By Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert | August 31, 2012

Yellow wallpaper? Red hair? Green nail polish? Inky black feral dogs?

By David Ehrlich | August 27, 2012

There it is, the film’s first image, expelling us from the darkness and into the delicate pink glow of sheer Arax underwear, split down the middle by a thin black line that runs up the girl’s legs like a secret.

By Ela Bittencourt | August 25, 2012

The toxicity of an entire political system, and of utopias, in general, is condensed into a single image: a black mongrel.

By Matt Connolly | August 24, 2012

How do we square this web of physiological impulse, cultural connotation, and ineffable desirability with the almost-cheeky bluntness of Blue?

By Jeff Reichert | August 23, 2012

Binding each shot together, across wintry plains, bridges, sun-soaked towns, prairies, deserts, lush forests, and mountains are the unmoving gray rails.

By Kiva Reardon | August 22, 2012

Dominated by beige, khaki and low-key reds, the palette is balanced to the point of being banal, so everything is uncannily uniform.

By Adam Nayman | August 21, 2012

Everything after the color-flip in A Perfect Getaway begins to resemble Twohy’s previous filmmaking: the shot lengths shorten, the editing pattern accelerates, and he starts playing with slow motion and split-screens.

By Chris Wisniewski | August 20, 2012

Blood, so overburdened in the popular imagination as a symbol for practically anything, is here reduced to something elemental and physical, understood through his new human senses.

By Julien Allen | August 20, 2012

This coat, which as the night draws in takes on a burnished quality like wet sand at sunset, is but the most resonant and satisfyingly symbolic shade in a film whose color compositions are, from beginning to end, consistently disarming.

By Genevieve Yue | August 17, 2012

The couch doesn’t match her house, which is to say it doesn’t match her: pale, delicate, and self-effacing to the point that she practically disappears into the drapery.

By Michael Koresky | August 16, 2012

The sad, and rather radical, revelation of Cabaret is that Sally is not all that interesting, and everything she does, says, and wears—especially that glittering green nail polish—is a reminder of her essential dullness. Her green is a splash of color in a field of gray.

By Caroline McKenzie | August 16, 2012

A blue glint of light appears surrounded by blackness in the opening shot of Donald Cammell’s sci-fi/horror freak-out, Demon Seed. This mysterious orb shimmers and expands, until it bursts open and floods the screen in hot light.

By Damon Smith | August 15, 2012

The color of the killer’s hair (and complexion) becomes a pigment Hitchcock uses to mold our subconscious feelings about this character’s essential otherness.