Today in Movie Culture: 'Thor: Ragnarok' VFX Breakdown, Why Stormtroopers Wear Armor and More

Today in Movie Culture: 'Thor: Ragnarok' VFX Breakdown, Why Stormtroopers Wear Armor and More

Dec 27, 2017

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

 

VFX Reel of the Day:

See how pretty much everything in Thor: Ragnarok was created from nothing in this breakdown of the movie's visual effects (via /Film):

 

Movie Science of the Day:

Kyle Hill scientifically explains why Stormtroopers even bother wearing armor since it doesn't protect them:

 

Year-End Recap of the Day:

This latest supercut tribute to the movies of 2017 is the work of editor Max Shishkin:

 

Mashup of the Day:

Here's the way to continue the Ghostbusters franchise, have the title characters battle the Ghost with the Most:

 

 

Fan Film of the Day:

This Star Trek fan film is special because it stars a teen-aged Seth McFarlane, creator of the Star Trek-inspired series The Orville (via Geek Tyrant):

 

Vintage Image of the Day:

Marlene Dietrich, who was born on this day in 1901, with co-star Charlton Heston on the set of Touch of Evil in 1957:

 

Filmmaker in Focus:

This video by Nilsu Turkar and Sherimbek Zhunushev highlights Steven Spielberg's regular use of reflection in his mise-en-scene:

 

Abridged Movie of the Day:

Someone cut Speed down to just the shots of the spedometer and obviously it's a whole lot shorter (via Geek Tyrant): 

 

Film History of the Day:

The Florida Project director Sean Baker revisits the making of his breakthrough, Tangerine, in this video promoting the submission of one of the iPhones used to shoot that movie to the new Academy Museum:

 

Classic Trailer of the Day:

Today is the 15th anniversary of the release of Chicago. Watch the original trailer for the classic, Best Picture-winning musical below. 

 

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