special-effects

How ‘Lord of the Rings’ Shaped a Hopeless Generation

Two decades ago, our blind optimism dissolved as the real world fell into war. ‘Lord of the Rings’ became the ultimate millennial comfort viewing: a fantasy world in which the good guys actually win

Can the New ‘Dune’ Stand With the Best of Giant-Worm Cinema?

The 1980s gave us unforgettable mega-worms, and they’re gonna be hard to top

The Most Impressive Real Stuff Blown Up in the Name of Blockbuster Movie-Making

Trains, planes, automobiles, factories, jungles, giant decorative fish tanks — no object is too big to stop an action movie director from making it go KABLOOEY

Visible Man: All the Ways We’ve Made the Invisible Man Visible on Screen

The defining moments of invisible man stories tend to be those that expose the character — in more ways than one