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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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VIDEO ESSAY: Siding with the Victim, Part I: THE SHINING

From the time we are little children we like hearing scary stories. Some psychologists claim it’s because we use these stories to work through our anxieties. Maybe there’s another explanation to why we like scary stories. Perhaps we don’t identify with the victors so much as the victims.
  • By Jed Mayer and Ken Cancelosi
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  • July 10, 2013 8:37 AM
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TRAILER: SIDING WITH THE VICTIM: A Video Essay Series

During July, Press Play will be presenting a three-part video essay series called "Siding with the Victim," about the ways in which identifying with the hapless ones in horror films, the ones who go into the basement/behind the creaky door/into the woods without a flashlight/into the attic, is a crucial part of what makes these films so compelling.
  • By Jed Mayer and Ken Cancelosi
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  • July 2, 2013 8:35 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: LIE BACK AND ENJOY IT by Jessica Bardsley

What does it mean to watch, and to record, daily life? Can plain, simple documentation, which would seem at times to be anti-lyrical, have its own music?
  • By Jessica Bardsley
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  • June 28, 2013 12:22 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Wong Kar-Wai's Lust for Life

Wong Kar-Wai, whose long-awaited The Grandmaster opens in August, is not about plot. Wong Kar-wai is about motion and emotion. As my friend Nelson Carvajal's new video suggests, he's about the moment within the moment, the eternal in the now. Beautiful neighbors pass in a stairwell and exchange lingering looks, or talk more softly than they need to so that they can be face-to-face. The camera (usually Chris Doyle's) doesn't merely record or represent: it scopes out, insinuates, measures and caresses. All is texture. Physical texture. Emotional texture. What it feels like. What it really is. What you dream it is. What you dream it was.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • April 25, 2013 2:09 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Directed by De Palma

It seems that video essayists are emerging every day—and if it isn't a new talent crossing our radar, it's someone whose extraordinary work we've somehow missed. The latter is the case with Joel Bocko, who's been making video essays since 2009.
  • By Joel Bocko and Kevin B. Lee
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  • April 24, 2013 2:39 PM
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"The First, The Last, My Everything" : Tilda Swinton Dancing to Barry White at EbertFest 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, as far as I'm concerned, this was the emotional highlight of EbertFest 2013.
  • By Luke Boyce and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • April 24, 2013 1:13 AM
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