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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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    VIDEO ESSAY: In Memory of Paul Mazursky 1930–2014

    "[Middle-class life is] on the edge of soap opera and the edge of real; it’s alienated and confused, almost tragic."

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    VIDEO ESSAY: White Knights and Bad People

    It’s exhausting as a woman to constantly see the female body on the brink of violation. I’m tired of the voicelessness of those bodies, by the fact that we still need to spread awareness about how horrible sexual assault actually is.

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    VIDEO ESSAY DIPTYCH: Good Dads/Bad Dads: A Tribute to Cinematic Fathers

    I can’t remember the first film I watched with my dad Jim. However, I do remember what I affectionately call my “Martin Scorsese summer.”

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Virtual Animals: Building the Digital Ark

    The fewer animals we find in the wild, the more we see on screen. The digital revolution has enabled filmmakers to create an entirely new breed of animal, one that exists only in the form of pixels. Absence of flesh and blood answered by an abundance of virtual animals.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Fast-Mo: Fast-Motion Sequences in Film

    The kinetic speed of the fast-motion effect is a universal touchstone; it transcends language and culture barriers. It’s a visual representation of the voracious thirst driving life. It pushes us forward, even when we’re afraid to take that leap, because in life, there is no rewind button.

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