The First and Last Frames of 55 Famous Films, Compared Side-by-Side

Out of the many shots in a film, the first and last are among the most considered. Filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney took 55 films and set those opening and closing shots side-by-side. In doing so, he reveals that many scenes are decidedly similar to one another, while others are absolutely different. What were the filmmakers trying to say with each of these beginnings and endings? Like the opening and closing of any story, each serves a purpose.

Can You Identify These Movie Posters With Only The Background Showing?

Like a challenge? You know these movies, but do you know the movie poster when the characters and title are removed? That’s what French designer Madani Bendjellal did in his series of retouched images, which leaves only the background of iconic movie posters to identify them. Some you’ll have no problem identifying, others might leave you scratching your head.

10 Must-See Movie Trailers for Films Showing at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival just kicked off its annual frenzy of film watching in Park City, Utah. This will come as no surprise to the seasoned festival follower, but there are a load of ridiculously exciting films to catch. Looking for drama, documentaries, horror or sci-fi? There’s that and everything else too.

We’ve rounded up 10 must-see films from the fest. And if you aren’t joining the movie buffs shuffling through the frigid Utah weather, we’ve included trailers so you can have a sneak peak.

Movie Theaters Had Very Different Rules in 1912

You’ve seen it many times. You’re sitting there waiting for your movie to start, but first this message plays across the screen: “For the comfort of those around you, please silence your cell phone.” While you may think that this is simply an aspect of our modern era, it’s actually been a practice since the very start of film.

These fantastic movie theater etiquette slides from 1912 show many of the same rules as today (like keeping quiet and not standing up) and plenty that we wouldn’t even consider being a problem – like wearing really huge hats.

84-Year-Old Grandpa Welds a Death Star Fire Pit for Christmas

That’s no moon… it’s a fire pit. For Christmas this year, Redditor Jennifer Allison (aka Bandia5309) got a gift that would warm the heart of any Star Wars fan. Her 84-year-old grandpa, Kenneth, took the round ends off a propane tank, connected them to form a sphere and cut out just the right bits to turn it into a very toasty version of the Death Star… including that pesky ventilation shaft.

Thomas Richner Built a Millennium Falcon from a Basement Full of Cardboard Boxes

…in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.

One hundred and forty hours later (and a whole lot of glue) the Star Wars model is complete, and so realistic it almost looks like a still from the movie when filmed in front of a green screen. Let’s take a trip through Richner’s process from humble start to hyperdrive finish.

These 10 Minimalist Horror Movie Posters Have No Titles. Can You Guess Them All?

If your recent movie choices are leaning towards ghastly and ghoulish, these minimalist movie posters will be a real treat. Each image condenses a horror film’s story into just two iconic items, leaving the task of identifying the movie up to you.

What movie featured lots of typing and a woodsman’s axe? What film included TV watching and conversations on old-school landline phones? You can call yourself a true horror fan… but only if you get all of these right.

Things “Gone Girl” Director David Fincher Doesn’t Do

The new movie “Gone Girl” from director David Fincher is an absolute must see – and for far more reasons than its masterful story. (You won’t find any spoilers here… we’d hate to ruin it) What makes the film a resounding success is broken down here by Every Frame a Painting’s Tony Zhou – who points out that Fincher’s directing style often finds its strength in the limitations he sets. In this kind of film-making, smart restraint trumps unhindered excess.

More Famous Movie Stills in Real-Life

Film buff Christopher Moloney has a knack for tracking down famous film locations. When we featured his work before, he was taking screenshots he printed out and matching them up with their real-life location. We’re happy he hasn’t stopped – and now he’s trimming off the white border on his prints to create a seamless fit into the actual location (which surely takes a steady hand).

Original Concept Artwork for the Characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

If you’re one of the fans who contributed to the $73M opening weekend box office success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, then you will love to see how it all started. The Aaron Sims Company which was responsible for the character design has released some of the concept artwork that they generated for the movie. Working closely with Weta digital on this sequel as well as the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they created all of the characters from scratch.