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 …

Batman

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?

From Hitchcock’s Rope to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie Birdman, directors have used the tracking shot to create the sense of a seamless one-shot film. But is it brilliant movie-making – or just showing off?<p>First-look review of Birdman<p>In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie, Birdman, a …

Film (UK)

‘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 …

Movies

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 …

Film (UK)

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 …

Film Noir

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. …

Movies

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> …

Japan

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 …

Movies

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> …

James Toback

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," …

Star Wars

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 …

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 …

Cinematography

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 …