While the work of director Michael Bay is the butt of many jokes, many of them involving explosions, there's no doubt that he's good at what he does. His movies are huge hits, even if they're not critical darlings, and he's one of the most efficient and intense directors in the entertainment industry. And even though Transformers: Age of Extinction is pretty terrible, that doesn't make a look behind the scenes of post-production on the visual effects heavy blockbuster any less interesting. An extensive, 22-minute featurette called Transformers 4: The Final Touches has surfaced online and shows Bay and ILM visual effects producer Wayne Billheimer finishing up this past summer's action extravaganza. Watch!
Unfortunately, Boyhood won't be available on Blu-Ray and DVD until January 6th, but if the film gets some love from the Golden Globes or Oscars, that will give you plenty of time to check out out before those ceremonies. In the meantime, for those who have seen Richard Linklater's film (or even if you haven't, this won't spoil anything), check out this 10-minute featurette looking at the making of this one-of-a-kind, coming-of-age tale. The featurette has footage that spans the 12 years it took to make this film a reality. Again, seeing Ellar Coltrane grow up is mind-blowing, and seeing the time pass so quickly is wild. Watch!
There's no doubt that Oscar Isaac is on the verge of a huge career breakthrough. In just over a year, we'll see him as one of the heroes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (he's flying an X-Wing in the teaser trailer), and he just booked the title villain role in X-Men: Apocalypse. If you haven't seen him in Inside Llewyn Davis, seek that movie out, and then make sure you check him out in the lead again with A Most Violent Year, one of the awards contenders that is said to be full of some great performances, including Isaac ad his co-star Jessica Chastain. See for yourself in the full trailer from the United Kingdom and two featurettes.
You wouldn't know it since there hasn't been much pomp and circumstance, but this year is the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's influential adaptation of Batman from 1989. The film inspired a wave of popularity in comic books and bringing them to the big screen (though the big boom wouldn't come for another decade), and while the film is a little dated, it's still really fun to watch. And if you want to go back 25 years, you should check out this awesome 25-minute documentary special from behind the scenes of the film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, which was never available on home video. Watch it!
The reboot of Godzilla has come and gone on the big screen, and it's now available to purchase on Blu-Ray & DVD, and while the film didn't impress some audiences, it still ended up landing director Gareth Edwards a gig directing the first Star Wars spin-off (which may be about a heist obtaining the plans to the original Death Star). While some might have a problem with Godzilla as a movie, you can't deny that the King of Monsters and all the creatures he fights have never looked better, thanks to some truly spectacular visual effects by the company MPC. Now a visual effects reel breaks down how they came together. Watch!
Though everyone will talking about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I after this weekend, there's still some life left in the discussion surrounding Interstellar. Whether it's about the quality of the film (especially when it comes to the sound mix) or an astrophysicist like Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the mysteries of the film's science, there's plenty to talk about. So how about we add some more fuel to the fire with Tyson talking about the science from the ending of the film (without spoiling the narrative side of things). And for an added bonus, there's also a SoundWorks Collection featurette looking at all the work that went into the various choices made in creating the sound effects and more, especially for IMAX. Watch!
Right now, you can see Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman in limited theaters, but starting this weekend, the Fox Searchlight film expands to even more screens, and you should absolutely go out of your way to see it. Michael Keaton stars as a former iconic superhero struggling to keep his sanity while still trying to revamp his career with a Broadway play. But besides the lead actor's performance in the film, what's great about Birdman is that it was filmed to look like it unfolded in one single shot take. So how did they do it? A new featurette goes behind the scenes of the mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. Watch!
It's officially Interstellar week as we wait for Christopher Nolan's anticipated sci-fi film to hit theaters (don't forget, it hits IMAX screens a couple days early), so we've got some more goods hyping up the film. Don't worry if you're avoiding seeing anymore footage like us, because you don't have to watch any of this stuff. The following five featurettes and two new TV spots are just for the people who can't refrain from seeing everything they can from the film before it arrives. All the featurettes are rounding up into a single five minute video, and the TV spots have been put together too. Isn't that convenient? Watch below now!
If you feel like you've seen enough footage from Interstellar, and you've already made your decision to see the film, we're right there with you. We're trying to avoid seeing too much of the film before Christopher Nolan's sci-fi flick hits theaters in a couple weeks. But if you want to learn a little more about the real science that inspired the film, Wired has just revealed a cool new featurette with physicist Kip Thorne (an executive producer on the project), who helped Nolan understand the real science behind wormholes, space travel and more. This stuff is pretty mindblowing, but it's also only a brief video. If you really want to dive into the science of Interstellar, we recommend checking out Wired's article on the matter. Watch below!
Following yesterday's laughable reveal of Johnny Depp as The Wolf in Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, a new featurette has popped up that finally shows the melody side of the film that wasn't present in the first teaser trailer. The featurette lays out the story a little clearer as an ensemble of characters are all wishing for something, and Meryl Streep's elderly witch tells them to go into the woods to have their dreams come true. But of course, it's not that simple. Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden and more belt out a tune and we get to see Tracey Ullman in the film too. Watch!
Last fall, before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hit theaters, some images surfaced of Benedict Cumberbatch doing motion-capture performance work to bring the dragon Smaug to life, complete with some wild-eyed facial expressions. Then earlier this year, a featurette showed off how Weta Digital helped turn that performance into what we see on the big screen. Now with the extended cut of The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-Ray on November 4th, some new featurettes of Cumberbatch's awesome work have surfaced online, and it's absolutely fascinating to see the actor dig into this peculiar character. Watch now!
Hot on the heels of the announcement of an awesome special edition vinyl soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy from the cool folks at Mondo, there's even more cool stuff to check out from the Marvel hit of the year. Method Studios is one of several companies who worked on visual effects for the cosmic blockbuster, and short but very cool breakdown of their work has just surfaced online. As always, we wish it would explain a little more about the work, or went into even more detail with the layers, but that's just the cinephile and nerd in us coming out. It's always impressive to see what was created from scratch. Look now!
"Everything you see has got to be designed and built by hand." This Friday, Laika's adorable stop-motion flick The Boxtrolls finally surfaces in theaters, and the work of all the meticulous and careful hands will brings joy to thousands. A new featurette has surfaced showing off just how big and gorgeous the sets are, and how detailed and well-crafted each and every character and set piece is in the film, no matter how big or small. Stop-motion animation is a long road of hard work, and this featurette shows just a small fraction of what it takes to get a film like The Boxtrolls made, and the best part is the movie is great too. Watch below!
Starting this weekend, you can finally catch Kevin Smith's odd little indie Tusk, the story of a podcast personality who finds himself held captive and obligated to fulfill the strange desires of a man with a walrus obsession. And if you're curious as to just how a peculiar story like this found its way to the big screen, a featurette has come online explaining how one of Smith's real podcasts actually inspired him to make the movie. Alex caught the film at TIFF last month and called it "cult horror comedy done right, with silliness creeping around every corner." And don't forget about the medical marijuana tie-in to smoke it up. Watch!