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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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    Pablo Larraín's NO: A Movie That Says Yes To Itself

    The Chilean film "No," written and directed by Pablo Larraín, is up for a foreign film Oscar this year. I hope it wins, if only to bring attention to an extraordinary film by an increasingly sophisticated director.

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    The Unknown Unknowns: Just How “Ambiguous” is David Fincher’s ZODIAC?

    The following is a conversation about David Fincher's 2007 film "Zodiac." It was inspired by Twitter conversation about whether it is, in fact, an ambiguous movie, as many have claimed, or if it only seems that way; if it's open, closed, or somewhere in between.

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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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    The Sensible Craft of Ben Affleck's ARGO

    Ben Affleck's third directing effort, "Argo," is funnier than expected, is expertly paced, and has a fantastic 70s look (the most convincing since Zodiac), plus knockout supporting performances by Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman in very colorful roles.

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    Beyond the Veil of the Flesh: David Cronenberg's THE FLY (1986) on Blu-ray

    I’m glad I re-watched David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of "The Fly" on Blu-ray. I haven't watched it in decent resolution since I saw it in a theater on first release. It's still brilliant and perfect, and profoundly moving—maybe Cronenberg's greatest and most perfect film; a horror tragedy that does...

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    The Revolution Was Televised: The Conversation

    I worked with HitFix.com television critic Alan Sepinwall at the Star-Ledger of Newark for nine years, 1997-2006. We shared the TV beat together throughout that period, writing reviews and features, and collaborating on a daily column of news and notes titled "All TV."

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    PRESS PLAY THEATER: Preston Miller's GOD'S LAND (2010)

    This is Press Play Theater, a streaming video feature that showcases notable work by independent filmmakers in one-week exclusive runs. Our debut offering is God’s Land, the second feature by Long Island-based director Preston Miller.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T.: Chapter 2: PULP FICTION (The Cool)

    Quentin Tarantino’s films treat talk as action; torrents of words spill out of his characters' mouths, defining and redefining them, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the world.

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