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    VIDEO ESSAY: Cocaine du Cinema

    Cocaine’s presence in movies is a tricky object to dissect. Even with an awful, bloody contemporary history under its belt, cocaine seems to be the “cool” drug for modern cinematic heroes and heroines.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Sight and Sound Film Poll - Adrian Martin on Philippe Garrel's L'ENFANT SECRET

    When Adrian Martin visited Chicago last May, I made certain not to miss the opportunity to record him for this video series. What distinguishes Martin's scholarship for me is his passion for all that is improbable or even impossible about the cinema. That spirit can be sensed in Martin's love of Phi...

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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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    VIDEO: A Todd Solondz Tribute Concert

    What could be stranger than a Todd Solondz film? Perhaps a Todd Solondz sing-along.

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    AUDIOVISUALCY - MAD MEN Redefined by Online Video: a Roundtable Chat

    Part of Audiovisualcy, a column exploring the art and technique of the online video essay.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS Timeline

    It’s perplexing to survey the recent surge of excitement from sci-fi movie fans about Ridley Scott. Sure, Scott’s two directorial sci-fi films—"Alien" and "Blade Runner"—set the benchmarks for the sci-fi horror and the sci-fi futuristic thriller, respectively, but Scott hasn’t directed a sci-fi film...

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    VIDEO ESSAYS: The Seventh Art on GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and SON FRERE

    This month the online video film magazine The Seventh Art has published two video essays on films: one on David Fincher's remake of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, and one on Son Frere and depictions of death and dying in cinema.

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    VIDEO: Sight & Sound Film Poll: Ekkehard Knörer and Michael Baute on UNDER THE BRIDGES

    The fifth video in our ongoing series is the first to involve a film on my own top ten list for the Sight & Sound Film Poll. But I'm not one of the commentators on the video. Nor is film on the top ten list of either of the commentators. But somehow the three of us form "an inclusive whole" (to use ...

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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: Sight & Sound Film Poll - Vadim Rizov on Apichatpong Weerasethakul's THE ANTHEM

    This nominated title for the Sight & Sound Poll of the greatest films of all time embodies two underrepresented categories: a short film, made after the year 2000.

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