Thursday, September 24 2009
Just visualize yours for a moment. Just listen to the radio that announces their death. Stop for a minute, and image if you can a world without that person, no more interviews, no more books, no more living legend. Perhaps you’ve never met your character in person, and yet you’ve pulled your vehicle over to the shoulder, crippled with existential dread, furious and suffocating, the inevitable suddenly announced to the world as reality. Can you feel that pang of grief for those beloved figures now gone? Can you remember that afternoon drive when the reporter broke the news, breaking your heart in the process?
Thursday, September 10 2009
Today: December 2009: The big guns -- James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson, Terrence Malik -- are still putting the finishing touches on their over the top treats. As usual, it looks like the Hollywood heavyweights are once again saving some of the best for last.
Thursday, August 27 2009
PopMatters offers an in-depth cultural analysis of the Hellboy phenomenon. Today: "The Devil You Know: Mignola's Hellboy in the Chapel of Moloch and the Old Debate" AND "The Horror of Science and Magic in Hellboy".
Thursday, August 20 2009
Thirty-five years ago, KISS and Parliament debuted on Casablanca, a label that influenced generations of music listeners and defined an era in popular music. Join PopMatters and more than 50 artists and executives for our exclusive, five-part oral history of Casablanca.
Thursday, July 30 2009
Thursday, July 23 2009
In Pixelated Brains, a four-part section spanning June and July, we consider: R WE UNABL 2 THNK & COMMUNIC8 N MENINGFL WYZ NE MORE?
Wednesday, July 8 2009
Today: The MJ Top Ten Tribute | The Fawn in the Burning Forest: Our Beloved Monster | The Teflon King: Ronald Reagan and the Death of Michael Jackson | Artomising MJ | 'Thriller': The First in Meta Horror | Michael Jackson Forever.
Monday, June 29 2009
Thursday, June 4 2009
Some 25 years after it was released, PopMatters proudly celebrates Purple Rain in its entirety, looking at the album and film from every angle.
Wednesday, April 29 2009
It will be a Summer of Same: same old franchises seeing multi-million dollar updates; same old actors in rote roles; directors digging deep into their cinematic bags of tricks, hoping they can find meaning out of one more mainstream paycheck. [May | June | July | August]
Tuesday, March 31 2009
An April Fool's Day special: When Wham! named its second record Make It Big, is was a statement of purpose and a prophecy. Wham! reshaped our understanding of what a pop song could achieve and produced an album that became the definitive musical statement of a generation.
Thursday, March 26 2009
On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair. Day Five: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)
Sunday, February 22 2009
PopMatters concludes our 100 Best Female Film Performances feature with extremely insightful, generous anecdotes from Liv Ullmann about three of the performances on this list, one of her personal choices, and a once-in-a-lifetime addendum by the glorious Bergman super trouper Bibi Andersson herself.
Thursday, January 29 2009
PopMatters concludes our week-long celebration of Motown at 50 with Diane Leach's essay on living in the Detroit of the '80s in What It Was Like and a couple more album gems with Needles in the Haystack.
Wednesday, January 21 2009
From AmpLive to Xiu Xiu, PopMatters presents our two-part selection of Slipped Discs, 80 great albums that didn’t quite make our year-end list in 2008, but which our writers thought belonged there. [Part 1 | Part 2]
Thursday, January 15 2009
Thursday, January 8 2009
The sloppy arrogance and search for ideas in the music scribing world. Gross presents the seventh annual edition of his picks for the year's best music writing sans PopMatters.
Tuesday, January 6 2009
During the past 12 months, PopMatters writers have been turned away from shows due to torrential rain, stood next to flaming cymbals, and stepped out of their comfort zones all in the name of objective reporting. Here are the best and worst musical events of 2008.
Thursday, December 18 2008
PopMatters presents our best music of 2008, highlighted by the Best 60 Albums of 2008 and the Best 50 Singles of 2008, plus our picks across many musical genres. We're now on publishing break until the new year. Happy holidays.
Tuesday, November 25 2008
Day Two: The last quintet of choices show how the blues reclaimed its basis for a dozen hard rock hymns, argued for the importance of following one's singer/songwriter muse, and proved that not every significant sound coming out of the UK was Beatle-based.