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    Watch: The Geometry of Akira Kurosawa: A Video Essay

    With his inimitable zing, seasoned video essayist Tony Zhou takes us on a stroll through a scene from a classic Akira Kurosawa film, The Bad Sleep Well, and it turns out that the reason the scene "works" is its geometry, the relationship between its rectangles and its triangles.

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    Watch: Why Are the LORD OF THE RINGS Films Better Than the HOBBIT Films? A Video Explanation

    Whether you're a fan of Peter Jackson's films of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" or not, this video essay by Sean Hickey gives a fairly well-reasoned explanation of why one might not have as much fun watching these films.

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    Watch: Title Sequences: The Leap from Alfred Hitchcock to David Fincher

    Alfred Hitchcock and David Fincher have made remarkable thrillers, and they have also been responsible for some wildly imaginative title sequences.

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    Watch: A Video Essay About Stanley Kubrick's Influence on Wes Anderson and Others (NSFW, Maybe)

    Press Play veteran Nelson Carvajal offers, with this video essay, a look at the ways Stanley Kubrick has visually influenced many directors, including Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alfonso Cuaron, and others.

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    Watch: Eyes in the Films of Darren Aronofsky: A Video Appreciation

    When Darren Aronofsky focuses on a character's eyes, the story told will be different than the story told when Hitchcock does it, or Bergman does it.

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    Watch: Why DO the Characters in Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION Spend So Much Time in the Bathroom?

    Of the myriad questions raised by Quentin Tarantino's now-classic "Pulp Fiction," I would have to confess that one of them was not, for me, "Why do the film's characters spend so much time in the bathroom?" And yet this video essay by Michele Bucci raises the question, and answers it, and argues for...

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    Watch: A Video Essay on Setpieces Throughout Film History

    Screenwriter John August describes a setpiece as "a scene or sequence with escalated stakes and production values, as appropriate to the genre... Done right, set-pieces are moments you remember weeks after seeing a movie."

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    Watch: "I sing a song about bananas..."

    There's more than one way to do a video essay. Many of the video essays we run here are forms of film criticism. However, these pieces can also be instructional. But about bananas? Yes.

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    Watch: The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films: A Video Essay

    Throughout his career, Paul Thomas Anderson has focused on human vulnerability. Films from "Punch Drunk Love" to "Magnolia" to "The Master" to "Inherent Vice" portray love as equal parts tender and strange. Anderson’s protagonists struggle with vices ranging from drug and sexual addiction, to megalo...

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    Watch: L.A.I.: Spike Jonze's HER Meets Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER: A Video Essay

    This video amalgamation of Spike Jonze's Her and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner by Drew Morton has a sad, sweet quality about it, as if Morton were depicting two parts of the same film.

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