Zoom in real fast! Then focus! You know the move.
What is this computer sound effect I keep hearing in Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel soundtrack?
You’re going to hear this twice in the above clip. At the :03 mark and at the :15 mark [Note: just realizing Tumblr doesn’t have time code — so estimate!). It’s a fainter piano “BA-DUM” behind the barrage of horns and violin. I swear this is a Mac or Windows sound effect I hear all of the time and it’s bugging the crap out of me. What is it?Played 103 times.
It’s a bird…it’s a plane…no, it’s this week’s Operation Kino! All four of us are together to talk about Man of Steel, the new Superman movie that has the entire Internet divided— and we are no different! Listen for the comparisons to Green Lantern, stay for David’s hangups about Russell Crowe in Les Miserables and comparing his own body to Superman’s. All that plus your answers to our lightning round inspired by Marlon Brandon’s Superman cameo.
In today’s episode, Rajan, Ryan, and Patches discuss the recent news of the NSA’s Prism data collection initiative. Is it surprising that the government is hoarding our e-mails and online chatter? How are we supposed to live knowing it? The crew looks for answers.
Here’s a tiny GIF of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Wolf of Wall Street dance because
This week’s recommendations for Vulture’s Best of Streaming
We praise Alfonso Cuarón for his long takes in Children of Men, but where’s the George Lucas love for Star Wars: Episode III???
This week the gang’s all back together, and we celebrate by forcing David— and everyone else— to talk about this hot next thing called Vulgar Auteurism, and whether or not it actually is a thing. Plus tidbits from Katey about the upcoming adaptation of the book Serena and from Da7e about why you can’t buy Indiana Jones movies individually. And Film Centipede makes a return, with a DC Comics slant. All that plus a lightning round inspired by great cameos in movies.
To catch up on Vulgar Auteurism, and the Internet conversation that has surrounded it, read this.
James Franco in Rumspringa Breakers
Not a joke — see this flippin’ movie. For real. A must. Spread the word. I’m sure it will be on VOD soon if you’re not in NYC or LA.
I helped make this.
People sure do love a natural. The idea that some unknown visionary filmmaker has emerged from the ether with a fully formed artistic voice is as reliably satisfying a narrative as any that can actually be found in the movies, themselves. First films are always judged just a little bit differently. The skepticism they naturally invite is balanced by a collective eagerness to crown the next big thing – this holds especially true in the Sundance era, and it’s tempting (if not especially productive) to wonder if something like Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” may have been received differently had it not been his first feature.
As the summer movie season continues to bulldoze us with massive franchise movies, almost all of which are entrusted only to reasonably proven and experienced directors, we thought it might be fun to think of our favorite first feature films, the movies which provided lasting proof that – in a world of reboots and sequels and reboots of sequels – the cinema is never more exciting than when it introduces you to the sound of a brand new voice. With that in mind, here’s our list of the 50 Best First Films Ever Made.*
*Only feature-length films were considered, though the #49 slot is a bit of a cheat.