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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