Associate Professor of Film and Video Studies at George Mason University.
Where Have You Gone, Monsieur Hulot? | 21 Jul 2015 // 9:02 PM
Persistent themes of Jacques Tati’s films were work and play, two forces in conflicting or complementary relationships, always inspiring creativity regardless of configuration.
The Narrative of the 'Halloween' Saga Gets Confused Over Time | 17 Mar 2015 // 9:20 PM
The message of John Carpenter's Halloween is simple: "Evil is here!" To expect any sequel to enhance that idea is to miss the point.
Spending Time with 'Les Blank: Always for Pleasure' | 4 Mar 2015 // 9:20 PM
Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.
"This Is a Cautionary Tale": An Interview With Dan Gilroy of 'Nightcrawler' | 23 Feb 2015 // 3:20 AM
PopMatters speaks with Nightcrawler writer/director and Academy Award nominee Dan Gilroy about writing antiheroes, watching local television news, and questioning the pervasiveness of fear mongering media.
He Can Do Quite a Few Things: Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips and Electric Würms | 4 Sep 2014 // 9:14 PM
The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd talks with PopMatters about new group Electric Würms, his thoughts on progressive rock, and decades of musical exploration.
An Interview with Lance Bangs of Young Americans //18.Aug.13
'Kid A': The Audio File //1.Nov.10
Real Feelings: An Interview with Spiral Stairs //16.Feb.10
Mobiles Chirping, Plates Spinning, Sirens Singing: Radiohead's 21st Century Digital Noise //24.Aug.09
La Grande Bouffe & Tales of Ordinary Madness //27.May.09
Does Reality Television Need 'The Profit'? | 29 Jul 2015 // 9:30 PM
A series about making money, airing on CNBC, might seem like an unlikely place for fostering positive values.
The Ethics of Death-Defying Media | 26 Apr 2015 // 9:30 PM
Furious 7's path to the screen is emblematic of the ways in which film and other media defy (and define) death as images develop lives of their own.
That's Entertainment? Sold Into Bondage for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' | 19 Feb 2015 // 9:30 PM
Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse.
'The Sacrament', 'The Unbelievers' and Religious Imperialism | 14 Jan 2015 // 9:30 PM
From cult leader Jim Jones to scientist Richard Dawkins, once in a rare while, Hollywood gets a religious idea, or an idea about religion, right.
'The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume One' Attests to Risk-Taking in Creativity and Innovation | 19 Oct 2014 // 9:30 PM
This collection of films is significant in illustrating the development of Mack Sennett's contributions to early film comedy and the lasting effects of Sennett and his troupe.
'The Purge': Lawful, But Not Helpful //6.Aug.14
Living and Dying for Silent Film //28.Jul.14
Scorsese vs. Scorsese: Tales of Two Dreamers //15.Apr.14
The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them //22.Jan.14
The End of the Beach Boys' Summer //6.Aug.13
Warning! These Films Contain Madness //13.Jun.13
The Tabloidization of Errol Morris //26.Jan.12
Weighing In: Fitness Films and Ordinary People //16.Aug.11
Flash Over Substance: ‘Broadcast News’, Redux //21.Mar.11
Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show | 23 Apr 2015 // 9:06 PM
Numero Group’s 16-disc box set of phone calls featuring Scharpling & Wurster is both the sort of product that might have been lampooned on The Best Show on WFMU as well as a great monument to their first, weird era together.
Philip Selway: Weatherhouse | 9 Nov 2014 // 9:04 PM
Philip Selway's Weatherhouse is a somewhat more confident-sounding album from a songwriter no longer saddled with the weight of first impressions.
Pattern Is Movement: Pattern Is Movement | 1 Apr 2014 // 9:06 PM
Pattern Is Movement opens up the musical framework, embracing R&B while resisting the compartmentalization that limits many of the band's contemporaries.
Many Controls but No Master: 'I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition' | 6 Feb 2014 // 9:10 PM
The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.
Damien Jurado: Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son | 20 Jan 2014 // 9:06 PM
Damien Jurado has created an album at least in part about the processes of artistic creation and interpretation -- temporary earths that point to something eternal.
Midlake: Antiphon //13.Nov.13
The Heavy Blinkers: Health //2.Oct.13
Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Take 1) //24.Sep.13
CocoRosie: Tales of a GrassWidow //5.Jun.13
Atoms for Peace: Amok //25.Feb.13
Tenacious D: Rize of the Fenix //16.May.12
Stratified Society Depicted Brilliantly 'Upstairs, Downstairs Complete Series: 40th Anniversary Ed.' //19.Apr.12
Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light //15.Apr.12
The Beach Boys: The SMiLE Sessions //15.Dec.11
Nurses: Dracula //28.Sep.11
Eleanor Friedberger: Last Summer //10.Jul.11
'The Lucksmiths: Unfamiliar Stars' Is a Fun and Fitting Sendoff for this Hardworking Band //26.Apr.11
Gossip As Gospel in 'Sweet Smell of Success' //24.Mar.11
Lucinda Williams: Blessed //27.Feb.11
Danielson: Best of Gloucester County //24.Feb.11
'I'm Still Here', Pay Attention //16.Jan.11
'Inception': The Burden of Dreams //6.Dec.10
Daft Punk: Tron Legacy //5.Dec.10
'Glory Daze' Series Premiere //15.Nov.10
Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz //11.Oct.10
The State: Comedy for Gracious Living //6.Oct.10
Animal Collective and Danny Perez: ODDSAC //26.Aug.10
Arcade Fire: The Suburbs //1.Aug.10
Mystery Train: It Feels Cool to Be In Memphis //24.Jun.10
'The A-Team' Is a Cynical '80s Retread //11.Jun.10
David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer //10.Jun.10
Tobacco: Maniac Meat //26.May.10
Dan Deacon: Woof Woof EP //10.May.10
Future Islands: In Evening Air //6.May.10
Liars: Sisterworld //8.Mar.10
We Live in Public //8.Mar.10
Callan, Set 2 //18.Feb.10
Lorna's Silence //15.Feb.10
Dirty Projectors: Temecula Sunrise EP //4.Feb.10
Beach House: Teen Dream //27.Jan.10
Big Fan //27.Jan.10
Animal Collective: Campfire Songs //10.Jan.10
My Effortless Brilliance //16.Nov.09
All Tomorrow's Parties //2.Nov.09
Callan: Set 1 //28.Oct.09
Om: God is Good //15.Oct.09
Shudder to Think: Live from Home //4.Oct.09
Why?: Eskimo Snow //1.Oct.09
Mount Eerie: Wind's Poem //27.Aug.09
Sugar Ray: Music for Cougars //3.Aug.09
Tim Olive: The Specialist //2.Aug.09
Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm //23.Jul.09
The Fiery Furnaces: I'm Going Away //19.Jul.09
The Lemonheads: Varshons //9.Jul.09
24: Season 7 //7.Jul.09
Hermit Thrushes: Slight Fountain //25.Jun.09
Serengeti & Polyphonic: Terradactyl //23.Jun.09
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts //7.Jun.09
Eels: Hombre Lobo //31.May.09
Black Moth Super Rainbow: Eating Us //26.May.09
Just Another Love Story //14.May.09
A Camp: Colonia //27.Apr.09
Praying with Lior //21.Apr.09
Sleeper: Behind Every Mask //21.Apr.09
Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career //21.Apr.09
The Juan MacLean: The Future Will Come //13.Apr.09
Pontiak: Maker //6.Apr.09
Tetragrammaton: Elegy for Native Tongues //26.Mar.09
From the Basement //11.Mar.09
American Experience: The Polio Crusade //9.Mar.09
Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun //22.Feb.09
Live from Bonnaroo 2008 //17.Feb.09
Tenacious D: The Complete Master Works 2 //21.Jan.09
Live from Abbey Road: The Best of Season One //20.Jan.09
2015 Nelsonville Music Festival - 28-31 May, 2015 (Photos) | 3 Jun 2015 // 1:00 AM
Merle Haggard, St. Vincent, and the Flaming Lips headed up another eclectic year at Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival.
2014 Nelsonville Music Festival (photos) | 16 Jun 2014 // 7:45 AM
The tenth annual Nelsonville Music Festival took place from May 29 to June 1.
The Tenth Annual Nelsonville Music Festival - A PopMatters Interview | 15 May 2014 // 6:10 AM
The 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival will feature performances by the Avett Brothers, Dinosaur Jr., the Head and the Heart, Jason Isbell, and many others.
Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit (photos) | 18 Nov 2013 // 3:10 AM
My only criticism of the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is that too much great music was programmed at the same time, forcing some difficult decisions about where and when to show up. The 2014 edition cannot come soon enough.