Summer Blockbusters And Special Effects

Man of Steel is the next blockbuster to hit the screens this weekend.

It's summer movie time, which means big stars, big thrills and big box office blockbusters - at least the studios hope so. This time every year, we invite local film critics Matt Brunson and Sean O'Connell to talk about the summer's biggest movies - which ones to catch and which ones to avoid. Whether you're looking for superheroes in Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, fast cars in Fast & Furious or some throwback SciFi in Star Trek, we'll cover them all. And you can't talk blockbusters without talking about those larger-than-life action sequences - so we've invited the visual effects supervisor for Iron Man 3 to explain how these effects work and the history of special effects in film, when Charlotte Talks.

Matt Brunson
- Film Editor, Creative Loafing
Sean O'Connell - Film columnist and reviewer whose work appears regularly on Fandango, in The Washington Post and locally on WCNC's Charlotte Today program
Erik Nash - Two-time Academy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor from Digital Domain. He was Digital Domain's VFX Supervisor on Iron Man 3