The Queue

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Dune Worm

How Hans Zimmer’s Score Hints at the Interconnectedness of ‘Dune’


Let’s talk about those bagpipes y’all.

The Darjeeling Limited Wes Anderson

Big Feels and Flat Affect: Why Wes Anderson Represses Emotion


Ever wondered why the director of ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘The Darjeeling Limited,’ and ‘The French Dispatch’ flattens emotion? We’ve got a video essay for that.

Seven David Fincher rain movie

Why it Always Rains in David Fincher Movies


Simply put, you cannot rain on Fincher’s parade.

The Adventures Of Tintin

The (Many) Cinematic Adventures of Tintin


Time to praise one of the few fully mocap animated films to clear the uncanny valley.

Zodiac Yellow Collage

Yellow, Stranger: The Color Theory of Zodiac


Because nothing says “obsession with an elusive killer” quite like the color of bile.

Days Of Summer Expectations Reality

‘(500) Days of Summer’ and How to Shoot the Same Scene Two Ways


It’s important to balance your expectations … just like it’s important to use different focal lengths to convey different levels of intimacy.

Silenced Movie

In Praise of ‘Silenced’: The Film that Shook South Korean Cinema


‘Silenced’ is a very difficult film to watch. But with subject matter this pressing, it’s an important film to have on your radar.

The Exorcist Audience Reaction

Beelzebub’s Blockbuster: Why ‘The Exorcist’ Terrified Audiences in 1973


‘The Exorcist’ was the Christmas hit that rocked Hollywood. Here’s why audiences in 1973 found the film so scary.

The People Under The Stairs

Housing, Class, and the Thematic Punch of ‘The People Under the Stairs’


Here’s a look at why Wes Craven’s 1991 horror film is as relevant as ever.