The Queue

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When is a Long Take Just a Gimmick?

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We know that a Long Take is always a treat, but if it doesn’t serve the story, it can feel like a gimmick. A new video essay explores why.

Bonnie And Clyde

How ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Changed Hollywood

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What we’re watching: a video essay about how ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ changed the makeup of American cinema forever. 

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The Power of Sound: Why a Hayao Miyazaki Film Feels Alive

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Here’s a video essay explaining how Miyazaki films use sound to bring animation to life.

Parasite Sunset Boulevard Comparison

How ‘Parasite’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Script Disillusionment

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What we’re watching: a video essay comparing the disillusionment arcs of ‘Parasite’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard.’

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Substance with Style: The Incomparable Career of Saul Bass

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Saul Bass may very well be one of the most influential film artists to only have directed a single film himself. Here’s a montage celebrating his incomparable body of work.

Robocop

How To Read ‘RoboCop’ as an Exploitation Film

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What we’re watching: a video essay that suggests an alternative reading of ‘RoboCop’ as an exploitation revenge film

In A Nutshell

The History of Humanity Condensed: The Manic Montage of ‘In A Nutshell’

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Here’s a short animated film that presents the history of the world…in a nutshell.

Avatar The Last Airbender

Deconstructing the Best Episode of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

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Here’s a video essay that unpacks why “The Tales of Ba Sing Se” is not only the best episode of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ but the key to the whole series.

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The Spiritual Significance of the Exploding Head

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This video essay is…mind-blowing.