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Watch: Video Essay Shows the Amazing 'Transformation of Bill Murray'

Transformation of Bill Murray

"Come travel with me… Traveling with me, you find what never tires. Be not discouraged, keep on…" Who doesn't love Bill Murray?! One of the best comedic actors ever in the history of cinema. Kooky and wild and weird and unforgettable, and no matter what he does, everyone still loves him. Video editor Luís Azevedo has put together another video essay called The Transformation of Bill Murray. It's a 6-min supercut mash-up of various performances and speeches and moments from Bill Murray's movies. A tribute to the career of this one-and-only comedy mastermind. Can you believe that he's only been nominated for an Oscar once (for Lost in Translation), but never won?! That doesn't seem right. This reminds me I've been meaning to watch Murray's poetry & music doc New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization. Check out the tribute below.

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 Posted on September 26 in To Watch, Video Essays | Comments

Watch: YouTube Video Focuses on the Many 'Colors of Jordan Peele'

Colours of Jordan Peele Video Essay

Who doesn't enjoy videos that offer us a closer look at the many colors filmmakers use in their films? As a cinematography / photography geek myself, these kind of videos fascinate me - breaking down how colors can affect the tone of the film, and affect the mood of the audience. The Colours of Jordan Peele (with a British spelling of "colors" for UK-based Little White Lies) is a new video made by editor Luís Azevedo – it's a simple, two-minute mashup of footage from Peele's films with color bars on the top and bottom. This isn't as deep as I wish it was (save that for another video essay!) but it's nice to watch nonetheless. Jordan Peele's latest film Nope opens in theaters nationwide this week. It seems to be his most ambitious film yet, following his thriller Us. (We've also included Azevedo's "Colours of Barry Jenkins" companion video, too.)

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 Posted on July 19 in To Watch, Video Essays | Comments

German Expressionism's Legacy Examined in Video Essay on Cinema

Germany Expressionism Video Essay

"It isn't just the characters who have gone insane, but almost the environment itself." Can films from the early days of cinema still influence movies being made today? Of course they can! And they still do all the time. But this is still worth examining in closer detail. This video essay is from Thomas Flight, a popular YouTuber creating videos about cinema. It's titled "The Art Movement That Changed Film Forever", but it's really about German Expressionism - and how this cinema movement still influences films today. Obviously Flight was inpsired by the cinematography in Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth, and wanted to make this video about why it looks this way. He references three iconic films from the 1920s: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and Metropolis; then goes on to connect how this distinct visual style is still evident in modern films from Blade Runner (both of them) to The Humans last year. Watch and learn more below.

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 Posted on June 28 in To Watch, Video Essays | Comments

Watch: Studiocanal's Video Essay on 'The Art of Visual Storytelling'

The Art of Visual Storytelling

"Films don't need to have grandiose visual production to have pertinent and strong imagery." While film is a visual medium, there's more to cinema than just pointing a camera at actors. Here's another excellent video essay to enjoy - brought to us by UK-based distributor Studiocanal. The Art of Visual Storytelling is a video essay created by "The Cinema Cartography", a collective creating videos about film and exploring various themes (we also posted their The Greatest Films You Don't Know a few months ago). This one looks at how films use visual storytelling and the different kinds of visual techniques that filmmakers are fond of utilizing. They discuss classics like Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, Akira Kurosawa's Ran, David Lynch's The Elephant Man, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, plus Michael Powell's films and Jean Cocteau's films. As always, this just make me want to watch more films - especially all of these classics.

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 Posted on April 22 in To Watch, Video Essays | Comments

Watch: Video Essay Examines Use of Color in David Fincher's Movies

Fincher's Colors Video Essay

How does Fincher make his movies look so good? Find out more in this video! StudioBinder has posted an entrancing video essay about David Fincher and the way he utilizes colors in his movies. It's titled simply Fincher's Colors and they break down his color choices into three main chapters: desaturation (removing bold colors), characters (attaching color to a character), and settings (lighting each set / location using one particular color). "One could point to any number of impressive techniques used in David Fincher movies, but perhaps one of the most important is his movie color palette. As he himself once said, 'In film, we sculpt time, we sculpt behavior and we sculpt light.'" I appreciate how well put together this video is, not only with clean clips in high definition, but the explanations & references are insightful. I also always enjoy hearing filmmakers & craftspeople themselves talking about their work. I could watch video essays like this all day.

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 Posted on April 14 in Feat, To Watch, Video Essays | 1 Comment

Watch: A Fascinating Video About The Film That Changed South Korea

The Film That Changed South Korea Video Essay

"And this is how evil persists - when good people do nothing." Indeed, an important reminder for all of us. Let's kick off 2022 with something a bit different - a fascinating video essay analyzing a film that changed South Korea forever. It's always a good reminder that international cinema is just as important as ever, and great films can actually make a difference in the real world. This essay discusses a 2011 film titled Silenced, directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk and originally released in 2011 in South Korea. Based on real events, this film depicts the story of a school for the hearing-impaired where young deaf students were sexually assaulted by the faculty members over a long period of time. The video is by "Accented Cinema", a Canadian YouTube video essay series with a focus on foreign cinema. I highly recommend watching this just to hear a different perspective on cinema and learn so much more about a film you probably haven't seen yet. View this below.

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 Posted on January 3 in To Watch, Video Essays | 1 Comment

Watch: Another Terrific 'Cinema 2021' Video Tribute by Dylan Hoang

Cinema 2021

"There is no call we do not answer, there is no faith that we betray." Let us never betray cinema!! Another year, another look back at all the year's movies. Editor Dylan Hoang has revealed his Cinema 2021 video retrospective, that also includes a countdown of his Best Films of the Year at the end. These recaps are always worth watching - not only is the editing impressive, but there's something riveting about rewatching clips from all of the movies from 2021. What a year! We had everything from Titane to The Green Knight to Nightmare Alley to Dune to The Power of the Dog to The Ice Road to Free Guy to Barb and Star. There's probably plenty of movies we've all forgotten, but when they pop up here it's nice to think "ohh, I enjoyed that!" And with the year almost over it's also the right time to catch up with any you might've missed. Enjoy.

Watch: A24 Presents 'Simon Rex: Thru The Eras' - A Retrospective

Simon Rex: Thru The Eras

"The universe is on his side, bro." A24 has revealed a fun video essay looking back at "Simon Rex: Thru The Eras" - an unconventional promotion for the movie Red Rocket (now playing in select theaters in the US). Simon Rex is an actor that you should recognize. Rising to fame as an MTV VJ, Rex later became an actor known for What I Like About You, starring in three films of the Scary Movie franchise, and National Lampoon's Pledge This!. He later developed a rap persona, Dirt Nasty, and had several solo albums and co-founded the hip-hop group Three Loco. This video retrospective looks back at his career and his fame, "a closer look at the legendary chameleon that is Simon Rex - from MTV and Dirt Nasty to his LAFCA-winning role as Red Rocket's leading man, Mikey Saber." Featuring some of his biggest fans, including Mark Ronson, Regina Hall, Pauly Shore, & Sean Baker. A clever way to promote Red Rocket, which really is worth a watch.

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 Posted on December 20 in To Watch, Video Essays | 1 Comment

Watch: 'The Beauty of Denis Villeneuve' Cinematography Highlights

The Beauty of Denis Villeneuve Video

"We're so bounded by time, by its order. But now I am not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings." There's a lovely new video on YouTube to watch titled "The Beauty of Denis Villeneuve." It's made by a French movie lover who runs a YT channel called "The Beauty Of" making short videos about the beautiful cinematography found in various films & TV & games. This one is all about Villeneuve and his movies, from Incendies to Dune and everything else (he has made 10 features in total so far). All set to the music "On the Nature of Daylight" also heard in Arrival. Villeneuve has worked with these great cinematographers: Greig Fraser, Roger Deakins, Bradford Young, André Turpin, Nicolas Bolduc, and Pierre Gill. There's many other memorable shots not seen in this video, but this just makes me want to rewatch every last one of his movies.

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 Posted on November 15 in To Watch, Video Essays | 1 Comment

Watch: Intriguing Video Essay on 'The Greatest Films You Don't Know'

The Greatest Films You Don't Know

"These are not just worthwhile films to see. These are the instances of forgotten films which truly belong within the highest echelon that the art has to offer. This is a celebration of cinema." There is always more to watch! Always. But have you seen these films? Probably not. While every movie website prides itself on finding & highlighting the best films you haven't seen, there's always more. Lost in the mix, forgotten by most, but not by everyone. The Greatest Films You Don't Know is a video essay made by "The Cinema Cartography". They highlight nine great films, and includes a brief intro and discussion about each one (and why they're so special). Out of all of these, I've only ever heard of one before: The Cremator, directed by Czech filmmaker Juraj Herz. I actually was lucky to see this one at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival a few years back during a retrospective. The rest are all new to me! Dive in and learn about cinema history below.

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 Posted on November 9 in Feat, To Watch, Video Essays | 1 Comment

Watch: De Palma's 'Most Difficult Shot in Movie History' Video Essay

The Most Difficult Shot in Movie History

"Now this seems absurd, right? … Why would you spend $80,000 of your budget just for this one image?" What do you think is "the most difficult shot in movie history?" It's probably not the one you're thinking of, not any of Stanley Kubrick's shots, not any of the Lumière Brothers' shots. Nah, it's a shot from one of Brian De Palma's films. And it was a flop. The film is The Bonfire of the Vanities, a 1990 adult drama about a Wall Street hotshot played by Tom Hanks, whose life begins to unravel after his mistress runs over a teen. Now, why is there an interesting $80,000 shot in this? Editor / filmmaker Patrick H. Willems got caught up learning about the making of this epic flop and the story of the iconic Concorde jet landing at JFK shot that cost so much. He put together a 20 minute video essay not only examining the shot itself, but why it matters, why it's so important for cinema. All-in-all a fascinating examination of only 10 seconds of a movie.

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 Posted on September 27 in To Watch, Video Essays | 1 Comment

Watch: Video Essay on 'A Brief History of the Australian New Wave'

Australian New Wave Video

"The natural landscape is a common setting and often a frightening place - one that functions by its own logic and is hostile to outsiders." Dive into this brief history of the Australian New Wave era of cinema thanks to a new video essay on YouTube. This was commissioned by Little White Lies and written / edited by filmmaker Will Webb (who has been making many video essays in addition to this one). Here's the intro: "How a government funding scheme gave rise to a cinematic revolution in 1970s Australia, featuring now iconic films such as Wake in Fright, Walkabout and Mad Max." It all kicked off in the early 1970s and lasted through the 80s, with other Australian classics like The Man From Hong Kong, Gallipoli, Mad Dog Morgan, Razorback, and Crocodile Dundee. Webb's essay covers the first few films and various themes of the era, including how the films represented Australia and helped move the country forward. Worth a watch.

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 Posted on August 3 in To Watch, Video Essays | 1 Comment

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