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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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    VIDEO ESSAY: Horror Films and the War on Women (Siding with the Victim, Part 2)

    Horror movies tell us tales of defeat, usually involving women. Most people would say that horror films are generally anti-feminist, even misogynistic. But the stories of victims are just as important as those of victors. The war on women has been going on for many years, and the stories of its vic...

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    VIDEO AND TEXT: Nelson Carvajal and Amber Sparks on Guillermo del Toro

    Guillermo del Toro, the man with endless creative ideas, who lives in a mansion he calls Bleak House—filled with monsters, aliens, and comics—seems perhaps more in touch with a pop-culture obsessed public hungry for good horror than any other director since Hitchcock.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Siding with the Victim, Part I: THE SHINING: Death in the Family

    From the time we are little children we like hearing scary stories. Some psychologists claim it’s because we use these stories to work through our anxieties. Maybe there’s another explanation to why we like scary stories. Perhaps we don’t identify with the victors so much as the victims.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: LIE BACK AND ENJOY IT by Jessica Bardsley

    What does it mean to watch, and to record, daily life? Can plain, simple documentation, which would seem at times to be anti-lyrical, have its own music?

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Directed by De Palma

    It seems that video essayists are emerging every day—and if it isn't a new talent crossing our radar, it's someone whose extraordinary work we've somehow missed. The latter is the case with Joel Bocko, who's been making video essays since 2009.

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