The Queue

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Daisies feminist

Spoiled in a Spoiled World: The Feminist Chaos of ‘Daisies’

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“I’m like a doll, aren’t you? I’m a doll.”

The Exorcist oscar horror movies

The Oscars’ Bias Against Horror Should Scare Us

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Because there’s nothing scarier than systemic bias.

Full House yellow TV graphics Title Card

And It Was All Yellow: The Color Theory of TV Graphics

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Watch a video essay explaining why old TV shows tended to feature yellow title cards.

Carrie New Hollywood

Earnestness and Irony: The Double-Minded Cinema of ‘Carrie’

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New Hollywood. I might have known it would be New Hollywood.

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What Makes a Cut “Feel Right”?

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And what even is a “natural” edit, anyway?

Speed Movie Explosions

The Art of Movie Explosions (And Why They Don’t Look Like Real Ones)

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Fire in the hole! Or…multiple holes, safety padded with foam, and directed towards the camera.

True Grit Chiaroscuro film lighting

Shadow Play: The Art and History of Cinematic Chiaroscuro

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There’s a reason chiaroscuro lighting has been around for hundreds of years. It’s effective and dynamic, and it tells a story.

Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings Rotoscoping

A Beginner’s Guide to Rotoscoping

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What do a dancing walrus and a long-legged ghost have to do with jazz superstar Cab Calloway? Well, in a word: rotoscoping.

Blade Runner director's cut

What is the Purpose of a Director’s Cut?

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Watch a video essay explaining the idea and how it became so commonly accepted as the most authentic version of a film.