Matt Mazur is a Brooklyn-based film publicist who works on campaigns for documentaries, independent and foreign language films. A die-hard cinephile and lover of pop culture, he spends his free time writing about what he is not working on. Follow him on Twitter @Matt_Mazur
Don't Call It a Comeback: Tori Amos on Her Elegant 'Unrepentant Geraldines' | 11 May 2014 // 8:14 PM
In a year when '90s staples like Beck and Neneh Cherry are delivering records of substance, Amos is delivering yet another quiet storm. But is it in fact the "comeback" some want to make it?
A Langeducation: 10 Essential Jessica Lange Scenes | 28 Jan 2014 // 8:14 PM
Furious smokers, farm wives, iconic theater roles, women on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a small truckload of little gold statues. Obviously, we are counting down Jessica Lange's 10 greatest scenes.
A Walk with Love and Death: The 'Essential' Courtney Love Cobain | 4 Aug 2013 // 5:14 PM
One of the most notorious icons in pop culture talks exclusively with PopMatters about shedding scales to create her signature style of performance, codes of silence at movie star tennis brunches, and how a very famous actress once slipped her a mickey at the Russian Tea Room.
Tori Amos - "Evolution of a Song: “Pancake” (theme and variations) | 4 Oct 2012 // 3:00 AM
Tori again re-invented “Pancake” as a full-on rock song, complete with an assertive electric guitar layer added to an even more amped up original trio arrangement for piano, bass and drums.
Tori Amos - Evolution of a Song: “Suede” (theme and variations) | 2 Oct 2012 // 3:00 AM
“[On the 2011 Night of Hunters Tour] “Suede” grabbed me by the hand,” Tori Amos said of the ever-changing tune that has been performed live in a number of variations since its 1999 debut on To Venus and Back.
Cries and Whispers: How to Speak ‘Tori’ //1.Oct.12
We've Got a Winner! Ellen Burstyn Holds a Dark Mirror Up to the Soul of 'Requiem for a Dream' //1.Dec.10
The 1970s -- Magnificent Obsession: Ellen Burstyn’s Legacy: Awards, Accolades, and Iconicity //28.Nov.10
Mama's Gun: Melissa Leo Works Hard for the Money //10.Aug.10
Love, Tilda Style //24.Jun.10
Sublimated Rage, Sex and the History of Cinema: An Interview with Chloe Director Atom Egoyan //23.Mar.10
Hungry Heart: Maggie Gyllenhaal //10.Feb.10
Precious and Lee Daniels: State of the Race //10.Dec.09
Hitting 'The Road' with Director John Hillcoat //22.Nov.09
Viva Pedro: The Almodóvar Interview //19.Nov.09
"The World Will Know": Shohreh for Soraya //13.Jul.09
Summer Hours: An Interview with Olivier Assayas //14.May.09
Adoration: In the Eye of the Beholder //7.May.09
Yukio Mishima, of Love and Death //21.Aug.08
Jessica Lange: The Anti-Streep //31.Oct.06
Kelley Polar //10.Jul.06
Let's Get Physical: In Praise of Kay Kendall's Joie De Vivre | 10 Nov 2011 // 3:01 PM
Kay Kendall's mercurial performances in George Cukor's Les Girls and Vincente Minnelli's The Reluctant Debutante highlight a romantic Englishwoman and her knack for graceful physical comedy.
Connect the Dots: Transgender Narratives in Pop Culture | 8 Sep 2011 // 4:00 PM
Transgender representation in modern film, television, and literature blurs the lines of gender, class, race and sexuality, which is precisely why trans narratives are still considered dangerous.
Passing Me By: African American Women and 'Passing' As a Film Genre | 7 Apr 2011 // 4:00 PM
Caught between two worlds, standing on a near-literal precipice with one foot in the African American experience, the other firmly in majority white culture, the protagonist of the passing film is confronted with an impossible choice: live in truth as a person of color or risk “passing” for white to gain societal advantage.
Suffragette City's Best of 2010 Cinema | 5 Jan 2011 // 3:00 PM
What’s black and white and blue all over? 2010’s finest films. Suffragette City investigates all of the major awards categories, offering up choices that are about as far a field from the Hollywood/Oscar PR machine as one can get!
Politicking with 'Made in Dagenham''s Miranda Richardson | 18 Nov 2010 // 3:00 PM
Miranda Richardson discusses this season's premiere feminism-themed film about the real-life strike at the UK Ford plant that challenged and changed British laws on equal pay. Just how far have we come since 1968 in the fight for gender equality in the workplace?
Barbequing with Legends: Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek on Cinema, Cinephilia and Good-Looking Shoes //29.Jul.10
An Education: Carey Mulligan Comes of Age //12.Nov.09
Emmy Nominations / Emmy Abominations //23.Aug.09
Ingmar Bergman: No Man is an Island //18.Jun.09
The Oscar Expert Eyes This Year’s Pageantry //19.Feb.09
No Girl So Sweet and ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ //25.Jan.09
The Secret Life of Bees //12.Oct.08
Katrin Cartlidge: The Working Actress //28.Aug.08
The Bombing of Bonneville //5.Aug.08
Michelle Pfeiffer as Pfeminist //13.Jul.08
The Film Versions of Gilbert & Sullivan's 'The Mikado' and 'Topsy-Turvy' Stand on Unequal Footing | 1 May 2011 // 4:00 PM
Why was the 1939 Technicolor curio The Mikado not included as an extra on the far superior Mike Leigh extravaganza Topsy-Turvy? The earlier film is but a pale shadow of Leigh's meticulous artistic vision.
'Senso' Is an Operatic Post-WWII Coda to a Story of War, Nationalism and Societal Decay | 20 Apr 2011 // 4:00 PM
The erotic, intoxicating kiss of Luchino Visconti's Senso leaves the spectator wanting something more despite it's impressive cinematic size. Perhaps bigger is not always better in the world of film, after all...
'The Naked Kiss': Part Smoldering Temptress, Part Saint, Part Marlene Dietrich by Way of the Gutter | 3 Mar 2011 // 3:00 PM
The Naked Kiss exists somewhere between Russ Meyer's exploitation flicks, Douglas Sirk's feminine melodramas, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's savage assaults on contemporary sexual politics.
'The Town' Is Ben Affleck's Best Work as Director, Writer and Actor | 15 Feb 2011 // 2:59 PM
While not the Oscar bait it was being positioned as, The Town still remains an iron-clad testament to the surprising versatility of writer-director-star Ben Affleck.
'The Night of the Hunter' Is a Sophisticated, Artistic Depiction of Good vs. Evil | 13 Jan 2011 // 3:00 PM
The Night of the Hunter's iconicity is largely due to its genre-defying dialectical properties that bring together the edgy with the earnest, a blending of styles ahead of its time.
'The Magician' Has Many Ideas Cooking, But Not All Are Fully Baked and Ready for Consumption //14.Oct.10
Hepburn's Fidgety Fussiness and Bogart's Boozy Bellowing Are Constants in 'The African Queen' //22.Jun.10
The Fugitive Kind //27.Apr.10
Lola Montes //31.Mar.10
Tori Amos: 13 August 2009 - New York //17.Sep.09
That Hamilton Woman //15.Sep.09
Wise Blood //19.Jul.09
My Dinner with Andre //9.Jul.09
Essential Art House, Vol. 3 //8.Jul.09
Alexander Korda's Private Lives //28.May.09
Bride Wars //26.Apr.09
The Last Metro //9.Apr.09
Magnificent Obsession //19.Feb.09
White Dog //5.Feb.09
Derek Jarman Collection //11.Dec.08
Missing: Criterion Edition //2.Nov.08
The Furies: Criterion Collection //23.Jul.08
The Lovers (Les Amantes): Criterion Edition //9.Jun.08
Erykah Badu + The Roots //8.Jun.08
Youth Without Youth //4.Jun.08
A Passage To India //23.Apr.08
The Ice Storm //3.Apr.08
Paranoid Park (TIFF 2007) //13.Mar.08
Things We Lost in the Fire //13.Mar.08
This Sporting Life //31.Jan.08
New York, New York //15.Jan.08
Under the Volcano //6.Dec.07
The Savages //28.Nov.07
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly //27.Nov.07
Margot at the Wedding //26.Nov.07
The Hoax //14.Nov.07
Tori Amos //11.Nov.07
Tori Amos //8.Nov.07
House of Games //30.Aug.07
Dynasty: The Complete Second Season //19.Aug.07
Sweet Land //7.Aug.07
Interpol: Our Love to Admire //9.Jul.07
Because I Said So (2007) //6.Jun.07
The Natural (1984) //17.May.07
Catch and Release (2006) //13.May.07
Little Children (2006) //1.May.07
Tori Amos: American Doll Posse //29.Apr.07
Copying Beethoven (2006) //19.Apr.07
The Nativity Story (2006) //8.Apr.07
Maude: The Complete First Season //27.Mar.07
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) //25.Mar.07
The Holiday (2006) //18.Mar.07
The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1 (1947) //4.Mar.07
A Man for All Seasons: Special Edition (1966) //18.Feb.07
The Rapture //18.Feb.07
The Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats //15.Feb.07
Trust the Man (2005) //7.Feb.07
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) //5.Feb.07
House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2005) //21.Jan.07
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2006) //2.Jan.07
Wah-Wah (2005) //18.Dec.06
Inside The Actors Studio - Icons //30.Nov.06
Reds (1981) //16.Nov.06
Xiu Xiu //26.Oct.06
Art School Confidential (2006) //9.Oct.06
The Girls (1968) //8.Oct.06
Dont Come Knocking (2006) //6.Aug.06
The Knife: Silent Shout //26.Jul.06
A Prairie Home Companion (2006) //8.Jun.06
The Proposition (2005) //25.May.06
Robert Altman Collection: Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Robert Duvall, Carol Burnett - PopMatters //25.Apr.06
Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) //30.Mar.06
The Proposition (2005) //31.Dec.94
Glory of the '80s: Tori Amos Premieres Y Kant Tori Read Rarities on Her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour | 29 Jul 2014 // 5:50 AM
Never-played, requested for years, Amos shocked a Denver audience by debuting “Pirates” following a hilariously-costumed plea from fans.
Tori Amos As a Jukebox: The 10 Songs Amos Should Cover | 25 Jun 2014 // 3:30 AM
We've selected the top ten covers Tori Amos should consider performing on the US Leg of her Unrepentant Geraldines tour.
Taking a Closer Look at the Music of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' | 4 Dec 2013 // 3:00 AM
Decca Records will release the film's official soundtrack and score this month.
Brooklyn Musician Aris Goes to Church with Paula Cole | 4 Oct 2013 // 8:00 AM
Aris, who released Twilight Revival in September, recently performed "I Believe in Love" with Grammy-winning artist Paula Cole to a packed house.
Best Supporting Actress Smackdown: 1952 | 20 Sep 2013 // 7:00 AM
I was recently invited to join a group of panelists over at The Film Experience for a revival of Stinky LuLu's Supporting Actress Smackdown.