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There has a been a lot of chatter this week about the slightly controversial YouTube channel, CinemaSins. Very upfront about what it’s all about, the channel picks apart movies, and logs their flaws with a sin counter. They tally everything that either doesn’t make sense, or seems repetitive, or that is just too far gone for a person to appreciate or understand the first time they watch the film in question. For some, CinemaSins can be a very entertaining platform. Continue reading Discover Everything Wrong With CinemaSins at The Playlist.

An interesting figure of modern technology, Steve Jobs has not only been a catalyst for what is possible in the world of the tech industry, but has also led a life as entertaining as the gadgets he has been responsible for putting in our hands (and the computer I am currently typing this on). Bearing this in mind, it is no wonder the famed creator has been the subject of multiple film interpretations. Continue reading Video Essay Explores The Key Scene In Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ at The Playlist.

Twin Peaks” has been a cultural and cinematic phenomenon since its debut in 1990, helmed by cinematic visionary David Lynch. This awesome video essay expertly breaks down the impact of Lynch’s unique directing style and how incorporating stillness is pivotal to the structure and suspenseful nature of the show. Known for his strange and yet fascinating work in both television and film, Twin Peaks is of particular interest because of Lynch’s unique vision, using stillness with great effect leaving the audience spellbound and fully immersed in the mystery of the show. Continue reading The Silence & Stillness Of David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ at The Playlist.

The Coen Brothers‘ adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s exploration into the modern American West, “No Country for Old Men,” frames a vignette of a crime that ultimately makes a statement on the Western itself. ScreenPrism’s analysis of the metaphor-laden film, focuses on the final scene where Tommy Lee Jones’ Sheriff Bell explains the various dreams he recently had to his wife. Continue reading Exploring The Ambiguous Ending Of ‘No Country For Old Men’ at The Playlist.

The “Ghost in the Shell” remake starring Scarlett Johansson was met with a distinct lack of audience enthusiasm when it hit theaters earlier this year. Its current standing at Rotten Tomatoes is 45%, a score that accurately reflects how mediocre this particular futuristic action blockbuster about robots is. ScarJo’s “Ghost in the Shell” isn’t in danger of being ranked among the worst films of the year; in all likelihood it’ll have been entirely forgotten by the time critics start compiling those lists come December. Continue reading Video Essay Breaks Down Why ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Misfired at The Playlist.

With the recent release of “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan is back on the mind of film obsessives everywhere. I myself did a healthy Chris Nolan rewatch in the weeks leading up to his new war movie, the most surprising takeaway of which was that “The Dark Knight Rises” is quite a lot better than I’d remembered.  With that in mind, the new “From Script to Screen” video essay from Legendary’s YouTube channel is a nifty little peek into the production process behind Nolan’s third and final Batman movie. Continue reading A ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Fight From Script To Screen at The Playlist.

The essential key to a thought-provoking, illuminating story is its script. It is the one factor that gets a production going. But how does the script intend to treat the information that is being relayed to the audience? What is the relationship that is being made from screen to cup-holder, auditorium seat? READ MORE: Interview: Alex Garland Reflects On His Career, ‘Sunshine,’ ’28 Days Later,’ Sequels, Subjectivity & More Lessons Form The Screenplay deconstructs the relay of information in Alex Garland’s thriller “Ex Machina.” The video essay breaks down Garland’s formula by revealing important aspects of the film that revolve around storytelling and plot progression. Continue reading The Control Of Information In ‘Ex Machina’ at The Playlist.

Classic Hollywood would be missing many iconic films and performances were it not for film noir. As the form has grown, the expansiveness of characters, plot, and even worlds in which stories are told has grown beyond the urban and suburban decay of American cities. In her video essay, Serena Bramble explores patterns of toxic masculinity, the consequences of being a dangerous woman, and much more. With its sudden resurgence in mainstream film and television, in fare such as “True Detective,” “Twin Peaks,” and even the upcoming “Blade Runner 2049,” noir has expanded far beyond its classic Hollywood roots. Continue reading Watch ‘The Endless Night’: A Valentine To Film Noir at The Playlist.

In this age of peak TV, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the worthy shows, especially when a pilot fails to do a series justice. For every great pilot, there are nine underwhelming ones that don’t quite pull you into the second episode. In part it’s due to all the setup required of an introductory episode — there are worlds to build, characters to craft, and narratives to spark. One show that certainly didn’t have a problem setting up all those dominos with aplomb was the peak of peak TV: “Breaking Bad.” To help break down just what makes that “Breaking Bad” pilot work so well is a new video essay from Lessons From A Screenplay. Continue reading Video Essay Explores The Perfect Pilot Of ‘Breaking Bad’ at The Playlist.

In this age of peak TV, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the worthy shows, especially when a pilot fails to do a series justice. For every great pilot, there are nine underwhelming ones that don’t quite pull you into the second episode. In part it’s due to all the setup required of an introductory episode — there are worlds to build, characters to craft, and narratives to spark. One show that certainly didn’t have a problem setting up all those dominos with aplomb was the peak of peak TV: “Breaking Bad.” To help break down just what makes that “Breaking Bad” pilot work so well is a new video essay from Lessons From A Screenplay. Continue reading Video Essay Explores The Perfect Pilot Of ‘Breaking Bad’ at The Playlist.