Video essays.

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‘Killing Eve’ Returns: What’s Next For Villanelle?


The first trailer for Season 2 of hit thriller answers some of our biggest questions.

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The Relatability of ‘Eighth Grade’


Is being a vlogger therapeutic? According to ‘Eighth Grade’, yes.

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One Last Midnight: The Philosophy of ‘True Detective’


Take a ride through Carcossa with this video primer on the cosmic horror and philosophy of ‘True Detective.’

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Caden’s Journey to Peace in ‘Synecdoche, New York’


Watch this video essay to understand character motives in Charlie Kaufman’s 2008 masterpiece, Synecdoche, New York.


What ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Says About Identity and Modern Capitalism


This video essay from Just Write takes a deep dive into one of the best films of 2018.

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Investigating the Use of Smartphones in Popular Movies


Watch a video essay that examines the surprisingly minor use of smartphones in last year’s biggest movies.

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Three Approaches to Movie Mash-Ups


Mashups are fun, and these creators have mastered the art form.

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The Power of Faith in M. Night Shyamalan Movies


Watch this video essay about how the inexplicably emotional qualities within ‘The Sixth Sense’ director’s twisty narratives can take meaningful shape.

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The Conflicting Symbolism of Trains Inspires Powerful Cinema


Watch this video essay about how an age-old cinematic device continues to be powerfully relevant in the stories we love.