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With fiery explosions, unruly gunfights and frenzied superhero battles becoming essential to most nights out at the movies, there's something to be said about films that can do just the opposite, communicating a wealth of information with just the slightest nuanced motion.
Cinemagraphs, which bridge the gap between static images and video by adding a tiny dose of movement to otherwise inert still shots, are a perfect vehicle for delivering a single serving of cinematic awesomeness. These seven cinemagraphs capture some of our all-time favorite moments in film in a really cool way.
7. Animated Poster ('Pulp Fiction')
"Pulp Fiction"'s iconic poster art is such a classic that adding nothing but a slight animation of Uma's burning cigarette brings the it new life. A moment of attention from Mia Wallace is instantly transformed into a never-ending staring contest, and she’s clearly not going to take another puff of her cig until you blink. Get More »
The new horror anthology "The ABCs of Death" wants to give gorehounds what they want in alphabetical order by representing each of their 26 segments with a letter. That's fine with us, since we always have plenty of death scenes organized with the Dewey Decimal System, and here are 15 of the most memorable, bloody, and enjoyable ones in the bunch.
Oh yeah, um, spoilers.
Taketoki Washizu in 'Throne of Blood' (1957)
'A' is for 'Arrows'
In one of Akira Kurosawa's many samurai epics with star/badass supreme Toshiro Mifune, the two of them created the kind of arrow-related death that "Lord of the Rings" elf Legolas must dream about at night. By the time this Macbeth stand-in is done for he's got more wood in him than Jenna Jameson and resembles a stoned porcupine. Sayonara, sucker!
This week: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play two North Carolina congressional candidates engaged in a hilariously contentious race for votes in "The Campaign," which arrives on disc just before we cast our vote for the next President.
Also new this week is the acclaimed indie film "Safety Not Guaranteed," a Criterion Collection edition of "Rosemary's Baby" and the must-own massive Blu-ray set "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection." Get More »
Packing for vacation can be both fun and stressful as you figure out just what you need for your big trip. Sunglasses, passports, hiking boots, etc. But when you're heading to a vacation retreat featured in the movies, there's one thing you just absolutely must pack.
A body bag.
Inspired by "The Cabin in the Woods," we've got listings for some of Hollywood's favorite -- and deadliest -- vacation destinations. So check out these ads (designed by Dustin Glick) and start packing. Heat, that is. Get More »
Norman Bates kinda single-handedly killed the whole "mom and pop" roadside motel industry when he went above-and-beyond his duties as proprietor of the Bates Motel and murdered the hell out of Janet Leigh in the shower. That's bad news for anyone who wants to rinse and repeat, but good business for all the Hampton Inns of the world.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" shocked audiences with its eerie black and white vision of the mentally disturbed Bates, the screen's first slasher. His rather "complex" relationship with his "mother" turned into one of the great horror movie twists, but the classic's stark suspense was strip-mined by Universal for three sequels (all starring Anthony Perkins) in the '80s and a shot-for-shot remake in the '90s. Get More »
A true Scream Queen can't just shriek, cry and cower -- she's got to know how to fight to the death if need be, digging deep to find previously unknown survival skills. A Scream Queen might not be the last one standing, but you know she looked good while she was standing ... and being chased … and dragged … and bludgeoned.
"Scream 4" slices its way onto DVD and Blu-ray this week, and Ghostface has some new ladies who he wants to hear scream, namely "Heroes'" Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts of "Nancy Drew" fame.
Do they figure into the discussion around classic scream queens? Here's at look at their strongest (and loudest) competition ...
Hotels are intriguing places. Anything can happen behind their many closed doors, and everything often does. They're the perfect location in which to set a powerful drama, a terrifying horror film or a rollicking comedy -- whether it involves laughter, tears or blood-curdling screams, hotels have seen it all.
Indeed, there have been many hotels that have been characters in and of themselves throughout the history of cinema. The Bates Motel is as much a player in the sick game of "Psycho" as is its curator, Norman. The Overlook Hotel could be considered to be the lead character in "The Shining." And the Hotel For Dogs... well, that's just the best place, ever. Get More »
Just when you think animated GIFs are an antiquated relic of Internet circa-1990s, someone comes up with a new and inventive idea that rejuvenates the medium.
The artist known only as Mr. Whaite decided to try his hand at creating the following neon movie ads, combining a love of film with 1960s pop art. It's hard to pick out a favorite among the lot, but we're partial to "Psycho," if only to see Norman Bates' "mother" slash through the title in beautiful meta goodness.
Seriously, though, we'll take these posters over the original ones released by the studios any day. Get More »
It's Cinco de Mayo -- a.k.a. the day where it's socially acceptable for white people to don sombreros and fetch that Tequiza bottle from the back of their fridge. It also reminds us of the countless classic movie posters and lobby cards Mexico released for everything from "Gone With the Wind" to "Hitler's Children."
The format was always the same: Superimpose a still from the film over selected artwork. But the results were always campy brilliance. In the spirit of the holiday, we rounded up some of our favorite Mexican versions of classic movie posters below. Get More »
If you thought every great film had already maxed out its possibilities on home video (you know, VHS, DVD, special editon DVD, anniversary edition DVD, Blu-ray, special edition Blu-ray... and so on), well, you'd be mistaken.
This year proved another great year for high profile DVD and Blu-ray releases, and what better time to run through the 2010's highlights than during holiday shopping mania? Get More »