How Spielberg, Lucas, and Kasdan Came Up With Indiana Jones

How did a "scruffy," "rough and tumble" "bounty hunter of antiquities" become one of the most beloved heroes in film history? Read this transcript from a 1978 meeting featuring Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan, as they workshop the concept of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Read More >>

Avoid Loudmouth Cinema Patrons With Ourscreen

Going to the cinema can be a bit of a hit-and-miss experience. You may find that the film you want to see is no longer showing, or that a random child is trying to start a conversation with you every ten seconds. Ourscreen wants to take that worry out of the cinema experience, and ensure you're able to enjoy the film in peace. Read More >>

Here are the Real-World Places Behind Hollywood's Sci-Fi Dystopias

If you ever find yourself touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking that you're actually a minor role in a film, since the state has been turned into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both terrible and wondrous. It's not just that so many are filmed here—writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future through California sets for decades. Read More >>

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Incredible Concept Art From the Most Amazing Sci-Fi Movie Never Made

Before we get into the concept art here, you've gotta watch the trailer for Jodorowsky's Dune, a new documentary chronicling the eponymous Chilean director's crazy-ambitious attempt to bring Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic to the big screen in the 1970s. Read More >>

Inside the Special Effects That Made Gravity Look So Good

Gravity was a stunning piece of cinema, brought to life by some beautiful special effects. In this video show and tell, VFX company Framestore reveals how it achieved some of the most breathtaking scenes. Read More >>

Okay, So Vertical Videos are Now Art?

Unperturbed by the scourge of vertical video shot on mobile phones, a bunch of serious artists have banded together for a film festival devoted exclusively to incorrectly oriented videos. Why subject our eyeballs to such unnatural composition? For art, duh. Read More >>

The Original Robocop Was a Christ Allegory

The original Robocop, released in 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, was not only one of the best science-fiction films of the last three decades—or, as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker, "a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie"—but it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to Verhoeven himself who, in a 2010 interview, referred to his resurrected robot hero as "the American Jesus." Let's discuss. Read More >>

Google Play Movies and TV Finally Comes to iOS

First Google Play Books made its way to iOS. Then Google Play Music undertook the pilgrimage. So, it should be little surprise that today Google Play Movies and TV has finally made the jump. This is significant not just because it brings Google's formidable library of content to iOS, but because of the capabilities it finally bestows upon iPhone-using Chromecasters. Read More >>

Most of Hollywood's Silent Films are Lost and Gone Forever

There may be a recent resurgence of interest in silent film (thanks in no small part to the success of The Artist), but anyone looking to get into the art form is in for a rude awakening. Of the nearly 11,000 movies made in the pre-talkie, golden age of silent film, 70 percent has been lost and are now gone forever. Read More >>

Thor 2 Promoted in Shanghai Cinema with Fanmade Bromance / Incestuous Photoshop Job

A Shanghai movie theatre has made the embarrassing mistake of using a fan-Photoshopped poster to promote the new Marvel movie. Read More >>

Netflix is Thinking of Making Original Movies Now, Too

Netflix is no stranger to making original TV anymore, but it seems it has bigger plans than that: it's floating the idea that it'll foot the bill for a “big” movie, which would appear in theaters and on Netflix at the same time. Read More >>

An Enlightening Look at the History and Science of Colour Film

If you're a history buff, or a cinema buff, or a science buff—any kind of buff, really—you will love this comprehensive tour of the evolution of colour film and photography. Read More >>

The New Star Wars Will Be Shot on Film, Which Is Probably Great

Last night, Star Wars: Episode VII cinematographer Dan Mindel announced that the J.J. Abrams directed movie will be shot on 35mm film, as opposed to digital video. The decision symbolises the changing of the guard from the reign of George Lucas, and hopefully adds some much needed vigour to the beloved franchise. Read More >>

Why Cropping Films to Fit Your Screen Really Sucks

Yesterday, much ado was made about the apparent cropping of films streamed on Netflix. While some were outraged, others spoke up to say: It's not that big of a difference, who cares? It is. You should. Here's why. Read More >>

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The Fifth Estate Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Just Julian Assange, Isn't He?

DreamWorks has been working on its WikiLeaks film, The Fifth Estate, for a while now — and this trailer reveals that Benedict Cumberbatch plays a hugely convincing Julian Assange. Read More >>

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Can You Identify These Movies Drawn Out as Treasure Maps?

Illustrator Andrew DeGraff thinks about films differently to you and I: he sees them as giant maps of physical locations, just waiting to be explored. Can you work out which films these wonderful treasure maps drawn by DeGraff are supposed to represent? Read More >>


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