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Dream Therapy: The Heartfelt Humanism of Satoshi Kon’s ‘Paprika’


Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? When it comes to Satoshi Kon’s ‘Paprika’ the answer is an enthusiastic yes.

Sergio Leone Close Up

I’m Ready For My Close-Up, Mr. Leone: How a Shot Defined the Western


Sergio Leone put the Western genre under a microscope. Or at the very least, a macro lens.

Analog Digital Sound Blow Out

The Pros and Cons of Analog vs. Digital Audio


Dedicated hardware or everything “in a box”? Here’s a look at why this age-old debate is about more than “what sounds better.”

Blade Runner 2049 pixelized not high resolution

Why High Resolution Shouldn’t be a Standard in Modern Filmmaking


4K should be a practical and artistic choice … not a requirement.

Run Lola Run jump cut

Jump On It: Exploring the Narrative Potential of the Jump Cut


From special effects to montage, to pure, unbridled style, here’s a brief introduction to the many uses of the jump cut.

Come And See and Mozart Lacrimosa

What Movies Tell Us About the Expressive Power of Mozart’s Lacrimosa


We often think about what pre-existing music tells us about films, but what do films tell us about pre-existing music?

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire Ocean

The Eerie Likeness of ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’


“I’ve gone back to my first love: painting.”

Ingrid Goes West - Social Cinema

From ‘Spree’ to ‘Zola’: Crafting the Canon of Social Media Cinema


Social media may have been a mistake but at least we’re getting some compelling films out of it.

The Black Stallion movie theater scene

If They Can Survive the Pandemic, Movie Theaters Might Be Here to Stay


Reports of the death of movie theaters have been greatly exagerated.