Associate Professor of Film and Video Studies at George Mason University.
Tuesday, March 17 2015
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.
Wednesday, March 4 2015
Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.
Monday, February 23 2015
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.
Thursday, September 4 2014
The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd talks with PopMatters about new group Electric Würms, his thoughts on progressive rock, and decades of musical exploration.
Sunday, May 18 2014
Speaking to PopMatters, Pixies detail every step towards Indie Cindy's creation, reception, and what's next for the group...
Thursday, February 19 2015
Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse.
Wednesday, January 14 2015
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.
Sunday, October 19 2014
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.
Wednesday, August 6 2014
By grounding the violence of his barely veiled speculative fiction in the here-and-now, James DeMonaco risks inciting an audience beyond the walls of the cinema.
Monday, July 28 2014
Home video companies such as Kino Lorber, the Criterion Collection, and Flicker Alley have been instrumental in meeting the changing methods of distributing silent film.
Sunday, November 9 2014
Philip Selway's Weatherhouse is a somewhat more confident-sounding album from a songwriter no longer saddled with the weight of first impressions.
Tuesday, April 1 2014
Pattern Is Movement opens up the musical framework, embracing R&B while resisting the compartmentalization that limits many of the band's contemporaries.
Thursday, February 6 2014
The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.
Monday, January 20 2014
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.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
Eric Pulido, promoted to frontman and performing quite ably, works together with the other five members of the studio and live band to make an impression that he characterizes as "less folk and more rock; less nostalgic and more progressive."
Monday, June 16 2014
The tenth annual Nelsonville Music Festival took place from May 29 to June 1.
Thursday, May 15 2014
The 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival will feature performances by the Avett Brothers, Dinosaur Jr., the Head and the Heart, Jason Isbell, and many others.
Monday, November 18 2013
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.
Wednesday, October 16 2013
Wednesday, October 16 2013
The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will take place from October 25 - 27 in Asheville, North Carolina.