Tag: movies

  • Trailers for trailers

    Trailers for trailers

    Many action-heavy trailers now begin with a stinger—a 4–5 second preview of the trailer’s most exciting scenes, stitched together with fast cuts and scored with a cacophany of rising sound effects. It’s literally a “trailer for the trailer.”

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mid-Production Tragedy, and Virtual Actors

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mid-Production Tragedy, and Virtual Actors

    Hollywood was rocked on Sunday by the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of its finest actors. Hoffman had not yet finished his work on the final Hunger Games sequel, in which he plays mentor to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. The actor had one week of shooting left on the marquee project. It feels crass to…

  • Betting on the binge: Netflix, House of Cards, and the future of appointment viewing

    We rejoined Netflix, and I can’t stop watching. I’ve already devoured two seasons of The Walking Dead, AMC’s zombie gore-fest. We’re plowing through Arrested Development, a show that somehow slipped under our radar back in its day. West Wing looms on the horizon, along with a half-dozen other series we never caught the first time…