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Anatomy of a cult film: Merc Force

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With Netflix, Hulu, and other endless streaming options, a world of cinematic pleasures is at our fingertips. The ability to stop and start thousands of films at our leisure allows for a certain pickiness that normally makes it all the easier to separate the proverbial cream from the figurative tripe. Some front-runners may prefer to dote on the cream—we’re looking at you, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—but, we at Handshake are more enamored with the crappiest of the crap.

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2010 film mash-up

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G-Whiz Productions has taken more than 250 films and edited together a 6 minute video that is sure to make you remember the great movies that have come out this year and to ponder those gems you might have missed. Luckily, there’s already a list of the films so you can track down those that pique your interest from these brief samples.

The video re-mix is reminiscent of the Oscar’s clip reels that playing during the Academy Awards. Though I doubt Legion will make the cut this year, even though Paul Bettany is an ass-kicking, stud-machine.

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Inception in (near) real-time

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If you haven’t seen Christopher Nolan’s brilliant film Inception, don’t watch the above video — It’s a film that is better unspoiled. But if you did see it and you came away a little confused, this video might help. YouTuber Weikang Sun has edited the film so that each level plays at roughly the speed of the corresponding levels. The resulting re-edit shows just what a braided, twisting masterpiece Nolan and company created.

Inception is out on DVD now. And while we’re talking Inception, check our own Fernando Alfonso III’s take on the film.

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Janitors, male nurses, and old people are the most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, and other revelations in last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Vatos”

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On last night’s The Walking Dead, the show took a sharp turn from the mediocrity of the past two episodes, ending with a bloody human zombie massacre that brought the series back to the excitement of the premier.

We dissect the positives and negatives below, where once again we tabulate the series’ progress with Romero Points (see explanation below).

Here goes. Hold on to your zombie-gut shirts:

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Rare Exports — Another potentially awesome Scandinavian horror film

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Perhaps it’s due to global warming, or the worldwide recession, or maybe all those damn Swedish metal bands, but 2010 is turning into a banner year for weird nordic horror movies.

First, there was the Blair Witch-style trailer for The Troll Hunter, a faux documentary out of Norway that followed a band of possible vikings as they chased trolls around cold places.

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How to make “special effects” actually mean something

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So this may be every photography teachers’ favorite video to show how camera effects like depth of field focus and make us perceive the world through camera film. The short film “The Third & The Seventh” by Alex Roman shows us how well shots can be composed. Most folks show it to their friends and students only to reveal its “secret” after they’ve taken in at least a few minutes of its grandeur.

Ready for the big reveal? If you haven’t already, watch the video first and then read on.

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Join the Ogre Army — Ad art by StruckAxiom

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These ad posters for Shrek Forever After are gorgeous and perplexing.

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Unflinching BBC show The Thick of It takes more from The West Wing than most think

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Symmetrical photo of the Season 1 cast of The West WingLong before penning his harsh biopic of a 26-year-old billionaire, Aaron Sorkin was known for his warm and fuzzy portrayal of the American presidency in The West Wing. TWW is from a time when Americans wanted a TV show that told them how great a Democratic presidency could be, filtering down real-life complexities of running a major government office to forced conversations about the founding fathers, privacy rights and race relations.

But as quaint as The West Wing was, it became the first show to appeal directly to political junkies everywhere. Politics geeks could now engage with television that at least tried to relate substantive arguments within a world that thrilled them. Sorkin treated politics in TWW the same way Gene Roddenberry treated science in Star Trek: as a clever device used to get into his characters’ heads.

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3D Porn Shapes The Future

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There’s no doubt about it. Sex still sells – and may even alter the future of television.

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