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VIDEO ESSAY: Who Would Have Won the Oscars 90 Years Ago?

The Oscar race for the films of 2012 is officially in high gear. Now the onslaught commences for prognostications of who will win and pitches over who should win. But before we look ahead, why not resolve some long unfinished Oscar business? With the Academy Awards initiated in 1927, there’s a good decade-plus of feature filmmaking left without with the coveted golden statues to designate their finest achievements. Let’s turn the clock back a good 90 years and hand out some Oscars to the best filmmaking of 1922.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 19, 2013 12:17 PM
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Raised in Fear: Horror Films as Schoolyard Lore

All I really need to know about fear I learned in elementary school.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • January 17, 2013 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: When Movies Meet Video Games

This exciting video essay explores the deep and evolving relationship between movies and video games, and the many ways in which the two forms are influencing each other.
  • By Matthias Stork
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  • January 14, 2013 1:30 PM
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The False Equivalencies of Jodie Foster

I'm still sorting out my feelings about Jodie Foster's speech at the Golden Globes, but annoyance continues to reign supreme.
  • By Alonso Duralde
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  • January 14, 2013 9:00 AM
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Just Fight the Wolf Already! THE GREY and the Action Film's Self-Awareness Problem

I really thought 2012 would be the year I’d finally get to see Liam Neeson fight a wolf.
  • By Mark Asch
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  • January 10, 2013 8:30 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gangster Culture in the Movies

"He used to be a big shot." That's how a gangster's girlfriend describes him as she cradles his corpse at the end of "The Roaring Twenties." But the line could be plugged into any gangster film that ends with a tough-talking, two-fisted, hot-tempered alpha male cooling his heels in prison, frying in an electric chair or bleeding out in an alley.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • January 9, 2013 12:38 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Steadicam Progress - the Career of Paul Thomas Anderson in Five Shots

With The Master winning the Best Cinematography award from the National Society of Film Critics over the weekend, here's a look at the evolution of Paul Thomas Anderson's approach to his films' camerawork over his first five features
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 7, 2013 12:47 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: New Year's Irresolutions with Richard Linklater's SLACKER

New Year’s Day: my first film viewing of 2013 is Richard Linklater’s Slacker. My revisit was prompted by its inclusion last month in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for preservation as part of America’s essential film heritage. What I didn’t count on was that the film would serve as ideal New Year’s viewing. From the initial image of a bus traveler (played by Linklater) opening his eyes to the first blue of dawn, there’s an invigorating sense of life viewed with a fresh lens.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 6, 2013 1:00 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T., CHAPTER 4: KILL BILL: The Female Archetype vs. The Goddess

Withhold information, then release it. Set up expectations, then subvert them. Tease, then gratify. This is how you construct an epic. This is how Quentin Tarantino, block by block, builds up "Kill Bill."
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Andreas Stoehr
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  • January 4, 2013 8:30 AM
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