The long-take action shot has moved from an auteur move to a special-effects showcase

Extended, single-take shots are like a magic trick. As moviegoers, our eyes have grown so accustomed to jump cuts and other editing techniques that when a single take goes on for more than 60 seconds, we become a bit mesmerized. For the first time, the film is reflecting what it’s like to experience the world through…

HBO gives green light, Green Room director to True Detective season 3

Cursing the comedy writers of the world to come up with yet more variants on their old “time is a flat circle” jokes, HBO has officially given the green light to a third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective. As previously reported, Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali will take on the lead role in the crime anthology’s…

Rust Cohle’s True Detective truck is for sale, so you can drive in flat circles

Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Cohle from the first season of HBO’s True Detective would almost certainly never recommend that someone try to emulate his lifestyle, but if you’re really determined to base your whole aesthetic off of that ponytailed philosophizer, an organization called Charitybuzz has the perfect thing…

Here’s how TV title sequences evolved with the rise of prestige TV

The term “prestige TV” represents a refinement of almost every aspect of a given show, from writing to performances. That also extends to title sequences, which have evolved considerably since the kind of cheesy joviality “Too Many Cooks” set out to lampoon. A new video from Wired explores this phenomenon, tracking…

Westworld was HBO’s highest-rated premiere since the good True Detective

Way back in January of 2014, HBO managed to tap into America’s fondness for misanthropic cops, frequent and unnecessary nudity, and weird murder mysteries with the first season of Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective. The series starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as mismatched police partners named Rustin…