movies
The Actor Who Made a Career of Playing a Disembodied Hand

Even in the dingy, often thankless role of character actor, Christopher Hart holds a special position of anonymity. Read More >>

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The Hidden Trick in Almost Every Classic Hitchcock Scene

Hitchcock is the unquestioned master of suspense. But what is it about his scenes that makes them so gripping, and why do they stand up to repeated viewings, even when you know the twist? Read More >>

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Why Is Christopher Nolan So Obsessed With Hands?

Closeups on hands might seem like too small a detail to become a trademark of a director’s visual style, but looking back on Nolan’s oeuvre shows just how much they reveal about his characters. Read More >>

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Why Ren and Stimpy Was So Brilliant and Disgusting

Ren And Stimpy was a one-of-a-kind cartoon whose grotesque insanity made it a hit with kids and a source of outrage for parents. But as the Nerdwriter points out, that insanity was both incredibly calculated and a milestone in a legacy of edgy animation. Read More >>