Category Archives: Directors

Why Mirror Mirror Is a Unique Snow White Movie: What You Need to Know

Why Mirror Mirror Is a Unique Snow White Movie: What You Need to Know

The 2012 film Mirror Mirror is a retelling of the classic Snow White tale, but unlike many reboots in recent years, it’s not a dark, gritty, or bleak take on the original fairy tale. Instead, the film goes for charm and whimsy; it’s designed to appeal to families and children. Thus, it would make sense… Read More…

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…

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…

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 How the Team Behind The Taking of Pelham 123 Made a Realistic Thriller: What You Need to Know

This Is How the Team Behind The Taking of Pelham 123 Made a Realistic Thriller: What You Need to Know

The Taking of Pelham 123, released in 2009, is an adaptation of a novel that had previously been adapted for both the small and big screen. The filmmakers behind the project kept the story fresh by exploring how new technologies would impact the narrative. The fact of the matter is, the characters (both the antagonists… Read More…

What You Need to Know about the Thrilling True Story behind Sanctum

What You Need to Know about the Thrilling True Story behind Sanctum

Adventure movies allow viewers to experience the thrills and terror of being caught in a fight for survival against great odds, without actually being in danger. This is the main reason why movies like Sanctum are so entertaining; they offer a glimpse of an exciting experience most people don’t ever get to have. Released in… Read More…

This Is Why Tokyo Drift Is an Amazing Action Movie

This Is Why Tokyo Drift Is an Amazing Action Movie

It’s not uncommon for action movies to feature sequences of death-defying stunts. However, while some films rely on skilled stunt work to give viewers a sense of having watched something authentic, far too many directors simply use clever editing to trick the viewer into believing an amazing action sequence. Unfortunately, these scenes aren’t as thrilling… Read More…

How a Horror Short Became Oculus – What You Need to Know

How a Horror Short Became Oculus – What You Need to Know

Oculus, released in 2013, is one of the most impressive and effective horror films of the last decade. However, the story behind its development is nearly as interesting as the movie itself. Like many major Hollywood movies, Oculus is based on a pre-existing work, but the source material for this film is unique. Essentially, Oculus… 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…