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Apocalypse TV: Between the Reality and the Dream

Right now, the apocalypse is hip. "Revolution" and "The Walking Dead" are two of television's biggest success stories this season. The former is a surprise success for NBC, which is struggling otherwise, while the latter is breaking cable records on AMC.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • October 24, 2012 8:43 AM
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PRESS PLAY THEATER: Preston Miller's GOD'S LAND (2010)

This is Press Play Theater, a streaming video feature that showcases notable work by independent filmmakers in one-week exclusive runs. Our debut offering is God’s Land, the second feature by Long Island-based director Preston Miller.
  • By Preston Miller
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  • October 19, 2012 11:43 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T.: Chapter 2: PULP FICTION (The Cool)

Quentin Tarantino’s films treat talk as action; torrents of words spill out of his characters' mouths, defining and redefining them, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the world.
  • By Peter Labuza and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • October 19, 2012 11:14 AM
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Animating Real Life

“… but I’m getting off the subject here, I’m afraid. This story is about Ryan.” The subject of "Ryan" (2004) is real: animator Ryan Larkin (1943-2007). The story is drawn from real life, as pieced together from recorded interviews. The visual approach is . . . director Chris Landreth’s interpretation of real life.
  • By Lee Price
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  • October 18, 2012 9:43 AM
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VIDEO: 100 Masters of Animated Short Films

From Winsor McCay to the Brothers Quay and 98 other outstanding artists - how many can you name?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • October 17, 2012 10:55 AM
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SCREAMING HIDES THE SOUND, PART 2: THE WICKER MAN, The Pagan-Horror-Folk-Rock Musical

Many seemingly healthy people are terrified of folk music, which makes it not surprising that one of the most innovative and hauntingly effective soundtracks in the history of horror films is essentially a collection of folk songs.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • October 17, 2012 8:50 AM
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In Remembrance of Harris Savides: 1957-2012

Cinematographer Harris Savides, who died yesterday at 54, was a poet of light. He shot some of the stylistically striking movies of the last two decades.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • October 12, 2012 11:41 AM
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Animating the Folktale: The Puppet Animation of Ivo Caprino

The classical fairy tales and fables have served as fodder for many film animators, from the pioneer days of Lotte Reiniger and Walt Disney onward. One filmmaker almost exclusively associated with this type of material is Ivo Caprino (1920-2001), Norway’s most famous practitioner of the art of animation.
  • By Waldemar Hepstein
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  • October 11, 2012 9:04 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Portuguese Process - Pedro Costa and Miguel Gomes

Portugal’s Miguel Gomes is a young director on the rise. This video links his film OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST with countryman Pedro Costa’s NE CHANGE RIEN, two films that explore the musical mysteries behind the creative process.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • October 10, 2012 1:06 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: CAIN'S CUTTHROATS (1971)

A great deal of effort was apparently put into making this the worst movie ever made. They didn't pull it off, but the effort certainly shows.
  • By Jim Beaver
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  • October 10, 2012 8:29 AM
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