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VIDEO ESSAY: Robert Nishimura's THREE REASONS series is a Criterion buff's fantasy

The Criterion Collection is known for delivering the highest quality standard in video distribution. Their mission statement says it all; it sells “important classic and contemporary films” to cinephiles of all genres and interests. For many DVD collectors, having the Criterion edition of certain titles justifies throwing other versions in the bin. From digital transferring to final package design, Criterion strives to bring the best possible elements to their buyers, often with the director’s own seal of approval. Naturally this kind of attention to detail inspires fanatical devotion among the company's audience. -- and in the sincerest form of flattery, it has inspired imitators. Part of the appeal in seeing a Criterion release is its ornate packaging. The company has an amazing team of in-house designers, as well as a keen eye for independent illustrators who are brought in to give their own unique spin on projects. It truly feels like the golden age of DVD cover design, and with that, Internet forums and tumblr blogs sprang up seemingly overnight with their own fake Criterion covers; simply typing those three words in any search engine will provide hours of visual enjoyment (or disgust, if you are a cover art snob like myself).
  • By Robert Nishimura
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  • July 15, 2011 11:21 AM
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EDWARD COPELAND to Netflix: Drop Dead

By Edward CopelandPressPlay Contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • July 15, 2011 9:58 AM
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GREY MATTERS: TEEN WOLF, The MTV remake does its best BUFFY

By Ian Grey PressPlay contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • July 14, 2011 11:00 AM
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ALL AN ACT: Notes on John Cusack and the art of being yourself

By Masha Tupitsyn 
 PressPlay contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • July 13, 2011 10:00 AM
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REVIEW: TABLOID, Directed by Errol Morris

"MY DEEP UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS. King Harold either got stuck in the eye with an arrow or something else happened."-- @errolmorris, Twitter, July 9, 2011
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • July 12, 2011 11:00 AM
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REVIEW: LOVE CRIMES OF KABUL

By Edward CopelandPressPlay contributor
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • July 11, 2011 9:38 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: ART GOES ON FOREVER: A Tribute to The Archers, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Art Goes On Forever--A Tribute to The Archers from Serena Bramble on Vimeo.
  • By Serena Bramble
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  • July 11, 2011 1:00 AM
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GREY MATTERS: TREE OF GAGA, PART 1

Editor's note: This is the first entry in a weekly column by Ian Grey titled 'Grey Matters.' Every Friday Ian will write on an array of topics, including pop music, TV, cinema, viral videos, and whatever the hell else strikes his fancy, in his own inimitable way. His debut piece is about Lady Gaga, about whom I knew practically zilch prior to becoming friends with Ian. It's presented here in a format that Ian calls "maximalist," with sidebars and 'Easter egg'-type pages branching out from the main article -- thus the "tree" in the headline. (You can access them by clicking the hypertext links.) There is also a companion piece, "Tree of Gaga, Part 2: Born This Way annotated track list," which you can read by clicking here. --MZS
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • July 8, 2011 11:30 AM
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GREY MATTERS: TREE OF GAGA, PART 2: BORN THIS WAY annotated track list

Editor's note: This is Part 2 of PressPlay's very first 'Grey Matters," a weekly pop culture column by Ian Grey. Every Friday Ian will write on an array of topics, including pop music, TV, cinema, viral videos, and whatever the hell else strikes his fancy, in his own inimitable way. You can read the main article, "Tree of Gaga, Part 1," by clicking here. --MZS
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • July 8, 2011 11:29 AM
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DEEP FOCUS: A.I.: A VISUAL STUDY, Parts 1 & 2

[EDITOR'S NOTE: "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence," a film directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Stanley Kubrick, was released 10 years ago this summer. We are honored to present critic-filmmaker Benjamin Sampson's two-part video essay on the film, which he edited in 2009 while studying cinema and media studies at UCLA. Sampson has written a new introduction for PressPlay. -- MZS]
  • By Matthew Seitz
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  • July 8, 2011 9:00 AM
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