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VIDEO ESSAY: Breaking the Fourth Wall

Oh, hello there, reader. I know why you’ve come. You’re here at Press Play to watch Leigh Singer’s awesome supercut of fourth-wall-breaking moments in cinema, aren’t you?
  • By Leigh Singer and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 7, 2013 9:30 AM
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  • 32 Comments

VIDEO ESSAY: From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim

Why do the same concepts get recycled and reinterpreted in so many different media, and what does that do to storytelling? Filmmaker Drew Morton poses that question in his video essay “From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim.”
  • By Drew Morton and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • February 13, 2013 9:21 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Beautiful Nightmares: David Lynch's Collective Dream

David Lynch could be a wonderful stage director. Crazy to say, perhaps, but perhaps not.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • February 12, 2013 8:22 AM
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  • 4 Comments

VIDEO ESSAY: Why SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Should Win Best Picture

Why is a modern-day screwball comedy the best of the Oscar nominees? Because it’s a revealing reflection of the world we live in.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • February 7, 2013 4:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

VIDEO ESSAY: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Lead Actress

Some Best Actress contenders seem to be nominated for their roles more than for their performances, but the most deserving actress is a smart exception.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 31, 2013 7:13 PM
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  • 3 Comments

VIDEO ESSAY: Gangster Culture in the Movies

"He used to be a big shot." That's how a gangster's girlfriend describes him as she cradles his corpse at the end of "The Roaring Twenties." But the line could be plugged into any gangster film that ends with a tough-talking, two-fisted, hot-tempered alpha male cooling his heels in prison, frying in an electric chair or bleeding out in an alley.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • January 9, 2013 12:38 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T., CHAPTER 4: KILL BILL: The Female Archetype vs. The Goddess

Withhold information, then release it. Set up expectations, then subvert them. Tease, then gratify. This is how you construct an epic. This is how Quentin Tarantino, block by block, builds up "Kill Bill."
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Andreas Stoehr
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  • January 4, 2013 8:30 AM
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ON THE Q.T., CHAPTER 3: JACKIE BROWN: Quentin and Pam's Big Score

Things don’t look good for Beaumont Livingston. His self-proclaimed benefactor, Ordell Robbie, has just posted $10,000 to bail bondsman Max Cherry in exchange for Beaumont’s release.
  • By Odie Henderson and Jason Bellamy
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  • December 17, 2012 8:30 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952)

Reckoned by many to be one of the best films about Hollywood, The Bad and the Beautiful is pungent and occasionally acidic, and at the time of its release a clear sign that things were changing in the movie capital.
  • By Jim Beaver
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  • November 14, 2012 12:12 AM
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Returning to St. Eligius: ST. ELSEWHERE, 30 Years Later, Part 2

Your ears didn’t deceive you. In the clip above, Dr. Wayne Fiscus (Howie Mandel) takes a verbal walk down Memory Lane as his residency at St. Eligius comes to a close in the final episode of "St. Elsewhere"’s six-year run and says it lasted “three years.”
  • By Edward Copeland
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  • November 5, 2012 8:00 AM
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  • 5 Comments

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