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    VIDEO ESSAY: Law and Disorder in Ying Liang’s THE OTHER HALF

    Exiled from China in the wake of last week’s premiere of WHEN NIGHT FALLS, Ying Liang has built a resume of brave challenges to the system. A video essay takes a close look at the best of those, THE OTHER HALF.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Dial K for Kurosawa

    The perfect crime, the wrong man, the speeding train, and the surprising MacGuffin. "High and Low" has all the best elements of a great Alfred Hitchcock film. But it isn’t Hitchcock—it’s Akira Kurosawa, the Japanese director better known for his samurai flicks and complex moral tales.

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    GIRLS RECAP 5: HARD BEING EASY

    More like "Hard Writing Consistently." What *was* that?

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    VIDEO ESSAY - Deceptive Surfaces: The Films of Christian Petzold

    Film history, class consciousness merge in the brilliantly no-nonsense filmmaking of Christian Petzold.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Depp Shadows: Tim Burton's Cinema

    “Basically Johnny Depp is playing Tim Burton in all his movies.” – Scott Rudin (Producer of "Sleepy Hollow") This ubiquitous quote by Rudin is often the throwaway summation found in most writings on, and dissections of, the cinematic works of Tim Burton with Johnny Depp. Which is a shame, really....

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    VIDEO ESSAY - Utopia Online?

    Watching two short documentaries from Sam Green’s once-live UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS performance online makes one viewer wonder: Is utopia a state of mind?

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    AUDIOVISUALCY: How to "Perform" the Video Essay

    Beautiful, stimulating, impactful, all the while in sync with the work it critiques, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence – A Visual Study" inspires new or awakens old curiosity about the film. And it does so by virtue of an exceptional performance.

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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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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #34: John Cook's SLOW SUMMER Revisited

    The online video essay format opened a new playing field for critical and scholarly analysis of movies, providing opportunities for innovative explorations of films while also challenging the established conventions and limitations of text-based film criticism and scholarship.

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #33: Touching the Film Object?

    The Oberhausen International Short Film Festival presents "Film Studies in Motion", a Web Series curated by Volker Pantenburg and Kevin B. Lee. This series, available on the festival's website and Facebook page, presents weekly selections of analytical video essays on the web, in ...

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