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Watch This Supercut of Popular Movies Organized By Color

Ever since the earliest days of hand-tinted black-and-white movies, filmmakers have been using hues to express emotion, evoke a mood, or set a scene’s tone. The color palette of a shot can subtly change the way we experience a scene, adding a sense of tension or excitement, as well as making a character stand out or blend in to the background.

In “Color Theory,” Vimeo user Kat Smith has created a color-coded supercut of shots from popular movies, revealing the different ways filmmakers put color to use. Each segment of the video is oriented around a specific color, grouping films of disparate genres not by theme, but by shared color palette.

Although Smith presents the supercut without explanation or analysis, certain patterns emerge if you watch her video closely. Many of the red shots center on violence or romance, while pink seems to most frequently appear in comedic moments. Other colors, meanwhile, appear to run the gamut of emotions and themes. Orange, for instance, includes shots of Steve Buscemi chatting in Ghost World (2001), the Oompa Loompas dancing in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), and Gollum grasping desperately at the One Ring in The Return of the King (2003), which are hard to connect on any thematic grounds.

Set to a remix of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Color Theory” is, according to Smith, “a super colorful supercut … that gives you a taste of the rainbow in feature film form.” Check it out above.

Banner Image Credit: Kat Smith, Vimeo

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at Lenstore.co.uk have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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