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    VIDEO: The Magnificent Andersons

    Wes Anderson has established himself as an irreplaceable and elusive American storyteller. Yet, for a director who addresses such heavy themes in his work, Anderson himself remains an enigma.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Depp Shadows: Tim Burton's Cinema

    “Basically Johnny Depp is playing Tim Burton in all his movies.” – Scott Rudin (Producer of "Sleepy Hollow") This ubiquitous quote by Rudin is often the throwaway summation found in most writings on, and dissections of, the cinematic works of Tim Burton with Johnny Depp. Which is a shame, really....

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Where Experiment Meets the Mainstream

    In an age of redundant remakes ("Total Recall," "Fright Night"), attempted revamps ("21 Jump Street," "The Three Stooges") and even 3D re-launchings ("Titanic 3D," "Star Wars: Episode 1 - 3D") of past Hollywood fare, it’s easy to become disheartened at the current state of film and television.

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    THE AVENGERS: Marvel's Redemption?

    Amazingly, the Marvel movie brand has been able to survive with an enthusiastic audience—even in the midst of artistic failure.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: 2001/The Dawn of Blood

    Paul Thomas Anderson is a director who wears his cinematic influences on his sleeve.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Gallo(w)s of Punishment

    There is hardly a more polarizing figure in the independent film scene than Vincent Gallo. He once called Roger Ebert a “fat pig with the physique of a slave trader” after Ebert blasted the Cannes debut of his sophomore directorial effort, "The Brown Bunny."

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    VIDEO ESSAY: American Harmony

    VIDEO ESSAY: American Harmony

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    NELSON CARVAJAL VIDEO ESSAY: The top 10 best films of 2011

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play contributor Nelson Carvajal has created this terrific look at the top 10 best films of 2011. Take a look.

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    'SHOULD WIN' VIDEO ESSAY SERIES: Best Documentary, UNDEFEATED

    Documentaries are as close to pure cinema as we have yet to get to. They tell our stories. The stories of those we don't know. They have the capability of breaking the fourth wall without winking at the audience. And sometimes they can make our chests swell with that uncommon feeling of humility. Fr...

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    NELSON CARVAJAL: Film is dead but filmmaking is very much alive

    For the longest time, I’ve struggled with labeling myself a “filmmaker.” Maybe it’s a feeling of guilt that I have. The fact of the matter is I’ve never made a movie on film, on celluloid. Actually, I can’t think of a single reason for me to ever shoot on film. It’s ridiculously expensive, requires ...

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