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The Revolution Was Televised: The Conversation

I worked with HitFix.com television critic Alan Sepinwall at the Star-Ledger of Newark for nine years, 1997-2006. We shared the TV beat together throughout that period, writing reviews and features, and collaborating on a daily column of news and notes titled "All TV."
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
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  • November 30, 2012 8:34 AM
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James Bond Is England Itself

I am black and British, born in England, a citizen who often feels more like a subject. Bond films have always been a useful way for me to relate to the nation I belong to. Bond is an English cultural staple that I've always understood; he is as itinerant as I feel but still, forever, tied to England.
  • By Sara Bivigou
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  • November 27, 2012 12:48 AM
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An Open Letter to America about the Central Park Five

I saw THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE at the closing night of DOC NYC tonight, and at the end, when the five men who'd been wrongfully convicted came up onto the stage, together in one place for the first time since that night in Central Park on April 19, 1989, I was choking back tears.
  • By Josh Ralske
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  • November 16, 2012 1:58 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Out of Bounds - Making Football Movies Outside the NFL

What would the NFL be today without NFL Films? Now in its 50th year, NFL Films took a professional pastime and ascended it into the realm of legendary drama. Critic Matt Zoller Seitz calls it “the greatest PR machine in professional sports history, one that could make even a tedious stalemate seem as momentous as the battle of the Alamo.” But if you stripped away the glamour and polish of these productions, what would a football movie look like, and what interest would it hold?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • November 15, 2012 10:52 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952)

Reckoned by many to be one of the best films about Hollywood, The Bad and the Beautiful is pungent and occasionally acidic, and at the time of its release a clear sign that things were changing in the movie capital.
  • By Jim Beaver
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  • November 14, 2012 12:12 AM
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Could There Be a Truly Gay-Friendly James Bond?

The James Bond series, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has long been alienating to viewers who aren’t straight white men.
  • By Steven Erickson
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  • November 13, 2012 8:31 AM
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Animating with Live Action Footage

First, a memory which has been seared into my brain: It’s 1973 and my cousin and I are alone in the house, obsessively playing and replaying the last minute of The Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” backwards on a cheap plastic portable turntable. And I’m getting seriously creeped out.
  • By Lee Price
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  • November 13, 2012 8:30 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Miike Mutations

With Takashi Miike's new film Lesson of the Evil blasting through the Roma International Film Festival, here's a video essay look at some of his past work, focusing on his consistent pattern of using existing material from a stunning variety of sources (manga, video games, theater) as a springboard for his innovative filmmaking.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • November 12, 2012 1:28 PM
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VIDEO: Will Abraham Lincoln Pull a "Spielberg Face?"

With Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated Lincoln opening this weekend, it's a fitting occasion to revisit this viral video essay by Press Play's Kevin B. Lee. Let's start placing odds: how many Spielberg Faces will Daniel Day-Lewis pull as Honest Abe?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • November 9, 2012 3:48 PM
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Screaming Hides the Sound: John Carpenter’s Death Disco

The year after John Carpenter’s "Halloween" left its indelible mark on future developments in film and music, a stadium full of baseball fans would vent their misdirected hatred on a pile of disco records. If this was 1979’s version of 1969’s Altamont, clearly Marx was right when he said that history repeated itself as farce.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • November 9, 2012 8:30 AM
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