Why All Action Movies Look the Same Now

Published 2024-02-26
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About this video essay:
A critical video essay analyzing the state of modern action cinema.

00:00 The Aesthetics of Modern Action
01:48 Towards an Objective Ideal
05:53 The Problem with Previsualization
08:28 The Rise of Second Unit Directing
13:17 Lessons from Last Year’s Best Fight Scene
15:49 The Ever-Importance of Storytelling
19:00 Concluding Thoughts

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1917, Alex Cross, Ant-Man Quantumania, Atomic Blonde, Avengers Infinity War + Endgame, Baby Driver, Birds of Prey, Black Panther, Black Widow, Bullet Train, Captain America Winter Soldier + Civil War, Casino Royale, Children of Men, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Daredevil, Deadpool 2, Die Hard, Echo, Extraction 1 + 2, Fast Five, Fast X, Gladiator, Hanna, Hard Boiled, Heat, Hitman Agent 47, John Wick 1-4, Kate, Kingsman The Secret Service, Mission Impossible Fallout + Dead Reckoning, No Time to Die, Oldboy, Parker, Police Story, RRR, Saving Private Ryan, Silent Night, Skyfall, Spectre, Suicide Squad, Taken 1 + 3, Terminator 2, The Accountant, The Bourne Identity, The Expendables 2, The Defenders, The Gray Man, The Hunger Games, The Killer, The Matrix, The Raid 1 + 2, The Wolverine, True Detective, Venom

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