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VIDEO ESSAY: LIE BACK AND ENJOY IT by Jessica Bardsley

What does it mean to watch, and to record, daily life? Can plain, simple documentation, which would seem at times to be anti-lyrical, have its own music?
  • By Jessica Bardsley
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  • June 28, 2013 12:22 PM
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The Longest Average Shot Lengths in Modern Hollywood

Director Alfonso Cuarón likes long takes, preferring to cut his films as little as he can. His 2006 movie "Children of Men" features three relatively long single takes: the scene where Kee gives birth (3:19); the roadside ambush (4:07); and the final battle (7:34). His new film, Gravity, supposedly opens with a 17-minute-long take.
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • June 26, 2013 8:38 AM
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Some Like It Dead: What WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S Owes to Billy Wilder

Procrastination can bring you to surprising places. Recently, I made the decision to leave a stack of papers ungraded and watch "Weekend at Bernie’s". I’d already gone through a string of "Iron Chef" repeats, some "Ninja Warrior," and the back half of the astounding, horrendous "We Bought a Zoo." "Bernie’s," I thought, was the natural next step.
  • By Mike Scalise
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  • June 25, 2013 12:35 PM
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An Open Letter to Richard Linklater: Let Jesse and Celine Separate. Preserve Cinéma Vérité.

If you want to make a movie that reflects the times we live in, Mr. Linklater, make a movie in which no one is forced to spend a lifetime with someone they see as an obstacle or an albatross rather than a partner. One wonderful day in Vienna, and another wonderful day in Paris, do not a lifetime make.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 21, 2013 8:30 AM
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Beautiful and Claustrophobic: MAD MEN’s Inferno

In many ways, "Mad Men"’s insistence on denying us the pleasure of resolution is the secret to its success and the reason so many of us are hooked on it, despite being frustrated that nothing ever really changes, time and time again. Repetition of experience is electric. It grounds us in the past and connects us to the present.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • June 19, 2013 8:35 AM
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You Are What You Play With: How SESAME STREET and Legos Generated a Generation

For a man or woman of a certain age, it's hard to imagine a single commercial or non-profit venture having had more of an impact on one's psychological maturation than Legos or "Sesame Street." Yet even today's youth might say the same thing.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 18, 2013 8:35 AM
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Not As “Himself”: Three Early Alan Arkin Screen Performances

Maybe when we say that an actor “just plays him/herself,” what we mean to say is that an actor has grown (perhaps too) comfortable in their craft. And under this description fall many renowned older actors: Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken and, not least of these, Alan Arkin.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • June 14, 2013 8:37 AM
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RAISED IN FEAR: LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH and the Perils of Country Living

Most potential viewers would expect a film made in 1971 with the title "Let’s Scare Jessica to Death" to be a teen slasher picture, but in fact, it is a subtle, moody piece of cinema that explores the fragility of the mind and the persistence of the past, achieving moments of rich psychological insight.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • June 13, 2013 8:30 AM
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Attention Red Wedding Crashers: Get a Grip, Sit Back, and Enjoy a Best-in-Genre Moment

Don't hate George R.R. Martin for taking from you what you love, “Game of Thrones” viewers, thank him. Don't hate "Game of Thrones" for bending the conventions of fantasy to make you feel something real in real-time, be grateful for it.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 7, 2013 9:11 AM
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BIG PRESS PLAY NEWS!

Some big changes are happening at Press Play!
  • By Press Play Staff
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  • June 4, 2013 12:48 PM
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