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Succession Opening Credits

The Family Business: Breaking Down the Opening Credits of ‘Succession’

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Yeah, yeah, yeah the music slaps. But what are the opening credits to ‘Succession’ trying to tell us about the show’s main theme?

Interrogation Scenes

Anatomy of an Interrogation Scene

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High contrast lighting and over-the-shoulder shots? Must be an interrogation scene.

Jimmy Stewart Villain Roles

An All-American Degenerate: The Times James Stewart Played the Villain

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Inside you there are two Jimmy Stewarts: an all-American everyman and a sneering blackhat.

Tarantino Vega Brothers

Imagining the ‘Vega Brothers’ Movie Quentin Tarantino Never Made

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This fake trailer’s got F-bombs in spades. By which we mean: Felons, Firearms, and Family.

West Side Story Dance

A Brief History of How Street Dance Influenced the Movie Musical

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From “West Side Story’ to ‘In the Heights’ here’s a brief look at the way urban dance informs the modern movie musical.

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What Makes ‘The Exorcist III’ Jump Scare So Effective

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Sometimes the scariest thing in the world is stillness. And giant metal scissors.

Grand Illusion Criterion

The Miraculous Survival of ‘La Grande Illusion’: Jean Renoir vs. The Nazis

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If Joseph Goebbels declares your movie “Cinematic Public Enemy No. 1,” then you’re doing something right.

Home Alone

How John Williams Made ‘Home Alone’ Sound Like Christmas

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There’s a lot more to composing a banger Christmas soundtrack than sleigh bells.

Toyko Godfathers

What Makes ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ Such a Modern Christmas Classic

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“I always wanted to die drunk in a nice, old house. I’m halfway there.”