Matt Mazur is a New York-based film publicist and strategist who works on campaigns for independent, foreign language, and documentary films, as well as awards.
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
Sunday, August 4 2013
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.
Thursday, October 4 2012
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.
Tuesday, October 2 2012
“[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.
Monday, October 1 2012
The best writers, as Tori said in Piece by Piece “are the ones that whisper our own stories back to us”, ostensibly in their own language created just for the listener.
Sunday, June 24 2012
Female movie stars of today may possess the basic, bare minimum tenets of Piper Laurie’s blazingly original screen persona, but very few can claim the kind of honed, strong chops she can.
Thursday, November 10 2011
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.
Thursday, September 8 2011
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.
Thursday, April 7 2011
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.
Wednesday, January 5 2011
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!
Thursday, November 18 2010
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?
Sunday, May 1 2011
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.
Wednesday, April 20 2011
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...
Thursday, March 3 2011
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.
Tuesday, February 15 2011
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.
Thursday, January 13 2011
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.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
Decca Records will release the film's official soundtrack and score this month.
Friday, October 4 2013
Aris, who released Twilight Revival in September, recently performed "I Believe in Love" with Grammy-winning artist Paula Cole to a packed house.
Friday, September 20 2013
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.
Thursday, April 18 2013
On the occasion of his newest film, IFC's The Angels' Share, Statuesque highlights some of iconic UK director Ken Loach's best and brightest contributions to cinema. Today Statuesque looks at the bravura performance of Crissy Rock in Loach's dramatic fable.
Monday, April 8 2013
Today we explore this terrible reality: a nominationless Ewan McGregor...