The Queue

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Tenet exposition

What ‘Tenet’ Can Teach Us About the Limits of Exposition


For a director as dedicated to visuals as Christopher Nolan is, you’d think he’d be a little more into “show don’t tell.”

Darth By Darthwest: Star Wars and North by Northwest mashup

More Mashups Should Send Cary Grant to Space


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…Cary Grant still outclasses everyone.

Macbeth 1948 shakespeare movies

Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, and the Dilemma of Adapting Shakespeare


Shakespeare is the most screen-adapted writer of all time. And as far as cinematic adaptations go, 1948 was the best year.

Gremlins Holiday Horror

The Trailblazing Tonal Shift of ‘Gremlins’


The words “blender” and “murder” shouldn’t be this funny, and yet here we are.

Vhs Tape

The Magic of VHS: How Low-Res Taught Us to Love Movies


Here’s why the imperfections of VHS endeared so many of us to cinema, and why a low-res viewing experience isn’t necessarily a bad one.

Video Game Camera

How Video Game Cameras are Changing Cinematography


Movies have had an immense effect on how video games look, but that balance is beginning to shift.

accidents film

The Importance of Cinema’s Happy Accidents


Hey, accidents happen. Hopefully the cameras caught it.

Princess Mononoke Eye

‘Princess Mononoke’ and The Importance of Compassion


There are few people-watchers quite like Hayao Miyazaki

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

Publicity with Purpose: The Spectacle of ‘Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe’


Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe depicts exactly that, but the short documentary is much more profound than its blunt title suggests.