The Best Video Essays of 2018

Are you not edu-tained? Here’s a roundup of our favorite video content from the past year.
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By  · Published on December 13th, 2018

“Orson Welles: Who Is This Man?”

By Luís Azevedo

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Luís Azevedo turns in a stirring montage on the shape-shifting grand duke of cinema, Orson Welles. Highlighting Welles’ enigmatic presence on-screen and off, it’s hard not to get riled up by Welles’ (and Azevedo’s) passion for performance.

“No Country for Old Men – Don’t Underestimate the Audience”

By Lessons from the Screenplay

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“Show don’t tell” is a truism of good storytelling for a reason: it’s a great way to invest your audience in your characters, plot, and moral landscape. Here’s Michael Tucker explaining why when it comes to respecting audiences, No Country For Old Men excells.

“How Michael Scott Makes a Sale”

By Like Stories of Old

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In an essay that is as much about pop-culture as it is about workplace sociology, Tom van der Linden treats a very silly character with a lot of care, empathy, and reverence. Brace for feels.

“Abduction as Romance”

By Pop Culture Detective

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Oh boy. So…the romanticization of women being disempowered by male captors is uncomfortable. To put it lightly. Jonathan McIntosh does a great job of confronting an ugly trope while keeping things focused.

“Suspiria: Phantasmagoric Artificiality”

By Cinema Cartography

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If you’re going to talk about the collective dream dimensions of cinema, Argento is an excellent place to start. Tackling the visual language of phantasmagoric horror, Lewis Michael Bond and Luiza Liz delve into the uneasy on-screen dream of Suspiria.

“Déjà Vu – It”

By Candice Drouet

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Moving away from exegesis, Drouet’s essays tend to lean on lyrical motifs, shared threads, and gestalt “oh hey’s.” Her breakdown for Canal + of the similar moments between the two Its, is particularly crunchy.

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Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior contributor at Film School Rejects. She currently runs three columns at FSR: The Queue, How'd They Do That?, and Horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer for hire. Meg can be found screaming about John Boorman's 'Excalibur' on Twitter here: @TheWorstNun. (She/Her).