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Video: The point of view shots from films by the Coen brothers

The Coen brothers are true filmmakers who employ a certain amount of mastery and art and variety to their work that few directors can match. Joel and Ethan Coen are so good at what they do that they can make any sort of film all sorts of watchable. Here’s something that could connect their movies stylistically though:… » 8/31/15 1:19pm Today 1:19pm

The powerful art of the opening shot of iconic movies

A movie’s opening shot prepares you for the entire movie. Sometimes you already know a masterpiece is being woven together. Other times you buckle in for a wild action packed ride. Or know that you’re about to laugh the theater’s roof off. It’s important for a movie’s opening shot to set the tone. » 7/08/15 10:51pm 7/08/15 10:51pm

The beautiful whimsy of Spike Jonze movies

I love to watch movies by Spike Jonze because he always tells interesting stories with even more interesting characters. But what I may love more is the look of his films. Jacob T. Swinney edited together this video to show the aesthetics of whimsy and you'll see interesting camera angles, lens flares and more. » 4/05/15 9:30pm 4/05/15 9:30pm

Why David Fincher might be the best director in Hollywood today

David Fincher is one of the best directors in Hollywood and if you disagree, you need new eyeballs. Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting shows how it's not what Fincher does in his movies that make him special, but what he doesn't do. Fincher's talent and skills are incredible but it's his restraint that sets him apart. » 10/02/14 12:51am 10/02/14 12:51am

10 tricks that famous movie directors use as their trademark

With some directors, you can immediately tell you're watching a movie they directed just by looking at a still frame without any context. There's a visual style they stamp on their films, a certain special effect they like, a narrative preference they utilize, basically, a trademark they have. WatchMojo came up with a… » 7/10/14 9:47pm 7/10/14 9:47pm

10 movies that show how great editing can turn movies into masterpieces

Editing is crucial for film. It can ruin a movie and it can turn a good movies into a masterpiece. It's a powerful weapon for filmmakers. CineFix has put together a top 10 list detailing what they think are the most effective editing moments of all time in the video below. It's obviously arbitrary, but it's a great… » 7/08/14 1:57am 7/08/14 1:57am

Why is Michael Bay considered such a bad movie director?

Everyone knows a Michael Bay popcorn blockbuster is never going to be considered a cinema masterpiece. The same tricks—explosions, 360 degree shots, lamp posts, etc.—are used over and over again. But he's entertaining! Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting goes a little deeper to explain Bay's 'Bayhem' bag of tricks and… » 7/03/14 1:49am 7/03/14 1:49am

Here's why Steven Spielberg is such a great director

It's more than just one thing, of course. But Spielberg's masterful use of the long take is one of the things that make him so great. While most directors would use the long take as a way to teleport the viewer into another world and show off their skills, Spielberg tries to uses the trick as invisibly as possible.… » 5/19/14 11:18pm 5/19/14 11:18pm