Have you ever seen something in a movie that just didn’t look quite right? If you’re in the theater, you just have to roll with the punches and move on to the next scene, but if you have a copy of the movie at home, you can take the time to rewind and see exactly what stuck out to you. Unfortunately, once you find a mistake, it’s nearly impossible to forget it’s there.
As moviegoing audiences become increasingly savvy, it’s more difficult than ever for filmmakers to surprise them with twists and turns they never would have seen coming. If you’ve seen enough movies, you can probably guess the big plot twist ahead of time… but did you know that some movies have plot twists that never actually made it to the screen?
“Based on a true story.”
It’s a phrase that we rarely take too seriously when we see it flash across the screen in a movie theater, but nevertheless, directors constantly feel the need to let the audience know that their films were pulled from our reality, rather than the realities we see in blockbuster hits like Jurassic World, The Avengers or Avatar.
But every once in a while, films won’t advertise their connection to our world.
With Netflix now seemingly obsessed with rolling out original programming as fast as it possibly can, it’s easy to forget that the popular streaming service is still a great place for watching movies. Now the tricky thing is that Netflix’s catalog of films is rather fluid, and is subject to changing drastically even from week to week. And not too long ago, you might remember that Netflix let its licensing deal with Epix lapse, losing thousands of films in the process.
I’m torn when it comes to breaking the fourth wall in TV shows. It can be a fun, clever way to connect with the audience, but it can also break the fiction and rip you out of the carefully constructed world of the show.
Thankfully, some creators are smart enough to know how to pay homage to their favorite works of fiction without spoiling their own, several examples of which you can find in the latest video from the Screen Rant crew.
Over the weekend, James Bond returned to theaters for the 24th time with the release of Spectre. Starring Daniel Craig, who reprises the role of Bond for the fourth time, Spectre hasn’t exactly received favorable reviews from critics or movie-goers. Some reviews have called it an absolute mess, with a few publications going so far as to call it the worst James Bond movie in years. Meanwhile, on Rotten Tomatoes, the film only has a 62% rating, far below the 93% rating Skyfall earned two years ago.
Belgium voice actor Nic De Houwer recently showed off his impersonation skills with an impressive 5-minute video where he quickly and seamlessly cycles through a varied selection of celebrity actors. While some of his impressions are more on-point than others, his range is truly astounding.
While his Nicholas Cage impression is particularly subpar, there are a few real winners here, including his Jason Statham and Louise Armstrong impressions.
Over the years, I’ve become increasingly aware of edits in films and TV shows. It’s one of the (many) reasons that I love Edgar Wright’s films so much — the edits and the cuts and the pans are just as important as the characters and the plot itself. But not everyone is quite so meticulous when it comes to hiding the seams.
When you pay upwards of $15 to see a movie in theaters, you’d like to think that you’re in for an entirely new experience — something you’ve never seen before.
Although that’s typically what you’re going to get, there are times when filmmakers find clever ways to insert old footage into new movies in order to cut down on the budget.
When we see movies as finished products, their different scenes flow together so seamlessly that we forget just how much work goes into making them and how many things can go wrong. Screen Rant this week make a terrific new video that unearths some of the secret stories that went on behind the scenes in famous movie scenes, including classic scenes from The Shining, Jurassic Park, Jaws and more. More →
Robert De Niro made a name for himself by taking on intense and serious roles in movies like Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, and Goodfellas. But about 15 years ago De Niro seemingly altered the trajectory of his career and began taking on more lighthearted and comedic roles, a trend that began with the 1999 film Analyze This.
Earlier today, a trailer for an upcoming De Niro film was released and, believe it or not, it’s something of a raunchy and sex-driven movie. Titled Dirty Grandpa, the film stars De Niro (as the dirty grandpa, of course) and Zac Efron as his grandson. Other notable actors with roles in the movie include Julianne Hough and Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation fame.
The long-awaited Steve Jobs biopic opened up in theaters across the country this weekend. Only problem is, not many people were all that interested in seeing it. Even with little competition at the box office, the film only managed to generate $7.3 million, opening up in 7th place. Believe it or not, the film fared just a tad better than the universally panned first Steve Jobs movie, titled JOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher.