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In Australia, Piracy Makes Your Movie Tickets More Expensive

According to a Village Roadshow executive responsible for film distribution, Australian pirates are driving up the cost of cinema tickets for regular moviegoers — along with the high cost of Aussie wages for multiplex staff, illegal online downloads apparently justify ticket prices topping $20 in some places around the country.


A History Of Movie Trailers Shows How We Got To 'In A World...'

The release of a hotly anticipated movie trailer can be as exciting as the release of the movie itself. But it wasn’t always that way. This video from Filmmaker IQ tells the story of how the short, titillating summaries got their start in Hollywood.


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

Before we get into the concept art here, you have to 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.


Inside The Special Effects That Made Gravity Look So Great

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.


Why Ghostbusters Is Such An Awesome Architectural Film

The sad news that actor, screenwriter, and director Harold Ramis passed away yesterday has unsurprisingly resulted in a wave of cinematic nostalgia, with #ghostbusters trending globally on Twitter and seemingly everyone, at least in this office, talking about films such as Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, and National Lampoon’s Vacation.


OK, 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.


This 8-bit Game Movie Remake Of Inception Is Great, As Usual

As usual, every single time I see one of these movie remakes as an 8-bit retro game I feel the nostalgia of playing something that I never played. Their version of Inception is, once again, impeccable. I wish these people made games instead of just videos.


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 — “a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie,” as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker — it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to Paul Verhoeven himself who, in a 2010 interview, referred to his resurrected robot hero as “the American Jesus.”


The Ugly Behind-The-Scenes History Of Video Game Movies

Few Hollywood announcements are treated with such fierce-yet-wounded anticipation as video game adaptations. Full of incredible artistry, instantly-recognisable characters and an increasingly-mature approach to storytelling, you’d be forgiven for thinking gaming is a medium particularly well suited for making the jump to the silver screen. But history tells another story.


Photos Of Movie Theatres Show The Former Grandeur Of Cinema

Your garden-variety multiplex probably resembles a concrete box with interiors sporting giant movie ads and sterile seating areas. But there are still a number of surviving theatres that show off the glamour and scope of cinema in its heyday. Photographer Franck Bohbot’s recent series documents just that.