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A Video Essay On Jim Jarmusch: Dead Men & Ghosts, Limited

Among Jim Jarmusch's films, "Dead Man," "Ghost Dog," and "The Limits of Control" share concerns and motifs: questions of wisdom and wandering, art and death, repetition and revision. They let genres become ghosts. They propose that white men are the scourge of reality.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • April 17, 2014 1:52 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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VIDEO ESSAY: Monsters Are a Child's Best Friend

Most responsible parents will tell you that using the television as a surrogate nanny is bad for kids. My own experience as a child would argue against this. My parents knew that they couldn't raise me alone, and the only reliable guides were creatures of the night.
  • By Jed Mayer and Jeffrey Canino
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  • October 31, 2013 9:00 AM
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A Video Essay on THE X-FILES: Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head

What is the American Dream? Is it wealth? Power? Or it is something more existential like raising a family with a particular set of values?
  • By Ken Cancelosi and Serena Bramble
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  • October 30, 2013 12:36 PM
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Abraham Zapruder, Errol Morris, the Umbrella Man, JFK, and You

Smithsonian Magazine recently printed a wonderful piece about a short film Errol Morris made in 2011, in which he placed a few seconds of Abraham Zapruder's famous film of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy under a critical microscope.
  • By Max Winter
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  • October 11, 2013 9:02 AM
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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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VIDEO ESSAY: Female Sexual Agency in a World of Blurred Lines

We live in a culture where female bodies are constantly on display. However, most images of female sexuality we see are passive and two-dimensional.
  • By Arielle Bernstein and Serena Bramble
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  • September 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 1

The sense that a man, when faced with a problem, be it the legality of his enterprise, death, the ineptitude of other humans, or all three, might flail in the desert air, and find nothing giving resistance, moving him forward.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Max Winter
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  • August 13, 2013 9:52 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Siding with the Victim, Part 3: We Are All Meat

Trapped. Tortured. Hunted. Slaughtered. This is the way of life, and death, for most animals. We’d like to forget this, but the horror film never forgets. It reminds us that, like the over 50 billion animals killed every year for human consumption, in the end, we are all meat.
  • By Jed Mayer and Ken Cancelosi
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  • July 24, 2013 8:35 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Horror Films and the War on Women (Siding with the Victim, Part 2)

Horror movies tell us tales of defeat, usually involving women. Most people would say that horror films are generally anti-feminist, even misogynistic. But the stories of victims are just as important as those of victors. The war on women has been going on for many years, and the stories of its victims still need to be told.
  • By Jed Mayer and Ken Cancelosi
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  • July 17, 2013 8:35 AM
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