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Thomas Britt
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Associate Professor of Film and Video Studies at George Mason University.


Features

Tuesday, March 17 2015

The Narrative of the 'Halloween' Saga Gets Confused Over Time

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

Spending Time with 'Les Blank: Always for Pleasure'

Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.


Monday, February 23 2015

"This Is a Cautionary Tale": An Interview With Dan Gilroy of 'Nightcrawler'

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

He Can Do Quite a Few Things: Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips and Electric Würms

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

"This Is Our Sophomore Attempt": An Interview with Pixies

Speaking to PopMatters, Pixies detail every step towards Indie Cindy's creation, reception, and what's next for the group...


Columns

Thursday, February 19 2015

That's Entertainment? Sold Into Bondage for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse.


Wednesday, January 14 2015

'The Sacrament', 'The Unbelievers' and Religious Imperialism

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

'The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume One' Attests to Risk-Taking in Creativity and Innovation

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

'The Purge': Lawful, But Not Helpful

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

Living and Dying for Silent Film

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.


Reviews

Sunday, November 9 2014

Philip Selway: Weatherhouse

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: Pattern Is Movement

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

Many Controls but No Master: 'I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition'

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: Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

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

Midlake: Antiphon

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."


Nurses: Dracula [28.Sep.11]
Jade [19.Apr.10]
Callan, Set 2 [18.Feb.10]
Lorna's Silence [15.Feb.10]
Goliath [2.Feb.10]
Big Fan [27.Jan.10]
Callan: Set 1 [28.Oct.09]
Om: God is Good [15.Oct.09]
24: Season 7 [7.Jul.09]
Eels: Hombre Lobo [31.May.09]
Look [10.May.09]
A Camp: Colonia [27.Apr.09]
Praying with Lior [21.Apr.09]
Pontiak: Maker [6.Apr.09]
From the Basement [11.Mar.09]

Blogs

Monday, June 16 2014

2014 Nelsonville Music Festival (photos)

The tenth annual Nelsonville Music Festival took place from May 29 to June 1.


Thursday, May 15 2014

The Tenth Annual Nelsonville Music Festival - A PopMatters Interview

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

Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit (photos)

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

Atoms for Peace: 30 September 2013


Wednesday, October 16 2013

2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit (Preview and Schedule)

The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will take place from October 25 - 27 in Asheville, North Carolina.


2013 Nelsonville Music Festival (Notes from the Road) [13.Jun.13]
9th Annual Nelsonville Music Festival (Preview) (Notes from the Road) [3.Apr.13]
Red Fang - "Dirt Wizard" (video) (Mixed Media) [20.Nov.12]
Aesop Rock on Tour (photos + tour dates) (Notes from the Road) [8.Aug.12]
2012 Nelsonville Music Festival (Notes from the Road) [30.May.12]
The 'Wicker Man' Roundup (Mixed Media) [29.Feb.12]
Darren Hanlon Tour Dates (Mixed Media) [6.May.11]
Catching Up With Anticon, Themselves (Mixed Media) [12.Apr.11]
3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (Consuming Consumables) [19.Nov.10]
Belle and Sebastian TV (Mixed Media) [10.Sep.10]
Jaga Jazzist - Toccata (video) (Mixed Media) [9.Sep.10]
Prins Thomas' Delightful Revivalism (Mixed Media) [2.Jul.10]
Ed Thigpen 1930-2010 (Mixed Media) [14.Jan.10]
Future Islands - "Beach Foam" (video) (Mixed Media) [14.Jun.09]
Dark Night of the Soul update (stream) (Mixed Media) [19.May.09]
The Music of Adventureland (stream) (Mixed Media) [24.Mar.09]
Four Tet Live (tour dates / stream) (Mixed Media) [20.Mar.09]
Havoc - Hidden Files (stream) (Mixed Media) [18.Mar.09]
R.I.P. MeeBOX, Welcome Horne & Corden (Mixed Media) [16.Mar.09]
CocoRosie (video) (Mixed Media) [12.Mar.09]
Wainy Days Are Here Again (video) (Mixed Media) [4.Mar.09]
Trailer for Burma VJ (Mixed Media) [4.Feb.09]
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