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Returning to St. Eligius: ST. ELSEWHERE, 30 Years Later, Part 1

In the video above, for the first time, the "St. Elsewhere" credit sequence, set to Oscar-winning composer Dave Grusin’s memorable and infectious theme, unites all 26 regular cast members who graced its opening credits for varying lengths of time, ranging from a single season to its entire six-year NBC run, which began 30 years ago tonight.
  • By Edward Copeland
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  • October 26, 2012 8:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of Breaking Bad, Season 4

Hollywood can keep its 3D, its CGI and whatever Dolby Surround version they’re up to now. For a contemporary cinematic experience as visceral and visually arresting as "Breaking Bad," audiences must look abroad, to Gaspar Noé’s "Enter the Void," or further, to films coming out of Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Gary Sullivan
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  • October 25, 2012 8:45 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T.: Chapter 2: PULP FICTION (The Cool)

Quentin Tarantino’s films treat talk as action; torrents of words spill out of his characters' mouths, defining and redefining them, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the world.
  • By Peter Labuza and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • October 19, 2012 11:14 AM
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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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VIDEO ESSAY: The Portuguese Process - Pedro Costa and Miguel Gomes

Portugal’s Miguel Gomes is a young director on the rise. This video links his film OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST with countryman Pedro Costa’s NE CHANGE RIEN, two films that explore the musical mysteries behind the creative process.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • October 10, 2012 1:06 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: CAIN'S CUTTHROATS (1971)

A great deal of effort was apparently put into making this the worst movie ever made. They didn't pull it off, but the effort certainly shows.
  • By Jim Beaver
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  • October 10, 2012 8:29 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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EYE OPENERS: VIDEO ESSAY: Mickey Rourke: Highs & Lows

The video essay above, by Jason Bellamy, is a tribute to Mickey Rourke, in honor of his 60th birthday, which is today.
  • By Press Play Staff
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  • September 16, 2012 3:46 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 5.1

"Breaking Bad," with its carefully thought-out look, dependably relies on its cinematography to deliver crucial narrative/thematic information, just as it relies on its characters to deliver significant exposition in a straightforward manner.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Derek Hill
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  • September 4, 2012 10:50 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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