I Heard Joy Division Played on 'Mario Paint' and Lost Control Again
Mario Paint has an enduring legacy among gamers, game developers, and critics, but might be remembered most for the music composer feature.
On the Hunt for Aliens in the Valley of the UFOs
I once saw a UFO. It was a fairly standard experience.
Watch This Trailer: How 'Django Unchained' and 'To the Wonder' Sell Themselves
It's multiplex versus art house in the battle of modern auteurs' projected appeal.
To Make a Blockbuster Video Game, Advertise It Like a Movie
In 2012 the gaming industry looks an awful lot like the replacement for a declining film industry.
Not Just Another Drug War Documentary
The money quote in the trailer for 'The House I Live In' belongs to David Simon, creator of The Wire, and it’s a doozy: “The drug war is a holocaust in slow motion.”
Watch This Trailer: "The Drug War Is a Holocaust in Slow Motion"
A few years ago I was poking around for something to watch at a video rental store – remember those? – and I happened across The Trials of Henry Kissinger (watch here). This was my introduction to director Eugene Jarecki, a titan in the world of modern...
It's Too Quiet: The Eerie Early Morning TV of 9/11
Fashion Week was just getting underway in New York. George W. Bush went for an early morning jog in Florida. Iraq shot down a Predator drone. The weather was still summer and perfect. Until 8.46 AM, September 11, 2001 was another morning in America.
Watch This Trailer: Republicans Think the How-We-Got-Osama "Zero Dark Thirty" Isn't Fair
In May, 2011 director Kathryn Bigelow (_The Hurt Locker_, _Point Break_, _Strange Days)_ and screenwriter/journalist Mark Boal (_The Hurt Locker_, _In The Valley of Elah_) had just wrapped on a meticulously researched script about the 2001 siege of al...
Watch This Trailer: Holy Shit, "Cloud Atlas" Is Going to Be Insane
Tom Tykwer (_Run Lola Run_, _Perfume_), declared in 2009 that he and the Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy, _Bound_) were working on a screenplay to adapt the bestselling novel _Cloud Atlas_ by British author David Mitchell. Besides winning numerous...
Turn it Up to Apollo 11: A Motherboard Supercut
Forty three years ago, and forty two years before the Space Shuttle landed for the last time, three men would travel to the moon, set foot there, take a few photos, and come back. To get there, they used the only vehicle that’s ever brought humans past...
Watch This Trailer: "Compliance" Will Make You Lose Faith In Humanity
I almost don't know what to say about _Compliance_ or its expertly crafted and chilling trailer. This film disturbed me more than any horror movie I've seen in the past ten years. And it's not even a horror flick. (First line from the film's synopsis...
Watch This Trailer: 'The Master' Is Totally Not About Scientology
Paul Thomas Anderson is one of those directors that film nerds and other more reasonable people seem to universally respect as a brilliant auteur. It's fitting then that his sixth film be dubbed _The Master_. _The Master_ in question here though isn...