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From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

10 Great Movies Ruined By One Scene

By Zach Wee

Films in general are essentially a grandiose sum of all its parts, a combination of beats upon beats that result in a short experience that transports audiences deep into world of the filmmaker. When a filmmaker puts his heart and soul into every scene of a film, the final product would undeniably be something fantastic.

The films on this list are just that, they are extremely close to films one would consider “masterpieces”. However, they do share a common flaw – these films all feature a single scene, a scene with a jarring loophole, a scene which sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the film, a lazy scene. These are 10 great films ruined by that one scene.

10. Taxi Driver – Senator Palantine taking the cab

Taxi Driver is perhaps the most notable film to come out of the counterculture New Hollywood era. It’s the film that also, more importantly, cemented Martin Scorsese and Robert de Niro as two legends in the history of cinema. It’s an undeniably great character study film, capturing masterfully the theme of loneliness, dejection, the zeitgeist of the period like no other film of the movement. It’s pure perfect storytelling from start to finish.

Fortunately, the scene in question didn’t strictly speaking “ruin” the film, neither did it remove the film’s status in cinematic history. It’s most certainly not as bad as the other scenes on the list but it does raise some eyebrows. The scene is when Senator Palantine, a major character in the film’s story and Travis (the protagonist)’s medium to project his growing disdain of the world upon, sat in Travis’s taxicab, where a short interaction occurs between the two of them which ultimately drove the story forward.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Most Influential Sci-fi Movies of All Time

By Mike Gray

Fiction is one of the most powerful inventions in human history. Humanity’s ability to create out of whole cloth entire separate realities and worlds that function either on the rules of our own reality or one constructed on separate complex rules has introduced the world to concepts that would otherwise never have existed. This has led to inspiration, invention, and hope to untold millions throughout the centuries and has helped reveal and detail human nature in ways both unexpected and all-too-familiar.

Science fiction has played a particularly crucial role in building new worlds and potential futures that may not exist (at least yet) but also impart valuable ideas and commentary at the world we live in presently. While they are fantastic creations of places, technologies, and events that may never be, what makes them so impactful are the fundamental truths they impart and the excitement they stir within.

Science fiction films have similarly had an incredible effect on the world’s culture, producing a visual representation of the impossible that inspires and occasionally terrifies. And while sci-fi had long been considered the ghetto of literature, sci-fi films have only risen in stature since the dawn of film. Now in the early 21st century, it has broken into the mainstream, with some of the biggest budgeted films each year categorized as science fiction. But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, sci-fi as a film genre didn’t suddenly appear.

And as the decades passed, sci-fi films inspired each other and built upon the innovations of each success. While there are literally hundreds of science fiction films that built this dynamic film genre, there are some core essentials that have gone meta and have guided and influenced the development of the genre as a whole. Here are the 10 most influential sci-fi films of → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

What Would a Nicolas Winding Refn Shot List Look Like?

By V Renée

They may not look like much on paper, but the shot lists of Nicolas Winding Refn turn into spectacularly colorful, extremely gorgeous imagery.

When it comes to style, director Nicolas Winding Refn is in a league of his own. His films demonstrate an extreme moodiness, blinding fluorescent color, and biting contrast, something that, interestingly enough, is not only one of his most beloved trademarks, but is also a result of his colorblindness.

Refn is clearly an auteur with more vision than you can shake a stick at, but to really understand his visual sensibilities it might help to break them down, determine what his cinematic choices are, and put them to paper in a shot list. As part of their ongoing video series “Mastering Shot Lists,” StudioBinder has done just that in the video below:

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From:: No Film School

The Art of Making Films on Smartphones (and Convincing Yourself It’s Okay to Do So)

By V Renée

Making films with a smartphone is not as crazy of an idea as it used to be.

If you’ve ever wanted to make a film with your smartphone, you’re not alone. Despite it being considered a tool for “unprofessional” and “inexperienced” filmmakers, devices like the iPhone have not only proven their mettle in a number of well-made films but they’ve made it into the hands of some pretty notable directors, like Park Chan Wook, Michael Gondry, and Steven Soderbergh.

Fandor takes a look at some of the latest rumblings in smartphone filmmaking in the video below and also shows you a few ways to make your own smartphone films a whole lot more cinematic.

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From:: No Film School

Mind-boggling hyperlapse shows off Faena District in Miami in ways we didn’t think possible

By (Simon Wyndham)

One of the most incredible hyperlapse sequences we have seen

There’s no two ways about it. Making a good hyperlapse is incredibly diffcult, even for the simplest ones. Which makes this tourism promotion all the more amazing.

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    From:: RedShark News

    The Harry Knowles/Alamo Drafthouse Problem

    By Film School Rejects IndieWire’s Film Editor Kate Erbland joins Scott to share her reporting on the sexual assault allegations against Aint It Cool founder Harry Knowles. They also consider Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League’s responses to the revelation that he’d brought Devin Faraci back onto the payroll only a few weeks after the Birth Movies Death editor-in-chief stepped down following allegations against him last year, as well as more stories of protectionism instead of punishment for assailants at the Drafthouse.

    As several groups came together to talk during Fantastic Fest (see here, here, and here for a start) and online, the biggest questions circle around how the Drafthouse can make real changes in order to value a safe environment for women, how the film critic community can work to actively bring women’s voices into the ranks, and whether we can keep an eye on accountability once the initial outrage has died down. → continue…

    From:: Sound Cloud

    J.J. Abrams’ Favorite Films, from Classic Rom Coms to Hitchcockian Thrillers

    By V Renée

    Even though he’s known for his work in sci-fi, director J.J. Abrams’ favorite films span across many different genres.

    Already set direct yet another installment of the legendary Star Wars franchise, this time with Episode IX, it’s clear that J.J. Abrams is one of this generation’s major sci-fi filmmakers. However, if you take a look at the films he’s loved and been influenced by, you’ll soon realize that even though the director tends to work within the genre of intergalactic conflicts and space exploration, his taste in movies is much more diverse. Fandor takes a look at five of the films that have made an impact on Abrams, some of which you might find pretty surprising.

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    From:: No Film School

    Thrifty Nifty Fifties: 5 of the Best 50mm You Can Buy for Under $100

    By V Renée

    You don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to get a good lens.

    If you’re a new filmmaker who doesn’t know much about lenses, you might be under the impression that the more a lens costs the better it is. This—is kind of true. I mean, advanced features and higher quality components demand more of your dollars, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a quality lens that can produce great images for a fraction of the price.

    This is especially important to remember when purchasing your first lens, which most industry professionals would suggest should be a good ol’ nifty fifty, including photographer Kai Wong. He names five 50mm lenses that he considers to be the best in terms of sharpness, bokeh, and build quality in the video below—and video that basically becomes a budget filmmaker’s shopping list.

    Here is the list of lenses Kai mentions in the video:

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    From:: No Film School

    Interactive Storytelling in Eko Studio’s The Garage Sale

    By Scott Macaulay

    From the folks at Eko Studio, director J.M. Logan (The Disunited States of America) and writer Molly Hagan comes a new interactive film for the web, The Garage Sale. It’s about the three couples who descend on a suburban garage sale with different aspirations and behaviors, and the film, viewable through a web browser, allows viewers to live-switch through their different stories. “The viewer is able to navigate between stories to get a different perspective, learn new information, and follow which of the couples they are most curious about,” says the press release. “While their choices will not impact the […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Waking Up After a Wild Ride: Z Behl Reflects on the Foggy Haze of IFP Week

    By Z Behl

    Awakening from a foggy haze, a wet dream of sorts, filled with opportunities more immense than I could daydream, I find myself writing follow up emails that can only signify Film Week is over. Over 160 filmmakers, curated into a database cross-referenced by production companies, sales companies and distributors, as well as every other industry intersection imaginable, the Project Forum is a four-day event where filmmakers meet interested parties (kind of like a dating service) and parlay over films in every stage of production. A word of advice: bring your producer! Without Carlos Zozaya I would have been lost! What […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    HERO6 is Officially Here and It’s the Smartest, Most Powerful GoPro Yet

    By V Renée

    GoPro has upped the ante with the HERO6 Black with 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 260fps, better dynamic range, and a brand new processor to handle it all.

    The new spherical VR Fusion camera wasn’t the only big announcement that came from GoPro the other day. The action cam company also unveiled the latest in their HERO line, the HERO6 Black, which comes with upgrades many filmmakers and hobbyists will get excited about. HERO6 Black includes features such as 4K at 60fps, 2.7K 120fps, 1080p at 260fps, waterproofing at up to 33 feet, in-camera image stabilization, better dynamic range, and an all-new GP1 chip that can handle the added performance, all for $499.

    Check out the launch video to see what it can do:

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    From:: No Film School

    Photo of the week: Colors of the Arctic

    This image was taken while spending 2 nights in a remote island camp in Ataa Fjord, at the north of Disko Bay, Greenland. The camp was quite basic, especially compared to our luxurious hotel back in town, but the photographic opportunities were incredible. We basically had a huge island to ourselves, with a lake, kayaks, hills and huge icebergs floating all around.

    In the 1-2 hours between sunset and sunrise, the colors were incredible. We set out on foot to climb a 130m hill close to camp, where we’d get a good vantage point of the icebergs, and indeed, we witnessed some incredible sights.

    One of them was this beautiful iceberg, floating gracefully in the fjord’s clam, reflective waters, with an incredible colors gradient surrounding it.

    The photograph was captured with my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS lens.

    Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer, photography guide and traveler based in Israel. You can follow Erez’s work on Instagram, Facebook and 500px, and subscribe to his mailing list for updates. Erez offers photo workshops worldwide.

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    From:: DPreview

    Pixma Pro-100 Bundle Deals: EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $1749 (Reg $2049) and EF 16-35 f/2.8L III $1749 (Reg $1999)

    By Canon Rumors Authorized Canon dealer has a pair of Canon L lens bundles on sale this weekend. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Pixma Pro-100 Bundle $1749 (Reg $2049) Coupon Code: EM118728760TM to see in-cart price of $1999 Mail-in rebate: $250 – Download here Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Pixma Pro-100 Bundle $1749 (Reg $1999) Coupon Code: TM11888151EM … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery

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    At $500 with a kit lens, the Fujifilm X-A10 represents the least expensive entry point to the company’s X-system. Like its fellow A-series siblings it uses a traditional bayer filter rather than X-Trans, and though it lacks a touch screen or option for optical viewfinder, it does provide an impressive 410-shot battery life.

    While it may be overlooked by Fujifilm fans seeking a robust body or better tracking autofocus, it looks plenty tempting if you’re on a budget and swayed by Fujifilm’s lovely JPEGs. We brought it along on a recent trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming – take a look at how this light and compact ILC performed.

    See our Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery

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    From:: DPreview