Unsubscribe: The $0-budget movie that ‘topped the US box office’
But on 10 June, one box office-topping movie was watched by just two people, in one cinema. Unsubscribe, a 29-minute horror movie shot entirely on video-conferencing app Zoom, generated $25,488 (£20,510) in ticket sales on that day. Nationwide, the movie hit the top of the charts, according to reputable revenue tacker Box Office Mojo. The budget of the movie: a flat $0. How was that possible?
Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain.
Many franchise films are made by people of considerable talent and artistry. You can see it on the screen. The fact that the films themselves don’t interest me is a matter of personal taste and temperament. I know that if I were younger, if I’d come of age at a later time, I might have been excited by these pictures and maybe even wanted to make one myself. But I grew up when I did and I developed a sense of movies — of what they were and what they could be — that was as far from the Marvel universe as we on Earth are from Alpha Centauri.
Besides a bit of old fashioned hand wringing here and there, a fairly level take, although I’m not sure how much I can bring myself to care.
Movie plots, visualized.
‘The Dark Knight’ changed how we see ‘comic-book movies.’
But 10 years ago, some critics couldn’t see its greatness.
Yet a decade later — as Variety reports that “The Dark Knight” will get a limited Imax 10th-anniversary rerelease next month — it’s worth reflecting on just how much critical prejudice the film faced at the time and how some of the most notable national movie critics then couldn’t appreciate what Nolan had delivered.
The New Millennium Blues
Remember the terrifying, tumultuous, insert-scary-adjective-here year leading up to the new millennium? Did the uncertainty of the what the future held keep you up at night? Do you feel a sense of nostalgia for NBC’s Y2K: the Movie? Did you how about the music inspired by the millennium bug? Today’s Tedium seeks to transport you back to a time when the public imagination ran wild and pop culture fed the anxiety of the masses at the dawn of the new millennium.
How Star Wars was saved in the edit
A video essay exploring how Star Wars’ editors recut and rearranged Star Wars: A New Hope to create the cinematic classic it became.
Reordering a few scenes to great effect.
Postmortem: Every Frame a Painting
Thoughts and lessons on producing a web series.
I didn’t know about Every Frame a Painting before, but I liked the videos I went back and watched.
How David Fincher Hijacks Your Eyes
Careful camera tracking.
Throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts in movies?
Studio Ghibli in Real Life
How to Make an Alien Planet on Earth
For a short film about another world, the landscape designer Bas Smets created a dark, scientifically accurate terrain.
A short list of black plants.
Disney’s multiplane camera, an innovation in illusion
In a short film shot in 1957, Walt Disney described the multiplane camera, one of the many inventions and innovations his company had developed in order to produce more realistic and affecting animations.
Happy Winter! I watch Quintet every winter, because hey, things could be worse.
In most post-apocalyptic movies, there is some opportunity for characters to escape, locate a sanctuary, or carve out at least some slice of small happiness. But without apology or explanation, Quintet asks audiences to countenance a future world in which there is no escape route, and each new day is just one cycle closer to inevitable extinction.
Rocky: An Oral History
No one knew who we were or what we were doing. These days, try to shoot a movie in Philadelphia with Sylvester Stallone.
Using Blender to recreate and combine scenes from some animated classics.
I usually like movies where stuff blows up real good, but I could settle for an accurate portrayal of a linguist at work.
Reality is messy and complex, often paralyzingly so. Hence, many efforts to reboot the system into something that is simpler to control.
Very wide ranging documentary, from the 1975 NYC fiscal crisis to Kissinger and Gaddafi to William Gibson and John Perry Barlow to UFO conspiracies to everything else.
Nearly three hours long, but covers a lot of ground. Some great archive footage.
It’s all downhill after WarGames.
We also saw a bizarrely impossible computer hack in Pretty In Pink depicting one of Molly Ringwald’s suitors magically sending messages
No mention of her real life phone hacking?
Takedown barely gets a mention in part three. Leaving aside the truthiness of the matter, the portrayal of hacking was among the very best I’ve seen. Better I would say than Mr. Robot.