Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Bad Genius’ Is a Slick, Remarkable Caper About Exam Cheating

Bad Genius Review

A heist-style drama about genius high school students and their task to pull off the ultimate, cheating scam on behalf of dozens of wealthy peers doesn’t quite sound like the nail-biter Bad Genius ends up pulling off, but here we are. The Thai film we do get, which is directed by the very talented Nattawut Poonpiriya, not only brings with it a whip-smart screenplay, it’s an incredibly intense caper loaded with crackling dialogue and impressive performances that ranks up there with recent, instant classics like Moneyball and The Social Network. Poonpiriya keeps your attention from beginning to end and ends up delivering one of the tautest thrillers (without really being a thriller) to come along in some time. ›››

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So about that ‘firebrand’ Roy Moore …

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Newspapers settled on an interesting word to describe Roy Moore on Tuesday night after he beat Donald Trump-backed Luther Strange in Alabama’s Republican primary.

That word is “firebrand.” Which sounds fun! Who wouldn’t want to be a firebrand? 

Well, let’s just see what that incorrigible rabble-rouser has been up to over the years:

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What You Need to Know about Directing Non-Actors

Understanding the benefits and challenges that come with working with non-actors.

As no-budget filmmakers, chances are we’re not going to be working with Hollywood actors at the peak of their stardom. Actually, in each and every of your films your cast might actually be made up entirely of non-actors, or actors who have little to no professional experience, and that’s not a bad thing. People hear terms like “inexperienced” and “untrained” and immediately think “bad performance,” but non-professional actors actually bring something very special to the cinematic table, and because they do, you as a director need to bring a very special set of skills in order to direct them. In this video from Film Riot, director Ricky Staub (The Cage), offers up some great insight on what that skillset entails.

Whether they’re seasoned pros or bright-eyed first-timers, directing actors is a tough undertaking. There’s a lot of emotional and technical work that goes on between the director and actors in order to prepare for a great performance; if your actor is unfamiliar with this process, it could prove to be a little more challenging.

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So … what is Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘mother!’ really about?

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Warning: Major spoilers for mother! are ahead.

Well, that was something.

Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! has finally arrived in theaters, and the general reaction can be summed up in three letters: WTF?

It’s clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is. 

Ask 10 people who’ve just seen this movie what they think it’s “really” about, and you might get half a dozen different explanations. I know, because I did just that after seeing mother! for the first time at TIFF. Read more…

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5 Things You Should Think About When Planning Your Shooting Schedule

Trying to nail down your shooting schedule? Here are some things to consider so that your plans don’t have a negative effect on your production.

Set life is absolute pandemonium on its own, but add some poor planning and confusion into the mix and you’ve got a real nightmare on your hands. To have a clear and concise plan for every day of production, filmmakers create shooting schedules—but if you’ve never really made one before it’s difficult to know how to draw one up so that it saves you time, money, and frustration down the road. In this video, StudioBinder lists five tips that will help you organize your shoots to make your production cheaper, more dynamic, and easier for your cast and crew to manage.

There are a lot of things to consider when putting your shooting schedule together, but the five mentioned in the video will really get you thinking about what a well-planned schedule looks like.

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Superhero Bits: Harley Quinn Day, ABC Worried About Inhumans, NYCC Panels & More

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Which Marvel shows will be coming to New York Comic-Con? Why is ABC already worried about Inhumans? Why did Cate Blanchett decide to take the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok? How did Batman: The Animated Series change the way we think about superhero adaptations? What can we expect from Harley Quinn Day this month? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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The Justice League teaser poster gets a LEGO makeover with the minifigure versions of the DC Comics superheroes.

Hulu will bring The Runaways to NYCC while Marvel is bringing The Punisher and Agents of SHIELD for panels.

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Karen Gillan posted this photo of her Nebula face mask after spending the entire day in it shooting Avengers 4.

Mark Ruffalo teased the “fight of the century” is coming in Thor: Ragnarok with a new post on Instagram.

DC All Access takes a closer look at the fourth season of Gotham and what we can expect from Bruce Wayne.

Willa Holland, who plays Thea Queen/Speedy on Arrow, wants to see an all-female team-up episode sometime.

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Batman Day is Harley Quinn Day this year, and artist Ryan Sook was tasked with making these to celebrate.

Avengers 4 will be shooting in Scotland in the summer of 2018 during the Avengers: Infinity War publicity tour.

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Official Trailer for ‘McLaren’ Doc About Racing Legend Bruce McLaren

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“They were Kiwis taking on the world.” FilmBuff has revealed the trailer for a racing documentary titled McLaren, telling the story of Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander who started the McLaren Motor Racing team. You may recognize the name, especially if you love cars, as Bruce McLaren is the father & founder of McLaren Automotive, which manufactures some of the fastest cars on the planet. McLaren died at age 32 in 1970 when his car crashed while racing in England. Despite this tragic early death, he left quite a legacy, and achieved a great amount of success. “A man who showed the world that a man of humble beginnings could take on the elite of motor racing and win.” There have been some excellent racing movies recently (Senna and Rush come to mind) and this looks like it’s another that will appeal to all audiences, not just racing fans. ›››

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What Picasso Can Teach Us About Being Filmmakers

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest painters in human history, but as filmmakers, what can we learn from his philosophy on art?

As filmmakers, we tend to look within our own cinematic universe for inspiration and leadership, but when it comes to art, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso is one of the most important and influential creators of the 20th century. His radical exploration of style and knack for artistic innovation not only made him the most well-known artist of his time but left a legacy of adventurous creativity for future artists as well. In the video below, Sven Pape of This Guy Edits takes a look at Picasso’s famous philosophy on art and creativity to see what kinds of lessons filmmakers can learn from the father of modern art.

Picasso was a very outspoken individual, whether it was regarding art or politics. He

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Stunts 101: 3 Things You Should Know about Using Breakaway Glass

Are you itching to throw someone through a window? Here’s how to do it safely.

Though it’s tons of fun watching our favorite action stars take death-defying leaps through plate glass windows, these types of stunts, which utilize breakaway glass, are well-choreographed and executed by professional stunt performers to mitigate any real danger. If you’re interested in including a stunt like this in your own work, awesome, but before you go toss your lead actor through your living room window, check out this video from The Slanted Lens. In it, host Jay P. Morgan shares a few tips on how to pull it off safely and effectively, including 1.) how to prepare your set, 2.) how to install the glass, and 3.) how to toss a human being through it.

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