The Queue

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Split Diopter Lens


A video essay for everyone curious about the split diopter but too afraid to ask.

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Lessons Under Lockdown: Martin Scorsese’s Quarantine Short


Shot on a smartphone while sheltering in place in his home office, here’s the short film Martin Scorsese made under quarantine lockdown.

A Clockwork Orange

How ‘A Clockwork Orange’ Captured the Feel of the Future On-Location


Here’s a video about the real futuristic locations and artwork that Stanley Kubrick used for the production design of ‘A Clockwork Orange.’

Criterion Restoration Essay

How Criterion Restores a Warped Film


No two restoration projects are exactly the same. Here’s how the Criterion Collection restored a warped print of ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much.’

Tuca And Bertie

How Lisa Hanawalt’s Animals Teach Us About What it Means to Be Human


Lisa Hanawalt’s characters make animals out of people. Or is it the other way around? Here’s a video essay about how her animals bring us closer to what it means to be human.


A Cautionary Tale About the COVID-19 Booty Call


Laughing at scary things is important, so here’s an animated short film about COVID-19 that ends with a cautionary country ballad.

Mr Vampire

How to Make a Family-Friendly Horror Film That’s Still Gory


Here’s a video essay about how the Hong Kong action-horror classic ‘Mr Vampire’ manages to stay family-friendly without sacrificing its scares.

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When is a Long Take Just a Gimmick?


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


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