The Sound of Flight Club

The traditional THWACK! of Hollywood fight scenes sounds like anything but flesh and bone being pounded by flesh and bone. Easily the most disturbing quality of David Fincher's 1999 masterpiece Fight Club is the sound design: every time someone gets hit or thrown to the ground, you feel it. You cringe. It hurts you in the same place they were hit on the screen. Film Radar discovers the ingredients for realistic fight sounds — chicken carcasses, walnuts, celery, and plastic wrap, with a side of punching each other in the chest.

  • The House

    College is expensive. So instead of forcing their daughter into an eternity of student debt, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler decide to pay for her tuition themselves — by operating an underground casino in their basement. This makes them either the best parents ever or the worst. We're still trying to figure that one out. The film is set for release June 30, 2017.

  • Arrival as a Response to Bad Movies

    If you haven't seen Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, be warned that there are major spoilers ahead. Go watch it. And then come back to the Nerdwriter's exposition on how the film takes the safe-bet swill that Hollywood cranks out on a monthly basis and shreds it. Nerdwriter looks at the high concepts of Arrival — time, language, communication — and how a film is, in the words of Andrei Tarkovsky, "a mosaic made of time."

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