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VIEWING LIST 6/18/11: Henson & Oz; Better Call Saul; Coach Taylor;The Face of Cult; Sean Bean dies

by Matthew Seitz
July 18, 2011 5:23 AM
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[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a regular links feature at Press Play, spotlighting notable viral videos and video essays.]

1. "Henson & Oz: Never Before, Never Again

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A Moving Image Source video essay by Press Play contributors Ken Cancelosi and Matt Zoller Seitz about the partnership between Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Commissioned as part of the Museum of the Moving Image exhibition Jim Henson's Fantastic World."

"Jim Henson and Frank Oz were puppeteers, writers, and filmmakers. They were also partners who boasted some of the finest comedic teamwork of the 20th century. They worked together for 27 years, from 1963 until Henson's untimely death in 1990, and their friendship and professional association spanned several TV shows (including Sesame Street and The Muppet Show) and a series of feature films. The title of this video essay sums up their excellence, and their significance: 'Henson & Oz: Never Before, Never Again.' "

2. "Better Call Saul!"

A Nerve.com mashup of Bob Odenkirk's greatest moments from "Breaking Bad."

3. "The Ultimate Coach Taylor Pep Talk.

Bits and pieces of inspirational scenes on "Friday Night Lights." By Sarah Frank and Amanda Dobbins.

4. "The Face of Cult."

From Moving Image Source, a video essay proposing that "that the essence of a cult film can be found in the unique, spiritual power of its close-ups." By Mike Miley.

5. "Watch Sean Bean die 21 times."

YouTube user Harry Hanrahan (creator of "Nicolas Cage losing his shit" and other classics) noticed that Mr. Bean's characters have trouble making it all the way to the end of a film or TV program alive.

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