Like hundreds of thousands of other people around the world, Tananarive Due saw Get Out earlier this year. Blown away by the hit horror movie, the author and educator decided to design a semester-long special course about how horror and anti-black racism have intertwined in the cinema.
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With tensions growing between the USA and North Korea, as well as Turnbull pledging Australia's collective axe to Trump's cause, things are feeling quite grim going into the weekend. What better way to forget all our troubles than with a bunch of war movies!
The best part about science fiction, besides the explosions, space explorations and psychotic aliens, is the fact that it reveals our most human fears. While they aren't flesh and bone, robots are arguably most emblematic of our anxieties: Besides being smarter, faster and (sometimes) shinier than us, "bad robots" are a sci-fi favourite because they reveal how obsolete we might be becoming — or already are.
Video: It's obvious, right? In movies, the camera points us toward what we should look at. We follow the action by following the camera that's following the action of the scene. But camera movements in films can also make us feel something, too. If the camera pushes in, we're supposed to look closer. If it pulls out, we might be removing ourselves from the scene. The movement of the camera can go beyond just making us see something.
Video: Roger Deakins is a cinematographer who's worked on films such as The Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men, Sicario, Skyfall and many others that you've probably seen and loved. He has 13 Academy Award nominations for best cinematography and is responsible for so many beautiful shots and gorgeous films over the years that it's obvious that he's one of the most brilliant directors of photography ever. Just take a look at some of his work.
Video: Directors make so many filmmaking decisions that go unnoticed by casual viewers because we're not paying close attention — but the use of colour isn't one of them. Colour immediately stands out. Films can be hyper colourful and smack you with the entire colour wheel, or they can be totally muted and monochromatic. You're able to recognise the aesthetic and intention and can see what the director wants to show you (provided you aren't blind or colourblind), because it's literally right in front of you.
Video: Usually around the end of the year, I re-watch a few old movies I haven't seen in a while to remind myself of how awesome they are. I'm not sure why I do this (probably because most new movies aren't that great, I get reflective as the year ends and I get tired of watching old Christmas movies over the holidays). But after seeing this script to screen analysis from Glass Distortion of The Godfather, I know which classic film I'll be watching again this year.
In these wonderful videos by Glass Distortion, you get to see the creative process of filmmaking: you can read what was written in the script, peek at what was imagined in the storyboards, and see the finished scene that was filmed for the movie. It's the whole sausage making of turning words on a page into visual art laid out right in front of you.
It's good to just stare at pretty images and forget the rest of the world exists sometimes. So take your time as you watch this edit by Jim Casey that is just one beautiful shot after another beautiful shot from all sorts of beautiful films. It covers a wide range of movies too: classics, recent blockbusters, old black and white, animation, foreign films, and more. If it was a good-looking shot, it's probably in here.
Video: It's always nice (in a totally twisted way) to remind yourself of how bad things in the world could get by watching movies set in a post-apocalyptic future. They're always desolate and grim, lonely and uninviting, terribly sad and just plain awful places to live. I mean, seeing the last fictional characters on Earth trudge along a dead planet makes real life slightly more manageable. I think.
Godzilla isn't just a Kaiju that's the king of the monsters. Godzilla doesn't just spend its time mindlessly destroying the world with its atomic breath in brain-numbing American remakes that no one should spend two hours watching. Or, fine, Godzilla is that in America. But in Japan, Godzilla represents so much more.
Video: It's fairly easy to recognise a film made by Martin Scorsese: There are scenes in slow motion mixed with wonderful long tracking shots. The stories are often about gangsters or corruption or New York, and you can bet De Niro or DiCaprio will be in them. Oh and his movies almost always include overhead shots — or as Jorge Luengo Ruiz, the person who stitched together this video, calls it: "God's view." And you know God would definitely watch Scorsese.
"My son Liam was diagnosed with cancer - Leukemia - four years ago," Dan Smith, aka Pressure from Aussie hip-hop group Hilltop Hoods, tells me. "His chemotherapy took place over a six month period where he was confined to a room. Through the Dark came from my words to him to keep him positive, and keep him strong, and give him a bit of courage."
Now Hilltop Hoods has teamed up with Google Play Music to create an incredibly powerful and unique interactive film for the song. Sharing a father and son's journey through two 3D animated worlds, Through the Dark is also helping to raise money for young people living with cancer.
Video: When I watch a funny movie scene, I laugh. Sometimes really hard. Sometimes I might even remember the lines in a quiet moment of the day and chuckle to myself. But I'll never think about those scenes as much as the folks from CineFix do. They dug really deep into the different methods films use to make us laugh and ranked what they think are the 10 funniest movie moments of all time.
Video: I've never actually watched Trainspotting and I'm not sure if it needs a sequel 20 years later, but I do think it's kind of cool that there's so many shots and scenes from the sequel that looks exactly like the shots and scenes from the original movie. Candice Drouet spotted the similarities in the recently released trailer for T2: Trainspotting and stacked them against the first film to show how much has stayed the same.
Video: Everybody knows that Quentin Tarantino loves to connect his movies into one cinematic universe. People smoke Red Apple cigarettes, people eat Big Kahuna burgers, Michael Madsen's Vic Vega from Reservoir Dogs is brothers with John Travolta's Vincent Vegas from Pulp Fiction and so on. It's fun to make those connections while watching any QT movie but this edit by Beyond the Frame that links up all those references to the shared universe is even more fun because you can see it all unfold seamlessly, jumping back and forth from one movie to another.
Video: It's easy for films to make us feel sad or happy by showing us a character be sad or happy. We project our own emotions onto the screen, using what we see as a proxy for our feelings. What's more brilliant, though, is when a movies utilises subtle cues, impeccable composition and slick cinematography to fully visualise emotion.