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    A Video Essay On Jim Jarmusch: Dead Men & Ghosts, Limited

    Among Jim Jarmusch's films, "Dead Man," "Ghost Dog," and "The Limits of Control" share concerns and motifs: questions of wisdom and wandering, art and death, repetition and revision. They let genres become ghosts. They propose that white men are the scourge of reality.

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    Watch: The History of the Movie Trailer from 'The Jazz Singer' to 'Jaws' and Beyond

    In a world...where movie trailers didn't exist... Love them or hate them, movie trailers are an integral part of the movie going experience -- but that wasn't always the case. The smart folks over at FilmmakerIQ.com have tracked the evolution of "coming attractions" with this video.

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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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    VIDEO ESSAY: Monsters Are a Child's Best Friend

    Most responsible parents will tell you that using the television as a surrogate nanny is bad for kids. My own experience as a child would argue against this. My parents knew that they couldn't raise me alone, and the only reliable guides were creatures of the night.

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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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    Abraham Zapruder, Errol Morris, the Umbrella Man, JFK, and You

    Smithsonian Magazine recently printed a wonderful piece about a short film Errol Morris made in 2011, in which he placed a few seconds of Abraham Zapruder's famous film of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy under a critical microscope.

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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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    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: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 1

    The sense that a man, when faced with a problem, be it the legality of his enterprise, death, the ineptitude of other humans, or all three, might flail in the desert air, and find nothing giving resistance, moving him forward.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Siding with the Victim, Part 3: We Are All Meat

    Trapped. Tortured. Hunted. Slaughtered. This is the way of life, and death, for most animals. We’d like to forget this, but the horror film never forgets. It reminds us that, like the over 50 billion animals killed every year for human consumption, in the end, we are all meat.

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