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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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The Sensible Craft of Ben Affleck's ARGO

Ben Affleck's third directing effort, "Argo," is funnier than expected, is expertly paced, and has a fantastic 70s look (the most convincing since Zodiac), plus knockout supporting performances by Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman in very colorful roles.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • December 3, 2012 8:35 AM
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Beyond the Veil of the Flesh: David Cronenberg's THE FLY (1986)

I’m glad I re-watched David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of "The Fly" on Blu-ray. I haven't watched it in decent resolution since I saw it in a theater on first release. It's still brilliant and perfect, and profoundly moving—maybe Cronenberg's greatest and most perfect film; a horror tragedy that doesn't cop out, ever.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • December 1, 2012 5:55 PM
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The Revolution Was Televised: The Conversation

I worked with HitFix.com television critic Alan Sepinwall at the Star-Ledger of Newark for nine years, 1997-2006. We shared the TV beat together throughout that period, writing reviews and features, and collaborating on a daily column of news and notes titled "All TV."
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
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  • November 30, 2012 8:34 AM
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PRESS PLAY THEATER: Preston Miller's GOD'S LAND (2010)

This is Press Play Theater, a streaming video feature that showcases notable work by independent filmmakers in one-week exclusive runs. Our debut offering is God’s Land, the second feature by Long Island-based director Preston Miller.
  • By Preston Miller
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  • October 19, 2012 11:43 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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From Brooklyn With Love: Notes on Unsophistication

When I dashed off a little rant about snarky commenters who annoyed me during a revival screening of "From Russia With Love," I didn't expect it to strike a nerve. Apparently it did. I wouldn't take back any of it—I said what I said, and meant all of it. But I would like to clarify a few points in this follow-up post.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • September 20, 2012 11:23 AM
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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is not unsophisticated. You are.

"From Russia With Love" was released almost 50 years ago.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • September 14, 2012 10:49 AM
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In David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS, the language can't keep up.

David Cronenberg’s movie version of Don DeLillo’s "Cosmopolis," a black comedy about a financier whose life is falling apart, is a snapshot of Western civilization in existential panic.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • September 12, 2012 10:30 AM
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