12 Excellent Movies That Use VFX To Tell A Story

It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool. » 5/07/14 2:00pm 5/07/14 2:00pm

12 Beloved Movies That Were Originally About Something Very Different

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Our favorite science fiction and fantasy films seem to have burst into existence fully formed, already perfect. So it's weird when you realize that a lot of the best movies had the biggest false starts and dead ends. Here are 12 much-loved movies that had very different storylines early on in their creation. » 4/24/14 3:07pm 4/24/14 3:07pm

​7 Dudes In Distress Who Needed Saving By Damsels

Traditionally, it's damsels who need saving, what with their pretty dresses, bosoms and emotions. Men, on the other hand, are theoretically strong and self-sufficient… which is why it's so satisfying whenever these tables turned. Here are seven dudes who would be dead without their infinitely more competent damsels. » 4/21/14 3:00pm 4/21/14 3:00pm

​10 Things In The Cinematic Marvel Universe That Make No Damn Sense

Marvel's self-made superhero movies are box office blockbusters and massively fun. But they're not perfect; like so many summer action flicks, they can be plenty dumb, and there's no sense in pretending otherwise. Here are 10 plot holes from Marvel's movies that we're still trying not to think about. » 4/07/14 5:07pm 4/07/14 5:07pm

Captain America 2 Is One Of The Best Action Movies I've Ever Seen

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a brilliant action movie, that serves up a huge dose of wish fulfillment along with its bravura fight scenes. The wish fulfillment isn't just being a face-kicking badass and blowing shit up, but the notion that we could all live in Steve Rogers' world, where political conundrums… » 4/04/14 12:43pm 4/04/14 12:43pm

The 10 Weirdest Marvel Movies That Almost Got Made

These days, Marvel has a pretty amazing track record on the big screen. Even if you toss in the films produced by Sony or Fox, most of the movies range from okay to superb. But things could have turned out very, very different. Here are 10 bizarre Marvel film projects that were in development at one point. » 3/21/14 1:32pm 3/21/14 1:32pm

​12 Heroes and Villains Who Kicked the Incredible Hulk's Green Ass

The Hulk is Incredible, Indestructible, Rampaging, the Strongest one there is, and a noted smashing enthusiastic. What he is not, however, is undefeated. Before his current insane level of strength, where he can basically punch other dimensions, a variety of heroes and even a villain or two have managed to beat the… » 3/14/14 2:29pm 3/14/14 2:29pm

The Most Disappointing Final Battles in All Science Fiction and Fantasy

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It's all been leading up to this. Hundreds of pages, or hours, of buildup, leading up to the final confrontation between the forces of excellent and the forces of not-excellent. And then... it's kind of a bust. The bad guys kind of fold. Or the fight lasts 30 seconds. Or it's just thumb-wrestling. Here are the most… » 2/27/14 3:35pm 2/27/14 3:35pm

Barack Obama: 'We're Building Iron Man'

Is the United States government really building Iron Man? Is the president trying to disarm us with one of those "jokes" he loves so much? If I were president of the United States, and I had a secret plan to build Iron Man, this is exactly what I'd do: joke about building Iron Man and then say things like "Ha ha ha.… » 2/27/14 11:23am 2/27/14 11:23am

An Iron Man Figure Worth Its Weight In Gold

For ages, Kotaku's Luke Plunkett has taunted me with pictures of Hot Toys figures, the most spectacular sixth-scale, highly-articulated, true-to-life (where applicable) toys available. Now I've gotten my hands on one — the Iron Man Mark XXI Midas Armor sold by Sideshow Collectibles, and I may have been better off… » 11/29/13 10:00pm 11/29/13 10:00pm