Can You Follow The Shifting Power Dynamic In The Silence Of The Lambs?

Tony Zhou is back with another excellent episode of Every Frame a Painting (previously here and here). This quick installment illustrates how camerawork is used to reflect the power struggle between Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. » 10/18/14 2:05pm Saturday 2:05pm

TV And Film Still Don't Know How To Depict Texting (Or The Internet)

BBC's Sherlock does a pretty top-notch job of portraying text messages, but as Tony Zhou points out in the latest installment of Every Frame a Painting, cinematic representations of the digital world – including texting and the Internet – remain, for the most part, inefficient, ineffective, and uninspired. » 8/16/14 10:30am 8/16/14 10:30am

Michael Bay Movies, Or: Why Your Eyes Love What Your Brain Hates

We're big fans of Tony Zhou's cinematic analyses, but we're especially fond of his recent breakdown of Michael Bay's visual approach, which manages to acknowledge the director's knack for spectacle while identifying him as a slave to his own system – a gratuitous, over-evolved action style we love to hate. » 7/05/14 10:03am 7/05/14 10:03am