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To make a horror film truly scary, every ingredient that goes into a scene has to be measured perfectly in order to get the intended reaction from the audience. In a video essay from Now You See It, we take a closer look at what constitutes effectivene…

David Fincher is a cinematic obsessive. His films are executed with aesthetic precision, and his characters are detectives, calculated killers, and geniuses doggedly pursing their goals with a relentless that matches the filmmaker himself. Known for ut…

Film noir has traversed various means in the cinematic-sphere. Once a genre, then a form, now finalizing itself as the foundation for narrative and aesthetic stylistic elements, noir has gained popular resurgence. Able to ebb and flow as needed, the presence of noir can be fully detected in Ridley Scott‘s 1982 film, “Blade Runner.” At surface value, “Blade Runner” may not showcase its noirness. Even upon first view of the seminal science fiction drama, what may normally be easy to determine in a noir is layered beneath a study of what it means to be human in this industrialized future world. Continue reading ‘Blade Runner’: Constructing A Future Noir at The Playlist.

The streets of a futuristic Los Angeles are cluttered, not only with debris, but also with living, lonely human bodies. This is the backdrop of Ridley Scott‘s seminal science-fiction/ future noir 1982 film “Blade Runner.” Constantly fluctuating between gaunt solitude and the realization of self-purpose, Scott’s film adequately and artfully articulates by way of screen and theme the feeling of loneliness. READ MORE: ‘Blade Runner 2049’: An Enthralling, Thrilling Mystery & Philosophical Provocation [Review] In a video essay by Matt Draper, loneliness in the context of “Blade Runner” is derived by way of score, genre, and thematic elements. Continue reading Loneliness Explored in ‘Blade Runner’ at The Playlist.

Darren Aronofsky has more or less become a cinematic fixture within the last decade. The writer/director is an intense filmmaker whose stories are as expansive as his style; an Aronofsky spectrum. Cinephiles and film goers alike are voicing their reactions for his latest film, “mother!” and that reception is basically a binary explosion of opinion on social media. You either adore it or detest it, or are just completely baffled by what Aronofsky has put on screen. Continue reading Order Within The Chaos: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Obsessions at The Playlist.

The second season of Netflix‘s critically acclaimed hit Stranger Things” is just around the corner. Following its showing at this year’s Emmys, the hype could not be more palpable, whether the show is brought up in conversation or new aspects of the series are revealed online. There is no denying the Duffer Brothers have created a huge hit for the streaming service. Whether you love it or loathe it, “Stranger Things” has made an impression when it comes to configuring nostalgia, storyline, and character arcs in faultless fashion. Continue reading The Bounce Effect: How ‘Stranger Things’ Introduces Its Characters at The Playlist.

The dolly zoom is synonymous with some of the most memorable films and movies from the classic and modern periods of cinema. It’s an innovative technique that disorients audiences and creates an effective feeling of emotional significance for characters and specific points in narratives. But there is more to this technique than meets the eye. Now You See It explores the visual device in a video essay. Originated by Alfred Hitchcock in his film “Vertigo,” the technique earned its nickname “the Vertigo Effect” from its use in the film. Continue reading Discover The Magic Behind The Dolly Zoom at The Playlist.

At this point in his career, Edgar Wright has cemented himself as a brilliant filmmaker. Wright is capable of creating movies that are entertaining, aesthetically pleasing, and with a style of storytelling that continues to grow and get better with each new installment. His latest film, “Baby Driver,” has no shortage of the style and technique Wright has seamlessly has blended into each of his films. Beyond its rollicking soundtrack, “Baby Driver” showcases Wright’s ability to tell a story. Continue reading ‘Baby Driver’: A Lesson In Storytelling at The Playlist.

With reviews and praise for the latest adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel ‘It‘ launching it to huge box office success, audiences and fans of the source material are coming to see how ‘It’ is more than a film about a demonic-child-eating clown. Beneath the guise of the supernatural and extra terrestrial, lie the very human experiences of children. In a video essay by CrackerJacked, an in depth analysis deconstructs the fear of clowns as a point of connection for the varying traumas and emotional damage the Losers Club undergo. Continue reading Video Essay Examines Trauma In Stephen King’s ‘It’ [Watch] at The Playlist.

The masterful manipulation of time in Christopher Nolan’s blistering blockbuster “Dunkirk,” the temporal cross-cutting and tension it brings is awe-inspiring from a cinematic perspective. “Dunkirk” takes place at three locations for completely different spans of time: the ‘mole’ (beach) for one week, the sea for one day and air for one hour. Nolan found a way to illustrate all three events happening all with respect to each other, finally converging in the film’s climax. Continue reading Temporal Shifts: The Notions Of Time In Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ at The Playlist.