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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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BLUE JASMINE's Complex Interior(s)

Critics have widely noted that the scenario of Woody Allen’s latest feature, "Blue Jasmine" (2013), is indebted to "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947). However, cinematically, the film owes just as much—if not more—to an earlier Allen film: the obscure "Interiors" (1978).
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • August 15, 2013 8:35 AM
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The Longest Average Shot Lengths in Modern Hollywood

Director Alfonso Cuarón likes long takes, preferring to cut his films as little as he can. His 2006 movie "Children of Men" features three relatively long single takes: the scene where Kee gives birth (3:19); the roadside ambush (4:07); and the final battle (7:34). His new film, Gravity, supposedly opens with a 17-minute-long take.
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • June 26, 2013 8:38 AM
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Are Animated Gifs a Type of Cinema?

Well, are they? Elsewhere, I've proposed that cinema be thought of simply as “moving images.” Making that mental leap expands the cinema to include not just feature-length films and shorts, but also television shows, music videos, YouTube videos, video games, flash animations—and animated gifs.
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • April 17, 2013 8:35 AM
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