Film Theory and History

By Jackson Garland | Resources gathered to assist IB Film students with the theory and history component (Part 2) of the IB Diploma Program Film course.

Watch: The 100-Year Evolution of the Comic Book Film

Our modern blockbuster has a history almost as long as cinema itself.<p>It's no secret that in today's film landscape, studios trust nothing more than …

This Infographic Analyzes the Themes and Motifs that Captivated Hitchock

What kinds of things does an auteur fixate on?<p>It's clear that Alfred Hitchcock has a few very obvious and often disturbing obsessions. From his …

The tracking shot: film-making magic - or stylistic self-indulgence?

In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie, Birdman, a faded movie star, played by Michael Keaton, tries to reinvent his career by staging a Raymond Carver adaptation on Broadway. It is a virtuoso showboat, tipped for Oscars, most forcefully for its lead actor. But Birdman is actually about …

‘It’s All In The Reflexes’: The Story Of The Contentious ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ Screenplay

<i>Big Trouble in Little China</i> was a box office bomb that was mostly panned by critics and is credited with souring John Carpenter on Hollywood. It’s also a cult classic unlike any other, an action comedy that’s endlessly quotable and eternally rewatchable for its most diehard fans. It’s a film made …

Citizen Kane and the meaning of Rosebud

Citizen Kane has long been acclaimed as a work of genius and endlessly dissected by critics. But a mystery still lies at the heart of this masterpiece. On the eve of Orson Welles’s centenary, Peter Bradshaw comes up with his own theory about the film’s clinching moment<p>S<i>pitting Image</i> once made a …

25 Noir Films That Will Stand the Test of Time: A List by “Noirchaelogist” Eddie Muller

<i>Film noir</i> received its name in 1946 when French critic Nino Frank expressed his fascination with dark Hollywood melodramas of the time. But <i>noir</i> as a …

Why rear projection was the original greenscreen

The internet often becomes an echo chamber when it comes to films. Not just about films themselves, but also what the best way to make them is. …

5 Essential Films By Yasujirō Ozu

If you go down to NYC’s Film Forum this week, you’ll find a cinephile treat: a new 4K restoration of “<b>Late Spring</b>,” one of the finest films from</b> …

Filmmaking

From 'Psycho' to 'The Departed': A Side-by-Side Comparison of Original Movies & Their Remakes

With the new <i>Ghostbusters</i> trailer dropping today and myriad more remakes in the works, it's apt to check out the huge swath of films that have been …

10 Great European Neo-Noir Films

This month, “<b>The American Friend</b>,” a classic from German director <b>Wim Wenders</b> that until now was probably lesser known than his touchstones “<b>Paris,</b> …

With Help From 'Star Wars,' Kodak CEO Says Its Film Business Will Return to Profitability

Thanks to filmmakers such as J.J. Abrams, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan, Hollywood "doesn't have to worry about film going away anymore," …

The 25 best horror movies since 2000

Ask horror-movie buffs to name their favorite decade for the genre, and you’ll likely receive a variety of answers. The ’30s had several of …

Horror

How Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' Brought Back 65mm Panavision History

Quentin Tarantino's <i>The Hateful Eight</i> is a throwback in its content, but it's also bringing back a bit of film history along with it.<p>We've previously …

A Close Examination of How Buster Keaton Masterfully Executed His Silent Film Gags and His Influence on Modern Film

In his latest video, <i>Every Frame a Painting</i> host Tony Zhou closely examines how Buster Keaton masterfully executed his silent film gags and his …

John Ford’s ‘The Searchers’: The Essential Film of American Culture and Identity

Respected filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (<i>The Act of Killing</i>, <i>The Look of Silence</i>), an intelligent, educated and well-spoken man, was giving a lecture …

Filmmaking

Neorealism Explained: Side-by-Side Comparison of De Sica's vs. Selznick's 'Terminal Station'

When we talk about film movements we're referring to a certain sensibility toward filmmaking usually espoused by a certain country during a certain …

10 Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Featuring serial killers, brutal maulings, and unsolved mysteries, documentaries can be far creepier than anything George Romero has ever …

Crime

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30 May 2018Vote For The Greatest Star Wars Characters<p>Solo: A Star Wars Story has peppered the galaxy far far away with a colourful ...<p>25 May 2018The …

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film

By now you'll have seen the striking new trailer for Justin Kurzel's <b>Macbeth</b>, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, David …

Film Studies 101: Ten Movie Formats That Shook The World

The future is all around us and our beloved art form, cinema, is rapidly converting to a digital age. There are those, however, that are still …

Film Studies 101: The A-Z Of The Birth Of Cinema

As Alien’s John Hurt will tell you, births can be painful things. But when the moving picture popped out of the tummy of the 19th century and …

Here's Some of the Best Black & White Cinematography in Film History

There are few things that I love more than good black and white cinematography.<p>Recently, Zach Prewitt of Plot Point Productions cut together another …

Cinematography

Martin Scorsese Highlights Cinema's Great Risk-Takers, from Welles to Cassavetes

We all have filmmakers that we admire -- ones that exemplify the artistry of the craft and speak to us on a deep, personal level. Well, Martin …

All the 'Happy Birthday' song copyright claims are invalid, federal judge rules

None of the companies that have collected royalties on the "Happy Birthday" song for the past 80 years held a valid copyright claim to one of the most popular songs in history, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled on Tuesday.<p>In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, the judge ruled …

Light and Shadow -- Greatest Cinematographers of the World, Interviewed.

11 films that were rumoured to be directed by someone else

Simon Brew Odd List Feb 28, 2015Is the named director of a film the one who's actually been calling the shots? Here are 11 where a 'ghost director' …

‘The New Cinema’: A Fascinating Documentary on the Restructuring of 1960’s Hollywood

Today’s film industry, according to countless filmlovers around the globe, needs intrinsic changes to occur in order for Hollywood to shine again in …

George Lucas