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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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VIDEO ESSAY: 2001/The Dawn of Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson is a director who wears his cinematic influences on his sleeve.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • April 4, 2012 8:36 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: GALLO(W)S OF PUNISHMENT

There is hardly a more polarizing figure in the independent film scene than Vincent Gallo. He once called Roger Ebert a “fat pig with the physique of a slave trader” after Ebert blasted the Cannes debut of his sophomore directorial effort, "The Brown Bunny."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • March 28, 2012 11:58 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: American Harmony

  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • March 14, 2012 9:49 AM
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NELSON CARVAJAL VIDEO ESSAY: The top 10 best films of 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play contributor Nelson Carvajal has created this terrific look at the top 10 best films of 2011. Take a look.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • February 17, 2012 4:14 AM
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'SHOULD WIN' VIDEO ESSAY SERIES: Best Documentary, UNDEFEATED

Documentaries are as close to pure cinema as we have yet to get to. They tell our stories. The stories of those we don't know. They have the capability of breaking the fourth wall without winking at the audience. And sometimes they can make our chests swell with that uncommon feeling of humility. From the trials and tribulations of a radical environmental group in "If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" to the long gestating murder trial of the West Memphis Three in "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," audiences in 2011 had plenty of riveting non-fiction content to choose from. And although the Academy "has" to go with big topic documentaries as the night's big winner, I can't help but feel shorted on what the Academy could've inspired by honoring more innovative and, for lack of a better word, "timeless" content.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • February 14, 2012 9:35 AM
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