Whether you’re happy about it or not, Blade Runner 2046, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Blade Runner, is on its way.  It’s on its way so much, in fact, that the cinema release is less than two months away. And while there are a lot of arguments that could be made regarding how unfortunate it is that Hollywood saw fit to tamper with the legacy of one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, different arguments could also be made regarding how if Hollywood is going to tamper with said great science fiction film, they at least made a wise decision in putting the film in the hands of director Denis Villeneuve.

Over the past few years, Villeneuve has been proving to be one of the most watchable contemporary filmmakers, with work such as Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and Arrival (all release within the last seven years) cementing his reputation as, if not a master, certainly a consistently excellent craftsman. So what makes him so damn good?

Fortunately for us, we don’t have to think about it because this wonderful video essay, from the folk over at Channel Criswell, has thought about it for us, and has presented all those thoughts in an entertaining and coherent way. Because that’s internet. One minute you’re downloading Game of Thrones, the next minute you’re looking up a lasagne recipe, the next minute you’re buying a book and then, all of a sudden, you’re watching a fun video that’s telling you why Denis Villeneuve is such an important filmmaker. Internet.