Category Archives: Movies

This Is What You Need to Know about the Making of MacGruber

This Is What You Need to Know about the Making of MacGruber

Over the years, there have been a number of funny recurring characters on Saturday Night Live. That’s why it’s interesting to learn how some of them have managed to transition to the big screen. For example, MacGruber, based on the SNL character of the same name (which lampooned the television show MacGyver), had surprisingly humble… Read More…

This Is How Salt Changed the Action Genre

This Is How Salt Changed the Action Genre

In Hollywood, it’s no secret that many major  productions evolve before they actually reach the big screen. It’s not uncommon for the final shooting script to be dramatically different from the original script that was written. Often, those changes are significant, even if the average filmgoer doesn’t know about them. Salt, the 2010 action thriller… Read More…

This Is Why Immortals Is An Amazing Artistic Achievement

This Is Why Immortals Is An Amazing Artistic Achievement

When judging the artistic value of a film, critics and audiences tend to hold certain ones in higher regard than others. Filmmakers have an opportunity to create movies that possess genuine artistic value. Immortals, released in 2011, is one such example. The film is much more than a “sword and sandals” epic. Due to the… Read More…

This Is How the Team behind Out of the Furnace Made a Shockingly Authentic Film

This Is How the Team behind Out of the Furnace Made a Shockingly Authentic Film

Out of the Furnace, released in 2013, is much more than a typical Hollywood revenge thriller. Although the story does involve a young man (played by Christian Bale) avenging his brother’s (Casey Affleck) murder, it has much more to say than viewers might expect from that basic summary. Out of the Furnace works because its… Read More…

This Is the Incredible Story behind the Making of The Fighter

This Is the Incredible Story behind the Making of The Fighter

The Fighter, released in 2010, is an inspiring film that tells the true story of Micky Ward, a Massachusetts boxer who overcame major life obstacles to reach his goals. The film succeeds by injecting a popular Hollywood genre with real-world emotion and stakes. It’s no surprise the movie ended up making such an impact on… Read More…

This Is Why The Taking of Pelham 123 Is a Standout Remake

This Is Why The Taking of Pelham 123 Is a Standout Remake

There are many legitimate reasons to remake a film. Often, filmmakers produce a remake because the original film had a strong concept, but the execution was somehow lacking. However, there are instances in which filmmakers can justify remaking an already strong movie. The Taking of Pelham 123 is one such example. Released in 2009, the… Read More…

This Is the Amazing Story behind The Bank Job

This Is the Amazing Story behind The Bank Job

The Bank Job, released in 2008, is a thrilling crime caper that demonstrates why heist movies can be so entertaining. Featuring dynamic performances by Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, and a rich supporting cast, the movie stands out by focusing on a location that Hollywood movies of this genre don’t often depict. Most Hollywood heist films… Read More…

What You Need to Know about How Robert De Niro Reinvented Himself

What You Need to Know about How Robert De Niro Reinvented Himself

Anyone who has been a fan of American movies for the past few decades knows that Robert De Niro is one of the most talented and accomplished actors in Hollywood history. However, many actors of his stature are content to be typecast. They’ve found which types of characters audiences enjoy watching them play, and they’re… Read More…