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    VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Gordon Willis (1931-2014)

    Gordon Willis was a great cinematographer because he knew how to look at us, even when we couldn’t look at ourselves.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Virtual Animals: Building the Digital Ark

    The fewer animals we find in the wild, the more we see on screen. The digital revolution has enabled filmmakers to create an entirely new breed of animal, one that exists only in the form of pixels. Absence of flesh and blood answered by an abundance of virtual animals.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Fast-Mo: Fast-Motion Sequences in Film

    The kinetic speed of the fast-motion effect is a universal touchstone; it transcends language and culture barriers. It’s a visual representation of the voracious thirst driving life. It pushes us forward, even when we’re afraid to take that leap, because in life, there is no rewind button.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Lars Von Trier: Cinema's Dancer in the Dark

    Some feminists criticize the way Lars von Trier depicts his heroines, his obsession with their suffering, but von Trier’s films never struck me as misogynistic, as some critics claim. His heroines are complex and authentic. They make choices with conviction, even when those choices end up being the ...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Rough and Ready: The Return of the Microcinema

    In a time of technological haste and overt content consumption, the microcinema offers up an old-school rhetoric that invites moviegoers to look back on films that challenged norms, to look forward to the new works that are breaking the traditional narrative structure, and to open up an offline, in-...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Women in the Works of Martin Scorsese

    The first time I saw "After Hours" (the first of 9 or 10), I was 15, and I had no idea who Martin Scorsese was, or even that he had directed the movie. I was surprised to discover a man had directed it, after the fact; I had assumed it was directed by a woman. Why? Because women ruled the show.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Canon

    Fear is at the root of much of what we consider humorous in films. The fear that something, whether it’s a job, a relationship, or some larger dramatic situation, might go wrong is always present in cinematic humor. This connection between fear and comedy gives the Coen brothers' films their power.

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    The Life Lesson of LENNY COOKE

    “I don’t think they’re evaluated and drafted because they’re ready. They’re evaluated and drafted because of their potential […] also: They’re cheap. You can buy them,” explains Mike Jarvis. At the time of the interview, Jarvis was the basketball coach of St. John’s University.

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    Self-Projected Artifice: The 49th Chicago International Film Festival

    It was almost like a movie. Amat Escalante’s harrowing and unapologetically bleak film "Heli"—which looks at the crooked law enforcement and low-totem pole players of Mexico’s drug cartel scene—came to a hopeless closing shot before dipping to white for the end credits.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Alfonso Cuarón's Cinematic Canvas

    People sometimes ask me whether I think “the kids today” are all right. Sure, I always respond, “the kids today” should be totally fine, because they had Pokémon—surely one of the strangest cartoons I’ve ever witnessed—and what’s more, they had Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkab...

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