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Monday, December 2 2013

PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2013

The general consensus on 2013 is that it has been a banner year for music, one boasting a broader and deeper selection of standout performances across genres and generations than many a year in recent memory.


Tuesday, October 15 2013

Director Spotlight: Aspects of Orson Welles

From Citizen Kane (1941) to his "mutilated masterpiece" follow-up The Magnificent Ambersons to The Trial (1962), the essayists in this collection will take you on a journey into the filmic realms and mind of the filmmaker whom many call genius.


Sunday, August 11 2013

I Am the One Who Knocks: The PopMatters’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Companion

Our two-week-long Breaking Bad special section begins today. The show is a singular entity in the most-millennial television landscape, one that is heart-wrenching as it is funny, quirky as it is visceral. Let PopMatters show you every conceivable way that one can go out in the world and truly break bad.


Sunday, July 28 2013

Essential Performances 2013 Update: Musical/Comedy Edition

For this year’s annual update, we are abiding by the weird and wacky Hollywood Foreign Press guidelines for this historically-debatable category of Musical or Comedy, which has often included some eyebrow-raising choices that range from appropriate, inspired nominees and winners to head-scratchers that sorta make sense and to the utterly perplexing.


Tuesday, July 2 2013

Aquarius Rotten: A Horde of Heavy Metal’s Rowdiest Progenitors

The heavy rock superstars of the late '60s and early '70s who inspired and nurtured metal's burgeoning years are all well known. However, there are innumerable more obscure or unheralded groups that fortified the heavy metal machine too, and many are infinitely more interesting than their more famous brethren.


Sunday, June 16 2013

Performer Spotlight: The Women of ‘20 Feet from Stardom’

This week at PopMatters, we turn our patented “Spotlight” series on five of the incredible women featured in RADiUS-TWC’s bombastic, moving new film 20 Feet from Stardom, which chronicles the lives and careers of some of the most underrated singers in modern music history.


Thursday, January 17 2013

PopMatters Picks: The Best Books of 2012

Trust us, you'll love this.


Monday, January 7 2013

PopMatters Picks: The Best TV, Film, and DVD of 2012

It was the kind of year where the best inspired a near hyperbolic amount of praise, while the worst were being condemned as the funeral bell for the entire type.


Thursday, December 27 2012

PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2012

As our wide-ranging coverage of the year in music shows and the music itself proves, what the best and most compelling musical expressions of 2012 have in common is that they are the products of hard work and labors of love.


Sunday, September 30 2012

Code Red: Tori Amos Performer Spotlight

In celebration of the release of Gold Dust, PopMatters begins a week-long Performer Spotlight series on Amos’ career today with a very special introduction to her by those who know her work best: collaborators from across this storied and prolific career.


Monday, September 3 2012

Saving Grace… and Face: The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview

Again, it seems like cinema needs to save itself. Here's a preview of what the next four months have to offer.


Sunday, June 17 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition

PopMatters updates our best performances feature with 50 new performances from the early days of film up to the present day. Watch this space for the next two weeks as we bring to your screen more iconic film performances.


Monday, April 30 2012

Hot Stuff: The 2012 PopMatters Summer Movie Preview

With a summer as hot as this, something's going to sizzle and something is always gonna get burned. Hopefully, this time around, it's not the audience.


Sunday, April 29 2012

Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion

PopMatters' latest book, Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion, releases tomorrow in the US/Canada and Friday in the rest of the world. To give you a preview, you can sample many of the book's articles here, but you'll want to pick up a copy of the book for the complete articles and its many exclusive essays and features.


Thursday, February 23 2012

PopMatters Picks: The Best Books of 2011

Books have a long shelf-life. A loved book may outlast its original owner by a generation – or more -- if well cared for. With that in mind, we recall our best loved books of 2011 here, well into 2012. Better late than never...


Monday, January 30 2012

Slipped Discs 2011

PopMatters looks at those Slipped Discs, the ones that our writers dearly loved and thought were important, but simply didn’t draw enough votes to make the top 75. With that much great music to digest, we’re splitting these picks up over the next three days. So dive in and discover something new or revisit some of last year’s favorites.


Sunday, January 8 2012

PopMatters Picks: The Best TV, Film, and DVD of 2011

Just like Sisyphus, forever pushing his immense boulder up a hill filled with possibilities, it's time for PopMatters to take on the task of coming up with the year's very best. While arduous, the results speak for themselves.


Sunday, December 11 2011

PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2011

Up in clouds and flowing through streams, the music of 2011, in its variety and sheer volume, was hard to get a handle on. Social networking and consumer technology are taking our experience of music for a ride to who knows where, but the possibilities explored this year proved that it’s worth going with the flow even if we’re not sure where we’re headed and when we’ll get there.


Sunday, October 30 2011

All Things Reconsidered: Six Feet Under

Over the next several weeks, PopMatters will be presenting a series of essays exploring Six Feet Under from the show’s gestation and evolution in regards to HBO’s rise as a haven of quality original programming, all the way to its transcendent final six minutes, which set the bar for perfection of a series finale.


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