptation, thanks to Amazon Studios. Based on true events, the film follows British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett and his son as they make several attempts to discover an ancient lost city in the Amazon, before they disappear in 1925. The city still remains a mystery and hundreds of explorers and scientists have perished looking for the Fawcetts. Sons of Anarchy alum Charlie Hunnam portrays the military man-turned-explorer, while Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson co-star when the film begins streaming April 21, 2017.
Ridley Scott returns the Alien franchise to its Sci-Fi-Action-Horror roots to make you forget all about the bad dream that was Prometheus. As with most extraterrestrial films, the basic gist of Alien: Covenant is the old story of a crew landing on a beautiful planet only to discover a bunch of aliens that want to kill them. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and world champion comic reliever Danny McBride. In theaters May 19, 2017.
Except for all the rebel scum, scenes in the trailers that didn't make it into the movie, and even more rebel scum propaganda, Rogue One was a pretty alright movie. So alright, in fact, that Kylo Ren even found it watchable. But that was mainly because of a special appearance by Kylo's favorite relative, which even caused him to shed a few individual tears.