YOU WISH YOU WERE THIS PERCEPTIVE: EVERY FRAME A PAINTING

Tony Zhou is the genius behind Every Frame a Painting, a tumblr and YouTube channel that creates and analyzes retrospectives of things like film techniques, directors, and cinematography. Zhou's stuff is amazing – super insightful, impressingly thoughtful – and is a great resource for film enthusiasts interested in understanding the patterns and artistry in filmmaking.

One of the great things about Every Frame a Painting, the YouTube compilations in particular, is that Zhou cuts together every piece of a director's work or a specific movie to make a precise point. They're perfect for identifying styles and motifs, putting together all the things that you as a viewer might have missed. His video on director Edgar Wright's use of visual comedy is one of my favorites – it's the perfect example of showing an audience that there are other ways to get a message across in a medium as visual as film. Zhou's stuff is definitely worth looking through. It's ultimately a black hole of cinematic examination that will shave hours off your life, but you'll emerge from those hours a more discerning and engaged viewer.