The Queue

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The Long Goodbye Punch Drunk Love

Paul Thomas Anderson and the Uncanny Influence of ‘The Long Goodbye’


Here’s an homage to one of cinema’s greatest homages: Paul Thomas Anderson’s love for ‘The Long Goodbye.’

Pixar Lighting Soul

The Real Fake Lighting of Pixar’s ‘Soul’


Here’s a video essay on the development of Pixar’s ray tracing technology and its importance (and beauty) in their latest film.

Skyfall Movie Credits

The Beginner’s Guide to Deciphering Movie Credits


Here’s your one-stop beginner’s guide to deciphering the meaning, placement, and purpose of movie credits.

Pixar Inspiration Up

Pixar’s Secrets for Finding Inspiration


Choice snippets from Pete Docter on how the studio navigates creativity.

Return To Oz Balk

‘Return to Oz’ is Nightmare Fuel, But That’s Kind of the Point


Disney’s sequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ traumatized a lot of children. But that’s exactly what makes it such a remarkable adaptation.

Police Story Jackie Chan action

Jackie Chan and the Fine Art of Taking a Hit


Most action stars are worried about taking a hit and appearing weak. But most action stars aren’t Jackie Chan.

Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino Car Scenes

How Quentin Tarantino Shoots a Car Scene


Buckle up. Here’s a video essay on a type of scene that’s easily taken for granted.

The Matrix Slow Motion

How the Special Effect of Slow Motion Works


Here’s a breakdown of how slow motion went from a technological hurdle to an aesthetic choice.

In The Mood For Love World of Wong Kar Wai

How Camera Lenses Affect How We Identify with Characters


Here’s a video essay that looks at the suggestive, subtle psychological qualities of camera lenses.