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VIDEO ESSAY: Monsters Are a Child's Best Friend

Most responsible parents will tell you that using the television as a surrogate nanny is bad for kids. My own experience as a child would argue against this. My parents knew that they couldn't raise me alone, and the only reliable guides were creatures of the night.
  • By Jed Mayer and Jeffrey Canino
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  • October 31, 2013 9:00 AM
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A Video Essay on THE X-FILES: Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head

What is the American Dream? Is it wealth? Power? Or it is something more existential like raising a family with a particular set of values?
  • By Ken Cancelosi and Serena Bramble
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  • October 30, 2013 12:36 PM
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Self-Projected Artifice: The 49th Chicago International Film Festival

It was almost like a movie. Amat Escalante’s harrowing and unapologetically bleak film "Heli"—which looks at the crooked law enforcement and low-totem pole players of Mexico’s drug cartel scene—came to a hopeless closing shot before dipping to white for the end credits.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • October 30, 2013 9:35 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Rob Zombie and the Cinema of Cruelty

The feature films that Rob Zombie has made between 2000 and 2013 create new styles of emotional and perceptual disturbance from the corpses of cultural products past. True to his name, Zombie reanimates dead tropes, turns, and troubles into powerful attacks on our expectations and desires.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • October 25, 2013 12:03 PM
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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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