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Check Out the Michael Mann Movies That The Dark Knight Totally Borrowed Scenes From

The Dark Knight is very probably the best superhero movie of all time and that has a lot to do with Joker being the best villain and Christopher Nolan being a fantastic director but it also has to do with… Michael Mann? Here’s a video from Glass Distortion that shows scenes from The Dark Knight next to scenes from…

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Mesmerizing Video Captures What It’s Like to Stay Indoors for Too Long

The director Oscar Hudson explains that his music video for Bonobo’s song No Reason is a film about staying indoors. I think it’s a magnificent take on that feeling when you’ve stayed indoors for way too long and you suddenly feel trapped and unable to escape because you’ve run out of things to do inside and the walls…

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Why Are the Windows on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner So Much Bigger Than Normal Airplanes?

The windows in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are awesome. You can electronically dim them for five different levels of sunlight and visibility. That’s so much better than the typical airplane window shade option of blinding or blocked out. But the coolest thing about Dreamliner windows are how huge they are, like vertical…

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Why Aaron Sorkin’s Screenplay for The Social Network Was So Damn Good

The Social Network was a fantastic movie for many reasons: the direction of David Fincher, the music by Trent Reznor, the acting of mostly everyone involved, and, of course, the screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. It’s trademark Sorkin, with dialogue being stacked on top of more dialogue and characters expressing so many…

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5 Movie Scenes with Genius Camera Movement

It’s obvious, right? In movies, the camera points us toward what we should look at. We follow the action by following the camera that’s following the action of the scene. But camera movements in films can also make us feel something, too. If the camera pushes in, we’re supposed to look closer. If it pulls out, we…

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Making Things From Old Skateboard Decks Turns Recycling into Art

Jerry McNamara’s Day By Day is a short documentary that focuses its lens on artist George Rocha of Iris Skateboards in San Francisco. Rocha takes stacks of old, unrideable skateboard decks, glues them together, grinds ‘em up, and then transforms them into functional objects like furniture, tables, tap handles, and,…

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Soothe Yourself With Every Single Oscar Winner for Best Cinematography

Take a deep breath before you watch this collection of every Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography. There are so many wonderful shots and beautiful movies from 1927 to today that you might get lost in them and forget how to live.

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Angry Octopus Intimidates Cameraman By Blowing Itself Up Like a Giant Balloon

Don’t interrupt an octopus while it’s eating and don’t you dare point your camera at it because the octopus ain’t having it. In fact, the super villain creature of the ocean will try to intimidate you when you do that because it’ll charge at you, stare you down, and then inflate itself like a giant parachute so it…

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Seeing the Explosion Inside a See Through Engine Shows You How Engines Work

This particular engine we’re looking at has four strokes: the intake, the compression, the combustion (or power), and the exhaust. Smarter Every Day visited the guys of 805 Road King and their see through engine to show us exactly what’s going on in an engine when we fire it up and it’s pretty fascinating stuff.

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Two Guys Shooting Huge Ass Fireworks at Each Other Somehow Don’t Kill Each Other

I’m not going to call these guys total idiots because if I had access to big fireworks, an empty street, and a camera, there’s a non-zero chance that I too would light those fireworks up, blast my friend in an awesomely stupid fireworks fight, and record the whole damn thing so that other people could call me an…

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