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  • A Study of
    A Study of "So Bad It's Good" Movies
    Why do we love movies that are so bad, they're good? Let's explore what these movies have in common and see that many critically acclaimed movies actually ...
  • Physical Injuries in Film: Never a Flesh Wound
    Physical Injuries in Film: Never a Flesh Wound
    When a character gets hurt, what does that symbolize? Let's take a look at some of the most famous movies in cinema and see how injuries greatly enhanced ...
  • How To Do A Plot Twist
    How To Do A Plot Twist
    Some of the most exciting movies are the ones with crazy plot twists. But what separates a good twist from a bad one? Let's take a look at a few movies and see ...
  • Costume Design: The Hidden Layer of Movie Magic
    Costume Design: The Hidden Layer of Movie Magic
    Costuming is a vital but oftentimes overlooked aspect of amazing filmmaking. Let's take a look at some movies and see how the costuming added so much to ...
  • The Dolly Zoom: More Than A Cheap Trick
    The Dolly Zoom: More Than A Cheap Trick
    The Dolly Zoom is a bizarre cinematic effect, and it can do a lot more than just make you dizzy. Let's take a look at some famous instances of the dolly zoom, see ...
  • How Movies Help Us Understand Discrimination
    How Movies Help Us Understand Discrimination
    Film is amazing because of its ability to transport us to different worlds and experiences, but can it help us see what it's like to be discriminated against?
  • The Meaning of Chess in Movies
    The Meaning of Chess in Movies
    Chess is everywhere in movies, and it can mean a lot more than you may think. Let's take a look at chess and see what this ancient game holds for us in cinema.
  • My Favorite Movie Memory: The Tragicomedy
    My Favorite Movie Memory: The Tragicomedy
    Sometimes movies are sad. Sometimes they're funny. But what about the ones that do both? Let's take a look at Little Miss Sunshine and my favorite movie ...
  • Film Noir: The Case for Black and White
    Film Noir: The Case for Black and White
    Black and white has a gorgeous look in film. Let's take a look at Film Noir to see what it can do better than color and study how the techniques of black and white ...
  • Milk in Movies: Why Do Characters Drink It?
    Milk in Movies: Why Do Characters Drink It?
    What people consume in a movie says a lot about their character, but what does it mean when they drink milk? Let's take a look. Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H ...
  • One Giant Leap - Supercut
    One Giant Leap - Supercut
    "We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars." — Carl Sagan. Cosmos, 1980. One Giant Leap ...
  • Why Do We Love Gangsters?
    Why Do We Love Gangsters?
    Let's explore the American Gangster genre and see how the gangster appeals to universal human desires. Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H Patreon: ...
  • What Are We Afraid Of? Societal Fears Reflected in Film
    What Are We Afraid Of? Societal Fears Reflected in Film
    Horror movies are a window into the fears of the society that they were made in. Let's see how. Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H Patreon: http://bit.ly/1UaO9MU A great ...
  • The Hero's Journey - Supercut
    The Hero's Journey - Supercut
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Thomas Jack Remix): http://bit.ly/2eH5RZY Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H Patreon: http://bit.ly/1UaO9MU ...
  • Movie Geometry - Shaping the Way You Think
    Movie Geometry - Shaping the Way You Think
    Shapes have meaning. That may sound crazy, but hear me out. Let's explore how cinematographers and directors create shapes inside the frame to add visual ...
  • Swearing In Film: What the F*ck Does it Mean?
    Swearing In Film: What the F*ck Does it Mean?
    Why do characters swear? You may think it's just for laughs or to show anger, but it actually goes a lot deeper than you may think. Music: http://bit.ly/2cDC4Cd ...
  • Touch. - Supercut
    Touch. - Supercut
    A supercut of touch in film. you n' i by rainlord: http://bit.ly/2bWtpHS Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H Patreon: http://bit.ly/1UaO9MU (500) Days of Summer (2009) ...
  • Why Jump Scares Suck
    Why Jump Scares Suck
    Are jump scares cheap? Should we get rid of them? Short answer: No. They suck, but they have more potential than you may think. Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H ...
  • What Makes a Movie Scary?
    What Makes a Movie Scary?
    Horror films are fascinating. Probably my favorite genre to learn about. Let's see just how much goes into making a scene scary. Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H ...
  • The Rise (and Fall) of Hollywood
    The Rise (and Fall) of Hollywood
    Hollywood history is full of stealing, failure, and deceit. Let's take a look at the conditions filmmakers had to suffer through to get their movies made. Twitter: ...
  • British vs. American Comedy: What's the Difference?
    British vs. American Comedy: What's the Difference?
    Is there a big difference in comedic style across the Atlantic? Let's see. This video was flagged as containing copyright content (I made my case it was fair use, ...
  • How Campaign Ads Brainwash You
    How Campaign Ads Brainwash You
    Let's take a film perspective on political campaign ads and see how they brainwash you. Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H Patreon: http://bit.ly/1UaO9MU Ads: “Stop ...
  • Dialogue in Film: How Should Characters Talk?
    Dialogue in Film: How Should Characters Talk?
    What makes dialogue work? Let's explore the power of dialogue in film and take a look at the offensively named "Dead Parent Test." Twitter: http://bit.ly/1QvLI0H ...
  • What Makes a Movie Great?
    What Makes a Movie Great?
    What's the greatest movie of all time? What makes a movie great? These are some big questions. Let's break down the elements of a "great" movie. Twitter: ...
  • How to End a Movie
    How to End a Movie
    SPOILER ALERTS: 12 Angry Men, The Silence of the Lambs, and Psycho. The other movie clips only show the last shot and don't spoil anything. See the full list ...
  • What Long Takes Can't Do
    What Long Takes Can't Do
    My latest Patreon post (with movie reviews and channel updates): http://bit.ly/1XVzR1t We all know how amazing long takes are, but what are their limitations?
  • Which Way Did He Go? Lateral Character Movement in Film
    Which Way Did He Go? Lateral Character Movement in Film
    What's the difference between moving left to right or right to left? The difference is everything. Let's talk about movement, and why it means more than you'd think ...
  • The Problem with Trailers
    The Problem with Trailers
    Why do all trailers feel the same? How do great trailers stand out? Let's look at the structure of trailers over time and see how they've grown, and why some are ...
  • Improvisation In Film
    Improvisation In Film
    Why do actors improvise in film? What makes for good improv? Let's look at different improvised scenes and see how films utilize improvisation to provide laughs ...
  • Film vs. Novel:  What Makes Them Different?
    Film vs. Novel: What Makes Them Different?
    Some film adaptations of novels become better than the novel. Some, no matter how good, can't capture the heart of the novel. Why? Let's look at the nature of ...
  • The Simpsons: The Perfect Balance
    The Simpsons: The Perfect Balance
    Thought I'd mix it up with a thematic analysis of one of the best TV shows of all time: The Simpsons. Just what makes the show so timeless?
  • Settings are Characters, Too
    Settings are Characters, Too
    Settings are vital to any movie and can provide just as much social commentary, movement of the plot, and character development as any actor. Let's see how ...
  • How Film Scores Play with Our Brains
    How Film Scores Play with Our Brains
    Music is one of the most important aspects of movies, so how does music contribute to the emotional weight of a scene? Let's look at the power of a film score ...
  • Aspect Ratio: Which Should You Choose?
    Aspect Ratio: Which Should You Choose?
    Directors have tons of aspect ratios to choose from. Which should they pick? Let's look at the thematic effect each different aspect ratio can have on the viewer.
  • How to Break the Fourth Wall
    How to Break the Fourth Wall
    Breaking the Fourth Wall is such a creative and unique cinematic technique, but just how much potential does it have? Let's take a look at the various emotional ...
  • Phallic Symbolism in Film
    Phallic Symbolism in Film
    Filmmakers intentionally use penis shaped objects for dramatic effect more often that you'd expect. In this video, let's look at how phallic symbols contribute to ...
  • Opening Shots Tell Us Everything
    Opening Shots Tell Us Everything
    Opening shots are underrated. I can almost guarantee that your favorite film has an opening shot that gives huge insight into the film's themes, character conflicts ...
  • The Art of (Anti-)War
    The Art of (Anti-)War
    Every war movie has an opinion on war that they're trying to get you to believe in. So how does each movie make its argument? Is it against war or for it?
  • What Makes A Sequel Good?
    What Makes A Sequel Good?
    Why are sequels so often letdowns? By comparing specific examples of successful and terrible sequels, we'll get some insight into how to make a good sequel.
  • The Freedom of Flight
    The Freedom of Flight
    In a detailed analysis of specific films, we explore the power of a character achieving the impossible: flight. Spoilers for Forrest Gump (1994) and Birdman (2014) ...
  • The Beauty of the Dinner Scene
    The Beauty of the Dinner Scene
    Let's take a close look at how films use the dinner scene to show much more than people eating. I added captions so you can see what movies I am showing!
  • Disney Princess: Reality through Fantasy
    Disney Princess: Reality through Fantasy
    Disney Princesses are a great example of how art influences reality, but are these princesses positive role models for women?
  • The Truman Show: Death and Rebirth
    The Truman Show: Death and Rebirth
    Water is necessary for life, but what does it represent in film? In this video, we explore The Truman Show (spoilers) and many other films to see how water can ...
  • Inglourious Basterds: Making Fun of You
    Inglourious Basterds: Making Fun of You
    When we think Quentin Tarantino, we think violence. Inglourious Basterds is no exception. With some close reading, we can see Tarantino making fun of us, the ...