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VIDEO ESSAY: Total Cinema: SNOWPIERCER

It's a slumgullion stew, this movie, but it's all held together by the clear, simple movement of the plot, the quest of the characters to get to the front of the train. It's a focused quest, a narrow one, and it structures the characters' actions and the viewers' hopes and fears.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • July 18, 2014 5:28 AM
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ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Ciphers, Masks and Longing: Old Hollywood Ethos and Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey could care less about your girl power anthems and political charges. "Ultraviolence" is about the contradictions in the human experience—lust and sadness and existential need and desires that don’t have easy answers and won’t be fixed with better public policies.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • July 16, 2014 2:40 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Brothers: Men of Constant Sorrow

Woe be to you if you should be so unlucky as to be a male character in a Coen Brothers film.
  • By Leigh Singer and Max Winter
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  • July 11, 2014 4:07 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Paul Mazursky 1930–2014

"[Middle-class life is] on the edge of soap opera and the edge of real; it’s alienated and confused, almost tragic."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 8, 2014 5:03 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: White Knights and Bad People

It’s exhausting as a woman to constantly see the female body on the brink of violation. I’m tired of the voicelessness of those bodies, by the fact that we still need to spread awareness about how horrible sexual assault actually is.
  • By Arielle Bernstein and Serena Bramble
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  • June 18, 2014 4:52 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY DIPTYCH: Good Dads/Bad Dads: A Tribute to Cinematic Fathers

I can’t remember the first film I watched with my dad Jim. However, I do remember what I affectionately call my “Martin Scorsese summer.”
  • By Drew Morton and Benjamin Sampson
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  • June 14, 2014 4:31 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Gordon Willis (1931-2014)

Gordon Willis was a great cinematographer because he knew how to look at us, even when we couldn’t look at ourselves.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • May 19, 2014 4:33 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Virtual Animals: Building the Digital Ark

The fewer animals we find in the wild, the more we see on screen. The digital revolution has enabled filmmakers to create an entirely new breed of animal, one that exists only in the form of pixels. Absence of flesh and blood answered by an abundance of virtual animals.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer
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  • May 14, 2014 6:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Fast-Mo: Fast-Motion Sequences in Film

The kinetic speed of the fast-motion effect is a universal touchstone; it transcends language and culture barriers. It’s a visual representation of the voracious thirst driving life. It pushes us forward, even when we’re afraid to take that leap, because in life, there is no rewind button.
  • By Leigh Singer and Nelson Carvajal
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  • May 7, 2014 2:17 PM
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A Video Essay On Jim Jarmusch: Dead Men & Ghosts, Limited

Among Jim Jarmusch's films, "Dead Man," "Ghost Dog," and "The Limits of Control" share concerns and motifs: questions of wisdom and wandering, art and death, repetition and revision. They let genres become ghosts. They propose that white men are the scourge of reality.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • April 17, 2014 1:52 PM
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