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We spout opinion, comment on the current zeitgeist and overanalyze pop culture and mainstream movies. Whether in the form of lists, survey questions or straight editorials, we hope to make thinking deeply about film a fun and stimulating activity for all.

Short Starts: Watch "Lorax" Director Chris Renaud's Oscar-Nominated "No Time for Nuts"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 27, 2012 2:27 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at the directorial debut of Chris Renaud, who co-directed "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," which opens Friday.

Short Starts: Watch "Wanderlust" Director David Wain's 1991 Film "Aisle Six"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 20, 2012 12:12 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look the first film by David Wain, who directed and co-wrote "Wanderlust," which opens Friday.

Short Starts: Watch the Hayao Miyazaki-Scripted "Panda! Go Panda!" and "On Your Mark"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 13, 2012 1:55 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at three shorts from the mind of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, who co-wrote "The Secret World of Arietti," which opens Friday.

Short Starts: Watch Two Tim Burton-ish Films by "Journey 2" Director Brad Peyton

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 6, 2012 12:16 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at two early films by director Brad Peyton, whose latest feature is the sequel "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island."

Short Starts: Watch "Ghost Closet '07" - Written by "Chronicle" Screenwriter Max Landis

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 30, 2012 10:48 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an earlier film by screenwriter Max Landis, who wrote "Chronicle."

Short Starts: Watch "Dennis," Short Source of the Sundance Drama "Teddy Bear"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 23, 2012 12:23 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today, in honor of Sundance rather than a new release, we present a 2007 short that has now been adapted for a feature film.

Short Starts: Watch Martin Luther King, Jr., in "The March"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 16, 2012 10:56 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day rather than a new release, we present a 1964 USIA documentary starring the civil rights leader.

Short Starts: Watch the 1952 Animated Version of "Beauty and the Beast"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 9, 2012 11:49 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at two earlier animated versions of "Beauty and the Beast," in anticipation to Disney 3D rerelease, which hits theaters everywhere this Friday.

Short Starts: Watch 18-Year-Old Angelina Jolie in 2 "Mr. Viril" Films

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 2, 2012 1:16 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at two early appearances by Angelina Jolie in anticipation of her new directorial effort, "The Land of Blood and Honey," which is now playing in limited release and expands this Friday.

Short Starts: Watch Steven Spielberg's 1968 Calling Card, "Amblin'"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 19, 2011 10:15 AM
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Have you ever wondered where Steven Spielberg got the name for his production company, Amblin Entertainment? It comes from the filmmaker's first commercially released film, a 35mm short from 1968 titled "Amblin'." As it turns out, yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of its debut.

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