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VIDEO ESSAY: Three Reasons: Kazuo Kuroki's THE ASSASSINATION OF RYOMA

In a time when social media allow us to be constantly inundated with discoveries of unsung heroes and their unappreciated films, please allow me to harangue you with praise for one such director who belongs among the pantheon of Japanese masters.
  • By Robert Nishimura
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  • March 13, 2013 8:45 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The End of Violence: The Conclusions of Clint Eastwood

It took me years to learn how to watch a Clint Eastwood movie. For one thing, I tended to watch them far apart and to rely on memory of earlier films to prepare myself for current ones. But given the gaps in time between viewings, I should have been more suspicious of how I remembered them.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • March 8, 2013 9:05 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Breaking the Fourth Wall

Oh, hello there, reader. I know why you’ve come. You’re here at Press Play to watch Leigh Singer’s awesome supercut of fourth-wall-breaking moments in cinema, aren’t you?
  • By Leigh Singer and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 7, 2013 9:30 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim

Why do the same concepts get recycled and reinterpreted in so many different media, and what does that do to storytelling? Filmmaker Drew Morton poses that question in his video essay “From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim.”
  • By Drew Morton and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • February 13, 2013 9:21 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Beautiful Nightmares: David Lynch's Collective Dream

David Lynch could be a wonderful stage director. Crazy to say, perhaps, but perhaps not.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • February 12, 2013 8:22 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

This year’s Supporting Actress field features talented young sensations and accomplished veterans. Who deserves to come out on top?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 24, 2013 9:32 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: LIFE OF PI and the CGI Animal Kingdom of Rhythm & Hues

Rhythm & Hues has made a fortune getting animals to realistically talk in the movies. With Life of Pi, it has now achieved not only an animal but an entire CGI world that could easily pass as the real thing, with every pixel manipulated in such a way as to stimulate specific responses in the audience.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 22, 2013 12:22 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Who Would Have Won the Oscars 90 Years Ago?

The Oscar race for the films of 2012 is officially in high gear. Now the onslaught commences for prognostications of who will win and pitches over who should win. But before we look ahead, why not resolve some long unfinished Oscar business? With the Academy Awards initiated in 1927, there’s a good decade-plus of feature filmmaking left without with the coveted golden statues to designate their finest achievements. Let’s turn the clock back a good 90 years and hand out some Oscars to the best filmmaking of 1922.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 19, 2013 12:17 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: When Movies Meet Video Games

This exciting video essay explores the deep and evolving relationship between movies and video games, and the many ways in which the two forms are influencing each other.
  • By Matthias Stork
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  • January 14, 2013 1:30 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gangster Culture in the Movies

"He used to be a big shot." That's how a gangster's girlfriend describes him as she cradles his corpse at the end of "The Roaring Twenties." But the line could be plugged into any gangster film that ends with a tough-talking, two-fisted, hot-tempered alpha male cooling his heels in prison, frying in an electric chair or bleeding out in an alley.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • January 9, 2013 12:38 AM
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