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Category Archives: Film

Spawned Mammoths and Falling Sperm Whales

“Woah.” My boyfriend was playing Skyrim and his character had just emerged from a cave. When the screen refreshed, the game glitched, showing two mammoths spawning from the sky and promptly … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Frame by Frame: A Look at 25 Seconds from “Winter’s Bone”

This is probably old news to anyone who saw Winter’s Bone when it was first released in 2010 or at any point in the 5 (!) years since: it’s a … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

VE: Powers of Ten

Powers of Ten is the famous short film by Charles and Ray Eames. I would be remiss if I did not mention this film, one of the original visual essays. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

All Media is Exploitative

The Sony hacks have put news outlets and the rest of us as media consumers into an unprecedented intersection of terrorism, media, and ethics. Journalists like Anne Helen Peterson of … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

VE: kogonada

kogonada is a visual essayist who has created some great studies on filmmakers and filmmaking. This one on Wes Anderson and his use of centering is a short, clever, and … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · 6 Comments


1994 was a great year for movies. This month celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Lion King, a film that made a huge cultural mark in pop culture. I still … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

VE: The Illusion of Life

Part of what makes animation look animated are the exaggerated poses of the characters or objects. The techniques behind these poses were refined by the legendary Nine Old Men of … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

VE: StemCellShorts

One of my favorite things about this animated series about stem cells is their deliberate decision to keep each short around one minute. I’m sure multiple reasons exist for this … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

VE: This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

Starting with this post, 3/21 will be more vigorous with featuring visual essays found around the web. Any post title beginning with “VE” (Visal Essays) is an indication that this … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Usefulness of Saying Something

On this morning’s NPR newscast, I heard a titillating soundbite: “What people are walking away from this film and this story with – and by the way, I put myself … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Recent Visual Essays – Summer 2013

It seems visual essays are picking up steam! The New York Times debuted earlier this month the first of a monthly series based on their column, Modern Love. Titled “Modern … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Disney Mickey Mouse Shorts

Okay, I KNOW I said I wasn’t using this blog to push things just because I like them but I just have to showcase these new Disney Mickey Mouse shorts.* … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

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