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Shinichi Sekizawa: The Guy Behind the Man in the Suit

Without Shinichi Sekizawa, Godzilla would have remained a thinly veiled commentary on nuclear war. But Godzilla’s icon status was cemented only after he because an absured and goofy character.  David Kalat follows the little known story of Shinichi Sekizawa, the writer responsible for Godzilla’s star turn. To pretend that Godzilla movies did not veer into Read MoreRead More

The Most Powerful Piece of Film Criticism Ever Written

Noah Berlatsky reflects on James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, a book-length essay on race and America and cinema which movingly demonstrates that analysis of art can be art itself. Who’s the greatest American movie critic? A lot of folks probably would say Pauline Kael or David Bordwell or Manny Farber; some might argue for more academic Read MoreRead More

It’s Bliss: Behind the Iconic Windows XP photo

The story behind one of the most iconic images of all computing has to do with a girl and rolling California Wine Country. Although it will forever be associated with Windows XP, Bliss was actually the by-product of a love story. It was a regular Friday afternoon in 1996 when photographer Charles O’Rear took the drive through Read MoreRead More

The Mathematic Correlation between Quality of the FIlm and the Profit Potential

Keith Calder ran a mathematical analysis of a film’s MetaCritic score against it’s long term earnings – Quality does rise to the top, even if it’s not on opening weekend. This is a regression analysis of the correlation between the Meta Critic score for all Paramount wide-release films from 2010-2014 and the percentage of overall Read MoreRead More

7 Things that Automatically Kill Your Film Before It’s Even Made

They’re the things that break your film in a heartbeat - Iain Alexander lists seven deadly sins that can be avoided with good pre-production. 1. No marketing plan A lot of films get made and sit on the shelf straight after the edit. This is quite typical of a student or low budget short film, but Read MoreRead More

The Science Behind our Insatiable Need to Binge-Watch TV

We’ve all found ourselves in the “One-More-Episode” mode – but it turns out we may have that ingrained in our genes. Never before have we been such compulsive multitaskers, blogging and tweeting using multiple devices and smartphones anywhere and everywhere, from trains to cafes. It seems a little backwards, then, that one of our top Read MoreRead More

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