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MUSIC VIDEO ESSAY: The Year's Best Foreign Films, Gangnam Style

'You gotta ride The Turin Horse.' Is that what PSY—the ultimate foreign movie fan—is really singing?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • December 28, 2012 12:01 PM
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Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED and the Many Spike Lees

Through "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django," Tarantino states that all power that dehumanizes an Other is bloody and treacherous, and that when it's performed in our name, we should know exactly what it looks like and anticipate tasting similar treachery in retaliation.
  • By Steven Boone
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  • December 28, 2012 8:30 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Essential Online Videos of 2012

Gangnam who? Watch these five must-see videos that are truly revealing reflections of our reality, a world of private lives made public.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • December 27, 2012 12:14 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Twelve for '12 - The Best Films of the Year

From start to finish, 2012 boasted films of remarkable variety and splendor; even the worst films of the year had something going for them. Here are twelve that stayed with me the most.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • December 26, 2012 2:06 PM
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This Is 45: A Year of Video Essays at Fandor Keyframe

Thoughts on the art and purpose of the video essay after a year in the trenches.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • December 23, 2012 11:09 PM
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Raised in Fear: The Shining as R-Rated Christmas Ghost Story

Stanley Kubrick’s "The Shining" is not generally considered a family picture, but it is certainly one of the most brutally honest films ever made about the nature of family relationships. I discovered this when seeing the film for the first time with my father when I was fourteen.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • December 20, 2012 8:31 AM
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ON THE Q.T., CHAPTER 3: JACKIE BROWN: Quentin and Pam's Big Score

Things don’t look good for Beaumont Livingston. His self-proclaimed benefactor, Ordell Robbie, has just posted $10,000 to bail bondsman Max Cherry in exchange for Beaumont’s release.
  • By Odie Henderson and Jason Bellamy
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  • December 17, 2012 8:30 AM
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VIDEO: The Essential Chinese Movies

What are the essential movies that anyone curious about Chinese cinema needs to see? The following video of 50 essential Chinese language films – and expanded list of 100 essential films found further below – is my attempt at an answer.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • December 14, 2012 8:00 PM
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Ramble On: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

From one perspective, it’s ironic that the adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings" books have been so successful; they owe their success to technological progress, and yet an argument against such progress is one of their underlying themes.
  • By Ali Arikan
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  • December 13, 2012 11:55 AM
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DJANGO UNCHAINED Is All Too Restrained

A plantation in the antebellum South is a perfect setting for a Quentin Tarantino film. His movies flip expectations, revealing gangsters as mundane chatterboxes and assassins as loving parents, transforming the would-be victims of murderous stalkers and World War II Nazis into forces of vengeance.
  • By Peter Labuza
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  • December 12, 2012 12:20 AM
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  • 9 Comments

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