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    Watch: Here Is Why Narrative Is the Greatest Illusion That Has Ever Existed

    This video essay reminds us how we frequently mistake narrative as reality.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Terry Gilliam: The Triumph of Fantasy

    For all his love of fantasy, Gilliam is enough of a realist to know that most creeps and weirdos don’t get the girl of their dreams, or the girl of their dreams turns out to be more human than they’d bargained for, and so what they are left with is the pure, perfect bliss of the dream — the triumph ...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Electric Sheep: How Female Power Is Limited By Consumer Culture

    We don’t want women to be objects, but we sure as hell want them to be symbols.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)

    Attenborough, whom most would know either for his acting turn in "Jurassic Park" or for directing vast films like "Gandhi" or "Chaplin," had other exploits up his sleeve as well.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

    When watching Lauren Bacall in her older films, it is impossible to not think of "sexy" as one of the adjectives to describe her, and yet where is that sexiness coming from? In part, it comes from a sense that she might say something barbed, or worse, at any turn, and that if she doesn't, she's choo...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Our Scary Summer: 1979

    The cover of the June 1979 issue of Newsweek featured an image of Sigourney Weaver from "Alien." The caption read: "Hollywood's Scary Summer." I was thirteen. The horror movies released that summer would form a grotesque carnival that mirrored my own and the world's anxieties.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Slow Motion Movie Supercut

    LOOK. PAY ATTENTION. NOTICE THE MOVEMENT.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: From SLACKER to BOYHOOD: Cinematography in the films of Richard Linklater

    You can feel the heat in the Austin of "Slacker"; you can smell the chalkdust in "School of Rock"; you can feel the night breeze in "Dazed and Confused." And yet the camera here isn’t the aggressive, probing presence of a Scorsese or an Allen or a Lynch.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Total Cinema: SNOWPIERCER

    It's a slumgullion stew, this movie, but it's all held together by the clear, simple movement of the plot, the quest of the characters to get to the front of the train. It's a focused quest, a narrow one, and it structures the characters' actions and the viewers' hopes and fears.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Brothers: Men of Constant Sorrow

    Woe be to you if you should be so unlucky as to be a male character in a Coen Brothers film.

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