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THREE REASONS: THE NOISY REQUIEM, directed by Yoshihiko Matsui

EDITOR'S NOTE: Once again, Robert Nishimura's Three Reasons shines a spotlight on a film that merits the Criterion treatment.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 22, 2011 11:18 AM
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SIMON SAYS: Best and Worst at the Toronto International Film Festival 2011

By Simon Abrams Press Play Contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 21, 2011 8:39 AM
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MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: Charlie Sheen's wicked, wicked, winning ways

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Zoller Seitz says Two and a Half Men replacement Ashton Kutcher can't compete with pop culture's smirking prince of darkness.
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  • September 20, 2011 9:23 AM
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Reason, madness and DRIVE: Nicholas Winding Refn's damaged macho men

EDITOR'S NOTE: Warning: this piece contains spoilers for Drive. Read at your own risk.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 19, 2011 11:01 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: COWARDS BEND THE KNEE, directed by Guy Maddin

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fandor's blog site, Keyframe, begins its Director of the Month series today with a week long tribute to Canadian director Guy Maddin. In addition to specially commissioned articles and an exclusive interview with the director himself, Fandor editor-in-chief and Press Play contributor Kevin B. Lee has collaborated with Matt Zoller Seitz to produce this video essay discussing the technical and thematic achievements of Maddin's 2003 feature Cowards Bend The Knee. But the centerpiece of the weeklong tribute is Fandor's first blogathon hosted on Keyframe called The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World. From September 19-23, Keyframe invites writers, video editors and artists to discuss Maddin's body of work on their own sites. Fandor will cross-link to newly published blog posts and give a special prize to the most creative endeavor. Click here if you would like to participate.
  • September 19, 2011 10:00 AM
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GREY MATTERS: Nicolas Winding Refn's interestingly terrible DRIVE is a feat of hocus-pocus

By Ian Grey Press Play Contributor
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  • September 17, 2011 5:39 AM
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SLIDE SHOW: Who would win at the alternative Emmys?

Forget best actress in a drama. We imagine a completely different -- and more fun -- Emmy broadcast
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  • September 16, 2011 12:49 PM
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IN THE CUT: From THE LINEUP to THE FRENCH CONNECTION

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today, Press Play features Part III of Jim Emerson's In The Cut series. This video essay compares Hollywood's current approach to cinematic action as typified by Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight to what came before it: Don Siegel's The Lineup, Peter Yates' Bullitt and William Friedkin's The French Connection. In The Cut Part III: I Left My Heart in My Throat in San Francisco delves deep into the history of the car chase scene itself, tracing how the visual language of such scenes developed and thrived, eventually smashing its way into America's cultural consciousness. Next week, Press Play will further examine the evolution of the cinematic car chase through its golden age, from The French Connection to that other Friedkin classic To Live and Die In L.A. To view Jim's piece about the police caravan scene in The Dark Knight, click here. To watch his video essay about the freeway sequence in Salt, click here.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 16, 2011 4:11 AM
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REELING AND SPINNING: Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play contributor Craig would like to dedicate this column to all those long-suffering people who have ever had to sit through a preview screening with loud people. By Craig D Lindsey
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  • September 15, 2011 4:04 AM
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IN THE CUT: SALT, directed by Phillip Noyce

EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play is proud to present Part II of Jim Emerson's In The Cut series. In this piece he deconstructs an action sequence from Phillip Noyce's 2010 hit Salt to highlight compositions, camera movements, editing and spatial awareness. We have included the full, uninterrupted scene so the viewer can compare Jim's analysis with the finished product.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 13, 2011 12:19 PM
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