What You Need to Know about Talladega Nights & Improv Comedy Films

What You Need to Know about Talladega Nights & Improv Comedy Films

Many of the strongest comedic actors trained as improv comics. Thus, many of the strongest comedy films feature actors who were allowed to show off those skills on set. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is one example. Released in 2006, the film gave stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, and… Read More…

This Is Why The Woman in Black 2 Is an Amazing Horror Sequel

This Is Why The Woman in Black 2 Is an Amazing Horror Sequel

Many factors impact how successful a horror film will be. Even a strong script can result in a less-than-impressive finished product if the director doesn’t make the right choices throughout every step of the filmmaking process. Thus, hiring someone who understands the nuances of the genre is always vital when choosing someone to direct a… Read More…

What You Need to Know about David Belle, Parkour & Brick Mansions

What You Need to Know about David Belle, Parkour & Brick Mansions

Brick Mansions, released in 2014, is an American remake of French action film Banlieue 13. Brick Mansions stands out for its use of parkour, the sport also known as “free-running,” in the film’s action scenes. Of course, the stunt coordinators and choreographers always play an important role in the production of an action film. However,… Read More…

This Is How the Team behind Immortals Made a Visually Amazing Epic

This Is How the Team behind Immortals Made a Visually Amazing Epic

Immortals, released in 2011, is a sword-and-sandals epic that’s noteworthy for many reasons. One is the film’s striking visual style. Director Tarsem Singh made it clear from the early stages of the film’s development that he wanted the images to resemble Renaissance paintings. Some may believe this would be relatively easy to achieve thanks to… Read More…

This Is Why Haywire Is a Thrilling Action Movie

This Is Why Haywire Is a Thrilling Action Movie

Making a major motion picture has never been an easy process. You need to find the right story, assemble the right team both in front of and behind the camera, and manage a production consisting of dozens—if not hundreds—of people all while working under a tight deadline. That said, it’s possible to argue that the… Read More…

Limitless and the Importance of Visual Style: What You Need to Know

Limitless and the Importance of Visual Style: What You Need to Know

Limitless is a successful 2011 thriller that leverages a unique concept to tell a compelling story. Bradley Cooper stars as a failed young author whose life changes dramatically when he begins taking a drug that enhances his cognitive abilities to nearly superhuman levels. As he continues to take the drug, what began as a casual… Read More…

This Is How The House at the End of the Street Shocked Audiences

This Is How The House at the End of the Street Shocked Audiences

Making a major Hollywood film is difficult for many reasons. A key one is the simple fact that most Hollywood films must fit into established genres with which viewers are familiar. Obviously, there are benefits to genre conventions. They give filmmakers a basic roadmap for making a successful picture. That said, when viewers are already… Read More…

What You Need to Know About the Real-Life Inspirations Behind Baby Mama

What You Need to Know About the Real-Life Inspirations Behind Baby Mama

Many people assume that comedy movies don’t deal with serious subject matter. These movies are designed to make audiences laugh. Thus, it simply makes sense that they would avoid tackling subjects that might not always be humorous. However, upon closer inspection, it’s clear that comedies can have as much to say about real-life issues as… Read More…

This Is Why the Strangers Sequel Had the Best Director for the Job

This Is Why the Strangers Sequel Had the Best Director for the Job

Horror films are very difficult to make. Like comedies, they rely on precise timing. In a comedy, a filmmaker must maintain tension and release it at the right moment in order to make viewers laugh. Horror is similar. The goal is simply to make viewers scream instead. Comedy movies also tend to succeed when the… Read More…

Why Land of the Lost Was Unique for Will Ferrell: What You Need to Know

Why Land of the Lost Was Unique for Will Ferrell: What You Need to Know

Will Ferrell long ago earned a reputation as one of the most consistently funny actors in Hollywood. However, his role in 2009’s Land of the Lost gave the actor an opportunity to try out some of his comedic habits in a setting he wasn’t entirely used to. In interviews during production, Ferrell indicated that the… Read More…