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  1. What Loving Looks Like: Visual Simplicity

    We take a closer look at Jeff Nichols' Loving and the filmmaking philosophy of visual simplicity.

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  2. Tarantino’s Hidden Symbols: Pulp Fiction & Toilets

    Pulp Fiction's bathroom scenes carry a hidden meaning.

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    Pulp Fiction
  3. Marvel’s “Luke Cage”: Blaxploitation or #BlackLivesMatter

    Marvel/Netflix series "Luke Cage" is both progressive and regressive in its race politics.

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    Marvel’s Luke Cage
  4. Gilmore Girls Hair: Unraveling Rory’s Locks (Video)

    We unlock the deeper hidden meaning in Rory's hair evolution over the years on Gilmore Girls.

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    Gilmore Girls
  5. Scott Pilgrim: Reinventing the Movie Musical

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is structured like a classic Hollywood movie musical, but with a video game twist.

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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  6. Halloween Tropes Explained: Final Girl & Death by Sex

    We look at how the Final Girl & Death by Sex became staples of the horror genre.

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    Halloween (1978)
  7. How is “Breaking Bad”’s Walter White like the Old Testament’s King Saul

    A popular television character and a biblical figure share more qualities than one would expect.

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    Breaking Bad
  8. Why aren’t there mutants in Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

    When Marvel filed for bankruptcy in 1996, they sold licenses for rights to several of their characters, including the X-men.

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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    X-Men: First Class
  9. Arrival’s “Dirty Sci Fi”: Remixing the Genre

    In this video essay featuring our interviews with the filmmakers, we explore how Arrival departs from standard conventions of the sci-fi genre.

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  10. Language in Arrival: Talking in Circles

    In this video essay, we interview the "Arrival" filmmakers to unpack the alien language and explore the significance of talking in circles.

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  11. Rosemary’s Baby Explained: Realism & Control

    The horror of Rosemary's Baby explores close-to-home realities like the loss of control.

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    Rosemary’s Baby
  12. Genre Blindness: The Walking Dead & How We Live

    Find out why the characters on The Walking Dead never say the word "zombie."

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    The Walking Dead
    Night of the Living Dead
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