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    VIDEO ESSAY: HAJI!

    I personally prefer the aggressive female . . . the superwoman. -- Russ Meyer

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    VIDEO ESSAY: THREE REASONS: Kaneto Shindô's HUMAN

    In the early morning of May 29th, Japan lost its oldest living director, and in my opinion one of the best.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Three Reasons: MEN IN BLACK

    For this month’s Criterion Consideration, coming up with a suitable equivalent to Barry Sonnenfeld's latest film, "Men in Black III," was a bit of a challenge.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Burton versus Bava

    Just as people ultimately judge a book by its cover, many of us are quick to judge a film by its trailer. When I was asked to set my sights on Tim Burton's upcoming "Dark Shadows," a movie based on the cult TV show of the late 1960s, as my next entry point for Criterion Consideration, I immediately...

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    Doris Wishman: The First Lena Dunham

    In just a few short years, Lena Dunham has quickly made a name for herself in the indie film scene. In 2010 she caught everyone at the SXSW Film Festival by surprise with her detached but deeply personal debut "Tiny Furniture."

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    THREE REASONS: ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE, directed by James William Guercio

    Cult films have always remained one of the more enigmatic areas in Cinema Studies. There doesn't seem to be a distinct aesthetic that all cult films follow. Films that have been deemed cult-worthy come from any genre, country or time period. They are not limited to the independent or the underground...

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    THREE REASONS FOR CRITERION CONSIDERATION: Shuji Terayama's PASTORAL, TO DIE FOR THE COUNTRY (1974)

    Every great filmmaker reaches a point in their career when they need to reflect upon their life and childhood, tracing the path that lead them to where they are today. Most often these nostalgic quandaries find their way into new fictionalized scenarios, drawing on personal experience to entertain t...

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