Gmu Video Essay Slashfilm

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the opening monologue from John Mulaney and Nick Kroll at the Independent Spirit Awards. Plus, see how I, Tonya and Battle of the Sexes depicted their respective sports in such a realistic way, and learn about how Paul Thomas Anderson uses hot dog shapes in all of his films. Read More »

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the visual effects artists from I, Tonya made it look like Margot Robbie was a professional figure skate. Plus, watch a video essay breaking down how director Denis Villeneuve uses color on film, and see how the opening crawl for Star Wars: Episode 9 can fix the supposed missteps of Star Wars: The Last Jedi for dissatisfied fans. Read More »

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how some of cinema’s most famous monsters compare to each other in size. Plus, a closer look at how acts are structured in Marvel movies by taking an in-depth look at the script for The Avengers and also take a 360-degree tour of the Saturday Night Live studio from the main stage. Read More »

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch Will Ferrell‘s auditioning tape when he was just a comedian trying out for a spot on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Plus, learn about the art of production design from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and see how visual effects were employed to make multiple versions of Noomi Rapace in the sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?.Read More »

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, listen to a convincing defense of Ridley Scott‘s most recent sci-fi sequel, Alien: Covenant. Plus, go behind the scenes of Chris Hemsworth‘s new war drama 12 Strong, and see how Saturday Night Livecreated the vibrant music video for their music video sketch all about Stanley Tucci. Read More »

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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay illustrates how Steven Spielberg expertly uses sound design to immerse you in the world of his movies. Plus, find out how Gremlins changed the world in more ways than one, and watch a trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi edited in the style of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Read More »

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out which of the many different cuts of the original Blade Runner you should watch. Plus, see an incredible shot-for-shot breakdown of one of the most exciting sequences in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and watch as Jimmy Kimmel goes undercover on Reddit, Wikipedia, IMDb and more. Read More »

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how HBO is keeping you from seeing movies the way they’re supposed to be seen. Plus, learn about an interesting theory about the glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction, and watch as an aspiring talk show host with autism takes over The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Read More »

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the TARDIS console from Peter Capaldi’s tenure as Doctor Who torn down one last time. Plus, watch a video essay deconstructing the train scene from Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 2, and see one climactic battle from Star Wars: The Last Jedi recreated like an 16-bit video game (but beware of spoilers). Read More »

Dunkirk is a feat of cinematic splendor, a visual and auditory assault that is less a standard film than it is a visceral experience.

There is barely a plot to Dunkirk — you could probably summarize the entire thing within five minutes — but it makes the film all the more affecting. There’s no need for dialogue telling you who, what, when, where, why when you can read the fear in the battle-worn soldiers’ eyes and the apprehension in every British citizen’s face. But is that enough to create a substantial silent film? A YouTube video essay channel decided to find out.

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It’s no secret that Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of Ghost in the Shell did not make a splash at the box office in the way executives had hoped. The film pulled in $169.8 million worldwide on a budget of $110 million, but that’s not including the massive, expensive marketing campaign, and the movie was considered a failure in the film industry.

It’s easy to attribute the failure of Ghost in the Shell to the fanbase that turned its back on the sci-fi adaptation due to the whitewashing of much of the cast, including actress Scarlett Johansson in the lead. But a new video essay breaks down the various ways that Rupert Sanders‘ adaptation of the beloved anime falls short, including aesthetic choices and a misunderstanding of the significance of the visuals from original anime that the film attempts to mimic throughout.

Watch Nerdwriter’s Ghost in the Shell Video Essay

Nerdwriter makes a compelling point about how the original Ghost in the Shell uses the backdrop of a futuristic Hong Kong to make a point about identity by using the surrounding city to visually explore the relationship between the city and the people in it. As explained in another video essay, the story is about what it means to create a personal identity in the age of cyborgs. Plenty of the shots and sequences in the anime hit home that thematic element, and while the new Ghost in the Shell adaptation mimics some of them as homage, it appears to lose the meaning behind them.

Going hand in hand with this misunderstanding of the visual significance of the original anime, the video essay constantly points out the lack of colors and high contrast lighting, something that makes the new Ghost in the Shell feel much more drab and far less interesting than its predecessor.

However, at the end of the day, for anyone who hasn’t seen the original Ghost in the Shell or just doesn’t care for anime, this is something that may be lost on general audiences who were just looking for a compelling new sci-fi movie. Unfortunately, since so many other sci-fi movies borrowed ideas from the original manga and anime, the narrative and everything that comes with it still ends up feeling stale.

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