Lock and Load: A Video Essay About Guns in Films

Lock and Load: A Video Essay About Guns in Films

Lock and Load is a video essay about violent aggression and Hollywood’s weapon of choice, the gun, in all of it’s many, many forms.  The video compilation is from cinema critics/editing whizzes Matt Zoller Seitz, Aaron Aradillas and Steven Santos.

The clips range from Evil Dead 2 to Full Metal Jacket to Taxi Driver to Raising Arizona to Pulp Fiction and are smartly chosen, but it’s really the editing that’s the star in this short film.  The 16-minute mini-movie builds a compelling rhythm, generating genuine tension, then letting it out in a burst of gunfire.  Oh, and the very end references a very well-known moment from a very well-known movie, but replaces the clip in that film with the one that inspired it.  That’s nothing short of brilliant.

Lock and Load: A Video Essay About Guns in Films

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New York’s Blizzard of 2010

New York’s Blizzard of 2010

Here’s the moody, brilliantly-shot meditation on a buried city that’s being called Oscar-worthy by Roger Ebert.  The video was shot by filmmaker Jamie Stuart in Queens, New York, during the snowstorm on the night of the 26th.  Like the video itself, the title, Idiot with a Tripod, is an homage to the 1929 silent film Man With a Movie Camera.

New York’s Blizzard of 2010

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