The Queue

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The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan Crosscut

How Christopher Nolan Uses Crosscutting to Build Momentum


One of Christopher Nolan’s trademark techniques is the crosscut. Here’s a look at why, via ‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘Inception,’ and ‘Interstellar.’

The Bay

‘The Bay’ and the Horror of Inaction During a Public Health Crisis


Anyone else feel itchy?

Original Gunnery Sergeant Full Metal Jacket Tim Colceri

The Brutal Story Behind the Re-Casting of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman


Tim Colceri losing the role of the foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant classifies him as one of the most tortured Kubrick actors of all time.

North By Northwest Editing

Lessons in Editing: When Not to Cut


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand…wait for it….cut!

Get Out Evil Rose

What ‘Get Out’ Can Teach Us About the Banality of Evil


Hannah Arendt tells us evil comes from a failure to think. So here’s a video essay on how the philosophical theory manifests in ‘Get Out,’ to get you thinking.

Wes Anderson Hitchcock homage

How Wes Anderson’s Nod to Hitchcock Exemplifies What an Homage Should Be


What is the difference between a lazy rip-off and an artful homage?

Scott Pilgrim

How Edgar Wright Foregrounds Sound


*furious whip-pan noises*

Howl's Moving Castle

The Comfort Food Paradox of ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’


A heart is a heavy burden. Here’s how, in spite of its grimness, Hayao Miyazaki’s film lightens the load.

Cinema Paradiso Projectionists

A Love Letter to On-Screen Projectionists


DO pay attention to that man behind the curtain!