Tag Archives: video essays

  • ‘The Weird Problem With the DC Universe’ Video Essay (Video)

    ‘The Weird Problem With the DC Universe’ Video Essay (Video)

    Casual fans may not realize this, and even if they have they almost certainly  haven’t paused to consider the full implications of it, but the sprawling narrative we think of as the DC Universe that in one form or another goes all the way back to the 1930s has a somewhat glaring inconsistency: Its version […]

  • “Black Panther: The Secrets of Wakandan Wardrobe” (Video)

    “Black Panther: The Secrets of Wakandan Wardrobe” (Video)

    The clothes, as they say, make the man. This is especially true in the superhero world, and few superhero costumes are as stylishly iconic as the Black Panther’s, primed for big screen glory in his upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. And the folks at web series Yellow Spandex have very helpfully broken it all down for “Black […]

  • “Voldemort v. Vader”: Video Essay Compares Two Antagonists (Video)

    “Voldemort v. Vader”: Video Essay Compares Two Antagonists (Video)

    Villains … Ya gotta hand it to ‘em. ScreenPrism recently handed it to two of the most iconic villains of the last few decades: Luke Skywalker’s archnemesis Darth Vader and Harry Potter’s own Voldemort, comparing and contrasting the two for a “Harry Potter and Star Wars matchup” entitled “Voldemort v. Vader.” Joseph Campbell enthusiasts probably won’t be surprised […]

  • ‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ Explained by Vox (Video)

    ‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ Explained by Vox (Video)

    Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is now in theaters, which means it’s time to take a look back at Star Wars Episode IV 1/2, also known as The Star Wars Holiday Special. The special, from the dark age between the release of the first Star Wars movie and the franchise becoming Extremely Important, is widely known as an infamously bad […]

  • ‘Stephen King’s IT: Why Clowns Scare Us’ Video Essay (Video)

    ‘Stephen King’s IT: Why Clowns Scare Us’ Video Essay (Video)

    I don’t think it really requires an academic explanation, given that anybody who’s ever seen a clown understands what makes them extremely creepy (in the right context, that is – I have no wish to denigrate actual benevolent clowns, who have suffered enough this century). Nevertheless, the question does have some interest, and the people […]

  • ‘You Know It’s a Christopher Nolan Film If…’ by ScreenPrism (Video)

    ‘You Know It’s a Christopher Nolan Film If…’ by ScreenPrism (Video)

    New from ScreenPrism is a video essay that combines a brief analysis of the favored themes and techniques of Christopher Nolan with the rhetorical tactic made famous by Jeffrey Foxworthy. It’s called You Know It’s a Christopher Nolan Film If… Fans of Nolan’s movies will probably enjoy seeing many of his recurring leitmotifs and thematic […]

  • ‘The Matrix: A Lesson in Effective Scene Transitions’ (Video)

    ‘The Matrix: A Lesson in Effective Scene Transitions’ (Video)

    If you’ve watched The Matrix lately, you might have noticed that it just seems to move better than most scifi action movies, or movies in any genre, really. There are a host of reasons for this, but a new video essay from Patrick (H) Willems focuses on one specific component of the movie’s mastery. It’s […]