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First AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Now TRUE DETECTIVE: Why Award Nominations Say More Than You Think

No matter how TV-literate we may fancy ourselves, the anthology series retains the capacity to surprise us in ways (kind, quality, and frequency) that a traditional drama can’t match.
  • By Jesse Damiani
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  • August 21, 2014 2:58 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

When watching Lauren Bacall in her older films, it is impossible to not think of "sexy" as one of the adjectives to describe her, and yet where is that sexiness coming from? In part, it comes from a sense that she might say something barbed, or worse, at any turn, and that if she doesn't, she's choosing not to.
  • By Serena Bramble and Max Winter
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  • August 19, 2014 7:27 PM
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METAMERICANA: Outlaw Country Goes Psychedelic: An Interview with Sturgill Simpson on His Music Videos

"I believe framing reality is one of the only ways we can ever be sure it actually exists."
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • August 14, 2014 5:38 PM
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Kevin Kline on MY OLD LADY, THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD, and His 26-Year-Old Self

"I was 26 years old in "The Three Sisters," which may be my favorite play in this world to this day! I was having a go at it. John Houseman was backstage, saying “Don't do that melancholy Midwestern thing!”
  • By Meredith Alloway
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  • August 13, 2014 2:09 PM
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Humor Is Life: RIP Robin Williams, 1951–2014

The mixture of feelings I had when I read of Robin Williams’s suicide was dramatic. Grief, of course. Shock. Anger. Confusion. These were all at the front of my mind, blaring, inescapable. But above and beyond all of these, was, oddly enough, fear, whose source I could not immediately identify. But then it came to me.
  • By Max Winter
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  • August 12, 2014 5:39 AM
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What Does It Mean That Joe Swanberg Has Made a Feel-Good Movie?

The newest film from Joe Swanberg, whatever its faults and virtues might be, makes one thing abundantly clear: that certain styles require a form to pour themselves into if their best qualities are to be revealed.
  • By Max Winter
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  • August 7, 2014 5:41 AM
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FARGO, TRUE DETECTIVE, JUSTIFIED, RECTIFY and the Construction of the American Small Town, Part II

In Part One of this essay, I was pretty tough on Fargo and True Detective, accusing them of an absence of imagination, and generosity, in their approach to small-town and rural life. Perhaps I should heed my own call for generosity, however.
  • By Spencer Short
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  • August 6, 2014 1:26 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Our Scary Summer: 1979

The cover of the June 1979 issue of Newsweek featured an image of Sigourney Weaver from "Alien." The caption read: "Hollywood's Scary Summer." I was thirteen. The horror movies released that summer would form a grotesque carnival that mirrored my own and the world's anxieties.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer
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  • August 5, 2014 1:18 PM
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Looking at YouTube: KIDS REACT and Procrastitainment

On a laptop screen, a small rectangle surrounded by a jumble of text, ads and windows sends light into the retina of an isolated viewer, who sees the image of a chalkboard. Two tiny speakers emit the brittle, violently cheery sound of a chorus of children chanting “Kids React to…technology! This episode...old computers!”
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • July 31, 2014 4:41 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Slow Motion Movie Supercut

LOOK. PAY ATTENTION. NOTICE THE MOVEMENT.
  • By Leigh Singer and Max Winter
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  • July 30, 2014 12:58 PM
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