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    VIDEO ESSAY: Siskel and Ebert: Screen Fighting Men

    Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were journalists, film reviewers, TV personalities and friends. They disliked each other and loved each other. They needled each other on the air and put on a great show, but it was always in the service of film criticism and education, a means of exciting viewers and dra...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Pacino: Full Roar

    I could not stop laughing as I watched Nelson Carvajal's "Al Pacino: Full Roar"—not just because it's the most entertaining collection of over-the-top moments since Harry Hanrahan's "Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit," but because Pacino is and always has been a theatrical actor, delightfully so.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Peter Andrews: The Soderbergh Vision

    “My policy is to have my name on a movie only once,” says Steven Soderbergh, so quoted by video essayist Nelson Carvajal. “Having your name once increases the impact of that credit because I think every time you put your name up there, you’re actually diluting it.”

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 3

    Dave Bunting Jr.’s video essay on Season 3 of "Breaking Bad" opens with time-lapse landscapes, which are de rigueur establishing shots in TV these days. Here, though, they are uniquely awe-inspiring, in part for their exotic nature, and in part for how they seem to breathe life into everything.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: The End of Violence: The Conclusions of Clint Eastwood

    It took me years to learn how to watch a Clint Eastwood movie. For one thing, I tended to watch them far apart and to rely on memory of earlier films to prepare myself for current ones. But given the gaps in time between viewings, I should have been more suspicious of how I remembered them.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Breaking the Fourth Wall

    Oh, hello there, reader. I know why you’ve come. You’re here at Press Play to watch Leigh Singer’s awesome supercut of fourth-wall-breaking moments in cinema, aren’t you?

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    VIDEO ESSAY: From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim

    Why do the same concepts get recycled and reinterpreted in so many different media, and what does that do to storytelling? Filmmaker Drew Morton poses that question in his video essay “From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim.”

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Beautiful Nightmares: David Lynch's Collective Dream

    David Lynch could be a wonderful stage director. Crazy to say, perhaps, but perhaps not.

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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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