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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #28: Redlettermedia's STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE

    A viral sensation, this fanboy parody uses a multi-layered arsenal of disarming rhetoric, satirizing film geek analysis as a way to make its underlying film geek analysis palatable to a wide audience.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Edward Yang's THE TERRORIZERS, presented by The Seventh Art

    The Terrorizers is not just a postmodern film, but "the postmodern film."

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #27: Pass the Salt

    A seemingly harmless scene in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder becomes an object of fascination until it reveals a startling significance.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The Alloy Orchestra Scores the WILD AND WEIRD

    Genius tinkerer Ken Winokur offers behind-the-score moments in the brilliantly strange silent films selections playing at Ebertfest.

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #26: Jonathan Rosenbaum on GERTRUD and THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT

    Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum offers his personal insights on his favorite films by John Ford and Carl Dreyer.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Spike Lee's free-floating, dolly shots collected, stitched together and deconstructed

    This video essay by Richard Cruz collects Spike Lee's loopy, free-floating dolly shots into a music video. In the process, it makes them less jarring and problematic than they were when they first appeared in Lee's films. You know what I'm talking about: a shot where a major character is still, or p...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The Art of Film and TV title design from PBS' OFF BOOK

    Editor's Note: The opening credits to a movie or TV show are more than just a title and names. They’re an opportunity to set the tone of the story to come. They can provide necessary background and setting for the drama to follow. Creators of title sequences often create powerful visual experiences ...

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    THE AVENGERS: Marvel's Redemption?

    Amazingly, the Marvel movie brand has been able to survive with an enthusiastic audience—even in the midst of artistic failure.

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #25: A.I.: A Visual Study

    From now through April, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival will present "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...

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    VIDEO: Take the "COLOR REEL" quiz with Evan Seitz

    Editor's Note: We at Press Play had never seen animator Evan Seitz's remarkable work up until today. Our first encounter with his kaleidoscopic visions came when our publisher Matt Zoller Seitz (no relation) sent out an e-mail blast to everyone stating unequivocally that "...

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