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RECAP: BREAKING BAD, Season 4, Episode 9: "Bug"

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following contains spoilers for Breaking Bad season 4, episode 9. Read at your own risk.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 12, 2011 8:30 AM
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GREY MATTERS: Union Square 9-11-01

By Ian Grey Press Play contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 10, 2011 6:18 AM
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IN THE CUT: The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today, Press Play debuts a new genre of video essay we are calling In The Cut. These video essays will zero in on a crucial scene in a film and they will deconstruct, study and evaluate it for its technical merits and its cinematic effectiveness. Given the recent arguments emanating from this site and others about the state of action filmmaking, Press Play contributor Jim Emerson felt compelled to produce a series of three In The Cut video essays. When taken cumulatively, these commentaries explain once and for all what a successful action sequence looks like and how such a scene should influence the viewer. His forensic analysis of the truck chase from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is Part I of these essays. Part II is Phillip Noyce's Salt and Part III is Don Siegel's The Line Up. We have included the full uninterrupted sequence from The Dark Knight so the viewer can compare Jim's analysis with the finished product.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 9, 2011 11:15 AM
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  • 89 Comments
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SLIDE SHOW: Looking back at the cultural impact of 9/11, part 3

EDITOR'S NOTE: As the attacks receded and two wars took center stage, pop culture's response grew more complicated.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 9, 2011 9:15 AM
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MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The "Reincarnation" of Futurama

EDITOR'S NOTE: The sci-fi cartoon's season finale spoofs 1930s cartoon shorts, early arcade games and badly dubbed anime.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 8, 2011 10:35 AM
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SIMON SAYS: Of Zen, 3D and donkey penises

By Simon AbramsPress Play Contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 8, 2011 9:47 AM
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RECAP: RESCUE ME, the series finale

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article contains spoilers for the series finale of Rescue Me. Read at your own risk.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 8, 2011 7:06 AM
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Contributor bios

Matt Zoller Seitz | Founder & Publisher A critic, journalist and filmmaker, Matt Zoller Seitz is the staff TV columnist for Salon.com and a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in criticism. He has worked as a movie critic for The New York Times, New York Press and New Times Newspapers and as a TV critic for The Star-Ledger of Newark. His video essays about Terrence Malick, Oliver Stone, Kathryn Bigelow, Budd Boetticher, Wes Anderson, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and other directors can be viewed at the The Museum of the Moving Image web site. Seitz is the founder of The House Next Door, a website devoted to critical writing about popular culture. His book-length conversation with Wes Anderson about his films, titled The Wes Anderson Collection, will be published in fall, 2012 by Abrams Books.
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 8, 2011 5:11 AM
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NOBODY’S BUSINESS BUT THE TURK’S #3: Of Nostalgia and Other Evils

By Ali ArikanPress Play Contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 7, 2011 3:12 AM
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After 90 years, "Fatty" Arbuckle's rarely-screened LEAP YEAR returns to public view

By Brian DarrPress Play Contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • September 6, 2011 6:56 AM
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