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VIDEO ESSAY: From SLACKER to BOYHOOD: Cinematography in the films of Richard Linklater

You can feel the heat in the Austin of "Slacker"; you can smell the chalkdust in "School of Rock"; you can feel the night breeze in "Dazed and Confused." And yet the camera here isn’t the aggressive, probing presence of a Scorsese or an Allen or a Lynch.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • July 23, 2014 2:21 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Paul Mazursky 1930–2014

"[Middle-class life is] on the edge of soap opera and the edge of real; it’s alienated and confused, almost tragic."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 8, 2014 5:03 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Gordon Willis (1931-2014)

Gordon Willis was a great cinematographer because he knew how to look at us, even when we couldn’t look at ourselves.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • May 19, 2014 4:33 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Virtual Animals: Building the Digital Ark

The fewer animals we find in the wild, the more we see on screen. The digital revolution has enabled filmmakers to create an entirely new breed of animal, one that exists only in the form of pixels. Absence of flesh and blood answered by an abundance of virtual animals.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer
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  • May 14, 2014 6:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Fast-Mo: Fast-Motion Sequences in Film

The kinetic speed of the fast-motion effect is a universal touchstone; it transcends language and culture barriers. It’s a visual representation of the voracious thirst driving life. It pushes us forward, even when we’re afraid to take that leap, because in life, there is no rewind button.
  • By Leigh Singer and Nelson Carvajal
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  • May 7, 2014 2:17 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Lars Von Trier: Cinema's Dancer in the Dark

Some feminists criticize the way Lars von Trier depicts his heroines, his obsession with their suffering, but von Trier’s films never struck me as misogynistic, as some critics claim. His heroines are complex and authentic. They make choices with conviction, even when those choices end up being the end of them.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Arielle Bernstein
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  • April 10, 2014 2:10 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Rough and Ready: The Return of the Microcinema

In a time of technological haste and overt content consumption, the microcinema offers up an old-school rhetoric that invites moviegoers to look back on films that challenged norms, to look forward to the new works that are breaking the traditional narrative structure, and to open up an offline, in-person dialogue with their fellow cinephiles.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • March 19, 2014 11:54 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Women in the Works of Martin Scorsese

The first time I saw "After Hours" (the first of 9 or 10), I was 15, and I had no idea who Martin Scorsese was, or even that he had directed the movie. I was surprised to discover a man had directed it, after the fact; I had assumed it was directed by a woman. Why? Because women ruled the show.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • February 7, 2014 12:56 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Canon

Fear is at the root of much of what we consider humorous in films. The fear that something, whether it’s a job, a relationship, or some larger dramatic situation, might go wrong is always present in cinematic humor. This connection between fear and comedy gives the Coen brothers' films their power.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • December 27, 2013 4:48 AM
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The Life Lesson of LENNY COOKE

“I don’t think they’re evaluated and drafted because they’re ready. They’re evaluated and drafted because of their potential […] also: They’re cheap. You can buy them,” explains Mike Jarvis. At the time of the interview, Jarvis was the basketball coach of St. John’s University.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • December 2, 2013 12:55 PM
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