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    VIDEO ESSAY: White Knights and Bad People

    It’s exhausting as a woman to constantly see the female body on the brink of violation. I’m tired of the voicelessness of those bodies, by the fact that we still need to spread awareness about how horrible sexual assault actually is.

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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: Female Sexual Agency in a World of Blurred LInes

    We live in a culture where female bodies are constantly on display. However, most images of female sexuality we see are passive and two-dimensional.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952)

    Reckoned by many to be one of the best films about Hollywood, The Bad and the Beautiful is pungent and occasionally acidic, and at the time of its release a clear sign that things were changing in the movie capital.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: From Mr. Chips to Scarface: The Evolution of Walter White

    "Walter's a shithead!" I had just walked in the door to the family home in Forestville, California. My dad had just finished the second season of "Breaking Bad."

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    VIDEO ESSAY: A Drop of BLOOD Through the Heart

    It's perhaps either a fitting coincidence or a realization of my own 20-something existential crisis that the making of this "True Blood" montage came shortly after I completed my video contemplation of the world of "Mad Men"'s Don Draper.

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    'SHOULD WIN' VIDEO ESSAY SERIES: Best Picture TREE OF LIFE

    All of the 2011 Best Picture nominees have their merits, but one towers above the rest: "The Tree of Life," writer/director Terrence Malick's film about...well what is "The Tree of Life" about, anyway? For a free-associative non-linear movie that skips back and forth through time and space, and that...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: MAGIC AND LIGHT: THE FILMS OF STEVEN SPIELBERG: Chapter 1: Introduction

    Steven Spielberg is one of the most popular storytellers of all time. Based solely on box-office receipts, that’s an inarguable fact. It's been true since 1975, when the box office take of his breakthrough Jaws redefined the the word "blockbuster." Look at the top grossing movies of all time, ...

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    CHAPTER ART: MAGIC AND LIGHT: THE FILMS OF STEVEN SPIELBERG debuts tommorow

    It's almost here! Press Play's first video essay series in direct partnership with IndieWire: "Magic and Light: The Films of Steven Spielberg." On Dec. 15, 2011 on this blog, this series will examine facets of Spielberg's movie career, including his stylistic evolution as a director, his depiction ...

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    The Art of MAGIC & LIGHT: THE FILMS OF STEVEN SPIELBERG

    MAGIC & LIGHT: THE FILMS OF STEVEN SPIELBERG premieres Dec. 15 at Press Play. Check out these eye-popping title cards. As they used to say of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS trading cards back in the '70s, collect them all!

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