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The Fuzzy Logic of WILFRED: How FX Turned a Dog Suit Inside Out

While as viewers we tend to focus on the exceptions rather than the rule, many television programs do, in fact, get precisely the level of attention and admiration they deserve.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • February 27, 2013 8:45 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Africa and France: The Work of Jean Rouch

The French director Jean Rouch invented so many new cinematic forms that his films gave rise to new words: “ciné-trance,” “ethno-fiction.” Yet his prolific oeuvre has fallen in and out of favor; in the past few decades, it’s been hard to see most of his films in the United States.
  • By Steven Erickson
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  • February 26, 2013 9:38 AM
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  • 1 Comment

VIDEO: What Does Oscar-Winning Cinematography Look Like?

Which movie should win the Academy Award for its outstanding images and camerawork? Watch the footage and judge for yourself.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • February 20, 2013 12:52 PM
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  • 9 Comments

COMMUNITY Season Four: A Shaky Start

It used to be hard to tell if "Community" was a particularly turbulent show, or if its voracious fans plus a rather public cast and crew combined to give the sense that it had a great deal of behind-the-scenes drama.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • February 15, 2013 8:58 AM
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The Best Romantic Comedies of the Last Twenty Years

In making this list of the best, or maybe just my favorite, romantic comedies of the last twenty years, editors Matt Zoller Seitz and Max Winter and I set out to make clear goalposts. The list would be as inclusive as our memories and subjective tastes would allow.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • February 14, 2013 10:25 AM
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  • 22 Comments

VIDEO ESSAY: From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim

Why do the same concepts get recycled and reinterpreted in so many different media, and what does that do to storytelling? Filmmaker Drew Morton poses that question in his video essay “From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim.”
  • By Drew Morton and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • February 13, 2013 9:21 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Beautiful Nightmares: David Lynch's Collective Dream

David Lynch could be a wonderful stage director. Crazy to say, perhaps, but perhaps not.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • February 12, 2013 8:22 AM
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  • 4 Comments

VIDEO ESSAY: Why SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Should Win Best Picture

Why is a modern-day screwball comedy the best of the Oscar nominees? Because it’s a revealing reflection of the world we live in.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • February 7, 2013 4:00 AM
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Pablo Larraín's NO: A Movie That Says Yes To Itself

The Chilean film "No," written and directed by Pablo Larraín, is up for a foreign film Oscar this year. I hope it wins, if only to bring attention to an extraordinary film by an increasingly sophisticated director.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • February 4, 2013 9:30 AM
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  • 3 Comments

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