Top 15 Movies in 2015

1. Hard To Be A God

Hard To Be A God

Aleksei German’s final masterpiece, 15 filth-soaked years in the making, takes you to a distant planet locked in eternal Dark Age squalor to stare humanity dead in the eye.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road

Three decades on, director George Miller brings back Mad Max in the very best action film of the brand new millennium. Densely thrilling and inventive, and as madly beautiful as a ballet in a firestorm. Continue reading “Top 15 Movies in 2015”

Special Effects Techniques In Movies

Special effects (or SFX) are used in the film and entertainment industry to produce effects that can’t be achieved by ordinary means, such as traveling to other star systems. They’re also used when creating the effect by normal means is prohibitively expensive, for example, an enormous explosion. They are also used to improve visual effects that were normal.

Visual special effects techniques (in rough order of creation):

  • Practical Effects
  • In – Camera Effects
  • Miniature Effects
  • Matte Paintings
  • Hitchcock Zoom
  • Optical Effects
  • Travelling Matte
  • Bluescreen
  • Prosthetic Makeup Effects
  • Animatronic – Models
  • Digital Compositing
  • Wire Removal
  • Morphing
  • Computer Generated Imagery

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Elements Of A Great Films

These same components are present again and again in the excellent movies, like King Kong, The Outlaw Josey Wales, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Meet Me in St. Louis, It Is A Wonderful Life, Sunset Boulevard and Touch of Evil and they are worth highlighting:

Strong Single Line

With one overriding problem or target for the hero – to give the story drive, momentum, plus a feeling of priorities, or in the extreme, a feeling of the first cause.

Digress from that powerful line to enable the movie to “breathe”.

That is, they play with the construction to cause the audiences to rethink their expectations to remark on what’s occurring, and to present words or actions which make an outline, or thematic, point.

 Heroes with moral issue.

The hero does not commit actions that damage other people or commits. All these are characters with moral blemishes, along with the narratives drive toward the moment when the hero uncovers his or her moral blindness.

The audience believes what each is fighting about.

More significant, these movies attach entire clusters of beliefs and values to the two antagonists. The fantastic movies set up, around one fundamental opposition, an array of other resistances that grow till they have national or even international implications, and present the essential predicaments of human life. Continue reading “Elements Of A Great Films”

5 Crazy Facts Of Getting A Real Costumed Stormtrooper

Among the remarkable tragedies of life is the fact that by the time you are old enough to manage the toys you dreamed of having as a kid, it’s no longer acceptable to play with them. For instance, every young Star Wars fan has dreamed of owning an actual, real suit of Stormtrooper armour (just hopefully a little more blaster-evidence than what was depicted in the films). But what would you think of an adult who paid a huge number of dollars for such a thing? Or an entire subculture of said grownups?

Storm Troopers

They exist, and we talked to one of them. Brian Robinson (aka TK-2918) has devoted his life (or, at least, his spare time) to building and wearing display-precise Stormtrooper supplies. He told us …

#5. It is A Borderline Crazy Investment Of Money Plus Time

When there is a big Star Wars movie premier or occasion, they’ll line the red carpet using a phalanx of people in genuine Stormtrooper equipment, likely because it seems cool as shit.

The reality is actually more intriguing. Those Stormtroopers, like our source Brian, are part of the 501st Legion, a fan-run conglomerate that is costuming that Lucasfilm rings up whenever they should make an imperial butt-ton of walking, discussing Star Wars villains. Continue reading “5 Crazy Facts Of Getting A Real Costumed Stormtrooper”

Life and Work of Irish Celebrity Aidan Turner

What was the Irish actor, star of the BBC’s And Then There Were None, doing before Poldark?

Aidan Turner in Poldark

He’s been the topic of many water cooler conversations since gracing our TV screens as the eponymous, brooding Cornish hero Poldark in the remake of the Seventies drama of the BBC, but Aidan Turner didn’t just appear from nowhere. The 31-year old Irish actor has a varied back catalogue that is surprising, including starring roles as a vampire a dwarf as well as a campaigner for eggs.

Irish TV advert (2001)

Yes, that’s right. Eggs. We have to confess that we are mightily impressed with his spinach frittata.

And also, the boy can dance, also…
Before he went to acting school at the age of 19 (he was a pupil at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting, which is also the alma mater of his current girlfriend Sarah Greene), Turner’s talent lay in ballroom dancing. He competed globally in the ballroom and Latin American disciplines, representing Ireland, for ten years, but had to give it up because his parents couldn’t afford the competition costs. But he definitely has not lost any of his moves, as this video. As the cast of Poldark gets ready to film a waltz scene, an associate of the production crew switches the music to a the Brazilian funk tune, Mas Que Nada. The results are glorious. Continue reading “Life and Work of Irish Celebrity Aidan Turner”

Everything You Should Know More About The Upcoming Sherlock Special – The Abominable Bride

What time and when is the new Sherlock on TV?

The new feature-length Sherlock special is on New Year’s Day at 9.00pm, on BBC One.

Watson (Martin Freeman) and Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) return in a one-off special on New Year's Day

Sherlock is back (in time)

Yes, what a shocker: a Sherlock Holmes tale set in Victorian times. Previous episodes of this hugely successful show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have all been apt adaptations or riffs on the first stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – importing all the high tech options of 21st-century crime-fighting to amazing, and often visually spectacular, effect. Indeed cutting edge modernity has been one of the series’s defining features.

The one-off episode will see Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in their original Victorian setting

But The Abominable Bride turns the formula on its head -a brand new storyline draped in the initial Conan Doyle locale of a smog-clogged London of dark alleyways, cobbled streets and dangerous drinking dens. Set in 1895 the narrative also blends in another Victorian seasonal favourite – a ghost story. Continue reading “Everything You Should Know More About The Upcoming Sherlock Special – The Abominable Bride”

10 Gritty Reboots Nobody Asked For

We’re living in serious times. On what appears like a daily basis the news is littered with tales of destruction and wanton violence, plus it is been that way for a long time now. That is particularly true when it comes to franchises and the pictures Hollywood deems worthy of resurrection. No matter how lighthearted the first may have been, you can rest assured that if a movie comes back now, shit will be dark. It is a trend that became borderline exhausting years past but damn if it shows any signs of quitting anytime soon. With that in mind, we’re taking another look into the future to forecast the next wave of gritty reboots so we ought to expect to see in the coming months.

#10. The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree


#9. G.I. Joe


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10 Movies That Will Make You Hungry

Foodie films haven’t been with us for very long, but neither have foodies themselves. Until 15 years ago, food in pictures was infrequently simply there to be drooled over: the drool itself came freighted with significance. Graphics like Soylent Green (1973), La Grande Bouffe (1973), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) – believe Mr. Creosote and his wafer thin meat – used food and eating as metaphors for category, power and overindulgence.

It was only in the Nineties when we became comfortable with food as a joy that is democratic, that it also became widely pleasurable on screen. Burnt, in which Bradley Cooper plays a troubled Michelin-starred chef, is the latest in a now-apparently endless line of pictures, from Chocolat to No Reservations, Julie and Julia to The Hundred-Foot Journey, that play to our taste buds as much as our souls. Here are the 10 that made me feel the most hungry – including a few that were far enough ahead of the trend to qualify as amuse-bouche.

1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Part of growing up in the 1970s and 80s was craving Everlasting Gobstoppers, Lickable Wallpaper for Nurseries and also the other sugary treats scattered throughout Mel Stuart’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. From Charlie’s awestruck unwrapping of the Wonka Bars to the glass crunching as Wonka bites into a sugar buttercup, the movie paid close attention to the multi-sensory delights of eating – which made it all the easier to imagine yourself joining in.

2. Tampopo (1985)

Juzo Itami’s comedic “noodle western” takes it as read that even a rough and ready dish like ramen – wheat noodles in a meaty broth, served with various toppings – can inspire fanatical devotion. A scene in which an aged connoisseur passes on wisdom about how best to approach a bowlful turns the fast food encounter into a meditative ritual while a love scene including the creative use of an egg yolk playfully links eating and another type of sexual, life-sustaining fun. Continue reading “10 Movies That Will Make You Hungry”