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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Gordon Willis (1931-2014)

Gordon Willis was a great cinematographer because he knew how to look at us, even when we couldn’t look at ourselves.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • May 19, 2014 4:33 PM
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On Louis C.K., “Fat,” “Not Fat,” and the Importance of Holding Hands

“You know what the meanest thing is you can say to a fat girl? That ‘you’re not fat.’”
  • By Kathleen Brennan
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  • May 19, 2014 12:21 PM
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RIP Gordon Willis, 1931–2014: The View from Dallas, Texas

If you want real life, live it. If you want psychodrama, create it. If you want to fall in love, go after it. If you want to be transported, though, if you want to feel immersed in an individual’s vision of a story, a world, and the degree to which one might shape the other, go to the movies. Most specifically, Gordon Willis’s movies.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 19, 2014 4:47 AM
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How I Came to Love Godzilla; or, A Chronicle of Heroes and Villains in the Gojira Series

Godzilla was the megaton elephant in the room of my marriage.
  • By Amber Sparks
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  • May 16, 2014 2:53 PM
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H.R. Giger: Against the Gigeresque

What we should celebrate and recover is the Giger beyond the gigeresque. The gigeresque is too familiar now, too rote, too replicated. Whatever meanings it still possesses are meanings comfortably assimilated into the status quo, easily packaged and transmitted, emptied of all but the least interesting, least challenging values.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • May 16, 2014 1:40 PM
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Fatal Riddles: HANNIBAL and the Figure of the Serial Killer in Contemporary Television

Why our fascination with "intelligent psychopaths" and serial killers? It's certainly true that there's an audience for gratuitous and/or sadistic violence. The killers are almost invariably white men directing violence (frequently sexual) against "helpless" victims, typically women. But there must be some further appeal.
  • By Spencer Short
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  • May 15, 2014 2:42 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Virtual Animals: Building the Digital Ark

The fewer animals we find in the wild, the more we see on screen. The digital revolution has enabled filmmakers to create an entirely new breed of animal, one that exists only in the form of pixels. Absence of flesh and blood answered by an abundance of virtual animals.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer
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  • May 14, 2014 6:00 AM
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Atom Egoyan Discusses Seeking Truth with DEVIL'S KNOT

"Every actor has a different temperament. Part of my job is to know what those boundaries are. The actor has to know you’ll be there at the other end, that you’re trying to represent them in the best light, who they are as they’re harnessing these roles."
  • By Meredith Alloway
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  • May 13, 2014 1:20 PM
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Andrew Garfield’s Face; Or, How Culture Works

I find myself increasingly tired of seeing Andrew Garfield’s face these days. This feeling, however, has little to do with Andrew Garfield, and even less to do with his face.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 13, 2014 4:17 AM
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Richard Ayoade's THE DOUBLE: The Worker's Life

Richard Ayoade’s "The Double" is the quintessential workplace film.
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 9, 2014 5:04 AM
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