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Ken Cancelosi

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    A Video Essay on THE X-FILES: Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head

    What is the American Dream? Is it wealth? Power? Or it is something more existential like raising a family with a particular set of values?

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Siding with the Victim, Part 3: We Are All Meat

    Trapped. Tortured. Hunted. Slaughtered. This is the way of life, and death, for most animals. We’d like to forget this, but the horror film never forgets. It reminds us that, like the over 50 billion animals killed every year for human consumption, in the end, we are all meat.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Horror Films and the War on Women (Siding with the Victim, Part 2)

    Horror movies tell us tales of defeat, usually involving women. Most people would say that horror films are generally anti-feminist, even misogynistic. But the stories of victims are just as important as those of victors. The war on women has been going on for many years, and the stories of its vic...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Siding with the Victim, Part I: THE SHINING: Death in the Family

    From the time we are little children we like hearing scary stories. Some psychologists claim it’s because we use these stories to work through our anxieties. Maybe there’s another explanation to why we like scary stories. Perhaps we don’t identify with the victors so much as the victims.

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    TRAILER: SIDING WITH THE VICTIM: A Video Essay Series

    During July, Press Play will be presenting a three-part video essay series called "Siding with the Victim," about the ways in which identifying with the hapless ones in horror films, the ones who go into the basement/behind the creaky door/into the woods without a flashlight/into the attic, is a cru...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Siskel and Ebert: Screen Fighting Men

    Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were journalists, film reviewers, TV personalities and friends. They disliked each other and loved each other. They needled each other on the air and put on a great show, but it was always in the service of film criticism and education, a means of exciting viewers and dra...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Sorkinisms, by Kevin T. Porter: A Writer Under a Microscope

    I don't know what to think of this video. But I know what its creator, Kevin T. Porter, wants me to think of it.

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    ON THE QT # 1: RESERVOIR DOGS

    Press Play launches its new director series "On the Q.T.," about Quentin Tarantino, with a look at his debut "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). Although it earned plenty of acclaim, the film also sparked two kinds of controversy.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Maurice Sendak: Outside Over There

    There’s absolutely no denying the ground-shaking societal impact of "Where The Wild Things Are," "In The Night Kitchen" and, in a quieter way, "Outside Over There"—they are the great post-Victorian children’s manifesto of rebellion.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN HOLLYWOOD: HORROR, MAKEUP AND THE OSCARS

    The practitioners of visual effects have a favorite phrase for what they do: the Invisible Art – effects that are imaginative, even astonishing, but that are ultimately there to sell a world, a character or a moment. Special makeup might be the best illustration of this principle. One of makeup's gr...

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