10 tricks that famous movie directors use as their trademark

With some directors, you can immediately tell you're watching a movie they directed just by looking at a still frame without any context. There's a visual style they stamp on their films, a certain special effect they like, a narrative preference they utilize, basically, a trademark they have. WatchMojo came up with a… » 7/10/14 8:35pm 7/10/14 8:35pm

10 movies that show how great editing can turn movies into masterpieces

Editing is crucial for film. It can ruin a movie and it can turn a good movies into a masterpiece. It's a powerful weapon for filmmakers. CineFix has put together a top 10 list detailing what they think are the most effective editing moments of all time in the video below. It's obviously arbitrary, but it's a great… » 7/08/14 1:55am 7/08/14 1:55am

Why is Michael Bay considered such a bad movie director?

Everyone knows a Michael Bay popcorn blockbuster is never going to be considered a cinema masterpiece. The same tricks—explosions, 360 degree shots, lamp posts, etc.—are used over and over again. But he's entertaining! Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting goes a little deeper to explain Bay's 'Bayhem' bag of tricks and… » 7/03/14 1:49am 7/03/14 1:49am

Hilariously honest trailer makes fun of everyone who liked Forrest Gump

It's been 20 years since Forrest Gump was released and Tom Hanks has become the Internet's friendly uncle, Jenny is the cold hearted wife of a politician and Bubba Gump is a seafood restaurant we all ate at because we remember lines like Run, Forrest, Run. But why did we ever like the movie? Screen Junkies lays the… » 6/24/14 8:40pm 6/24/14 8:40pm

Which actor would be the best—or the worst—Batman?

Here's an enjoyable animation bit from ADHD: they hilariously imagine different famous actors as Batman. All the impressions are great. You'll see Matthew McConaughey putting on his True Detective mask, Kevin Spacey doing his Frank Underwood shtick, Mark Wahlberg's everyman persona, Aaron Paul screaming bitch and more. » 6/23/14 7:50pm 6/23/14 7:50pm

Clever video makes movie characters take selfies in famous movie scenes

This is silly in an I'm not exactly sure why this exists but it still made me giggle kind of way. TNT Russia stitched together movies to make famous movie characters look like they're taking selfies as they go about the scene. It emphasizes how awkward the act of taking a selfie is and laughs at our need to document… » 6/20/14 11:30pm 6/20/14 11:30pm

How movies trick us into sympathising with the characters we should hate

Let's be honest, Jordan Belfort or Francis Underwood are not likable fictional characters. Then, why do we still sympathize so much with them when we would normally hate them and show no interest at all in what they do? Jennine Lanouette, screenwriting instructor, reveals the secret in this video. » 6/16/14 6:46am 6/16/14 6:46am

How Jurassic Park changed the way movies are made forever

Here's a fascinating bit of film history: one of the most incredible moments in movie history wasn't in a movie at all but just a test shot for Jurassic Park. It's that test footage—of a T-Rex walking—that changed movies forever. It's that scene—simply called the Dinosaur Skin Test—that made filmmakers realize how… » 6/11/14 2:21am 6/11/14 2:21am

This edited version of Star Wars includes all its influences

Michael Heilemann made a visually annotated version of Star Wars—and a much-deeper text commentary—attaching footage from other films and series that he believes influenced George Lucas' space opera. Some of them are well documented, some may surprise you, yet others feel too much like wishful thinking. » 6/01/14 5:10pm 6/01/14 5:10pm

An 8-Bit Donnie Darko game is just as dark and good as the movie

I just love when movies are summarized into CineFix's 8-bit cinema style. It combines the nostalgia of childhood video games with the memory of movies that I should watch more often. This time, it's Donnie Darko that gets the 8-bit treatment. As you can imagine, there's a lot of confusion, conversations and rabbits. » 5/27/14 8:11pm 5/27/14 8:11pm