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    WATCH: This Video Essay Explores the Way We See Ourselves in Movies, from Chaplin to THE MATRIX

    This gorgeously executed video essay takes us from "The Great Train Robbery" to "Lost Highway" to "The Matrix" to the original "Dracula" to "Rear Window" to explore what happens when we watch movies.

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    Why Alex Ross Perry's LISTEN UP PHILIP Is the Kindest Movie You'll See All Year

    Alex Ross Perry's LISTEN UP PHILIP, besides featuring Jason Schwartzman's best acting job and wrestling remarkable turns from Jonathan Pryce and Elizabeth Moss, performs an act of kindness for its viewers.

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    All Truffaut Fans Should Watch This French Animated Short About DAY FOR NIGHT

    "La nuit américaine d'Angélique," or "Angelique's Day for Night," is, on one level, a story about a young girl's experience of watching Francois Truffaut's "Day For Night" at a young age and fantasizing about being, like Nathalie Baye in the film, a script supervisor.

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    FAST CLIPS: The Video for Roy Kafri's "Mayokero" by Vania Heymann Is a Simple Nostalgic Pleasure

    Vania Heymann's video for Roy Kafri's "Mayokero" is both spare and complex.

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    FAST CLIPS: How Arcade Fire's Music Videos Show the Essence of Greta Gerwig and Andrew Garfield

    If you're immune to Greta Gerwig's charms, or skeptical of Andrew Garfield's talent, or not sold on Arcade Fire, the band's music videos might help you out a little.

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    FAST CLIP: Watch MONSTER, Jennifer Kent's Short Horror Film Made Before THE BABADOOK

    If you have 10 minutes—actually less, if you skip the credits—you should watch "Monster," the short horror film Jennifer Kent made before "The Babadook."

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    FAST CLIP: Video for Goat's "Hide From The Sun" by Sam Macon

    If there is something anarchic, primal, and unknowable about the new video for Goat's song "Hide from the Sun," that may be in part because there is something primal and mysterious about the band itself.

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    FAST CLIP: Video for Beck's "Heart Is a Drum" by Sophie Muller

    Beck has found a likely chronicler in longtime video maker Sophie Muller, whose video for “Heart Is a Drum,” from the recent Morning Phase, takes us through and around cycles of life, death, and aging.

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    FAST CLIP: Video for Waxahatchee's "Misery over Dispute" by Joshua Mikel

    At their best, music videos can function as small films unto themselves, underscoring the talents of their subjects by placing them within scenarios that enhance lyrics, music and ambience all at once. In so doing, these filmlets may recall, either consciously or subliminally, other films.

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    The Tenuous State of Writing in the Information Age

    Sometimes, in the course of expressing things which are closest and deepest for the writer, articulation is sacrificed, and some basic rules of good writing and editing are left by the wayside in the process of publication.

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