The Queue

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Rear Window and classical hollywood storytelling

The Ins and Outs of Identifying Classical Hollywood Storytelling


Think of it as an “I Spy” puzzle but for the basic principles of classical era storytelling.


Remembering Batmania: The Revolutionary Marketing of 1989’s ‘Batman’


Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na batmania!

Ex Machina Alicia Vikander Hallway

What the Fembots of ‘Ex Machina’ Say About the Status of Women in Film


Turing test … Bechtel test … time to get our wires crossed!

The Royal Tenenbaums color temperature

A Beginner’s Guide to Color Temperature in Film


Every film has a light source … and every light source has a color temperature. Here’s an intro to this essential principle of cinematography.

Aguirre The Wrath Of God - New German Cinema

Identity, Rebellion, and the Origins of New German Cinema


Fassbinder, Wenders, and Herzog … oh my!

Mia Hansen Love Sound Design Bergman Island

The Subtle Sound Design of Mia Hansen-Løve


Rustling leaves, the gentle rocking of a subway car … it must be a Mia Hansen-Løve film.

Fantastic Mr Fox Dance Ending

The Art of the Animated Dance Party Ending


Don’t worry we only have good things to say about the Shrek franchise.

Star Wars A New Hope Golden Ratio

How the Golden Ratio Explains Cinema’s Hold On Us


You know what they say. The eyes are the window to the soul.

The French Dispatch Detail

Why ‘The French Dispatch’ is Wes Anderson’s Most Stylish Film To Date


‘The French Dispatch’ is all about having fun with art even when the subject matter is serious. Naturally, the film itself is a stylistic smorgasbord.