Posts Tagged ‘movies’

All of James Bond’s Aston Martins

March 30, 2022

Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman talks about all the Aston Martin cars that appear in the James Bond movies.

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The Most Important Device in the Universe

March 25, 2022

The “Most Important Device in the Universe” has blinking tubes and no function. It’s the Dual Neon Generators prop designed by John Zabrucky in the 1970s, and has appeared in many Sci-Fi movies and TV shows. Video compilation by Major Grin.

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Movie theaters aren’t dead. Yet.

March 8, 2022

Studios are intent on streaming their films, and COVID only intensified that. But big movies still come out in theaters first. A Vox video by Edward Vega.

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

December 26, 2021

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine for the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, performed by 21-year-old Judy Garland (who married the film’s director Vincente Minnelli in 1945). The original lyrics were considered depressing by the MGM producers, and Hugh Martin re-wrote them, crafting this poignant perennial.

More:

“The Story Behind ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’” NPR Music

“The history of a popular holiday song,” Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly

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Audio Anxiety

November 12, 2021

When a movie wants to inspire fear, unease, or anxiety, a film’s composers and sound designers use the “drone of dread” to introduce a sense of impending doom. A Quartz video.

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100 Years: Evolution of the Car Chase

August 13, 2021

“How Car Chase Scenes Have Evolved Over 100 Years,” a video by Movies Insider.

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America

July 4, 2021

“America,” composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1961 film West Side StoryRita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) are the principal singers in the movie; their roles were originally created on Broadway by Larry Kert and Chita Rivera in 1957.

“Life is all right in America, if you’re all white in America”

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Jacksonville Was Almost Hollywood

March 23, 2021

In the early 1900s, New York film companies searched for a warm-weather home, and they looked at Jacksonville, Florida, down the East Coast. J’ville’s town fathers recoiled at the thought of film actors running wild through Florida’s sunny streets, so the film folks decamped for far-off California. A Vox video by Phil Edwards.

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Art of the Car Chase

January 6, 2021

Justin Lin describes five breathtaking movie car chase scenes (including of one his own) and explains what makes them so effective. A New York Times video.

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

December 23, 2020

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine for the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, performed by 21-year-old Judy Garland (who married the film’s director Vincente Minnelli in 1945). The original lyrics were considered depressing by the MGM producers, and Hugh Martin re-wrote them, crafting this poignant perennial.

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“The Story Behind ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’” NPR Music

“The history of a popular holiday song,” Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly

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