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VIDEO ESSAY: Alfonso Cuarón's Cinematic Canvas

People sometimes ask me whether I think “the kids today” are all right. Sure, I always respond, “the kids today” should be totally fine, because they had Pokémon—surely one of the strangest cartoons I’ve ever witnessed—and what’s more, they had Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and A.D. Jameson
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  • October 4, 2013 9:15 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 5.2

The final episode of "Breaking Bad" was a tender goodbye. The great Heisenberg went out with a sigh of contentment, rather than a roar of pride.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Arielle Bernstein
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  • October 1, 2013 12:11 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: My Life as a Chick Flick

That’s me up there. See? That nine-year-old boy cheering on Lexie Winston to victory? No, actually I can’t see me up there either. But I was there, along with hundreds of other lucky people who managed to get spots as extras on the set of "Ice Castles."
  • By Jed Mayer and Jeffrey Canino
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  • September 26, 2013 9:05 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Female Sexual Agency in a World of Blurred Lines

We live in a culture where female bodies are constantly on display. However, most images of female sexuality we see are passive and two-dimensional.
  • By Arielle Bernstein and Serena Bramble
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  • September 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: First Fassbinder

The German actor and filmmaker Frank Ripploh interviewed Rainer Werner Fassbinder in March 1982, only a few months before Fassbinder's death at age 37. Ripploh's last question was: "How do you describe yourself?" "I'm a romantic anarchist," Fassbinder said.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • September 11, 2013 9:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 1

The sense that a man, when faced with a problem, be it the legality of his enterprise, death, the ineptitude of other humans, or all three, might flail in the desert air, and find nothing giving resistance, moving him forward.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Max Winter
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  • August 13, 2013 9:52 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 2

Season 2 of "Breaking Bad" is about the speed and exhilaration of being reborn, as well as the mounting pressures and heightening dangers that come with transformation. Dave Bunting’s video essay is a free-fall montage, each scene seamlessly drifting into the next: an aimless array of violence, fear and the desire for escape.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Arielle Bernstein
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  • August 7, 2013 8:35 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Siding with the Victim, Part 3: We Are All Meat

Trapped. Tortured. Hunted. Slaughtered. This is the way of life, and death, for most animals. We’d like to forget this, but the horror film never forgets. It reminds us that, like the over 50 billion animals killed every year for human consumption, in the end, we are all meat.
  • By Jed Mayer and Ken Cancelosi
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  • July 24, 2013 8:35 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Horror Films and the War on Women (Siding with the Victim, Part 2)

Horror movies tell us tales of defeat, usually involving women. Most people would say that horror films are generally anti-feminist, even misogynistic. But the stories of victims are just as important as those of victors. The war on women has been going on for many years, and the stories of its victims still need to be told.
  • By Jed Mayer and Ken Cancelosi
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  • July 17, 2013 8:35 AM
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VIDEO AND TEXT: Nelson Carvajal and Amber Sparks on Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro, the man with endless creative ideas, who lives in a mansion he calls Bleak House—filled with monsters, aliens, and comics—seems perhaps more in touch with a pop-culture obsessed public hungry for good horror than any other director since Hitchcock.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Amber Sparks
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  • July 11, 2013 11:02 AM
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