It was Pittsburgh Pirates’ legend Bill Mazeroski’s defense that earned him his greatest claim to fame. He had soft hands, good range, superb technique, and a sturdy set of legs.

(original image via this-day-in-baseball)


9-1-1 operators in Pittsburgh were told to expect an increase in calls related to gunshots and explosions in the film’s production. (x)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

But not because of an increase of buildings on fire. We are SO over buildings catching on fire, it’s like we barely put down our beers and Terrible Towels to lift up the phone.

Stuff burning down. Pft.

Saw this GIF as part of a lovely photoset (via toppermostpoppermost: rottentomatoes: v-a-d-e-r-s), and it’s a terrific illustration of the age-old (well, 1992-old) question:

Who shoots Nice Guy Eddie?

Because, according to this GIF, no one does.



And now…

For the Greatest Teaser Trailer of All Time…

The One for James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day…

Which was released in the Summer of 1991, 25 years ago, back when I was just born…

“I’ll Be Back,” Ahnold Da Governator (or Arnold Schwarzenegger) would say…

Enjoy the teaser, everyone!

For those who don’t know, this trailer was produced before they even had a script. It was all filmed 100% original footage just for the purposes of the teaser at a cost of $250,000. It’s unheard of to do something like this, before or since.

This really is an amazing teaser. Perfect blend of hype, story, and tension.

“And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept — for there were no more worlds left to conquer.”

One of the finest Honest Trailers I’ve seen, and not just because I hate Michael Bay movies.

Although that certainly helps.

Impressive how the HT guys even get all real near the end, further satirizing Bay’s gleeful mangling of real historical events and people - although their final joke is one of those heh-heh-heh sort of jokes where then you realize what a misery it would be if it came true. Which it could.

Alternate ending.

See? All is well!

Gee, I don’t know. The Star Trek Beyond trailer felt a little over-the-top to me.

The men of Star Wars VII enjoy sassy dancing.

The men of Star Wars VII enjoy sassy dancing.

The men of Star Wars VII enjoy sassy dancing.

The men of Star Wars VII enjoy sassy dancing.

The men of Star Wars VII enjoy sassy dancing.

Since the first time I saw this movie, I think about this - and try, usually without success, to replicate it - every time I slice garlic. Such a subtle, but terrific, use of a closeup to convey action and character.

(inspired by Goodfellas Dining Guide: The Best Food Moments And Recipes From Scorsese’s Wiseguy Masterpiece)

I imagine it really looks like this:




I love this shot in this movie.

Now I saw this long, long ago, so I hope I’m not remembering it incorrectly - but I think this shot happens right after C. Thomas Howell makes a dangerous escape from Rutger Hauer. As he comes across this location, the camera moves right to left across the sign: E, then F, then A…

The implication is that the word being revealed is “SAFE”, even though that makes no sense whatsoever that there would be a big sign in the middle of nowhere that says “SAFE”.

But being inside the character’s head as we are here, this quiet moment gives us a subconscious sense of relief, of hope that he’s escaped danger. He’s safe.

Then the camera angle changes before the sign is fully revealed. In the new angle, the sign (now rather obviously) says “CAFE”.

It’s a cafe. It’s not safe.

And C. Thomas Howell learns that rather quickly.

Visual misdirection, just under our perception. Pacing, rhythm, and the use of sound and pictures.

Cinematic storytelling at its best.

I’ve done this.

“After twenty years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.”

- Actor and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, 1942 - 2015

Today in October’s Weird Creepy Crap.


(original GIF via televandalist)