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In Remembrance of Harris Savides: 1957-2012

Cinematographer Harris Savides, who died yesterday at 54, was a poet of light. He shot some of the stylistically striking movies of the last two decades.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • October 12, 2012 11:41 AM
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The Mystery of Werner Herzog: Two Video Essays and One Text Essay

One of the most revealing statements in the book "Herzog on Herzog" appears early on, when Werner Herzog tells interviewer Paul Cronin that from the time he was a young child he has suffered a particular "communication defect": he has no sense of irony.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matthew Cheney
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  • September 28, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Ninja Turtles: Generation Y in a Half Shell

“Ugh. Where do they come up with this stuff?” groans a frustrated Raphael, the brooding, red-bandana-wearing member of the Ninja Turtles, whilst walking out of a New York movie theater that’s playing the 1980s creature feature "Critters."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 30, 2012 10:56 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: THE DARK KNIGHT: NOLAN'S MODERNIZED MYTH

When director Christopher Nolan first conceived of his Batman film trilogy, the challenge was revitalizing a hero who had previously been buried in cinematic fantasy shtick—a de-evolution that started with Tim Burton’s promising "Batman" and ended with Joel Schumacher’s laughably bad "Batman & Robin."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 10, 2012 9:34 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Cocaine du Cinema

Cocaine’s presence in movies is a tricky object to dissect. Even with an awful, bloody contemporary history under its belt, cocaine seems to be the “cool” drug for modern cinematic heroes and heroines.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • June 13, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS Timeline

It’s perplexing to survey the recent surge of excitement from sci-fi movie fans about Ridley Scott. Sure, Scott’s two directorial sci-fi films—"Alien" and "Blade Runner"—set the benchmarks for the sci-fi horror and the sci-fi futuristic thriller, respectively, but Scott hasn’t directed a sci-fi film in thirty years.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • June 6, 2012 9:25 AM
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VIDEO: The Magnificent Andersons

Wes Anderson has established himself as an irreplaceable and elusive American storyteller. Yet, for a director who addresses such heavy themes in his work, Anderson himself remains an enigma.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • May 25, 2012 1:06 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Depp Shadows: Tim Burton's Cinema

“Basically Johnny Depp is playing Tim Burton in all his movies.” – Scott Rudin (Producer of "Sleepy Hollow") This ubiquitous quote by Rudin is often the throwaway summation found in most writings on, and dissections of, the cinematic works of Tim Burton with Johnny Depp. Which is a shame, really.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • May 11, 2012 9:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Where Experiment Meets the Mainstream

In an age of redundant remakes ("Total Recall," "Fright Night"), attempted revamps ("21 Jump Street," "The Three Stooges") and even 3D re-launchings ("Titanic 3D," "Star Wars: Episode 1 - 3D") of past Hollywood fare, it’s easy to become disheartened at the current state of film and television.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • April 27, 2012 9:31 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: THE AVENGERS: Marvel's Redemption?

Amazingly, the Marvel movie brand has been able to survive with an enthusiastic audience—even in the midst of artistic failure.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • April 20, 2012 9:00 AM
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