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Every James Bond Opening Title Sequence, Ranked

The name’s Bond. Bondathon. With 24 official James Bond films to conquer before No Time To Die hits theaters (someday!), Bond fan Anna Swanson and Bond newbie Meg Shields are diving deep on 007. With shaken martinis and beluga caviar in hand, the Double Take duo is making their way through the Bond corpus by era, so hang up your hats and pay attention....

Shakespearean Drama Meets Blistering Action in ‘Gangs of London’

Violent crime is an ugly, gruesome experience, both as participant and witness, and adding “organized” to the phrase doesn’t soften it one bit. Television and movies have shown us numerous variations on organized crime families over the years, and they’ve often featured scenes of unrepentant, gruesome violence. Few, though, if any, have paired the classic...

‘The Bay’ and the Horror of Inaction During a Public Health Crisis

Welcome to The Queue — your daily distraction of curated video content sourced from across the web. Today, we’re watching a video that explores the horror movie The Bay. The initial months of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic cast certain films in a new, prophetic light. Contagion became a national obsession. Many took comfort in the similarities and...

The Brutal Story Behind the Re-Casting of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

Welcome to The Queue — your daily distraction of curated video content sourced from across the web. Today, we’re watching a video that explores the re-casting of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Whenever I think about directors who traumatize their actors for the sake of eliciting a performance, I think about the apocryphal...

‘Ratched’ is a Stylish, Bloody, Contradictory Mess

Hello and welcome to Up Next, a weekly column that gives you the rundown on the latest TV. This week, Liz Baessler takes a look at the Netflix series Ratched. Ratched is ostensibly the backstory of one of literature’s most notorious villains: Nurse Ratched from Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  But it is also, perhaps even more...

A Color Theory Reading of Jane Campion’s ‘In the Cut’

In our new column Color Code, Luke Hicks chooses a handful of shots from a favorite film in order to draw out the meaning behind color and how it plays into both the scene and the film as a whole. For his third entry, he analyzes Jane Campion’s In the Cut. “She didn’t care what happened, as long as it wasn’t coy,” Meg Ryan explained during the In...

The New Comic Book Series ‘Fire Power’ Already Demands Adaptation

Welcome to Pitch Meeting, a monthly column in which we suggest an IP ripe for adaptation, then assign the cast and crew of our dreams. This month, we want to see a couple of comic book masters flip the script of the kung fu genre with their new Image Comics sensation Fire Power. Robert Kirkman does not need another TV or movie project on his plate....

The Real Story Behind ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

Real Stories is an ongoing column about the stories behind movies and TV shows. It’s that simple. This installment focuses on the true story that inspired Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. Aaron Sorkin is no stranger to legal dramas. Between The Social Network and his To Kill a Mockingbird Broadway adaptation, he’s received heaps of appraisal...

Lessons in Editing: When Not to Cut

Welcome to The Queue — your daily distraction of curated video content sourced from across the web. Today, we’re watching a video that explores the benefits of holding back on over-editing. What was it that Emperor Joseph II said in Amadeus? “Too many cuts”? Okay, so maybe he didn’t say “cuts,” but the point stands: many films wield editing like...

‘Raised By Wolves’ Paints a Grand Tale Across a Small Canvas

Ridley Scott is no stranger to science fiction tales. Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982) are early standouts from the start of his career, and the last decade saw him return to the stars with Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017). The four films vary when it comes to action, tone, and narrative, but a common theme running throughout involves...

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