Cult Films by Kubrick, Tarantino & Wes Anderson Re-imagined as 8-Bit Video Games

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Now closing in on 50 episodes, David Dutton’s 8-Bit Cinema series for CineFlix celebrates and critiques the increasing video game qualities of action films. Or maybe it’s a nostalgic do-over of a childhood spent watching great films turned into terrible games and your favorite games turned into terrible films.

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Wes Anderson Likes the Color Red (and Yellow)

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Red seems to be a magnet for angry bulls and great directors. After all, it’s the color that seems to stand out more than any other. Yasujiro Ozu, for one, made the jump to color movies very reluctantly late in his career and promptly became obsessed with the color red.

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Michel Gondry’s Finest Music Videos for Björk, Radiohead & More: The Last of the Music Video Gods

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We didn’t realize it at the time, but Michel Gondry was one of the last great music video directors, creating mini-epics just before the music industry collapsed, budgets disappeared, and now your cousin with a Canon 7D is following his friend’s band around in a field and putting *that* up on Vimeo.

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A Playlist of 172 Songs from Wes Anderson Soundtracks: From Bottle Rocket to The Grand Budapest Hotel

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So much of the writing done about the films of Wes Anderson focuses on their visuals — and with good cause. We’ve featured pieces on everything from the design of their settings to the symmetry of their shots to their quotation of other movies.

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Two Short Films on Coffee and Cigarettes from Jim Jarmusch & Paul Thomas Anderson

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When American society relinquished cigarettes, American cinema lost one of its most dramatic visual devices. You still see smoking in the movies, but its meaning has changed. “A cigarette wasn’t always a statement,” wrote David Sedaris when he himself kicked the habit.

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Orson Welles Names His 10 Favorite Films: From Chaplin’s City Lights to Ford’s Stagecoach

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I hope Orson Welles got used to seeing his name on top-ten-films-of-all-time lists.

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What’s the Big Deal About Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel? Matt Zoller Seitz’s Video Essay Explains

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Toward the end of 2013, we featured a series of video essays by Matt Zoller Seitz on the films of Wes Anderson. They first came out to accompany The Wes Anderson Collection, the critic’s coffee-table retrospective of that auteur of whimsical handcrafted films’ career to date — to the date of late 2013, anyway.

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40 Years of Saul Bass’ Groundbreaking Title Sequences in One Compilation

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A good title sequence tells you everything you need to know about the world of a movie. As it unspools the credits for a given film, it can also convey the movie’s mood, its sense of place, its story’s theme and even a few of its plot points.

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Watch Agnès Varda’s Les Fiancés Du Pont Macdonald: A Silent Comic Short Starring Jean-Luc Godard & Anna Karina

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Agnès Varda claimed to have seen fewer than ten movies before she made her first film at age 25. At the time, she had some pretty naïve ideas about film. “I thought if I added sound to photographs, that would be cinema,” she recalled. She learned the essence of filmmaking and, by all accounts, learned it well.

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Designer Reimagines Iconic Movie Posters With Minimalist Designs: Reservoir Dogs, The Matrix & More

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While watching Interstellar and hating it, designer Nick Barclay came up with a project for himself — taking the posters of famous films and reimagining them with a minimalist design that uses only circles. Above, you can see his clever take on Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.

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