Alex Ramon lives in London, UK, and teaches English literature and film at Kingston University and the University of Reading. He holds a PhD in English and is the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields (2008). In addition to writing for PopMatters, Wears The Trousers and The Public Reviews, he’s been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.
Wednesday, October 3 2012
The next best thing to listening to a Tori album? Listening to live Tori. And watching Tori. And reading about Tori. And, well, you get the picture. PopMatters give you a rundown of some of Amos’ must-have audio, visual, and literary supplements.
Sunday, September 30 2012
Constructing characters, adapting archetypes, blurring personas and myths, Tori Amos’s work is characterized by a fascination with selfhood and its transformation. In this first essay in the PopMatters Performer Spotlight series, Alex Ramon gets under the skin of identity and image, Amos-style.
Monday, November 16 2009
A true passion for cinema is something that effortlessly shines through the work of the greatest filmmakers. We've seen homages to classic films, in this year alone, in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, Judd Apatow's Funny People and Lee Daniels' Precious, but no contemporary director references film history as commandingly as Almodovar.
Tuesday, June 25 2013
After an extended hiatus, the Scottish band return with their best, most beguiling album since their late '90s heyday.
Monday, April 15 2013
Charming covers from a retro four-piece.
Sunday, April 7 2013
A long-delayed collaboration between two roots music greats proves perfectly pleasant but may leave the listener wishing for a little more spark and fire.
Monday, April 1 2013
Tsaggaris' third album is her most confident and exciting yet.
Friday, March 29 2013
This is a set of confident and beguiling Americana comprising traditional material, originals and singer-songwriter covers.
Wednesday, September 18 2013
In our final review from TIFF 2013, PopMatters joins the chorus of praise for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.
Thursday, September 12 2013
Two films about teenage sexuality yielding contrasting results: Bruce LaBruce's Gerontophilia is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a teenager's passion for an octogenarian, while François Ozon's Young & Beautiful is a chic yet tacky take on a teenage girl's decision to prostitute herself.
Wednesday, September 11 2013
At TIFF, Alex Ramon enjoys the deluxe casting in John Wells's film of August: Osage County, especially Meryl Streep's scenery chewin' turn, but finds the material to be too much of a calculated dysfunction-fest.
Wednesday, September 11 2013
Alex Ramon finds himself underwhelmed by Once director John Carney's latest exercise in music-based uplift.
Monday, September 9 2013
At TIFF, we find Andrzej Wajda's Lech Wałęsa biopic to be a surprisingly lively, cogent take on (part of) the life and times of one of the pivotal figures of the 20th century.