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VIDEO ESSAY: Wong Kar-Wai's Lust for Life

Wong Kar-Wai, whose long-awaited The Grandmaster opens in August, is not about plot. Wong Kar-wai is about motion and emotion. As my friend Nelson Carvajal's new video suggests, he's about the moment within the moment, the eternal in the now. Beautiful neighbors pass in a stairwell and exchange lingering looks, or talk more softly than they need to so that they can be face-to-face. The camera (usually Chris Doyle's) doesn't merely record or represent: it scopes out, insinuates, measures and caresses. All is texture. Physical texture. Emotional texture. What it feels like. What it really is. What you dream it is. What you dream it was.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • April 25, 2013 2:09 PM
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O Coen Brothers, Where Art God? A Conversation Between Matt Zoller Seitz and Jeffrey Overstreet

Do the Coens believe in God? Can we even say that for sure? Do they believe in the non-rational, the supernatural? Or are they just pranksters pulling our chains and hoping to spark conversation pieces like this one, while they sit there snickering?
  • By Jeffrey Overstreet and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 31, 2013 2:36 AM
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Chaos and Repair: Reclaiming THE LADYKILLERS

I think the Coens are among the most moral (even moralistic) directors alive. Most (but not all) of their pictures are morality plays that deflate the selfishness and pomposity of individuals while finding good even in the most flawed social orders.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 26, 2013 12:31 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Pacino: Full Roar

I could not stop laughing as I watched Nelson Carvajal's "Al Pacino: Full Roar"—not just because it's the most entertaining collection of over-the-top moments since Harry Hanrahan's "Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit," but because Pacino is and always has been a theatrical actor, delightfully so.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 25, 2013 10:30 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Peter Andrews: The Soderbergh Vision

“My policy is to have my name on a movie only once,” says Steven Soderbergh, so quoted by video essayist Nelson Carvajal. “Having your name once increases the impact of that credit because I think every time you put your name up there, you’re actually diluting it.”
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 21, 2013 8:42 AM
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Steven Spielberg, Hollywood Historian: A Debate Between Matt Zoller Seitz and Tom Carson

Publisher’s Note: I’ve been arguing with film and TV critic Tom Carson for over a decade, over all sorts of issues. One is the relative merit, or lack thereof, of the films of Steven Spielberg, about whom I’m quite enthusiastic; Tom, not so much.
  • By Tom Carson and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 19, 2013 8:30 AM
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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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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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Pablo Larraín's NO: A Movie That Says Yes To Itself

The Chilean film "No," written and directed by Pablo Larraín, is up for a foreign film Oscar this year. I hope it wins, if only to bring attention to an extraordinary film by an increasingly sophisticated director.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • February 4, 2013 9:30 AM
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The Unknown Unknowns: Just How “Ambiguous” is David Fincher’s ZODIAC?

The following is a conversation about David Fincher's 2007 film "Zodiac." It was inspired by Twitter conversation about whether it is, in fact, an ambiguous movie, as many have claimed, or if it only seems that way; if it's open, closed, or somewhere in between.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting, Michael D'Angelo, and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • January 28, 2013 1:35 AM
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  • 17 Comments

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