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The Center-Framed Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

Arguably one of the most visually identifiable directors working today, here's a quick celebration of the center frames of Spanish… Read More

From ‘XXY’ to ‘The Neon Demon’: The Cinematography of Natasha Braier

A bold, uncompromising voice in cinematography: here's a quick intro to what defines the work of Natasha Braier. Read More

A Crash Course on the Directorial Evolution of Denis Villeneuve

How did Denis Villeneuve get to 'Dune'? Here's a quick introduction to how the French-Canadian director found his creative voice. Read More

Pore Than Meets the Eye: Why It’s So Hard to Make CGI Skin Look Real

Looks like the uncanny valley was only ... skin deep. Read More

In Praise of Rhetorical Questions: The Secret to an Iconic Movie Quote

Want to know why rhetorical questions stick in our heads? Well, do you, punk? Read More

An In-Depth History of Ralph Bakshi’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Remember when they let the guy who made 'Fritz the Cat' adapt 'The Lord of the Rings'? The '70s were… Read More

The Aesthetics of Class in the Films of Wes Anderson

You know what they say: the views are better (and lonlier) above ground. Read More

How “Mute By Default” Social Media Videos Affect Our Viewing Experience

In one of the great paradoxes of cinema history, thanks to social media apps, we've returned to silent cinema. Read More