The Dream Factory
June 1st, 2007

The real magic of the movies happens inside the powerful computers of digital effects houses today — where the weather, interfering studio suits and the limitations of real-world physics can’t hold up the shoot or ruin million dollar sets.

Will artificial intelligence be your next girlfriend?
March 6th, 2014

If Scarlett Johansson was your computer operating system, wouldn’t you fall in love with her? Of course, you don’t really get to roll around in bed with her like the hero Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) in ‘her’ (but then he doesn’t really either, in a scene that’s frankly a bit creepy).


Artificial Intelligence – a Top Ten LIst
August 1st, 2008

It’s human nature — since time immemorial we’ve attributed human characteristics to everything around us. From the Freudian (so we don’t feel so alone in the universe) to the commercial (Pixar’s box office hauls), the reasons why pop culture is full of human-like intelligence are endless.

The Hollywood Language Barrier
December 1st, 2005

In The Last Starfighter (1984), hero Alex Logan has a universal translation device clipped under his collar — as soon as the technician applies it, all the voices around him turn into English.


Monopoly Money
November 1st, 2006

With a major Australian distributor changing its name to that of the studio owning it, is the line between production and distribution disappearing?

The Kryptonite Factor
August 31st, 2015

Shots of a Superman outfit looking like a Starlight Express reject (no cape! Electric blue!) and Nicholas Cage sashaying around a London hotel room in a supersuit would break the internet if they surfaced today.






Top Ten Reasons 1984 Changed Cinema 1. The Amblin Effect There'd been a renaissance in moviemaking seven years earlier ...
March 6th, 2014

The Blockbuster Backlash History of the Modern Blockbuster In his 1998 book High Concept, Charles Fleming ...
June 1st, 2002

Hollywood Hype and the New Critic Like the recession we had to have, Hollywood will get a lot ...
September 1st, 2003

Cloud Atlas Part comedy, part drama, throw in some flying motorcycles shooting lasers and ...
March 2nd, 2013

Fans on a Plane Around four months ago, a buzz arose on the Internet about a ...
September 3rd, 2006

It’s Alive! 'I'm tired of finicky actors,' Walt Disney reputedly said to animation designer ...
August 1st, 2004


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