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    VIDEO ESSAY: Why SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Should Win Best Picture

    Why is a modern-day screwball comedy the best of the Oscar nominees? Because it’s a revealing reflection of the world we live in.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Lead Actress

    Some Best Actress contenders seem to be nominated for their roles more than for their performances, but the most deserving actress is a smart exception.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Gangster Culture in the Movies

    "He used to be a big shot." That's how a gangster's girlfriend describes him as she cradles his corpse at the end of "The Roaring Twenties." But the line could be plugged into any gangster film that ends with a tough-talking, two-fisted, hot-tempered alpha male cooling his heels in prison, frying in...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T., CHAPTER 4: KILL BILL: The Female Archetype vs. The Goddess

    Withhold information, then release it. Set up expectations, then subvert them. Tease, then gratify. This is how you construct an epic. This is how Quentin Tarantino, block by block, builds up "Kill Bill."

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    ON THE Q.T., CHAPTER 3: JACKIE BROWN: Quentin and Pam's Big Score

    Things don’t look good for Beaumont Livingston. His self-proclaimed benefactor, Ordell Robbie, has just posted $10,000 to bail bondsman Max Cherry in exchange for Beaumont’s release.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952)

    Reckoned by many to be one of the best films about Hollywood, The Bad and the Beautiful is pungent and occasionally acidic, and at the time of its release a clear sign that things were changing in the movie capital.

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    Returning to St. Eligius: ST. ELSEWHERE, 30 Years Later, Part 2

    Your ears didn’t deceive you. In the clip above, Dr. Wayne Fiscus (Howie Mandel) takes a verbal walk down Memory Lane as his residency at St. Eligius comes to a close in the final episode of "St. Elsewhere"’s six-year run and says it lasted “three years.”

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Growing up a Bond Girl

    I am a woman, a feminist, and a hardcore James Bond fan; I've even written a book on the Bond movies. But when I meet fellow fans, they are often startled that a woman is among them.

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    Returning to St. Eligius: ST. ELSEWHERE, 30 Years Later, Part 1

    In the video above, for the first time, the "St. Elsewhere" credit sequence, set to Oscar-winning composer Dave Grusin’s memorable and infectious theme, unites all 26 regular cast members who graced its opening credits for varying lengths of time, ranging from a single season to its entire six-year ...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of Breaking Bad, Season 4

    Hollywood can keep its 3D, its CGI and whatever Dolby Surround version they’re up to now. For a contemporary cinematic experience as visceral and visually arresting as "Breaking Bad," audiences must look abroad, to Gaspar Noé’s "Enter the Void," or further, to films coming out of Thailand, Japan, an...

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